When getting started with learner-centered teaching you’ll want to use reasonably straightforward activities first. Here are a few to try...
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Teacher preparation is just one of many things in education that need fixing—from facilities to funding. The focus in recent years has been on innovation and accountability initiatives that seem fresher, newer, and possibly more fun than taking on teacher preparation. Education schools make K–12 systems and teachers unions look like pushovers. And there’s no “secret sauce” that researchers have found to help you figure out which teachers—or which preparation programs—are going to work out.
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Is 2013 the year of teacher prep?
¡Feliz Día del Maestro!
In Mexico, May 15th is dedicated to honor teachers. So, Happy Teacher’s Day to all of you, staff and faculty members!
via Ms Davalos
All this teacher did was calmly request the class’ attention, and ask a student to remind his classmates why it’s important for only one person to talk at a time. “Acoustics,” the student replied.
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- Did you pay attention to others deeply?
- Did you develop your relational intelligence?
- Did you forgive others gracefully?
- Did you live a reflective, balanced, high-energy life?
As this season ends, take the time to know your story. Yes, your seasons will end some day; and may those of us who will be blessed enough to have known you, may we never forget them.
With options like Coursera it’s even easier to carve out some time this summer to try out out; here’s how to be successful.
I’m a teacher and whereas I used to think my students couldn’t learn without me, I’m no longer so sure. Recently I found myself asking the question, “do my students still need me?”
In the wake of several states releasing large sets of “value added” data on individual teachers to media outlets last year, I wrote a widely read story for Education Week on whether formal teacher-evaluation records are publicly accessible. We found quite a lot of variation in the scope of states’ open-records laws.
Though failing to include any technology in the modern classroom is wrong, including too much, or employing it ineffectively, can be equally problematic. Having a list of specific instances where choosing to put away classroom technology is the right choice would certainly be nice, but like most pedagogical challenges it is also unrealistic. Oftentimes, it simply isn’t that easy to know whether to put it away or not., and the skill of making that choice develops over time – a bit like a callous.
At its best, technology enhances, extends or deepens the learning taking place. At its worst, it detracts, distracts, and otherwise frustrates you and your students. When these situations cannot quickly and effectively be remedied – without sacrificing your lesson’s learning objective – put the technology down and embrace the lesson.
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Most public school teachers feel unprepared to teach math and reading to the Common Core standards that are rolling out in 45 states and the District, according to a poll of 800 teachers released Friday by the American Federation of Teachers.
While a clear majority — 75 percent — of teachers surveyed by the union said they support the Common Core, less than one-third said their school districts have given them the training and resources to teach to the new standards.
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If teachers are to transition to the kind of blended learning that has been found to work best for today’s kids, we need trust, time, and trained mentors to work out what what we need to do. We need parents to be our partners as we face the challenges in a changing educational landscape. We need room to fail (and to model failure as part if the learning process). We need help, not harangues.
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