I leave school everyday feeling like a failure. Sure, I need grit. That, or a martini.
All good teaching originates from the motive of generosity. To help others understand history, literature, mathematics or science is the ground upon which all learning stands. Fundamentally, education is the transmission of wisdom from one scholar to another.
It’s necessary to talk about race because most of the time race takes the backseat to everything. Once they know that we need to talk about race, we can help students build a positive race identity.
One thing I always have going for me is that kids love to work together toward meaningful goals. All I have to do is pick a topic where they see a benefit beyond themselves, and I am in business.
How magical is your classroom?
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So, what does it mean to have a magical classroom?
The word magical can be defined as delightful in such a way as to seem removed from everyday life. Why can’t we cultivate learning experiences that seem so extraordinary that they capture the student’s interest and motivate them to be self-seekers to the answers we would have taught in daily lectures? If we take a closer look at our curriculum, wouldn’t it be possible to sit back and ask the “bigger questions?” What is it that we are trying to convey with this standard or objective? How does it relate to the student?
Asking how a standard or objective relates to a student brings up a bigger question: How well do we know our students?
7 Things To Remember About Classroom Feedback
Feedback is an inevitable part of teaching. Naturally, you’re in a position where you’re giving a whole lot of feedback, but you’re likely on the receiving end of feedback as well. We’ve all been on the receiving end of feedback in various aspects of our lives, and I’m sure we’ve all experienced some feedback that was less than desirable – for a variety of reasons. Even if the feedback itself is inherently negative, the delivery and process of the feedback doesn’t have to be.