I have a picture. It shows an entire class of 30 students with their heads down. I took it my first year teaching for reasons I no longer recall. I look at it occasionally to remind myself how boring school is. It reminds me to get students involved.
Teaching Methods, Tips & Strategies
At some point in every teacher’s career, you will discover a time where the tried and true teaching methods you have used successfully, sometimes, for years, no longer seem to work. This could be during a transition to a new school, a different grade, or even when the fall semester’s newest crop of students seems completely opposite of every class that came before.
Here you will find articles, tips and strategies from fellow educators who discuss the many methods they have used to motivate and inspire their students. From basic advice on keeping cool and keeping control of your classroom, to deeper discussions on the what, when and how of various methodologies, you will find information that will help you reach and teach your students.
As a new teacher, you may not be focused on communicating with the parents of your students. Start the school year off right by introducing yourself to the family and having a welcoming spirit; keep it going all year long by representing yourself well.
In a tempest of insecurity, fears, and lack of self-worth, you can be the anchor for drifting students.
For better or worse, standardized tests are here to stay. The teacher who succeeds is the teacher who prepares is class ahead of time for tests.
During this time in their life, students are experiencing many many dramatic interactions between biological, societal and psychological systems. Many children may struggle with self esteem during this time as their body makes a lot of changes. Here is some advice for teachers to help students.
In the previous article we looked at the psychological effects of physical development during early adolescence. This article will cover Jean Piaget’s Formal Operational Thought.
The beginning, middle and end of a lesson should naturally flow and successfully engage students. This article provides educators with a step-by-step procedure for lesson planning.
Character building programs along with pedagogy that emphasizes cooperative learning should be a part of every elementary student classroom. A school teaches character one way or the other and the children reflect the values of its leaders and teachers.
In our previous article we looked at self-theory and it’s progression in early childhood. In this article we will look at how empathy and perspective taking is developed through the early childhood years.
Parent-teacher conferences can be stressful for both parents and teachers. Educators can help alleviate some of the anxiety involved by acknowledging that children are more successful when parents are involved and determining how best to utilize that involvement.
Teachers who have an extraordinarily shy child in their class may want to take a closer look at the child’s behavior, as he or she may have symptoms of a child anxiety disorder called Selective Mutism or SM for short. Certain teaching strategies can be employed after SM is diagnosed.
Instead of complaining about everything that goes wrong the first few weeks of school, do something about it.
Instead of complaining about all the things that go wrong during the first few weeks of teaching school, do something about it.
In this day and age of increasing diversity in the classroom, there are many ways to include cultural exploration activities that will enhance learning in any content area. Here are a few steps you can take as an educator to let your students know that differences are celebrated and appreciated.
What does every substitute teacher need? His or her very own educational toolkit. A substitute teacher is constantly on call and needs to be prepared for whatever is thrown his or her way. Read on for tips on building your very own toolkit!