In the aftermath of the testing regimen, or just the headlong rush to the end of school, educators are loosening their collars, breathing heavy sighs of relief (or resignation), and contemplating wh (Why education must nurture the curiosity and hearts...
A powerful quote from this article "education takes a back seat to instruction." This article describes the engaged teacher. Too much, teachers are worried about teaching to the test, etc instead of truly educating their students. The engaged teachers involves, teaching respectful boundaries, the teacher really being there and being present, developing emotionally etc. These things are truly important to students, and they are skills that can be carried with them throughout life.
Teachers are responsible for creating a comfortable learning environment for children. These tips and strategies are perfect guide for teachers to show how to create the right environment for students, and what students need to learn in the best way.
International educator Scot Hoffman is a big believer in the power of curiosity to drive learning. After nearly two decades of teaching around the globe, he also realizes that school isn't always so h
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"The Curiosity Project" is a way for teachers to learn more about their students and what interests them. When students have a choice in what they learn, they can become much more engaged in the topic and thus the information becomes more meaningful to them. Children are curious about the world and everything in it, if teachers devote time to find out some specifics, they can guide their lessons to help their students learn.
Come this way to free resources, ideas, and lesson plans for project based learning at all grade levels. My experience with PBL has been that kids love the projects and are fully engaged.
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I think this is a great resource for teachers to use and communicate together on their different ideas and lessons for PBL. This website gave a great definition of what PBL really is, and has multiple examples divided into subjects areas for PBL lessons. It can be a great resource for beginner teachers who are newly creating lesson plans to integrate PBL.
An important part of the classroom beyond the academics are the relationships that are created through students and their teacher. Before a teacher can go into instruction, they need to form the base of their relationships with their students. This develops respect and a connection with those in the class. If students feel respected and connected with their peers and students they can more easily learn, and be comfortable to ask questions. Teachers should be the facilitators for positive relationships.
All throughout my public schooling we did "projects" just like the ones described in this article. And I remember feeling like the projects were just busywork, and that they didn't really relate to me. I remember questioning why we were even learning about some of the things we did. This article really describes the big differences between projects and project based learning. PBLs mean so much more to students, and the teachers. A teacher who does PBLs should have confidence in the fact that his/her students are much more likely to remember the information being taught, and use what they learn in other ways and times of their lives.
I have talked about the notion of "classroom teacher" vs. "school teacher" in posts before, and have begun to rethink this notion. ….
So now I have started to think about the “global teacher“. The global teacher has the best elements of the classroom and school teacher, but their focus is on “what is best for kids”, no matter if is their own kids, kids in the school across the street, or across the ocean. They got into teaching because they love students and want to help every single one of them, no matter their situation or location. They care for the kids in their classroom, they share openly with others in their school and connect with kids, but want to make things better past their own situation. They inspire change whether it is with one classroom in another school, or thousands. They also tap into others and bring the best to their students. The more we look at what others are doing, the better we can become for the students closest to us.
This article really describes the characteristics of a true global teacher :) It is wanting the best for all students, no matter who they are or where they are. Teachers that instill resistance in children, so they can in turn make a change or difference in the world on there own, no matter how small.
I love how this article describes the importance of creativity in PBL's. Since creativity is thought to be an innate skill, I thought it was very interesting how the article described how teachers can nurture and mold children into being "creative" in their own way. Having children brain storm and problem solve to find a new solution or improvement is a great way for children to be creative and original thinkers.
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