Research shows that children want assistance with finding a reading book. While your students search the stacks, here's some helpful tips for teachers.
As teachers, regardless of age of our students, we contribute everyday in helping children fall in love with reading and writing. Those two things enrich our lives academically, yes, but also personally: Reading helps us make sense of the world. Writing gives us a voice in that same world.
April Smith shares how she uses the free Google Drive service to communicate with parents and engage them in their child's education. She describes 5 simple ways to communicate with them digitally and eliminate unnecessary paper. Strategies include collecting contact data, sharing presentations, sending home newsletters, creating digital behavior logs, and having parents sign up for parent-teacher conferences.
Google Drive can be downloaded on smart phones and tablets, so parents can access every document without having to own a computer or pay for internet at their house.
Do you agree that these are the six key components of good-quality teaching? Would you add others? ... Content knowledge, Quality of instruction, Teaching climate, Classroom management, Teacher beliefs, and Professional behaviours .
A third of Minnesota's new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. Some districts and college teacher preparation programs are working to give them support.
Tom Rademacher, who's in his ninth year of teaching, is frustrated with what he considers a lack of support in a teacher's first year. "We're still relying on this kind of bizarre sink or swim mentality," he said.
While there’s no doubt that information technology can have its downsides for our day-to-day behaviour, there is very little evidence that computers are damaging our brains – any more than writing made us more forgetful. In fact, computers might just make us a bit smarter.
"While there’s no doubt that information technology can have its downsides for our day-to-day behaviour, there is very little evidence that computers are damaging our brains – any more than writing made us more forgetful. In fact, computers might just make us a bit smarter."
Sometimes the positive phrases might sound hokey, or when you say them over and over you might wonder if they’re losing power, but here’s how I think about that: I hope that repetition means that some of them stick.
For some kids, learning to read in kindergarten is just fine. For many others, it isn’t. They just aren’t ready. In years gone by, kids were given time to develop and learn to read in the early grades without being seen as failures. Even kids who took time learning how to read were able to excel. Today kids aren’t given time and space to learn at their own speed.
The short answer is the profession needs high quality teachers. Kids in all schools in all neighborhoods need and deserve teachers who are committed to success, committed to communities, and committed to the kids they teach. We need the next generation of educators to make the conscious decision to enter the teaching force and stay.
"Many top educators and administrators view the idea of a paperless classroom as an inevitability in education. In today’s digital age, these educators believe that a paperless classroom promotes a more efficient and organized classroom while preparing students for the practical world outside classroom walls. In other words, if every facet of life is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, then why not equip students accordingly?"