A thirty year veteran of Community College distills teaching into four qualities:
So the question I have is: How do you get teacher without those qualities to have those qualities. Can you teach a 30 year old to have passion? Can a teacher that has been in the classroom for 15 years improve their personality?
This list is not new to anyone that has read Brain Rules by John Medina. For those of you that have not read it however, this is nice list for teachers to remember that not only do students benefit from these six rules, but adults do as well.
The six are:
We take in information better when it’s visual
We remember the big picture better than the details
Sleep largely affects learning and memory
Sleep deprivation significantly reduces your ability to learn new information
I often wonder if what we see as teaching at professional learning events would be acceptable in a high school classroom. If the purpose of professional development (Pro-D) is professional learning, then what is our evidence that learning does, in fact, occur? Are we using effective teaching practices in Pro-D?
Good teacher /parent relationships are essential to educating children and trust is the linchpin of the process. In this segment we discuss strategies and tools for engendering the kind of communication that builds trust between teachers and parents.
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