Mindful Wait Time One way to promote engagement and learning is to consciously create pauses throughout the day. We can create a sense of spaciousness in our classroom by slowing down the pace of our speech and punctuating our lessons with silence. Introduced well, this practice can improve classroom discourse.
The speed at which we can process information varies from person to person (Droit-Volet, Meck, & Penney, 2007). Some people process auditory information very quickly, while others tend to have more visual or sensorimotor strengths. In any case, when we have more time to process information, the quality of our thinking and learning improves. Younger children require more time to process than do older children, and adults often forget this as they zoom through content as if they were speaking to other adults. No matter what their ages, when we give our students just a little more time to process information, they learn better.
When I introduce this idea to teachers, I often hear concerns that they will be wasting valuable time doing nothing. It’s important to recognize that during the pauses, you and your students are not “doing nothing.” Your students may be considering several alternatives; they may be mulling a picture over in their mind; they may be making associations, comparisons, and contrasts. They may be trying to drudge up the right word from their vocabulary. When we give them this time, their processing becomes richer, deeper, and more abstract. When you rush through a lesson, you may deliver content more quickly and efficiently, but your students may not absorb the content very well, if at all."...
Terrenda White,an assistant professor of education at the University of Colorado Boulder who has studied urban education and the teacher workforce, says that while recruiting a more diverse teaching force is an important goal, policymakers and school and district leaders also need to think about how to keep them in the classroom.
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Chalkbeat Colorado (7/29) reported that “close to 90 percent” of Colorado teachers “are white, compared to just 57 percent of the student population.” Professor Terrenda White, who has studied urban education and the teacher workforce, “says that while recruiting a more diverse teaching force is an important goal,” more focus is needed on “how to keep them in the classroom.” White said, “The issue isn’t that we aren’t bringing them into the profession. The issue is that they’re leaving at a higher rate.”
Experts say there's not enough emphasis on the role of K-12 schools when it comes to stopping sexual violence."
"As colleges and universities have come under heightened scrutiny in recent years, higher education administrators have grumbled privately that rape prevention efforts need to begin at a younger age -- that it is unrealistic to expect to stamp out sexual assault during freshman orientation. And indeed, that argument is validated by a swath of research.
Think you’re an expert on biology, literature, philosophy or anything else? Read on… ‘Know-it-alls’ don’t know as much as they think, new research finds. The more people think they know about a topic, the more likely they are to claim that
If these strategies don't work, look at the task itself. Can you break it into smaller chunks? Have the child focus long enough to perform part of the task, then take a break, coming back to the project to finish. Children with attention struggles may actually perform the requested task faster with this strategy than if they simply tried to finish it all in one sitting.
McCabe recommends offsetting any negativity by a factor of 5 (10 hours of negativity = 50 hours of positivity). This may seem like a lot, but remember the weight that even one negative comment can carry. When you are with negative people, be on the offensive. Understand that even if they don’t say discouraging things, their negative mindset may rub off on you. Don’t go looking for confirmation and inspiration. Be the inspiration. Ask about what they enjoy doing, when they did it last, and how they can find more time for it. Then find a support network that can inspire you."
It's a sobering statistic: only 34 percent of all fourth grade students read proficiently. Third grade is the turning point in which students who don't reach proficiency by the end of that year are in danger of never catching up to their peers.
Kansas school superintendent Alan Cunningham has been involved with hiring teachers for the past 35 years. In that time, he has never had a harder time filling positions than this year. Qualified applicants
Miami-Dade County Public Schools plan to eliminate out-of-school suspensions this year, preferring to keep kids in class and address behavior problems.
School districts around the country have made similar decisions because research and experience shows suspended students often find more trouble outside of school while on suspension. That can mean more neighborhood crime –
NPR (7/29, O'Connor) reported Miami-Dade County Public Schools is planning to eliminate out-of-school suspensions this year. The district’s plan is part of a national trend to “keep kids in class and address behavior problems” at school rather than sending kids home during the school day, which can sometimes lead to more trouble.
It's tough for educators to withhold judgment of a student's response, but Thomas Newkirk argues that it could help deepen student understanding.
"So, in this age of high-tech and expensive teaching programs, let me offer up this simple and powerful intervention: the blank turn. It costs us nothing but our attention. It is built on the rock-solid principle that we need talk, and a receptive audience, to build understanding and to know what we know."
The 4,300-student Burlington Community School District in Iowa plans to use body cameras at schools, clipped to the ties and lanyards of its principals and administrators.
The decision to deploy the devices followed an incident in which a Burlington Community School District middle school principal was wrongly accused of kicking a student. Security camera footage later exonerated the administrator, according to the Des Moines Register.
1. Teams that work in or with schools exist in order to serve the social, emotional, and academic needs of children. We might have all kinds of things that we do, we may also care for the adults in the mix, but we exist to serve children.
2. Learning is the primary work of all teams. Whether you're in a leadership team, a data team, or a curriculum design team, your work is to learn. The only way we'll make a dent in the mountain of challenges that we face in schools is if we, the educators, never stop learning.
Researchers worldwide are using a new approach to studying how students learn by understanding their brain activity. This method, referred to as educational neuroscience, allows them to find new ways to make learning and teaching more effective and efficient.
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