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11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth

11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth | Montessori Education |

"There’s a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them. They range from habits of practice to habits of thought, but all of them have one important thing in common: they make your job harder."

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 13, 2014 10:26 PM

For many of us this school year has come to an end or will shortly. Perhaps it is time to reflect on our year and consider habits that might need to be changed. This post looks at 11 habits. A few are listed below.

* Not learning from colleagues. This seems simple, but given how busy our day is it is tough to find time to observe another teacher, or have someone tape you and ask others to provide you with feedback.

* Assuming a lesson taught is a lesson learned. Have you asked yourself how many times you have repeated a portion of a lesson? With the range of students in our classrooms the need to rephrase, review, reteach key points may be more necessary than we think.
* Failing to establish relevance. At times this may seem difficult to do, but for our students to learn we need to make our topic relevant to them. When you are successful with this share your ideas with others!
Click through to the post to see 8 additional habits that you may want to change.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 14, 2014 11:15 AM

#11 - Not getting to know your students. I think this is the most important tip -- but they're all good. 

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Teaching Teachers to Reflect on Race

Teaching Teachers to Reflect on Race | Montessori Education |

As America’s schools grow increasingly diverse, powerful educators can’t be “colorblind.”

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David Mackzum, Ed.D.'s curator insight, January 13, 2014 7:27 PM

"Because of the growing racial diversity in the United States, it is vital for teachers to understand and have the capacity to acknowledge racial diversity, and create safe, affirming, and supportive learning environments for their students to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to dialogue about race-related issues."

Tonya Braddox, PhD's curator insight, January 17, 2014 5:28 PM

Excellent article that promotes Inclusivity Teaching at all levels of education.  @CAITLAH at Michigan State University is a wonderful resource for passionate educators who are determined to engage all learners by teaching across difference.  Please visit @CAITLAH on Twitter or via their website,