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According to Education Week, a 2013 Gallup Poll found that high schools engaged only 55% of the students. That means nearly half of all students (45%) are not engaged. Gallup defines "engagement" as involvement and enthusiasm for school. Another Gallup Study found that engagement relates to achievement. In 2009, Gallup looked at 78,000 students in 80 schools. A 1% increase in engagement translated into a 6-point increase in reading ability. That same 1% increase result
Being a great ESL teacher is so much more than just knowing a lot about the English language. Nothing exists in a vacuum. You’re never just explaining English grammar principles or drilling vocabulary. You’re interacting with real live human beings, each with their own unique temperaments, needs, and ESL goals. The more students you attempt to teach at one time, the harder you may find it to effectively manage your classroom time and attention, which means your students are likely to learn far less from you than they could. Class Size Matters Working in small groups is generally much mor
Ensuring classroom safety begins with solid planning. We can't prevent accidents from happening, but we can prepare for most of them in a way that will minimize their effects. As a result, all school boards have systems and procedures in effect for a host of challenges from fire drills to clinics. However, as a teacher there are things you can do to make minimize problems in your classroom. Here are a few things to consider as you set up your classroom. Ergonomics: Slips and falls are a serious concern and account for the majority of the injuries that occur in schools each year. As you set up
It's been said that teaching is 90% classroom management - and that's 100% true. If you've ever had "one of those days" in the classroom where nothing seemed to go right, then you know what I mean. Here's what to do when your students won't stop talking.
Are you feeling great about the excellent progress you have made as you prepare for that first, enchanting day with real students in your own classroom in your dream job? You may also feel tired - even exhausted. This is perfectly fine and acceptable and I recommend that you get used to it.
The following are step-by-step instructions for a token economy that you could implement in your elementary classroom to increase on-task behavior during reading lessons. This token economy is targeted to reduce behaviors you have may have difficulty with in class, such as socializing and wandering around the room.