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Having retired from public education after about 35 years in the classroom, I encountered withdrawal and so returned as a volunteer, guest presenter, and college supervisor. There are few thrills greater in life than working with excited teachers and engaged students. I have discovered that good teachers want to get better; great teachers wish to advance strategies and skills; fantastic teachers want to know and be and do terrific things every day in every way to reach and teach every child. Regardless of the above mentioned category, these teachers want to improve so that their lessons engage
Have you ever considered if there is a difference in how first graders, or fifth graders, or eleventh graders learn? Is there a difference in their learning vs. how you and your colleagues learn? It turns out, the answer is definitely YES. So, let's take a look at how ADULTS best learn. Adults: • are autonomous and self-directed. • use their foundation of life experiences and knowledge. • are goal-oriented. • are relevancy-oriented. • want practical, useful i
There are some problems with relying on testing as the primary means of assessing students challenged by math. Diagnostic or prior assessment is essential. We're flying blind without it. But favoring tests over integrated ongoing assessment may miss part of the potential power and value of assessment and even create some of the very problems our better teaching are trying to address.
How desirable it would be to achieve the goal of "No Child Left Behind" in our society. But the congressional act designed to achieve that goal is flawed. Its focus is limited to academic achievement as measured by high stakes testing.
All teachers want to be great teachers. But the pressures of lesson planning, grading, preparing materials, and talking to parents often eat away at the little time we have to work on being a great teacher. This can lead to frustration and feeling as though you are failing your students.
Holistic education is a hot topic these days. From holistic schools to holistic certification programs, there are seemingly endless opportunities for obtaining holistic training. But which one is right for you and how do you choose?