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Teachers know from their training and experience that questioning plays an important role in today’s instruction. Modern lessons are fast-paced and interactive, with teachers asking a lot of questions. Questions account for [about] 80 percent of classroom talk and that some teachers ask more than…
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This document was the back page of an application for a school I looked at in my job-hunting stage. I don’t know where it originally came from, or why it was part of the packet, but I found the right two columns particularly helpful when anticipating interviews.
Since there are a lot of recent graduates looking for jobs, I thought it would be a useful resource to throw out there.
Click through to download the .PDF!
Life v School
A very relevant movie. Check out the trailer.
As teachers we rely on the fact that human beings are fundamentally curious creatures. Additionally, people tend to have a natural curiosity about themselves and those around them, which gives psychology teachers an excellent advantage in the classroom. Despite this advantage, many of us see our students again in higher-level classes and wonder why the lessons we know we taught them did not stay with them. We wonder, why didn’t my teaching stick? We all know that it’s far easier to recall the contents of a Discovery Channel program than a two-hour topical lecture, but few of us understand why this is the case. Malcolm Gladwell and Dan and Chip Heath have looked to the business and advertising worlds and discovered six concepts that are surprisingly relevant to making ideas “stick” in peoples’ minds: Simplicity, Unexpectedness, Concreteness, Credibility, Emotion, and Stories. These ideas can be applied to teaching, and in this essay, I will show you how you can apply them in the classroom.
A great read if you have a few minutes.
Test Anxiety Quiz.
I found this great resource here. There are also other printable pdfs and quizes about study skills, time management and reading.
A colleague of mine is teaching a secondary social studies methods class at a local university this spring. He asked if I and another first year s.s. teacher would be willing to speak to his teacher candidates about what it’s like to be a first year teacher. Here’s what I know so far: Students/Parents/Veteran teachers - what advice do you have to add to the list? More tips mentioned by others and a few more of my own:
A colleague of mine is teaching a secondary social studies methods class at a local university this spring. He asked if I and another first year s.s. teacher would be willing to speak to his teacher candidates about what it’s like to be a first year teacher. Here’s what I know so far:
Students/Parents/Veteran teachers - what advice do you have to add to the list?
More tips mentioned by others and a few more of my own:
Read Write Think is an excellent website with thousands of lesson plans aligned with US standards. The lessons are printable and free for all. The are organized well according to grade and subject area and specifies learning objectives such as collaboration and critical thinking.
- Be aware of the goals on the student’s IEP in order to help the student achieve personal goals. It might be a more important goal for the student to learn socialization, to complete a task, or develop fine-motor ability than to make a work of fine art.
- Relaxing background music or headphones may help a student who has trouble focusing on the task at hand.
- A “time-out” table or area is helpful. Some students might be able to concentrate better by being allowed to work somewhat apart from other students for awhile.
- Pair a special-needs student with a different buddy each month (to help get supplies and to make sure the student understands). This is good for both students.
- Give support only as you sense the student needs it, instead of automatically assuming you know what his needs are selections from The Art Teacher’s Survival Guide for Elementary and Middle Schools by Helen D. Hume.
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