As the US population is becoming increasingly diverse and technology makes the world feel increasingly smaller, it is time to make every classroom a multicultural classroom.Read more
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
AP: “Where are your Next Steps Comments?” he asks me.
Me: “There aren’t any next steps. I posted their final drafts. I put their grades on there.”
AP: “But people need to see that you’re offering next steps.”
Me: “I did. That’s how they got to the final draft.”
AP: “But people need to see the Next Steps Comments. Your bulletin board is the window into your classroom.” Read more
"I can't remember that."
"I sit down to take a test and my mind goes blank."
"I'm not a good test taker."
These are all things students say when they forget assignments or don't do well on tests. The twelve strategies introduced below will help students learn to memorize important information not only on homework and tests, but continuing to be valuable in their daily lives.
Read the 12 Strategies
Friday, November 20, 2009
Here are some excerpts from that interview:
What made you decide to leave your career as a celebrity publicist to become an anti-bullying activist?
When the tragedy at Columbine high school occurred, I became frustrated by the nation’s response. What happened there had nothing to do with the availability of guns. That’s when I decided to go public with my story. read more
David Andrade of Central High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut won the $250 Classroom Supplies Giveaway. He's using the money to replenish some much-needed science supplies for the school. On behalf of TeachHUB, happy experimenting!After two weeks of voting, Kelly Lonergan of Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields Illinois won the coveted "Best Dressed Teacher" title with 34% of the vote!
You can see the top 5 teacher fashionistas here. Thanks to everyone who entered both contests and to our five finalists.
After Thanksgiving, we'll announce TeachHUB's Happy Holidays giveaway - a treat for ALL members. Be sure to check back for details!
Read Kelly's fashion tips!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The recent announcement of the initial eight-member teaching faculty of the new The Equity Project School (TEP) in New York City has elicited comment from pundits and teachers alike.
This unique charter school is experimenting with choosing the very best master teachers and paying them an annual salary of $125,000, to see whether it can reduce the achievement gap between low-income students and their middle-class peers. Reading about TEP, I couldn’t help but play the part of Devil’s Advocate, er... Devil’s Scientist. Read more
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The eight intelligences are defined as follows: read more
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Many software applications are released to limited audiences prior to their full public release. These pre-release versions, designed to collect information from willing end users about potential bugs, are called betas.
Though some companies have caught some heat for keeping the beta tag too long, there's actually a teaching lesson to be learned from this. Read more
Monday, November 16, 2009
I wonder what percentage of teachers currently work in a school similar to the school they themselves attended. Of those who do, how many feel they are teaching a similar way to how they were taught? If I’m to assume that most teachers have a comparable experience to mine (which I do because I’m just that into myself) then the style of teaching which got them through school is not what is moving students today.
The question I ask is, have the kids changed or just the buzz words in education? Read more
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Of course, a teacher must set the tone in order to maintain effective classroom management. However, when "setting the tone", it is easy to get angry at students, and unfortunately, that anger will create more problems in the classroom.
It is very important that teachers do not "lose it" no matter how much a student tests you. If students see that they have angered you, they know they have beaten you at the discipline game. The bottom line is, you must control your anger if you want to be an effective teacher.
Here are some things to think about that may help:
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Veteran's Day has always been one of those days I never got off school, so I never paid much attention. I'm guessing even those who do get the day off don't give it the attention it deserves.
One of my coworkers just told me a story about his daughter:
Daughter: Woohoo, we have the day off!
Dad: What for?
Daughter: Veteran's Day
Dad: Do you know what a veteran is?
Dad: Brief definition of veterans, and tells her that grandpa is one.
Daughter: Ok, can I put the radio back on?
Rather than let another Veterans day go by unnoticed, let's this opportunity to inform kids about the sacrifices and patriotism of soldiers and veterans. Read more
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Most of the teachers on camera quickly got to writing on their pads, but in the back left corner of the screen a younger looking, yet still cardigan-donned teacher looked frozen like she just crashed her smart car into a puppy playground; her eyes, even out of focus, were full of guilt and fear and shame. Or maybe they were my eyes reflecting off the screen. I immediately identified with this background pedagogue, because shamefully, I too could not name my weakest student. On the other hand, I know well the middle name of my strongest student (mainly because she insists on writing out her full name on everything).
It is easy for students who don’t make much noise literally or academically to get lost in the grade book.
With a little extra planning, that is possible. Below are four common reasons students don’t participate and techniques to solve those problems and spice up your lessons.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Put a Ring On It Writing Prompts
3-5: Would you recognize the girl in the beginning from the final billboard photo? Would you ever want to change so much people didn't recognize you? Why or why not?
Thursday, November 5, 2009
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
As no two autistic children display precisely the same autism symptoms, it becomes impossible to create a standardized program that creates positive experiences for children with autism at school.
That being said, there are some techniques that seem to work well. Read more
The top five finalists for TeachHUB's Best Dressed Teacher Contest have been chosen. Whoever receives the most votes by Monday, November 16 at noon will win a $100 gift card to the school-appropriate clothing store of their choice. The poll allows one vote per day per person/computer.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
As science teachers, we generally need larger budgets to purchase equipment for the various activities and experiments that we do with our classes. I know that my department will be faced with significant budget reductions, and this has forced us to rethink our priorities and the way we use supplies.
But there are some simple ways to reduce the financial burden of teaching science. Here are some examples: Read more
Besides the annoyance of having to give up a prep period, these coverages teach the students little more than it’s okay to take a day off school. Even when teachers leave assignments to work on, students are typically reluctant to do complete it, because, “come on, Mister, it was a substitute.”
Monday, November 2, 2009
Think about long division. Students must be able to come up with the answers to multiplication, subtraction and division facts all in the context of the higher order algorithm. Less than automatic facility with math facts often results in either errors in the algorithm or fact errors. Both kinds of errors appear to be the result of carelessness when in fact it is the result of being distracted by having to figure out the answers to facts. Below are 12 principles necessary to successfully teaching math facts.
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