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The Demands Of Teaching: 10 Top Teacher Training Needs. By Justin Marquis, Ph. D “Those who can’t do, teach.” –Anonymous As someone with a teaching license who has also taught at the university level, I have always found this offhanded dismissal of educators at all levels offensive. A few even believe that public service, such as teaching, should be a mandatory requirement of all U.S. citizens regardless of their training or interests. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the national teaching program evaluation organization, believes that both rich subject area knowledge and an understanding of how to teach are necessary for successful teaching.

Do they need to major in English, science (which one?) 1. I have ranked this first because it is the most undervalued, yet most valuable aspect of teaching. 2. If you know how to teach and how to learn, you can teach almost anything given some time, motivation, and support. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. This is a cross-post from 13 Ways to Learn in 2013. Sharebar In The eLearning Coach New Year’s tradition, I’m presenting another list of compelling ways to learn online this year. Opportunities for learning seem limitless, applications get smarter and the content gets richer.

I just hope we don’t all evolve into robot heads at some point. Enjoy! At the end you’ll find links to lists from the three previous years. 1. This collection of speech collections will thrill speech lovers as well as history buffs. 2. If you don’t have access to a college library you can pay for online access to a journal database, make the trip to your nearest university or try this Directory of Open Access Journals first. 3. Learn to write and design a comic book or graphic novel. 4. Expand your knowledge of current events and other cultures by reading newspapers from around the world. 5. Twitter Chats are scheduled online meetups that take place through Twitter. 6.

Google Art Project: Istanbul Museum of Modern Art 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Need more ways to learn? 5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated. A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories. Why Teachers Should Seek Feedback (Whether They Want To Or Not) I have evolved as a educator since my beginnings as a teacher back in 2001. I have evolved as a leader since my beginnings as an AP six years ago. I have evolved even more since becoming a principal 4 years ago. With time, and with feedback, change should happen as long as said feedback is used.

However, one must be willing to change in order for change to occur. “We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” – Oprah Winfrey I have acknowledged publicly when I’ve done wrong the past four years. I have sought out feedback in order to improve professionally and personally during my time as a building leader. I have sought feedback to make what we do and how we do it better during the last four years. I will continue to seek this type of feedback from staff and other stakeholders as it has helped me improve and I believe our school has improved too. “Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Aristotle.

From Management to Engagement. As educators, we are always looking for management strategies to try in the classroom. Note I said "strategies" -- not "solutions. " Many Edutopia bloggers have written about strategies and ideas for classroom management. I've also written a blog on PBL management strategies, but many of those same strategies can be used in non-PBL contexts. When picking strategies, we have to know that because they are strategies, some may not work. However, there is a larger, more important issue to consider before venturing into management strategies to solve a problem in the classroom: engagement!

It is crucial to focus on engagement rather than management. Here, Pink is talking about the three things that are needed for engagement, but they still hold true when we think about our classrooms and what we are asking of our students. Autonomy If you want your students to be engaged, facilitate self-directed activities and learning models. Mastery Our students like getting better at stuff. Purpose. 15 Conflict Resolution Tips For Educators. 10 Ways To Become A Better Online Learner 9.15K Views 0 Likes There are some quick and easy ways to become a better online learner. Whether you're taking a class or just researching, here are the DOs and DON'Ts. 10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment.

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment by Terry Heick For in-person professional development from TeachThought on how to create an effective learning environment in your classroom or school, contact us today. Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean? The reality is, there is no single answer because teaching and learning are awkward to consider as single events or individual “things.” So we put together one take on the characteristics of a highly effective classroom. 1.

This is not a feel-good implication, but really crucial for the whole learning process to work. Many teachers force students (proverbial gun to head) to ask questions at the outset of units or lessons, often to no avail. 2. Questions are more important than answers. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Why Standardized Tests Don't Make Sense. The 90-Second History Of Education 9.81K Views 0 Likes Well here's an insanely detailed infographic to peruse. It's the history of education and details the past, present, and future. A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools. As a consequence of society’s digitization it becomes increasingly important to use technology in education, in primary as well as in secondary education. Students must achieve a number of digital literacies and competences that can enable them to succeed in a world where digital tools are a natural part of everyday life.

In order to ensure that students acquire the necessary digital literacies and competences, and to ensure that they can critically think, it is important that they are presented with a range of digital tools and gain an understanding of the tools’ capabilities. This places high demands on the teacher. As a teacher it can be difficult to keep up with the new digital opportunities, and it can be hard to assess which digital tools students should be presented to, and in which contexts it is appropriate to use them in education. The framework is based on a distinction between a monological , a dialogical , and a polyphonic form of teaching.

The monological form of teaching. The 4 Newest Ways To Make Education More Interactive. Sorry to have to say it, teachers, but few students want to listen to you talk about a subject for an hour, no matter how much you may love it. You think that you have prepared a nail-biting lecture of suspense about every war in which the United States has fought, and, by the War of 1812, your students are staring out the window, hoping for a superhero to fly in and rescue them from the classroom.

Even for the most dedicated of students, books and lectures get boring. Keeping lessons fresh and challenging means keeping them interactive, and given it is almost 2013, incorporating this task is actually much easier than ignoring it. The incorporation of technology into classroom settings has shown a positive impact on the attention and scores of students. Students at risk of failure in education have been shown to engage and absorb material better with the use of technology, while technology in the classroom has also helped students with autism communicate more effectively. 2013 is coming. 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation - 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation by TeachThought Staff The best lessons, books, and materials in the world won’t get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they’re not motivated. Motivation, both intrinsic and extrinsic, is a key factor in the success of students at all stages of their education, and teachers can play a pivotal role in providing and encouraging that motivation in their students.

Of course that’s much easier said than done, as all students are motivated differently and it takes time and a lot of effort to learn to get a classroom full of kids enthusiastic about learning, working hard, and pushing themselves to excel. Even the most well-intentioned and educated teachers sometimes lack the skills to keep kids on track, so whether you’re a new teacher or an experienced one, try using these methods to motivate your students and to encourage them to live up to their true potential. 1. Give students a sense of control. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking.

Publishing student thinking can be among the most powerful ways to improve learning. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the biggest reason is that the “threat” of publishing moves the lodestone from the classroom to the “real world.” This, of course, changes everything. What To Publish Note that publishing finished products and the thinking process itself are two very different things–and the idea here is to publishing the thinking itself: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Most of the following can also be used to publish the finished products–essays, documentaries, and other project-based learning artifacts. Below are 27+ ways to make this happen–and most are available as apps. WordPress.comKidblogVoicethreadYouTube AnimotoVimeoGoAnimateEdmodoStoryKitIdea SketchJingStorifyPreziScribdSlideshareTwitterWordleiMovieTumblrInstagramGoogle+SkitchiBooks AuthorMookletBloggerBook Creator Creative Book Builder Image attribution flickr user flickeringbrad.

It’s About Self-directed Learning. “This is about students learning at their own pace, not working at their own pace.” – Summit San Jose Math Teacher Three weeks into the school year, a student in our Optimized Learning math pilot raised his hand and said to a teacher, “I think I am behind.” That simple statement led to a larger conversation and a good look at this ninth grader’s schooling history. When digging into his past, it became evident he had always been behind. And yet, he just kept moving forward through social promotion and low D grades. For the first time, we were asking him to be accountable for his own learning and drive his success. For the first time he wasn’t sitting in a classroom where the curriculum was moving forward even though he wasn’t learning it, and for the first time it occurred to him that he wasn’t making progress.

It was a defining moment for both this student and me. Mostly, students struggled almost immediately. However, they didn’t know what to do next. The Learning Cycle: Setting a Goal: Assessing 21st Century Skills. Recently, one of the teachers who is participating in our district’s 21st Century Learning grant project came to talk with me about assessing 21 century skills – one of the expectations for teachers in this project.

Her observation was that students frequently practice the skills when engaged in research or project based learning. The thing she was struggling, with, though, was how to “grade it.” Assessing skills like collaboration, information literacy, creativity, self-direction, and critical thinking seems like a difficult task–when you think of assessment as “grading.”

To understand what is meant by assessment of 21st century skills we need to examine the term “assessment.” At its core, assessment should be thought of as an opportunity to give feedback. So to effectively assess skills and habits of mind –we must design a performance task for the students. These items become the criteria upon which a rubric or checklist can be built. 5 Strategies For Incorporating Social Emotional Learning Into Your Classroom. By Meg Price, theeiexperience Social emotional learning (SEL) by definition is a process for learning life skills, including how to deal with oneself, others and relationships, and work in an effective manner. Although there are many great SEL programs, SEL can also be incorporated into each lesson as a way of teaching for students to really understand how to action the skills in a variety of situations and form positive habits.

All students start school with some level of social and emotional skills and all will develop their social and emotional skills at a different rate. Parents and teachers are both responsible for teaching students life skills and certainly much of what they learn will be by watching our actions. The 5 strategies below are will not only benefit students SEL but will also be beneficial to teacher’s well-being. 5 Strategies For Incorporating Social Emotional Learning Into Your Classroom 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. . - What aspects of this class did you enjoy today? 12 Things Teachers Must Know About Learning. 12 Things Teachers Must Know About Learning By Bill Page closeAuthor: Bill Page Name: Bill PageSite: About Bill Page ... Bill Page, a farm boy, graduated from a one-room school.

He forged a career in the classroom teaching middle school “troublemakers.” For the past 26 years, in addition to his classroom duties, he has taught teachers across the nation to teach the lowest achieving students successfully with his proven premise, “Failure is the choice and fault of schools, not the students.” Bill Page is a classroom teacher. For 46 years, he has patrolled the halls, responded to the bells, and struggled with innovations. He has had his share of lunchroom duty, bus duty, and playground duty. Bill Page’s book, At-Risk Students; Feeling Their Pain is available through his web site, or through 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 1. 2.