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Beyond Academics: What a Holistic Approach to Learning Could Look Like. From a child’s perspective, school, extracurricular activities and home are part of the continuous experience of life. From the perspective of teachers, coaches and parents, those experiences may seem more differentiated and are thus treated separately. However, if the adults in a child’s life approach his or her growth as a collaboration following a clear developmental path, every child will have a better chance at a life filled with choices and the skills to achieve goals, according to a report. “The idea is that if everybody starts to have a common understanding about what they’re trying to do and what an effective approach would be, and they understand that it’s a shared responsibility to help kids develop and learn over time, then hopefully it will lead to more discussion,” said Jenny Nagaoka, lead author of the Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework and deputy director of the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR).

Cyber Seniors Documentary. Top 12 Ways to Bring the Real World into Your Classroom. Younger children love the "make believe" of pretending to be grown up. Teens who are less interested in school may respond to a dose of “real life” reality. No matter how old your students are, here are a few ways to bring the real world into to your classroom this school year: Invite Guest Speakers Bring in a guest speaker who works in a field connected to what you’re studying. An English teacher may get new levels of effort if her students realize that writing essays can prepare them to be a journalist that reviews videos games or interviews famous people.

And math teachers who constantly get asked, “Why do I need to know this?” May benefit from introducing an architect, computer programmer, or scientist who uses math on a regular basis. To kick off this holiday weekend, we want to spread a little patriotic pride... Parents, try out one or more of these teacher appreciation ideas listed here. Here are a few ideas that can go a long way toward removing stress from your...

Use the News. 8 Reasons You Should Have More Guest Speakers in Your Classroom | QuizBean | Create your own quiz online for free. Having a guest speaker in your classroom is probably better than when the TV on wheels rolled into your classroom. They’re new, fresh, and hopefully engaging. Many teachers bring in guest speakers to illustrate points in their lesson plans, and give students a break, but I believe guest speakers have the power to do so much more. Here are 8 reasons you should invite more guest speakers into your classroom: 1. It’s a break from your teaching Hate to say it, but students are probably bored of your teaching methods and class. 2.

This is my favorite reason on the list because I love to learn something new. 3. Have you ever gotten to a point in your semester’s curriculum where it might be better for someone else to teach the section? 4. A lot of schools struggle with good “town-gown” relations. 5. There are many professionals who would jump at the chance to come speak to a classroom full of your students. 6.

Bring your parent to work day is super-fun. 7. 8. Include parents and family in learning. By Amber Rain Chandler I’ll admit it. I used to be scared to death of parents. For good reason, mind you. I began my teaching career as an AP Literature teacher. I was 23 and my students were 17 and 18. Despite the sparks that flew back then, as the years passed I came to see that the very best way to help students is with a collaborative school/home effort.

Pulling in high school families My success rate was good when I pulled families in, and I say families because in about half the situations, there were grandparent caregivers, influential uncles, or even an older brother or sister who could help. Many teachers are like me. Parents eventually started to trust me, both as I grew older, and as I garnered a reputation for fairness and as a challenging teacher, which went a long way in the affluent district where my career began. Suddenly, middle school Then the rug was pulled out from under me. The first thing I noticed was that middle school students were extremely loud.