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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher. Rusul Alrubail , Edutopia Community Facilitator/ Student Voice & Literacy at The Writing Project Posted 01/14/2015 6:59PM | Last Commented 04/19/2017 1:06AM What does it mean to be a great teacher?

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

Of course credentials, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other faculties of intelligence are important. However, a great teacher should be much more than credentials, experience and intelligence. Inspirational Teaching Videos: Covering Common Core, Math, Science, English And More. Forbes Ranks Teaching As One Of The Most Unhappy Jobs. Well here’s something that I happened across and just had to share.

According to seemingly arbitrary ratings and rankings by Forbes, the teaching profession is one of the most unhappy careers out there. It’s #5 on a list that also includes things like Registered Nurse and Associate Attorney (the latter is the most unhappy job, apparently). See for yourself by hitting this link (screenshot below). [Note the fact that there's an ad for 'Teaching Jobs' in this slideshow. I find that kinda funny. The real question here is not the validity of the rankings or if it’s just a stunt by Forbes to garner pageviews (it is).

So based on these two vague and unscientific online data points, I won’t draw any conclusions. Do you agree or disagree with the Forbes ranking of the teaching profession? School-life-expectancy.png (PNG Image, 929 × 2145 pixels) - Scaled (46%) 5 Quick Ways To Start Using Video In The Classroom. Integrating video into our classrooms can be a great way not only to get students more engaged in the material you’re presenting to them, but to get them using technology, giving and getting feedback, and tapping all parts of their brain while they learn.

5 Quick Ways To Start Using Video In The Classroom

Some Video Factoids You Should Know YouTube is the #2 search engine. Seriously.Humans are hard-wired for visual learning.We pay attention to faces; increases believability.Voice conveys rich information – just look at how classrooms have been set up for generations. 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools.

Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way.

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible. I’m not saying we should just make the current system better… we should change it into something else. I have compiled a list of 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools and it is my hope that this will inspire lively discussions about the future of education. 1. Computer Rooms The idea of taking a whole class to a computer room with outdated equipment, once a week to practice their typewriting skills and sending them back to the classroom 40 minutes later, is obsolete.

Computers or technology shouldn’t just be a specific subject, that’s not sufficient anymore but rather it should be an integral part of all the subjects and built into the curriculum. 2. 3. Lessons for educators: which countries are miles ahead in professional development? Teaching is an international issue and, increasingly, teachers are looking abroad for ideas about professional development.

Lessons for educators: which countries are miles ahead in professional development?

Whether you're trying to improve a subject lesson or enhance your own continuous professional development (CPD), there's always somewhere to go for ideas and inspiration. "It's important to keep an eye on what's happening abroad, but there's no magic formula," says David Weston, chief executive of the Teacher Development Trust.

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Lessons for educators: which countries are miles ahead in professional development? Does Seat Placement Affect Student Test Scores? Why would teachers use seating charts in the classroom? I have been teaching both ICT and science for over 16 years and I use seating charts for all my classes from year 7 to year 13. I believe seating charts make a massive difference in the classroom environment for both the teacher and student. Teachers are showing their authority in that they are making it clear to their students that the classroom is something that they are in control of.

Pupils have to follow pre-planned orders from the teacher. These seating charts will have been created by the teacher based on their knowledge on each student. Comfort, Confidence, And Effectiveness One piece of research at Montana State University found seating charts are the right way forward. How Seat Placement Affects Student Test Scores A major worry for teachers is that by seating pupils in terms of their attainment there is the possibility that lower achieving students will have a negative impact on the attainment of the higher ability pupils.

27 Presentation Tips For Students And Teachers. We all have to get up in front of a group of our peers and deliver a presentation at some point. Whether it’s a TED talk or a book report in your elementary school classroom, there’s a pressure and sense of nervousness that strikes us all. And that’s just the mere thought of giving a presentation. What about the actual presentation itself ? How do you make it successful and awesome? In an effort to help you become the next Steve Jobs of presenting, here are more than two dozen different presentation tips perfect for both students and teachers alike. Personally, I like the ‘visualize’ tip as it gets you a bit looser and thinking about something other than your own presentation. Infographic: Does Teacher Pay Affect Student Peformance?

Saw this infographic on the relationship between teacher pay and student performance in the classroom, and I had to post it.

Infographic: Does Teacher Pay Affect Student Peformance?

You will want to share this one with your friends. Does teacher pay correlate with better student performance? In a word–yes! Source Related articles: Lucas Allen. How to teach ... mindfulness. All teachers want their students to be calm, focused, alert, aware and creative, which is essentially what mindfulness is all about, so it's no wonder the term has become a bit of a buzzword, even in mainstream education.

How to teach ... mindfulness

The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help introduce mindfulness to young people at school (and at home) and to help them develop some essential life skills. The most delicious way to start has to be Mindfulness and the art of chocolate eating. Taking just three minutes, this is a practical and instantly likeable introduction to bringing mindfulness to the classroom. If you must, swap chocolate for strawberries or ripe slices of mango. The Learning Curve. What If The World Were 100 People? Here’s a fresh take on a complex set of data. What if you took all the statistics about everyone in the world and boiled it all down into one question: what if the world was just 100 people? What if you took the billions and billions of people on Earth and made it so only 100 people could represent them?

You’d get some super-simplified but interesting stats, that’s for sure. For example, there would be (obviously) 50 men and 50 women. But most of those men and women would live in Asia.