Getting to Know You Each year one of my favorite first week of school activities helps me figure out my first quarter seating arrangement while also helping students get to know one another. I’ve done this with 3rd graders through seventh graders. I don’t have a name for it, but here is how it works: The first day of school as students enter the classroom they are instructed to find a seat anywhere they want. The second day of school after we have settled in for the day, I explain that we are going to change seats, so gather up your things. 1) You may not sit with anyone you have already sat with. 2) You may not sit at a table you have already occupied. 3) All tables must have at least one boy and one girl. 4) You SHOULD try to help by being willing to move so things can be worked out if someone is having trouble finding an appropriate seat. What happens next is that a few students quickly find a new table and sit down like they are playing musical chairs. Learning is messy!
How to Get Kids to Work as a Team If the Adults Around Them Can't - Finding Common Ground "To get anywhere you have to build relationships with many different people-people who disagree with you, the skeptical and cynical. If you are to have any chance of progressing, you have to have enough empathy for their situation so that you can relate to them." Michael Fullan (The Moral Imperative Realized. P.6) Educators will tell you that teamwork is vitally important to moving forward, especially during our present times in education. Without a team teaching, building or district leadership can feel very lonely. Educators like to focus on 21st century skills or career and college readiness, depending on the phrase du jour. We often do that. We tell students that it's important to work together at the same time we may be ignoring someone who we do not like to work with, and that should cause some internal philosophical issues for all of us. Most people do not like conflict. We have all been there. Task master - This person always wants to get the job done.
The 21 Signs you are A 21st Century Teacher Teaching in the 21st century is definitely not an easy task. Students are digitally focused and have more free access to information challenging thus the traditional prototypic picture of the teacher as the knowledge instigator. Engagement is also another serious issue that makes educating such kind of students a real nightmare. It takes so much creativity, originality, and novelty from the part of teachers to get students motivated and engaged. Technology has the cure but this cure can not be effective unless teachers know how to use its prescription. Another resource which I highly recommend for any 21st century teacher is the awesome learning community called Simple k-12. I am mentioning Simple K 12 here because what they offer clicks in with the general theme of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning and also because It is a an inestimable source for professional development for teachers and educators.
How ditching the desks turned my classroom into a 21st century learning space Image by author I spent a great deal of last year enamoured with the idea of modern learning environments. One of my placements was at a school which had a large awhina area (an indoor court-yard) shared by 4 classes as a break-out space. It was fantastic to have a space for the syndicate (group of 3-4 classes) to meet as well as a place for students to have a place work independently of the teacher. Coming into a more traditional classroom space with 28 of the flip-top style desks seemed rather daunting at the start of the year. While I had the advantage of an old cloak bay, where I put a couple of round tables in, I was stuck with what to do in my main classroom. In the end I went old school making a couple of rows pushed up right at the back of the room. Over time I tried different table configurations to improve the flow of the classroom but the desks forever seemed to be in the way. World-cafe style planning (Image by author) How can we make our classroom more like the library?
Know Their Learning, Know Them. My classroom is ‘ungraded.’ Want to know one of the biggest mis-perceptions out there? That grades equal learning. I didn’t realize it until someone blatantly insinuated that my students were just “doing stuff” and not really learning, because I don’t “give grades.” That conversation has caused me to evaluate and re-evaluate every single thing I do in my classroom. I’ve taught in a traditional classroom, I’ve given hundreds, probably thousands, of grades.
Curriculum Leadership Journal | Grammar knowledge and students’ writing There are many methods for teaching grammatical concepts to middle and upper primary school students. However, the rationale for doing so should always be based on assisting students to best achieve text purpose when using written communication. In learning about grammar, children develop an understanding of how language works and they are subsequently able to use language more effectively; they are more readily able to construct understandable texts. Children come to school having learnt about communication through the cultural and social contexts in which they have been using language. Writing is an expressive mode of communication and involves the construction of texts in ways that ensure that specific purposes are realised and that clear messages are effectively conveyed to the reader/s. Writing is . Grammar is only one element of the English language system. Grammar teaching assists students to think reflectively about writing purpose and structure in effective communication. Clauses
SCU - Centre for Children and Young People igiveagonski.com.au :: Home The 6 Characteristics of A Successful Educator Jessica Hagy, a contributor in Forbes, has made an excellent account of the 6 main characteristics of people you should be around. While checking her article I instantly remembered the article I wrote a year ago called the 21st century teacher skills. There is a huge similarity between the two but what really attracted me in Hagy's post and which pushes me to share it with you here is the awesome illustration she employed. She used some catchy sketches that are alone enough to give you the gist of it all. Going through her list I found out that those are the same characteristics educators and teachers need to look for and hence we entitled this post The 6 Characteristics of a Successful Educator. Hagy 's list is too general but I worked on it and added my own materials to make it teacher-focused. Read and share with your colleagues. 1- The Instigator 2-The Cheerleader This is normally your supporters and fans . 3- The Taskmaster 4- The Connector 5- The Doubter 6- The Example
How children learn best - All In The Mind Lynne Malcolm: You’re with All in the Mind on RN with me Lynne Malcolm. Song: What did you learn in school today? Lynne Malcolm: The political message in this song performed by Pete Seeger in the mid 1960s may still be relevant, but now we know so much more about how we learn than we did 50 years ago. Today we explore what brain science can tell us about how children learn best. Dr Judy Willis practised as a neurologist in California for 15 years before becoming a schoolteacher. Judy Willis: There was a change in my patient population. And indeed in the classrooms I did see kids whom I would think yes, they are acting like someone who should be evaluated for hyperactivity, for impaired concentration, for zoning out, looking like they are having this petty mal spell. Lynne Malcolm: So since entering the teaching field what did your expertise in neuroscience reveal to you about how children were performing in the classroom? Sound Track: kids talking about Shaping Brains programs Ten. Sixteen.
What does it mean to be literate? SmartBlogs I often hear teachers talk about the value of literacy. If students are not literate, they will not be able to be functional citizens. I can’t argue with those teachers on that point. I completely agree with them. However, I do disagree with what they think literacy means. The digital age requires a whole new set of skills for people to master if they want to be contributing members of the community. E-mail Every person should know how to create an e-mail account, send an e-mail and attach files to e-mail. Word processing Many people out there spend many hours learning to format their essays in class by doing many writing drills. Research Sometimes a person needs to go beyond a simple Google search for their information. These three items are key for any person to be a literate adult in the world today. Nicholas Provenzano is a high-school English teacher and a technology-curriculum specialist for the Grosse Pointe Public School System in Michigan.
Why Accountability Is Key To Building Rapport When students aren’t held accountable for misbehavior, they take advantage of it. They become brazen and disrespectful. They affect a cool, uncaring attitude. They take their sweet time responding to instruction. And no matter how hard the teacher tries to stay positive, no matter how earnestly she tries to build rapport with her students, resentment inevitably begins to surface. She starts taking their behavior personally. She becomes the teacher she never wanted to be. And thus, her relationship with her students becomes strained. Every day feels like a battle. The truth is, accountability is the foundation upon which positive relationships with students are built. For it is accountability—that which is defined by the fair use of a classroom management plan—that is key building rapport. Here’s why: Accountability protects students. A classroom management plan is a contract between you and your students that protects their right to learn and enjoy school. Accountability isn’t personal.