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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home
When I first started teaching and was overwhelmed by the demands and complexity of the job, my survival strategy was simply to take all the advice that came my way and implement it. So when my wise mentor suggested that after the first day of school I call all of my second grader's parents, I did so. In spite of my exhaustion, I called each family and introduced myself. I asked a few questions about their child. I said that their kid had had a good first day. Throughout that year, and the years that followed, I continued this practice -- I had an intuitive feeling that it was key: The positive phone call home. When I taught middle school, this strategy made the difference between an unmanageable group of kids and an easy group. First I'd call parents of the kids who I knew would be challenging, those I suspected rarely got positive calls. Some of these kids were difficult, extremely difficult. I know how many hours teachers work. Related:  tipsEducation stuff

10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout "Why did I want to be a teacher?" We all face burnout, sometimes on a daily basis, and in my case, especially after fourth period. Most of the time, we can pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and go back to the drawing board to try another strategy to find success with student learning. I have to admit that it is getting more and more difficult to make that transition back to a willingness to try again. I can't help to think students are more difficult than they used to be a few years ago, and pressures from accountability are becoming more oppressive. Rather than provide a list of things to avoid, I would like to take a more proactive stance by sharing things that will help diminish burnout feelings and help you answer, yep, it is worth it. Step #1) Have Fun Daily with Your Students Share jokes, brief stories, puzzles, brain teasers, etc. Step #2) Take Care of Your Health Step #3) Learn Something New and Share It with Your Students Step #4) Help Another Teacher Step #6) Lighten Up

Understanding School Refusal Case Examples Rebecca, an eight-year-old girl , has always had difficulty attending school. Since she began third grade two months ago, her problems have significantly worsened. She constantly begs to stay home from school, having tantrums that cause delay in dressing and often result in her missing the bus. Nicholas is a fourteen-year-old boy who has missed forty-three days of school since beginning the eighth grade four months ago. Prevalence and defining characteristics As much as 28% of school aged children in America refuse school at some point during their education. 1 School refusal behavior is as common among boys as girls. Rebecca and Nicholas are just two examples of how school refusal manifests in youth. As evidenced by Rebecca and Nicholas, there are varying degrees of school refusal behavior. The cause and maintenance of school refusal behavior Rebecca had several physiological symptoms at school and went home to be with her mother and play. Treatment Table 1 Concluding remarks

Title 1 School How to Motivate!!! PLEASE READ!!! It's more than just motivating. Buttercup53 , Sixth grade social studies teacher in Texas Posted 11/10/2012 8:12AM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM 2604 Views Hi, My name is Linda and I've been teaching at a sixth grade campus for eleven years now. I make sure that I have procedures set up at the beginning of the year, but it seems like things just fall apart pretty fast. We now have a new curriculum that was bought from another district and I now found out that that district is looking for a new curriculum.

Goal: 12 Resources for Giving Constructive Feedback Posted by Shelly Terrell on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 Part of the Goals 2010 Challenge Series, Goal 22 and the Cool Sites series In the former school I taught at some of the students rallied together and complained to the principal about the previous teacher. The instructor thought it was because of the low grades they received in the class. When I was receiving the same group of students the following year I was really nervous. This experience made me reflect on my grading practices. Why do only a few instructors provide constructive feedback? I believe this is due to two main reasons. specific- the student knows exactly what you thought was positive and what needed improvement.private- make sure the other students do not know who made the worst grades.immediate- provide the feedback as soon as possible when the assignment is still in the student’s mind.helpful- We want students to strive to improve and to learn. Grading Resources Brain Honey- Free online curriculum mapping. Challenge:

Four British institutions ranked in top five of world's universities Cambridge University was ranked second-equal with Imperial, behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Photograph: Brian Harris/Alamy Improvements in research have seen Cambridge University and Imperial College London surpass Harvard University in the latest authoritative annual ranking of the world's top universities, published on Tuesday, with four British institutions in the top six. The QS ranking of world universities, regarded as the most rigorous of its type, places Imperial and Cambridge as second equal, behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the international stage in 2014, thanks to a year of impressive citations measured by QS's survey of academic output. Harvard dropped from second to fourth overall. Kings College London, Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester universities are all in the top 30, capping the best performance by British institutions in the 10 years the QS rankings have been published.

Classroom Management and the Flipped Class Editor's Note:This post was co-authored by Aaron Sams, CEO of Sams Learning Designs, LLC and founding member of the Flipped Learning Network. Let's face it. We teachers spend far too much time and energy trying to keep students quiet so that they can listen to us. What if the goal of class was for the students to actively engage in the content and participate in tangible ways in the learning process? Noise Is Good As we pioneered the flipped class, we got away from the front of the room and got a whole different perspective on what classroom management could look like. As we did this, the dynamics of the classroom dramatically changed. But, as with any change, we found some new challenges. 4 New Management Issues Who Gets My Time? Since the teacher is not delivering direct instruction each day, they are spending their time interacting with, challenging, and directing individuals or groups. Redirecting Off-Task Kids Becomes More Important Freedom for Some and Control for Others

The Extraordinary School Counselor Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick How to praise kids: It’s a hot topic for many parents and educators. A lot of the conversation around it has stemmed from studies by Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford who has been researching this specific topic for many years. “My research shows that praise for intelligence or ability backfires,” said Dweck, who co-authored a seminal research paper on the effects of praise on motivation and performance. “What we’ve shown is that when you praise someone, say, ‘You’re smart at this,’ the next time they struggle, they think they’re not. It’s really about praising the process they engage in, not how smart they are or how good they are at it, but taking on difficulty, trying many different strategies, sticking to it and achieving over time.” But what some might not know is that this paradox is strongest for girls. “Of all the subjects on earth, people think math is the most fixed,” Dweck said. [RELATED READING: Girls and Math: Busting the Stereotype] Katrina Schwartz

Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction Tips for downloading: PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms -- both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application -- with Adobe's free Acrobat Reader program. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader. Click on any title link below to view or download that file. Resources On This Page: Lesson Plans & Rubric - Reteach and Enrich Sample materials used to teach, assess, reteach, and enrich one week's fifth grade math objective: differentiating prime and composite numbers. Back to Top Tools for Data Assessment Teachers at Mesquite meet weekly with the student achievement teacher to review the most recent assessment data and plan instruction for each student accordingly. 5th Grade Math Formative Assessment Tracking Sheet Sample spreadsheet used to track student performance on each objective. Culture Websites & Readings

Updated Sept 2014: School Governors and the CEIAG Statutory Duty I’ve posted previously about the guidance School Governors received from the DfE on their role in implementing the CEIAG Statutory Duty. With the event of a new term has come updated guidance for Governors and a small but noteworthy change of tone in the CEIAG section. Last year the relevant section read: 3.2 Careers guidance Maintained schools must secure access to independent and impartial careers guidance on the full range of education or training options, including apprenticeships. While this year it reads (P47): The clear added emphasis is that now Governors should be taking a proactive approach to be involved in the securing of provision for students, not just checking and monitoring that school staff are doing this. Hat-tip to @CEGNETUK for flagging this up. Like this: Like Loading... Related

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests yet another reason more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it: the amount of time kids are forced to sit while they are in school. This appeared on the TimberNook blog. State-based Prevalence Data of ADHD Diagnosis (2011-2012): Children CURRENTLY diagnosed with ADHD (Centers for Disease Control) By Angela Hanscom

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10 books to help boost young boys' reading On Tuesday, the government announced its plan to get more children reading. It takes the form of a competition, aimed at seven- to 12-year-olds and slated to kick off in September, that will reward the young readers who devour the most books: the clear intention, as schools minister Nick Gibb put it, is "to give a competitive spur to reluctant readers". Both boys and girls will be eligible, but as boys make up the majority of these "reluctant readers" – one in 10 British boys are now leaving primary school with the reading-age of a seven-year-old – Gibb added that he hoped boys in particular would be inspired "by a bit of healthy competition". So which books should the nation's boys be reading if they want to get a headstart? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Can you do better?

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