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30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers

30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers
Editor’s Note: We often look at the qualities and characteristics of good teaching and learning, including the recent following pieces: How A Good Teacher Becomes Great What You Owe Your Students Ten Secrets To Surviving As A Teacher The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment How To Be A Mediocre Teacher So it made sense to take a look at the characteristics of a successful educator, which Julie DuNeen does below. 25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently by Julie DuNeen If you ask a student what makes him or her successful in school, you probably won’t hear about some fantastic new book or video lecture series. What students take away from a successful education usually centers on a personal connection with a teacher who instilled passion and inspiration for their subject. Are teachers reaching their students? 1. How do you know if you are driving the right way when you are traveling somewhere new? 2. We can’t all be blessed with “epic” workdays all the time. 3. 4. 5.

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10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Management By Jennifer Gonzalez You know the basics: Establish clear rules and consequences, be consistent, keep students engaged. But even with all that in place, the small things you do could be wreaking havoc on your whole system. Here are some habits you might have developed that are messing with your classroom management, along with more effective alternatives. 1. Confessions of a Teacher Who Doesn't Believe In Education  I was one of those people that always knew what I wanted to be when I "grew up". I wanted to teach. Asking children, and teenagers what they want to be when they grow up , or what they want to major in when they graduate high school, is a pretty common question. Many people never know the answer, those of us that do, and are luckily enough to have a response that falls onto the list of " acceptable, and safe jobs," seem to have it lucky. As a child I played school with my neighbors, I was always the teacher, and if they weren't around, I taught pretend students, and helped my mom, an elementary teacher, grade papers.

Reflective Teaching Questions: A Challenge For Teachers Reflective Teaching Questions: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers by TeachThought Staff We’ve talked about “reflective teaching” before, and shared ways to be a more reflective teacher as well. Well, September is Reflective Teacher month at TeachThought, and in celebration some folks from our facebook team have created a blogging challenge for you to take, share with your colleagues, and use as reflective tools for growth. So, beginning September 1st, you’re on the clock.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Virtual Field Trips The dog days of summer are upon us; now is the time when all the other activities have run out. Whether you're a parent looking to entertain bored, overheated children, or a teacher already brainstorming ways to break down the four walls of your classroom in the fall, how about taking a virtual field trip? As edtech writer Audrey Watters argues, real-life field trips offer enriching experiences that virtual ones can't, but resources are not always available for in-person trips. Besides -- virtual trips can take you places that wouldn't be logistically possible in the real world.

Defining "Best Practice" in Teaching It's often said in the teaching world (as in many professions and trades, I imagine), "Why reinvent the wheel when there are plenty of practices that already work?" In their book, Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School, Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan share their definition for "best practices," which they define as existing practices that already possess a high level of widely-agreed effectiveness. We teachers are standing on the shoulders of giants before us who have developed tried-and-true strategies by testing them out, reflecting on the outcomes, and honing those strategies over decades or longer.

CHECKING IT OUT: What's a ‘highly skilled’ teacher in D.C.? Back in the day at Everglades Elementary School in Miami, I had a fifth-grade teacher named Berry Shaw. She was known as the second toughest--read that, second meanest--teacher in the place, and I quaked on the first day of class. She was the best teacher I ever had. Mrs. 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Principal I was recently asked by a superintendent if I had some questions to ask his principals to start off the year. The questions I gave him were based on the following areas: Fostering Effective RelationshipsInstructional LeadershipEmbodying Visionary LeadershipDeveloping Leadership CapacityCreating Sustainable Change

Learning Leading Change: EduTECH Day One: Open Schools for globally connected learning David Price is the author of the fabulous book Open and Larry Rosenstock is the director of High a Tech High. Autonomy is the new mantra. Price spoke about the fact that the need for change is escalating, referring to examples such as global warning as an issue showing the need to address wider world issue before it's too late. 2020 50% of all jobs will be freelance. 2030 47% of all jobs will be automated. How are we preparing our students of today for this very real and close future? What makes great teaching? – expert views Popular teaching methods, such as lavishing praise on pupils and grouping students by ability, are not based on evidence and can harm student development, a report has found. The Sutton Trust examined 200 pieces of research on what makes great teaching, concluding that some common practices have no grounding in research while other less popular approaches can be effective. The report found that the two most important elements of great teaching were the quality of instruction and how well a teacher knew their subject.

Rhee Spells Out Teaching Expectations With 200-Page 'Learning Framework' So what exactly is D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's idea of good teaching? A highly skilled teacher should never have more than five instances of "inappropriate or off-task behavior" by students within a half-hour of class time. At least three times in that span, an instructor should respond to students' correct answers by "probing for higher-level understanding" of the idea being discussed. And no more than three minutes of teaching time should be lost to poor organization or planning.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward Failure is an inevitable part of life, but it's often accompanied by shame -- most people do everything in their power to avoid it. But to paraphrase educational philosopher John Dewey, a true thinker learns as much from failures as from successes. What if educators worked to take some of the sting (and the stigma) out of failing, and encouraged reflection and revision to build upon the lessons learned? Perhaps there's a goldmine of opportunities if we can re-frame failure as a valuable learning experience, an essential step along the path to discovery and innovation.

A Quiver of Teaching Strategies (Not Just One Silver Bullet) OK, so let's say you're an archer. Put aside our myths of Robin Hood, William Tell, and Oliver Queen for a moment. You are not a supernaturally accurate archer, but a normal, everyday member of a great troop of warriors.

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