April 21, 2014
The teacher is one of the pillars of the society and the country. Without good teachers, no country can progress. The importance of teachers in the life of a nation cannot be overlooked. The teacher influences the immature minds of-the youth. He treats and moulds the young mind into various forms. The future of the nation is built him through the process of education. As nation which tries to march ahead on the road to progress must do so with the help of able teachers. A nation cannot afford to leave its future in the hands of incompetent teachers. According to a philosopher, “The world of tomorrow will be born from the schools of today.” Thus the teacher is very significant as the builder of the nation.
India is known for its great teachers. In the past, there were highly competent teachers. They were held in high esteem by all sections of the society. Even the kings and rulers paid great respect to them. They used to look up to their teachers for guidance and advice in the hour of crisis. In those days, teachers were the true benefactors of society. They were the trustees of common welfare. History is full of examples that great decisions of vital importance were taken by kings on the advice of their teachers or gurus. Alexander, the Great was indebted to his teacher, Aristotle for the knowledge and advice given to him from time to time. Thus teachers in the past enjoyed a place of esteem and reverence.
However, those times have passed. Now the teacher does not hold as much esteem as he did in the past. Teachers have lost their old glory. Now they are looked down upon in society. Their economic condition is also miserable. We know that our country is economically backward and the standard of the masses is very low. Burin this system, the teacher stands on the lowest rung of the ladder.
Moreover, the nature of society has changed. We have become materialistic. In this society, only those people command respects that have power and money. Thus an illiterate minister gets more respect than a highly qualified and scholarly teacher. The society of the past which respected teachers has vanished. The poor teacher does not enjoy much prestige in the society of today. The proliferation of private schools, which are merely teaching shops, is another reason of the decline of a teacher’s prestige. These schools employ teachers at very low salaries and the teachers cannot give his best to the students. The teacher suffers in many other ways also. A person who fails in getting a job and is rejected by his employers, blames his teachers for his own failures. In this way also, the teaching profession has been disgraced. As less attention is paid to education these days, he teacher has also lost prestige.
April 7, 2014
There are many ways to motivate students to learn and participate in the classroom leading to increased student success.
Each child is different and requires a different motivation. What works for one child may or may not work for the rest of your class. Finding what motivates each student will help increase student achievement. Here are nine methods that may work in your classroom.
- Remain Positive
- Provide Opportunities for Success
- Be Excited
- Allow Students to Earn Rewards
- Teach Teamwork
- Public Praise
- Appropriate Praise
- Teach Problem Solving Skills
- Provide Opportunities for Varied Experiences
Motivating students takes a little effort, but the reward is well worth the work. Be creative as you figure out what motivation works for each student in your class. The more motivated your students are, the more learning will take place.
March 31, 2014
Over the course of your child’s elementary education, you’ll have teachers you like and those you won’t. Just like your child, you’ll prefer some of his educators over others.
But in this triangle relationship between parents, children, and teachers, both parents and teachers hopefully have the same ultimate goal in mind—the wellbeing of the child. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Beginning at the preschool level, parents need to know what to expect from teachers in order to facilitate the most positive experience for their children.
Glam.com spoke with Dawn Farber, the current Director of Early Education at Beit Ha Yeladim Preschool in Santa Barbara, California and a former behavior specialist for the Santa Barbara Department of Education, to get her insight. Farber revealed 5 key considerations for parent/teacher harmony and a successful school experience for your child.
March 18, 2014
Many successful people credit their academic and socioeconomic success to strict and loving parents. My definition of a strict parent is a parent who applies clear and consistent rules for their children to follow in order for them to reach their highest human potential. They provide consistent discipline for their children and look out for their children’s future. Furthermore they have the best interests of their children as their primary concern. They also have clear demarcations as to the role of parents and children.
There are the obvious things they do for me. My mom ventures out into the cruel world to provide me with sustenance, and my dad works grueling hours to pay for my expenses and future college tuition. They both buy me school supplies, the occasional book, and a variety of other material objects. Needless to say, I live a pretty nice life, and I am thankful for it.
Strict parents censor the amount of time their children watch television or engage in superfluous activities as they believe that these activities are not as important as intellectual activities. A former co-worker of mine had parents who did not permit her as a child to participate in Halloween parties because they believed those activities to be unintellectual. Her parents also frowned on her socializing with other children which they deemed a waste of time. When she came home from school, she had to study her lessons and afterwards, she had to read a total of 2 books per week. She is now a highly successful lawyer.
As a child and teenager, her parents forbade her to play in the streets or to go to the movies with friends unless an adult was present. Intellectual activities was emphasized in her home. Reading was stressed in her home. Her parents had clear rules and regulations. She was not allowed to date while she lived in her parents’ domicile. Her parents believed that teenage dating led to teenage pregnancy which was prevalent in the neighborhood they lived in.
March 10, 2014
Parents and teachers share responsibility for creating a working relationship that fosters children’s learning. This digest examines the cultural context for parent-teacher relationships, suggests some general strategies for creating a climate in which misunderstandings and disagreements between parents and teachers can be minimized through communication, and discusses some general principles for parents and teachers in dealing with misunderstandings or disagreements as they arise.
It is important for teachers and parents to remember that they know the child in different contexts, and that each may be unaware of what the child is like in the other context. It is also useful to keep in mind generally that different people often have distinct but disparate perspectives on the same issue.
Many parents may be surprised to learn that teachers, especially new teachers, are sometimes equally anxious about encounters with parents.
February 24, 2014
As the school year comes to a close, I’d like to reverse roles a bit and offer some advice to teachers. This year, I had one of my best teachers ever (no offense to any former teachers reading this) as my math teacher. This was an incredibly challenging course, yet he was able to make it very fun, engaging, and passable.
Without this, it is impossible to become a great teacher. If you don’t love your subject, how can you expect your students to? I don’t think this is an issue for most teachers. Still, it is always important to emphasize. Sure, your students will think you’re crazy when you talk about fractions with a look usually reserved for spectator sports, but in the end your enthusiasm rubs off. Never be afraid to love something and show it.
With the onslaught of standardized testing and curriculum this might be getting harder, but it is still very important. Regardless of discipline, creativity is paramount. Sure, you can be a good teacher by taking prepackaged material and efficiently transmitting it. But you can’t be a great one. To be a great teacher, you have to be ready to develop custom, creative lesson plans and projects. You have to have an arsenal of techniques. You need to be a problem-solver. You get the idea. If you don’t, pop into your average commencement address and you’ll hear plenty about this.
Students have complex lives, as do you. If everything is set in stone, you’ll eventually crack. When an A student fails a test, you have to be ready to be flexible. Likewise, you should make yourself available to students for help as much as possible and publicize that fact. If students don’t know you’re available or have office hours, they won’t come and will just struggle through key concepts. Realize that learning is not static and you can’t be either.
I am a firm believer in integrated curriculum and content. Life isn’t in isolated boxes, so learning shouldn’t be either. I often hear the complaint that there isn’t support from administration or other teachers. To that, I say “So what?” Even if you’re the only one integrating across disciplines, even if the other discipline wants nothing to do with you, still do it. My math teacher once spent an entire class investigating the application of logarithms in music: complete with a working string instrument. If this seems hard, just take baby steps: try to integrate another discipline for just one lesson and go from there.
Information can’t be transmitted without a solid connection, and neither can knowledge. You need to form a connection with each and every student. Technically speaking, the knowledge has to form a connection to the student, but you are the representation and medium of that knowledge. Find out what students passions are, and show them how the knowledge connects to them. To do this well, you have to be interesting. Your subject should be your passion, but not your only one. Play an instrument, learn to program, or coach a soccer team: it shows you have something in common with students and helps you to form a connection. Connect these passions back to your subject, and share those connections with your students. Be sure to drop these connections into lessons, fast and furious. Also, appeal to a variety of students. A music reference does nothing for me, but a computer science reference has my interest piqued. (The opposite for other students) You need to connect with students, and to connect you need something to connect with.
February 14, 2014
A teacher is one of the very important person in our life. They teach us how to stay in this world and teach us every thing. A student should always keep in mind that whatever the teachers teach them is correct one, but nowadays what happens is there are lots of teachers who don’t know anything and they can misguide the students. So some of the ways which can let us know the qualities of a teacher are :
1. Confidence : Belief in ourselves despite setbacks. Teachers encounter situations all the time that could be considered setbacks. Kids can be cruel, to each other and to teachers. They can have attitudes, especially teenagers. I’ve had teachers to were obviously nervous when they taught. Others were shy and only half committed to their subject. But the best teachers laughed off their mistakes: chalk breaking, books dropped, TVs not working. Where some teachers were flustered, the good teachers shrugged and went on about the lesson, sometimes even joking about the mess up. These teachers knew they were human and knew mistakes happen. They didn’t take things personally and let problems get them upset.
2. Flexibility : Students have complex lives, as do you. If everything is set in stone, you’ll eventually crack. When an A student fails a test, you have to be ready to be flexible. Likewise, you should make yourself available to students for help as much as possible and publicize that fact. If students don’t know you’re available or have office hours, they won’t come and will just struggle through key concepts. Realize that learning is not static and you can’t be either.
3. Dedication to excellence : Good teachers want the best from their students and themselves. They don’t settle for poor grades, knowing it reflects upon their ability to teach just as much upon a student’s ability to excel. The best teachers encourage the sharing of ideas and offer incentives (like not having to do homework for a day) to get students to think outside the box. They don’t tolerate students’ badmouthing other teachers, doing their best to point out that other teachers are human too. They encourage students to be good people, not just good memorizers of text. They want students to learn and be able to apply what they learned, not just be able to pass tests.
4. Patience : Some of my best teachers could have helped students through a mental breakdown. Not that they had to, but that they were so patient, they could have gone the distance. Many a time I, or classmate, would just not be “getting” a particular concept. My best teachers were those who were willing to keep explaining, knowing that eventually it would make sense. They were willing to wait until a distraction calmed students down, or abandon a lesson entirely if it was clear material needed to be revisited. The best teachers just stuck with it, willing to do what it took, no matter how long it took.
5. Good sense of humor : A good teacher should also have the quality and characteristic of having a good sense of humor. It is a logical fact, that a person generally teaches the next generation and as they are younger than the teacher, they are expected to have more fun in the class too. So, a good teacher is the one who can cope up with his sense of humor, and with his strong communication skills and personality, can also maintain the discipline of the class.
February 1, 2014
There are several factors in making an effective teacher. Most of the best teachers have all of them. How many do you have?
1. Effective teachers carefully prepare. Although it may look like something just pops up, planning is essential. Students sense that you are not really ready. Keeping an up-to-date lesson plan book and making notations on what works and what does not work is very helpful when getting ready for the next school year. There is no reason to re-invent the wheel when you find something that is very effective.
2. Effective teachers have a good rapport with students. The dictionary tells us that rapport means, “a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well.” That does not mean that a teacher has to be the student’s friend!
3. Effective teachers communicate with parents. Providing an on-going channel of communications with parents is essential. Having a Web site is also a wonderful way of keeping parents (and students) up-to-date. Providing a newsletter is a great way to communicate with parents.
4. Effective teachers are consistent. Keep to your schedule. Say what you mean. Avoiding making threats and then not doing what you have promised.
5. Effective teachers are also learners. Go to conferences. Attend afterschool workshops. Ask your neighbor. Find out what others are doing.
6. Effective teachers do not listen to complainers. If you come across complainers in the lunch room, avoid them like the plague!
7. Effective teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. Computer are not going away. They are here to stay. The faster a teacher learns how to integrate them into the classroom, the better it will be for everyone.
January 20, 2014
1. Make sure they have choice in what they learn and how they learn.
2. Ask their opinions and listen to them.
2. Care about what they say.
4. Don’t make all the decisions.
5. Provide a safe environment for experimentation with ideas.
6. Encourage them to follow their interests and their passions.
7. Provide opportunities for creativity.
8. Create a culture of thinking, where everyone’s thinking is valued.
9. Don’t expect them to do things without knowing why.
January 6, 2014
Availability of toys that encourage play reenactment of children’s experiences and observations during the disaster can help children integrate these experiences. These might include fire trucks, dump trucks, rescue trucks, ambulances, building blocks or playing with puppets or dolls as ways for the child to ventilate and act out his or her own feelings about what has occurred.
Children need close physical contact during times of stress to help them reestablish ego boundaries and a sense of security. Games that involve physical touching among children within a structure are helpful in this regard. Some examples might be:
Ring Around the Rosie
Duck, Duck, Goose
Have the children draw pictures about the disaster and then discuss the pictures in small groups. This activity allows them to vent their experiences and to discover that others share their fears.
Have the children do a mural on long paper with topics such as what happened in your house (school or neighborhood) when the big storm hit (earthquake, etc.). This is recommended for small groups with discussion afterward facilitated by an adult.
Short stories” dictated to an adult on a one-to-one basis on such topics as “What I do and don’t like about the rain.” This activity can help the child verbalize his/her fears, as well as to perhaps get back in touch with previous positive associations with the disruptive phenomena.