December 16, 2014
Instructional technology and the World Wide Web offer powerful teaching resources that provide educators with a limitless wealth of information and shared professional practices. My teaching partner and I spent four years infusing instructional technology and online resources into our interdisciplinary curriculum. After four years of adjustments and developments to our teaching philosophy, we arrived at a middle ground where we continued using our constructivist teaching philosophy to create meaningful learning experiences for our students, giving them the opportunity to learn sophisticated computer and research skills.
Our team-teaching philosophy creates student-centered learning environments; encourages a “constructivist” (Lynch 1997) approach to learning; and implements interdisciplinary lessons, projects and inquiry-based labs. Our middle school employs a full-inclusion classroom model, and we are successful in creating differential lesson plans for students with Individual Education Plans and/or Section 504 Behavioral Plans. Our teaching team encourages students to use the Harvard Medical School style of note taking. This style of note taking requires students to locate new information from different textbooks and scholarly resources, collaborate with one another to put the new information in their own words, and graphically organize the information in designs that assist their understanding of the new material.
Our students are required to create collages and posters that demonstrate their comprehension of the new material. These hands-on learning experiences give students the opportunity to build upon their previous knowledge, exchange information and construct new knowledge. Students are then assessed using authentic methods, such as learning journals, reading and writing portfolios, as well as more traditional grading procedures, such as multiple-choice and essay tests. The major objective of our teaching philosophy is for students to practice higher-order thinking skills in addition to their basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills.
December 12, 2014
Moral or ethical issues are central to our lives. Our personal relationships can be positive and enhance our lives or be destructive. Societal norms can be based on fairness and ethical values or involve favoritism and disrespect toward certain groups. Ethical behavior is essential in a democracy where, as citizens, we regularly make decisions affecting others. This essay focuses on aspects of moral development for which there is robust empirical support and sound guidance for teachers. A person’s morality is influenced by a variety of internal and environmental factors. In one conception, moral action is determined by four components: (1) moral sensitivity (comprehending moral content when present in a situation), (2) moral judgment (determining what is the moral thing to do), (3) moral motivation (choosing to do what moral rather than other values dictate), and (4) moral character (having qualities such as strength of ego, perseverance, and courage to act). Numerous studies in moral education suggest practical tactics teachers can use that will help their students move toward more complex, principled ethical reasoning to foster students’ moral judgment.
December 2, 2014
I have not always wanted to be a teacher. I knew that I wanted to be able to help people and make a difference, and this was the factor that made me originally go into the nursing field. I soon realized that this was not making me completely happy, and quickly found what would make me happy, becoming a teacher. There are so many reasons that I chose this as a profession. It is hard to think of just one particular reason I want to be a teacher there are so many it would be impossible to narrow it down. Being a teacher is very rewarding profession because you are constantly learning something new. Not only do you learn from technological advancements and co-workers but from the students as well. The main reasons that made me pick this profession would have to be the multiple ways it is rewarding and it gives me the opportunity to make areal difference in someone’s life.
When you become a teacher you are not only responsible for educating your students, it comes with more responsibility then that. You are now a role model for these students and their community. Students are with teachers eight hours of their day and sometimes consider their teachers as second parents. Being held to this standard you have now become a role model.
Being a good role model means to respect, love, instruct and guide students as they grow older. As a teacher I want to teach my students more than just the educational side of growing up. I want to teach them how to establish good relationships, guide their behavior, and how to communicate effectively because these are all lessons that are necessary to becoming a well rounded person.Schools and teacher are vital to our communities.
November 26, 2014
Parents and high school teachers are not typically people with ample free time. But as the two groups that often influence children and their education the most, parents and teachers need to make time to communicate with each other.
A conference should not be a confrontation : A parent-teacher conference is not an opportunity to list all the deficiencies you see in the teacher, the classroom, and the school system. Nor should it be a time when the teacher lists your failings as a parent and your child’s failings as a student.
Prepare talking points : List topics or questions to discuss about the child’s behavior, academics, or anything else, Landers says. And since time is limited for both the parent and teacher, arrange the most important points to be at the beginning of the discussion, Landers recommends, so you’re sure to cover them.
The conference makes the teacher more effective : Knowing that “my child is fascinated by stars” may give the teacher the means to excite interest in reading. The more the teacher knows about your child, the better the child’s needs will be addressed.
November 10, 2014
Some useful tips for teachers to deal with autistic students are :
1. Use Task Analysis –very specific, tasks in sequential order.
2. Don’t take misbehaviors personally. The higher-functioning student with autism-is- -not manipulative or scheming, trying to make your life difficult. They are seldom, if ever, capable of being manipulative. Usually, misbehavior is the result of efforts to survive experiences which may be confusing, disorienting or frightening.
3. Remember that facial expressions and other “social cues” you use with other students may not work for autistic students. Most people with autism have difficulty reading facial expressions, interpreting body language and understanding some common gestures, like a wave ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye,’ a ‘come over here’ motion, etc.
4. Give fewer choices. If a child is asked to pick a color, say red, only give him two to three choices to pick from. The more choices, the more confused an autistic child will become.
5. If you ask a question or give an instruction and are greeted with a blank stare, reword your sentence. Asking a student what you just said helps clarify that you’ve been understood.
6. Avoid verbal overload. Be clear. Use shorter sentences if you perceive that the student is not fully understanding you. Although autistic people do not necessarily have hearing problems and may be paying attention, the student may have difficulty understanding your main point and identifying important information.
7. Prepare the student for environmental changes or changes in routines. This would include assemblies, having a substitute teacher, rescheduling of classes, and so on. Use a written or visual schedule to prepare the student for changes.
8. Providing warning of any impending change of routine, or switch of activity.
9. Addressing the pupil individually at all times (for example, the pupil may not realize that an instruction given to the whole class also includes him/her. Calling the pupil’s name and saying “I need you to listen to this as this is something for you to do” can sometimes work; other times the pupil will need to be addressed individually).
10. Using various means of presentation – visual, physical guidance, peer modeling, etc.
November 3, 2014
The answer will vary at large as it depends on teaching style, grade interviewing for, and past experiences. However a teacher should draw out a plan and try to implement it if discipline is an important part of the position. Coaching clients fail to provide a clear action plan that can be backed up with examples. Also it is important to find out what is the philosophy of the school or district, this will give you some additional information.
You will want to get an example of your plan; use a real situation to show your expertise in this very important area. Whether you use the red light/green light, time-outs, or removing the student from the classroom, it is important that you can back up why it is effective and use examples. You will want to explain why you feel the discipline action is effective and why you enjoy using it.
It is important to develop ground rules the first week of class, this allows the students to understand what is and isn’t acceptable behavior.
These rules are discussed and agreed upon with the students, this makes the students accountability and responsible. You may want to touch on your philosophy of classroom discipline. This of course would depend on your style; you will have to be honest with yourself. But you may believe that you reduce negative behavior by offering the students a intellectually stimulating, organized, and respectful environment.
It is also important to indicate there are always two sides to every story, so if the action involves discipline of two students, you must listen to both sides. Make sure that you try to get the students to resolve their own disagreements, which may involve compromise. And resolve the problem by asking yourself, “How will you handle the situation next time?”
October 27, 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.
October 20, 2014
1. Reportedly, college graduates make 100% higher pay than high school graduates.
2. Brain power every day is becoming far more important than brawn power, even in blue collar jobs. For example, auto mechanics need to read and interpret manuals and computer printouts. To do this they need more schooling than mechanics of the past.
3. Increased schooling develops verbal skills, which are important in general, and, especially, in managerial positions.
4. Attending college or university helps one perform the day to day tasks of life more effectively, like locating the right doctor, searching for a good investment, finding a new job, or working out family challenges.
5. Education is important because it helps one develop new interests in life that may be entertaining or allow one to enter a new occupation.
6. Education is important because it leads to more job opportunities and a wider choice of jobs. Therefore, it is correlated with job satisfaction.
October 8, 2014
Teachers are one of the important parts of our life. They stay with us for almost 10 to 15 years at different stages of our life. But there are lot of complications in teachers’s life, the most important is their interview for a teacher. There are lot of things which they should keep in mind while they go for an interview. Some of those useful are as follows :
1. Do your homework to prepare yourself for interview
2. Just be yourself
3. Make sure that your 1st impression is one of your best impressions.
4. Get yourself in the right frame of mind
5. Common questions to think about ahead of time
6. Be sure about whatever you are answering.
7. Always be confident while you are sitting in front of the interviewer.
September 25, 2014
A child has a distributed time for school and home thus he is distributed amongst parents and teachers. We can say that parents and teachers play a very important role in shaping child’s future. Education is basically a process that leads to mental and psychological growth of a child. Apart from leaning the academics a child learns various other things like team work, table manners, sharing, unity, teamwork. A school is a form of institute for a child; some say parents are the first teacher for the child however I feel teachers are the second parents for children. Since kindergarten a child is handed over to the teachers and teachers nourish him and bestow him with the love support and good habits.
Parents on the other hand are responsible for the overall development of the child; they play a very important role in the socializing process of the child. Right from the bed time stories to the behavioral habits parents play a very important role in making a child a responsible citizen. A successful teacher always has a keen ear on parents. Such teacher normally asks the parents about the behavior of the child, his habits and activities and behaves accordingly to him; she is responsible for his growth and development and thus tries to bring out the best in him.
She is always alert with the cultures and family values of the child and thus tries not commenting or passing any judgment on the parenting styles. She thinks widely and makes sure that at any moment she may not hurt the mind of the child. Communication is best medium to solve problems. A successful teacher is always ardent at talking to the students and solving their problems, she is always approachable by almost every child of the class. Instead of blaming the child for not completing particular thing or being incapable of working on particular project or achieving bad grades she tries to find out the reason behind child’s failure or incompetency.