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.
September 15, 2014
In India, there are ample job options for English teachers. Indians always had a penchant for English and now English is the ticket to a successful career. Whosoever wants to improve career prospects, feels the importance of being conversant in English. Parents want to provide their children with English education not because it is a status language but because it will provide them a head start in life. Consequently the need for qualified English teachers is clearly on the rise. Teachers are needed not only in the schools or universities but are also employed as trainers in corporate offices and language schools.
With the recent boom in the BPO industry, there is a high demand of voice and accent trainers in this country. Many companies also hire TESOL certified English teachers for teaching their employees soft skills. The reason behind India’s flourishing BPO industry is that India, is one of the few densely populated countries where the population can easily pick up the language as they are familiar with English owing to their colonial past. India has become a major outsourcing giant as she can provide cheap skilled English speaking employees needed to support such service industry. This has further increased the demand for English.
The positive points for teaching in India are:
*India is a beautiful country with variety of landscapes and culture. It takes a long time to explore this exotic land. So if the teachers work here as teachers they will have plenty of time in their hands to see this beautiful country and also at the same time earn enough to support themselves here.
*In India, the ESL teachers will be given 10 to 15 thousand rupees per month along with accommodation.
*The above-mentioned amount is enough to survive in India comfortably. They can also go for holidays in the weekends after saving from the salary.
*While teaching in India, the teachers will be able to understand and come close to the culture of this country.
*Moreover, a few years of ESL job experience in India can help you get s better paying job in the Middle East or Northern Asia.
September 4, 2014
Our very first memories might be of our parents but sometimes they are of our teachers. We attend nursery school at merely two or three years. Our teachers are remembered like our second parents. As years pass by we leave our first teacher and move onto our second. Most of the time we never realize what we are leaving behind when we let ourselves get swept in a rush. More often than not, we never even get a chance to thank our teachers for the time they take. We don’t even realize that we have copied their habits.
I remember trying to balance my chair on two legs while the teacher kept advising me not to. In the end it flipped and I fell down with the chair. He helped me up and wiped my tears. A few years later another teacher put her saliva on a classmates newly formed bruise. I watched with fascination. Time passed and I ripped my book in half against my teachers orders right in front of her. I remember like yesterday when my ninth grade teacher screamed at me for a misunderstanding between us. When I apply for a job in the future I will write ‘resume’’ because it was my A’ level English teachers pet word, and on the very day of leaving school , on my graduation speech the teacher correcting it replaced ‘school’ with ‘Alma Mata’ and in the future I am sure I will unconsciously do the same thing.
At the last exam of our A’ level exam we all smiled. We were ecstatic about leaving school. Going to jobs and doing our own thing. The teachers smiled and watched as we left. They were happy that we took what they had to give. The same thing happens with our parents. When it is time to leave the nest, they accept it and let us go with their blessings. We find is hard to even come back and visit them. Same happens to our close friends whom we find no time to talk to or even greet as we rush by trying to live our lives.
August 29, 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.