Articles In The Classroom Management Category
Teacher burnout is nothing new. It’s a topic widely discussed in the online community, and we even dedicated an entire blog post to the burnout a few years back that included various ways to fight it.
However, there is another type of burnout that we have not discussed– testing burnout. Believe it or not, educators also experience testing burnout like their students.
So how do you know if you are experiencing testing burnout? Here are some signs that you just might have it (adapted from here):
You struggle to feel motivated to revisit …
When I was about 13, I buried a time capsule with my best friend in the woods of her backyard. In it, we put our friendship bracelets, pictures of us, and other special mementos. We also wrote notes to our future selves and promised to always be friends. Thankfully, we’re still great friends, but as I look back at a copy of the letter I wrote about my future, I couldn’t help but laugh at how much different my life had turned out then what I had predicted. No, I’m …
We have all experienced these types of students– the class clown, troublemaker, or chit-chatterer– and for educators, I think these students ultimately bring up the questions, “Is this student engaged?” or worse, “Are any of my students engaged?”
Classroom engagement is something that must be measured throughout the year, and there are many factors that go into it, depending on which concepts or viewpoints you take. Here are some general questions you can ask yourself, including some insight into how to tell if your students are engaged:
Are they listening? Here’s how …
Most educators know the importance of having a personal learning network (PLN), but maybe you’ve never “formally” created your group. Now, more than ever, it is easy to create and connect with your PLN with all of the access we have to online tools such as social media sites and video messaging.
However, it is not always so easy for students to build a PLN– especially for those students who are too young to use online tools. This gives educators an opportunity to facilitate the development of PLNs for their students …
So, I recently had my first bully experience as a parent. I always thought I knew how I would react if this happened to my child–but I never expected the situation to be so complex or for it to start happening so young. Unfortunately, I’ll bet many of you can relate; reports show that around 15 to 25 percent of students are affected by bullying in the United States. If you think about it, that is about one out of every four to six students. Not only is it common, …
As we embark on “Back-to-School” season, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed and overburdened with enrollment and registration tasks. These tasks include processing student forms manually or with an outdated software system, and compiling stacks of data entry files to be entered once school starts.
If any of this sounds familiar, then online registration may be the solution to help streamline your registration process and alleviate the burden. Choosing an online school registration system that is inclusive and considers the needs of parents, students, teachers and administration is extremely important.
Consider the questions below as …
The new school year is almost here (or already here for some of you)! As you figuratively dust off your curriculum and clear the cobwebs, take some time to reflect on ways you would like to be a better teacher.
Here are 5 powerful self-assessment questions to ask yourself as you start the new year-
How did you feel about your performance last year? (Go easy on this one. We are often our worst critics.) Take a look at how you felt last year. Did you encourage creativity? Were you true to …
Katie Ferguson, NYS teacher of the year 2012, shares a wonderful experience in a recent blog post (as part of Pearson’s Schoolnet EduStat University) on Fostering a Love for Literacy. In it she tells of a transfer student who, when they initially met, told her very matter-of-factly that he hated to read and didn’t know how.
However, his disdain for reading turned into love once he spent time in Katie’s classroom where her literacy instruction focuses on three key models: independence, choice, and differentiation. Over time, he learned about independent centers, …
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It is very clear that great teachers make a difference, as discussed in Part 1. What is unclear, however, is how to truly measure a teacher’s greatness.
One interesting model comes from Teach for America, a nonprofit that recruits college graduates to spend two years teaching in low-income schools. Through the 2-year duration, student test-score data is linked to each teacher. Starting in 2002, Teach for America began using student test-score progress data to put teachers into one of three categories: those who move their students one and a …
Effective teachers matter, and they matter quite a bit. In a study done by three Harvard and Columbia researchers, it was found that “students with highly effective elementary- and middle-school teachers were more likely to go to college, had lower teenage pregnancy rates and earned more as adults.” (Source)
But how do we measure educator effectiveness? Finding the answer to this question has been known to cause intense, passionate discussions; however, the move toward more structured educator effectiveness systems is actually a good thing. It shows that we care about empowering …