I always looked forward to being asked to supervise trainee teachers during my teaching career. This was because it forced me to look at my teaching. With the constant pressure of the job, I, like many others in the profession, sometimes went back to the old chalk and talk types lessons far too often. The arrival of the trainee teacher reminded me of all the different pedagogue/teaching strategies I could use to stimulate my students’ learning.
So I would look at ways in which I could show the trainee a variety of teaching strategies that increased interest in my students. Their arrival also meant I would endeavour to teach the “perfect” lessons to inspire them and my students.
In doing this I was trying to create an image of how a teacher works in a professional way. As well I would endeavour to give the trainee a wide experience of school life, not just in the classroom but in the staff room and in the playground.
I always provided more opportunities to experience teaching than was mandated by the university education faculty.
Let’s face it; learning is complicated. In fact, the more we learn about learning through research, the more complex and nuanced our understanding of the processes involved gets.
The good news is that we have, in fact, learned a great deal in the past few decades about how the brain goes about committing new knowledge and skills to long-term memory. The bad news? Much of this information is sitting in obscure journals on dusty library shelves and sitting on websites only visited by cognitive scientists, psychologists, and neuroscientists.
For many of us in education–those of us who need this information to inform our daily work with students–some of this information may just as well have never been discovered, since so little of it has made its way into mainstream education channels and teacher training institutions. But never fear; in this article, and those to come in the next few weeks, I will tackle all of this complexity and break it down for you in ways that will allow you to apply the information to your own teaching practice.
Your primary goal in becoming a better professional development teacher is to assess the needs of your audience and strategize the best way to break through to them. Communication is the key to addressing their goals on a level that they find helpful. Even more, working with adults is not like working with children; there are several additional layers of effort needed to instruct older individuals. This inherently means more planning, which brings us to our first and foremost tenant.
Plans and Preparation
Planning is perhaps the most influential tool you can use to your ability to overcome challenges like teaching others excellent professional development skills. A good rule to use when trying to manage time in the preparation phase is to “double your chances.” For example, if you wanted to deliver a two-hour speech on an aspect that you felt was important, you should put in at least four hours of research and preparation into the speech. The idea is to develop every point in your timeline, from public speaking to the slides, segues between segments, and so on. This way when the moment arrives, you
The School Principal should possess special qualities of being a leader. These qualities will determine him/her of his/her qualifications in managing his/her people in the school vineyard. Without these extra-ordinary strengths or qualities of the school leader, he/she should not be worthy of his/her job as school leaders. This might be the reasons why there are school leaders who fail to functions successfully in their job as School Principal. If only all of School Leaders have the exceptional skills or qualities of being a leader, then we are absolutely sure that our educational system is on the way to standard and excellence.
Being the leader of an educational institution, the School Principal has to possess remarkable qualities which make him/her superb among others in an organization. These qualities are as follows:
The School Principal should first be transparent in his/her work as school leader. He/She should have the clean conscience of facing the night and day with all the honesty inside and outside of himself/herself. The one that has the drive to teach his/her people to bring back the value of honesty because he/ she
Teaching English to people who are just beginning to learn English (second-language learners) can be quite a challenge, especially when the novice teacher has not studied languages herself. Teachers should be mindful that language learners have a variety of learning styles much like all students in the regular classrooms. Some students prefer writing while others prefer social interaction as a setting for learning. Visual learners need unique stimulation in the forms of pictures, drawings, and designs; whereas, kinesthetic learners need to employ body movement. For that reason, one would be advised to ask questions to determine the student’s level, his preferences, and his cultural background. The correct methodology to be utilized in class depends somewhat upon the learner’s and the teacher’s preferences. No matter which of the following strategies you should employ to teach your new students, it is preferable to try more than a single strategy and to mix as many as needed.
Presentation, Practice, Production
The Three P’s Strategy is commonly used in classrooms to teach all subjects. First, the teacher presents the topic of the
The word Empathy comes from Greek and means ‘what suffers’ or what is the same, the ability of a person to understand the emotions of another.
The concept of empathy is of great importance when you relate and interact with your students in the class. The better you understand them, the more you receive from them in return. This interpersonal intelligence, in the opinions of Howard Gardner, directly reverses many of the actions that your students are held during the school days.
Perhaps, you observed during your school years that there were teachers who could connect very quickly with students while others maintained a relationship with their students something more complicated. They were not connected with the students- with their emotions. These teachers were less empathetic.
Another aspect that should not be confused with the fact that- being an empathetic teacher has nothing to do with being a cool teacher or rolled teacher. This is not true at all. Empathy is something deeper sense to be “cool” or “rolled”. In fact, the teachers with good empathy can start a very good
Most of the students seem to be overconfident due to the availability of employment opportunities. The economic reforms process initiated in most of the countries of the world are responsible for enhanced employment avenues. Though there is a considerable decrease in the government jobs, there has been an increase in the private sector jobs. For instance, at present, there are new private players in all the three sectors of the economy. Hence, there is an increase in demand for human resources too.
According to a survey, many students do not have command over the English language even after completion of their graduation!. Some students seem to be negligent and do not pay attention to the teachers in the class rooms.
The developments in information technology are not being utilised effectively by the ignorant and innocent children!.
Parents of children are either illiterate or busy with economic work. in some cases, there is a slight negligence by the parents. Thus, the children seem to be enjoying the freedom as they are unaware of career development and their contribution to the economic development.
Virtue as it Be
Virtue has been defined as ‘a conduct of life with principles of morality’. A virtue can be acquired by the cultivation of regular actions, which build up to a habit, which fall in accordance to these principles. Virtue is somehow innate of the nature of mankind. Therefore, it is necessary for a teacher to pertain to several sets of virtues, which can be very crucial in understanding the diligence of lacking the way education is being passed on to the generations of the human race. This understanding will help in efficient outcomes of the end goal of any teaching that is to be done.
The basic ones
There are lot of principles that a teacher must adapt to, but not negotiating on the basic ones can help them in turning resilient to the ills of teaching. They furthermore add value to the entire system and its co-existence with quality. The basic ones cannot be neglected as they turn out to be the epitome of the relation between any student and teacher and wipe out the crucial resistance from the
Teaching is a great profession. There are very few people who take this profession seriously. There are many people in the world for whom, learning becomes a tough task. They need the right guidance to make their target. The Oriental countries are beautiful, where teaching scope is not limited but is available in plenty. However, many are not aware of the rules and regulations that the countries now follow.
The basic requirements for teaching in these countries are –
A bachelor’s degree is essential for every aspiring teacher. The degree certifies the teacher to have adequate knowledge about the subject that he or she is applying to teach in these countries. If the degree is from a well-known university, which these countries recognize, then the process becomes easier for the teaching candidates.
Experience Counts in the Orient
Experience is something that you will need to become eligible for teaching in these nations. A relevant experience of two years of teaching will open up a number of opportunities for you. If your experience is longer than the basic need, then the opportunities
One of the sectors which fosters national development is education by ensuring the development of a functional human resource. The institution of strong educational structures leads to a society populated by enlightened people, who can cause positive economic progress and social transformation. A Positive social transformation and its associated economic growth are achieved as the people apply the skills they learned while they were in school. The acquisition of these skills is facilitated by one individual we all ‘teacher’. For this reason, nations seeking economic and social developments need not ignore teachers and their role in national development.
Teachers are the major factor that drives students’ achievements in learning. The performance of teachers generally determines, not only, the quality of education, but the general performance of the students they train. The teachers themselves therefore ought to get the best of education, so they can in turn help train students in the best of ways. It is known, that the quality of teachers and quality teaching are some of the most important factors that shape
For years I have heard the groans, moans, and sighs of classroom teachers, when they have heard the words PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. The idea of teaching and managing the unique personalities of students for hours within a school day, and then to be forced to close the day with a training, in-service, or workshop is not appealing to most teachers. To make professional learning opportunities more appealing, three guiding principles should be considered: relevance, engagement, and opportunities for ongoing support.
The first question that is commonly posed by classroom teachers is “How does this professional development workshop apply to me as a teacher?” If teachers are unable to see how they fit within the equation, then physically they are present, but mentally they are disengaged. The fact of the matter is that all professional learning opportunities do not apply to all educators. For instance, preschool teachers would likely not find relevance in a workshop about the upcoming state-mandated test for 3rd-8th graders. Despite the fact that this population of teachers understand that they provide the fundamental skills that set the tone for the subsequent
Now in 2016, much is being written and spoken about teacher stress. Teaching has always been a stressful career. Working with 25 individuals children in a primary school class would stretch the patience of most people. Then, in a high school situation, a teacher might have to interact with over 100 individual teenagers in a wide age range over a single day. We all know how difficult the teenage years are for the teenagers let alone their parents and teachers.
Stress can be divided into two areas. The first is related directly to the teaching situation while the second is related to issues from outside the classroom. In the main, the first type of stress is part and parcel of being in front of a class. Most teachers take that stress “in their stride”. The second is not in the control of the teacher. That is the dangerous stress, the stress that caused mental anguish and often leads to illness.
In this article, the first type of stress will be discussed. Let me begin by listing the many roles a teacher plays in
A tutor is a professional instructor who tutors or teaches a student. The term ‘tutor’ is largely used in the context of private or personal teaching, either to a single student or a group of students, that are in need of supplementary tutoring outside the classroom.
Tutor profiles in different countries
The title is used to denote different job profiles in different countries. For instance, in the US, the term tutor is usually associated with a professional who instructs or teaches within a school setting. But often, a tutor is a professional instructor in a given subject or field and by and large, the term is used at a higher educational level – e.g. high school and college levels.
In the UK, a class of students or a ‘form’ is the responsibility of the ‘form tutor’ who is headed by a guidance teacher or year head and has full-time responsibility in his or her role as a specialist subject teacher. The form tutor is the person who interacts with parents about their child’s progress, shortcomings and any problems encountered at school and provides
A while back, I read a book entitled “Fires in the Bathroom”, which describes some students” struggles as high “schoolers” from their perspectives. What I came away with was the idea that students want to be understood and accepted as individuals. The social care is primary while the academic care is secondary. The major theme in the text was that students wanted their teachers to know that they had lives outside of school. Students want to know whether a teacher can identify with their daily struggles. In other words, the relationship piece is essential because students come with a historical, cultural and social phenomenon which teachers must take into account.
Teachers need to have this sense of awareness of not only what is going on inside the classroom but also personally on some level. This requires genuine caring on the teacher’s part which is a symbol for approachability, open mindedness and positivity. The “nice” teacher needs all these elements packaged in his/her demeanor, behavior, and teaching style. For the fortunate one, it may be natural while others have to acquire
One of the teacher’s roles is to help the student improve on their learning skills and prepare for lifelong learning. Online tutoring services should promote the following productive learning skills: Concentrating, reading and listening, time management, remembering, creative thinking, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration so, students can acquire skills they need to be productive.
To promote learner development in a way that draws out and gives form to what the student already knows, the teacher or tutor should provide mentorship in online tutoring websites.
PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS IN LEARNING
Modern theories of learning emphasize the need to think while learning because learning and thinking are related. As an educational goal of online math tutoring for kids, helping the child in learning how to think more productively by being able to generate ideas and to evaluate those ideas will lead to possible best solutions in problem-solving.
Critical thinkers must be creative thinkers as well in order to find best solutions.
Most often when a problem drags on, it is not because we cannot tell if the determined solution is the best, it only shows the gap
Each day that I am in my VPK classroom I find moments to spend with each of my eleven students. Sometimes it’s when they have a question for me or if I have a specific message for the student, such as asking them to get their water bottle for outside time.
I recently asked a child to get his water bottle and I explained to him the importance of staying hydrated in the heat of Summer, he then asked me why? and why water? Ah Ha!
A teachable Moment: I explained the whole our body is ninety percent water and we need clean water to live and that not all Countries in the world have that blessing, we continued with questions and answers for a good ten minutes even getting out The World Atlas to see and learn about some of those countries. At the end of our discussion the boy looked at me and said ” thank you for teaching me about the importance of clean water and about other places, I really like looking at the pictures of other countries.”
I am a Director of an early childhood center. I wanted to take the time to inform the community, particularly the parents of the community, of several opportunities that exists right in our area. Early Education! I am aware that the parents of this community are heavily involved in the welfare and of the achievements of their children. From the moment of their birth they are beginning to learn and collect information, even while still in their mother’s womb. Education plays a large role in our children’s welfare, now and later in life. I would like to make you aware of the different opportunities that there are available in this community, that will allow your child to be in an educationally enriched environment. If you haven’t heard of the term Early Education, let me share with you some background and research on the subject.
In the past when people heard the word childcare, they may have automatically thought of a place that simply watched over your child while you were at work, or tending to some other duties, and at one time that may have
We live in an age where the number of discussions about education reform, teacher accountability, and dropout rates have become the basis of news reports, research topics, and even dinner conversation topics. Many educators feel the overwhelming pressures of high-stakes testing, the lack of parental involvement, biased teacher evaluation systems, and limited amounts of instructional time to sufficiently address all of the academic standards prior to the end of the school year. At times, as an educator, it becomes difficult to decipher through it all in order to figure out what to do to meet the needs of the divergent learners that come into our classrooms. It is because of this difficulty, which in part, may explain the alarming number of teachers choosing to leave the profession altogether. With so many challenges, many may ask: “Well, what is the answer to improving student learning?” The answer is that in the midst of it all, educators must remain committed to the one element within education that is within their control, which is authentic and purposeful teaching. This type of teaching occurs