It has been my experience as a student teacher supervisor, while observing student teachers, there are instances when a student teacher is in a more supportive role; small group instruction or one to one with a student. There have also been times when I have seen that the Student Teacher's role was rather restricted. Before classroom teachers sign up to be a cooperating teacher for... read more
To my fellow educators and students, I know that it is very tempting to give your students answers to their questions immediately, but sometimes it's best to let a student struggle a little. Asking students why they are doing what they are doing can help students to make lasting connections that go beyond that next test or ACT exam. This approach can be frustrating for both teachers... read more
I am not interested in following the books to teach a lesson; I am interested in getting students to be excited about the work that they do. I want my students to change. I want my students to learn how to put their work into action. If you haven't seen this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXpbONjV1Jc - you should!
I'm a student at the University of Oklahoma who excels in English literature and writing subjects. I'm also a member of the Oklahoma National Guard, with who I have achieved a certificate of completion of a Public Affairs Specialist course. There, I learned valuable journalism and writing skills that I hope to teach to others. Education is a gift and I want to share it with others!
I remember going to school and feeling like something was wrong with me because I was good at mathematics. Especially, since nearly every teacher felt the need to re-iterate how girls were not as good at mathematics as boys based on what ever random statistics at the time. However, I excelled and kept going. I got a degree in mathematics. So, what made me different from all the... read more
Did you pay for college in 2014? If you did it can mean tax savings on your federal tax return. There are two education credits that can help you with the cost of higher education. The credits may reduce the amount of tax you owe on your tax return. Here are some important facts you should know about education tax credits. American Opportunity Tax Credit: You may be able to claim... read more
I have a few ideas about the way the education system should work and what its goals should be. For one, I believe the primary goal should be to impart knowledge and convey understanding. Not to "weed out" students, stratify the class into distinct performance and grade levels, or even to "challenge" the students. All those things can happen naturally and spontaneously without... read more
But there's always MORE math! That's what I told one of my students a month ago, and I meant it. I've dealt with math in every role from student, to teacher, to tutor and I can honestly say that the more I learn, the more I'm sure that I've barely scratched the surface of what's out there. A scary thought considering I've been educated in the subject for nearly 25 years. So what is a high school... read more
It is “common sense” to believe that we share the same sense of commonality amongst all others within society. However, we should never assume what is common to one’s self is necessarily applicable to the entirety of humanity. Each and every individual is independently designed to learn, grow and facilitate thought at his or her own pace to which cannot be labeled as common, but rather should... read more
It is extremely important that all students (and preferably their teachers) understand how they learn. Once I realized that I learned best through reading and doing, education became easy for me, but I was in college by then. Oh, how different things could have been if I had learned this early. Teachers may realize it, my 6th grade math and English teacher... read more
The education system, such a complex and convoluted series of practices and hierarchies, where does the student of the 21st century fit? Education now-a-days seems to have a greater goal of higher efficiency compared to student individuality in the class room. With a ballooning population, low teacher salaries, and out dated resources, we are in for a crisis situation in the coming decades with... read more
Just a word to express my enthusiasm!
Everyone knows education is vital to learning. You learn facts. You become familiar with a process. You discover tricks and tips and mnemonics. You notice details. You explore possibilities. The flow of information from source to student can be like a river or like a trickle. Either way, this is all contained in the education part of learning. But this is only one-third of learning. Where... read more
Playing online word games - word jumbles, crossword puzzles and the like; Reading newspapers, magazines, journals and novels; Entering essay-writing contests is a great way to hone your writing skills; My all-time favorite passtime -- solving jigsaw puzzles; Downloading apps or playing video games on math or English skills; Scrabble is a great boardgame that draws on vocabulary reposits. In fact,... read more
Education does not end with Summer break nor graduation. Education is a long-term, life-long pursuit. The mind loves the stimulated with new and exciting subjects, or input! Students and non-students alike must maintain their minds alert, through books, dialogue, and exchange of ideas. We live in a hyper-culture, with too much emphasis on success=equals material possessions. ... read more
When parents think about the key factors for academic success, they often look at standard pillars of solid education: (1) a collection of good educators, (2) a wealth of solid academic resources, and (3) a diligent routine of practice and study. These components are certainly essential pieces of the puzzle, but they overlook the keystone underpinning that affects every aspect of learning: nutrition... read more
I believe that students need to take a couple of weeks right after school is out and have fun! They have been cooped up, studying hard and walking that line of following rules and being told what and what not to do for quite a while. They have been stressed with finals and trying to get every last good grade possible to ensure either passing to the next grade or upping their GPA's . Summer... read more
Under Harmer’s theory, affect, agency, achievement, attitude, and activities are all crucial aspects of motivation. To focus on improving affect positivity, teachers can try to minimize their time spent as controllers, introduce more colorful (and carefully chosen colors of) classroom decorations, and aim for more activities and class discussions on topics that the students... read more