It’s been a bit quiet on the internet this week, but Education Update still has some great articles for teachers. Leading the line-up this week is Why ‘Educational Reform’ Sends Educators Running for Cover – And How We Can Change That, which examines why so many people, and teachers in particular, are so reluctant to see the education system reformed to better meet the needs of students.
The article Habits of Highly Effective Teachers is a tongue-in-cheek look at those unique qualities needed to be a teacher, while Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters includes a great checklist students can use to verify the quality and relevance of their internet research. The 50 Core Documents That Tell America’s History will be very useful for any subjects that explore American history, while Refuse To Be A Boring Teacher reminds us of the need to keep students engaged and interested in what we want the m to learn.
Why ‘Educational Reform’ Sends Educators Running for Cover–And How We Can Change That
When someone says “educational reform,” most teachers want to duck and run for cover. No wonder. The history of education, K-12, has been regulation and regulated change: every decade or so, another politician or corporate “visionary” or educational theorist (i.e. moi) decides “everything has to change” and produces a pilot program and then the wheels grind and it becomes a “standard” and teachers around the country have to tear up the old lesson plans and do it all over again….read more
Habits of Highly Effective Teachers
People often ask me, “Ms. Teach, how are you such an effective teacher?” Just kidding, nobody asks me this. They usually ask, “…why is your dress on backwards?” or “Why are you looking at me like that?” or “Do you know that you have food in your hair?” But if anyone were to ask me what I thought were seven habits of highly effective teachers, this is what I would say….read more
Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters
Students live in an information-saturated world. Rather than shielding them from the digital world, many agree the most effective way to keep them safe and using the internet responsibly as a learning tool is to teach them how to be their own filters. That’s not only a life skill, but one that’s important when researching….read more
50 Core Documents That Tell America’s History
This list is by no means definitive or comprehensive, but is a starting point. It serves as an introduction to aspects of American thought and history that are deeply interesting, even surprising, and that will, we hope, entice readers to want to read and learn more….read more
Refuse To Be A Boring Teacher
It is not a version of grit to passively accept boredom. It is not a version of grit to be passive. For teachers or for students: it’s a version of submission. There’s enough boredom and disappointment and failure in the commerce of life to learn those lessons without my actually building it into a task that my students have no choice about and saying, “Here’s something else you’ll find boring.”….read more