The judging interviews proved to be the richest experience as that is where the human-element of the projects emerged, where I got to learn a little about what brought these teachers to the Forum and what motivates them to teach in sometimes very challenging circumstances.
The simplest solution and the key to stronger reading is to treat reading as practice. Teachers need to reduce the amount of time spent talking about the benefits of reading and allow students to sit down and read.
If students think of themselves as customers, they often view the professor at the front of the room as a performer. And just like when they go to a concert or a movie, students expect to be engaged, persuaded, or even entertained.
If the traditional way of doing things isn't working for you, change the way you are looking at the situation. This thinking automatically opens you up to new solutions and for others to lend a helping hand as well.
Would you believe that tomorrow we are expected to put aside our own important work and honor teachers? That's right, we're supposed to drop everything and pay homage to those lazy, overpaid, 'we've-got-tenure-and-you-don't' incompetents.
As a society, we talk about the importance of leaders in all walks of life, but when it comes to our classrooms, many of us seem to want to empower the followers while executing the sages when the former do poorly on standardized tests.