My students make it hard for me to complain, to cry, to whine or to get annoyed that I don't have the comforts that technology provides. They understand that despite their lack of resources, I expect their best.
Over the last two months, the U.S. government has been running one of the most audacious experiments in entrepreneurship since World War II. They launched an incubator for the top scientists and engineers in the U.S. This week we saw the results.
Given the wealth of diversity in our nation's public schools, instructional theory is advocating a shift toward a pedagogy that emphasizes an academically enriching environment for students of all ethnicities, races, beliefs, and creeds.
An artist learns to notice things by him or herself, maturing as an observant and reflective individual. The creation of art is ultimately not entirely a product of conscious intent, though conscious awareness helps a lot. Teachers help us get there.
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.