People often ask me why I love working with teenagers. And my answer to their question is usually the same—teenagers are still figuring out what they think. For me, helping my students to find their own opinions and views on topics, especially the difficult ones, and especially the ones on which they might have been lead to believe that there is only one right answer, is really my most important job.
The one issue that causes more family discord between parents and children than any other is...homework. Once children return from school, groceries are picked up, the house tidied, dinner fixed and eaten, there's barely enough time for parents to check in with their children before its time for bed. Unrealistic homework expectations are unfair and can interfere with precious family time, especially if there seems to be little educational benefit.
Pursuing a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree signifies that you are ready to take the next step in your career. If you are currently working in education, an advanced degree offers a number of benefits that range from increased salary to additional leadership opportunities. If you are considering a change and have decided to become a teacher or administrator as a second career—welcome to the world of education!
Difficult characters like Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart, can provide a learning opportunity for students, especially with the help of the “believing and doubting” game. In his book, Writing Without Teachers, Peter Elbow introduces the game as a technique for teaching students to fully understand an idea, explaining that "the truth is often complex and… different people often catch different aspects of it." In order to grasp these multi-faceted truths, Elbow recommends having students play the believing and doubting game. I believe that in order to instill empathy, compassion, and understanding in my students, it is essential for them to grasp a variety of concepts and beliefs that differ from what they have experienced in their own lives.
You know that unmistakable feeling? Your mouth is dry, your stomach tenses, palms sweaty, even adults find test taking nerve wracking. But for students with any type of anxiety disorder, exam time can become incredibly stressful.