I have been thinking a lot recently about why people think what they do, and how we have created such a divided country filled with people who refuse to see the point of view of anyone who does not already agree with them. I have also been thinking about how educators can work to stop this trend of ears shut, eyes closed, minds shut off from dialogue. I know that empathy is key, and I also think that constantly questioning what we believe is essential to bridging that gap.
Higher education continues to be an expensive proposition. Between the projected rise in interest rates and the mounting student loan crisis, teachers, more than ever, are looking for ways to make their own education more affordable. As such, the competition for scholarship money is heating up!
Thankfully, there are ways you can help your scholarship application stand out from the pile. By making a few deliberate choices in how you present yourself, you can become a top scholarship applicant and help defray the costs of your higher education.
When you become a teacher, there’s a lot they don’t tell you. You are expected to figure out many of teaching’s ins and outs on your own. One of these things is getting the most out of each planning period. If you didn’t already know, a planning period is the one period you have each day to ‘plan.’ Why the ‘’ marks? Well, a lot can happen during a planning period, and sometimes actual lesson planning does not happen at all. In this article I’ll teach you some planning period trade secrets. That being said, let’s turn the 47-55 minutes you have each day into pure gold!
The use of traditional educational tools like textbooks and pencils hasn’t done much for the nearly 13% of the K-12 student population who have special needs. In fact, in many cases, the accommodations and modifications teachers use with these students involves chunking text, using different texts, and modifying the delivery of lessons to include text and instruction at a different reading level. In addition, students with motor issues may need assistance gripping pencils, making writing on paper difficult.
I’ve worked hard to develop engaging lesson plans about immigration. It’s a topic about which I feel a lot of passion, and I have been thinking recently about exactly what it is that I want students to learn about the immigration experience. Of course, to try to pigeonhole the struggles and triumphs of millions of people into one neat little lesson plan is ridiculous, but I do have a few goals that I want to accomplish.
There’s a long-standing stigma around vocational technology programs. It began in the 1970s when white collar jobs began to be seen as more important than factory work and manufacturing. Suddenly, working with your hands wasn’t as admirable as working with your brain. Tech and manufacturing jobs got shipped overseas and the educational system began to focus on academic measures of success.