Walking into a new classroom for the first time can be anxiety inducing for students and teachers alike. If that new classroom is also in a new country, with different traditions, practices and expectations, the challenges become exponential.
More than 14 million people worldwide have had to flee their homes and become refugees to escape persecution and war.
One of the many extensive debates in education includes the discussion of school uniforms. Uniforms have existed since the beginning of formal schooling but its meaning and value has long changed. Educators argue for the enforcement of uniforms while others advise they not necessary for schooling. Traditionally, uniforms have been used in private school institutions. Today, however, more and more public schools have been integrating uniforms in their systems.
Being a professional means constantly staying on top of new research and practices. Just like doctors, lawyers, counselors, and accountants, teachers in most states are required to earn continuing education credits. These credits might be from college-level classes, district-provided professional development, conferences, or workshops. The requirement ensures that teachers continue to develop their skills and stay current on effective pedagogical practices.
I know that this isn’t exactly good news for rookie teachers, but after sixteen years of teaching, there was never a time when I had it all figured out. I made mistakes almost every single day, and while they got smaller and less painful, those little failures never went away.
Students who never read my comments and only focus on the grade; kids who lie about test scores and essay grades; people who are terrified to make a mistake; students who don’t want to try anything new and give up right away when they are challenged at a