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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Studies have shown for years that up until the age of about twelve, girls are at least as likely as boys to show interest in Math and Science courses. They show equal or superior skill in these areas and, when asked, will announce their desire to pursue careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. By all accounts, more than half of the scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and techies in this country should be female.
But at the magic (tragic?) age of 12, a transformation occurs. Researchers who study this phenomenon call it “The Wall”, and equate it with the “glass ceiling” that can keep women from reaching the same level as men in many corporations to this day.
Using the story of a 12-year-old cancer survivor, you will challenge your students to think critically, to express themselves, to organize and plan for success, and most importantly, to achieve great things no matter what obstacles stand in their way.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
You teach by personal example, in class discussions, in the behavior you do or do not tolerate, and through student evaluation. On a typical school day, there are dozens of opportunities to integrate character into your curriculum. You can underscore character education consistently without specifically teaching a unit on it.
Monday, September 28, 2009
“Tabernacle, let them do the work. You just guide them.”
But they’ll miss that allusion to the King James Bible or Star Wars, Episode IV, I think to myself. They’ll misinterpret the word “wherefore!”
“They’ll learn it better if they figure it out on their own,” they tell me.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Now, it's time to prove it with the 2009 TeachHUB Best Dressed Teacher Contest.
Submit your best back-to-school outfit that is:
~ Super stylish
~ Work appropriate
~ Makes you feel awesome walking through the halls
Email your fashionista photo to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Nov. 1, along with your name and school.
TeachHUB's style squad will choose five finalists, then TeachHUB visitors will vote on a winner. The winner will be announced Monday, Nov. 16.
In addition to bragging rights, the winner of the TeachHUB Best Dressed Teacher Contest will receive a $100 giftcard to the teacher-appropriate store of her choosing AND a "spread" of her 5 best teacher outfits to be published on TeachHUB!!
In the words of Tim Gunn, MAKE IT WORK!!!!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I remember having a password that I would remember forever and using it for everything, including paying bills and banking. Wow, I would never do that today! Nor should you.
One of the biggest password scandals this past year involved a politician, who had email broken into. How did this happen?
Last spring, Newsweek published a story about a principal who turned his school around by instituting “paddling” for disruptive students.
With the permission of parents, students who commit “major offenses” are sent to principal David Nixon’s office at John C Calhoun Elementary in South Carolina. There, he calmly explains WHY they are being punished to directly correlate their behavior with their resulting punishment before giving them three licks.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Teachers are odd creatures. We love our jobs. We hate our jobs. We feel energetic and fulfilled in our classrooms. We are consumed by dread as Sunday comes to an end and Monday approaches with the promise of another week of drama.
AND THEN THERE IS THE NIGHT BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.
Monday, September 21, 2009
A recent Pew Research Center poll found that most Americans appreciate the positive impact of science on their lives and have a high opinion of scientists. These facts paint a picture of a progressive, rational society.
And that is why I am always shocked at the willingness of the American populace to accept pseudoscientific claims as fact.
Friday, September 18, 2009
When I moved into my classroom, I was forced to answer this difficult question. My dilemma began with a great triumph in New York City public schools!
After tirelessly toiling away through ten weeks of paid vacation, we teachers received two extra days off after the union battled for a contract only requiring us to arrive in the building September 8, one day before students return back. This means that many teachers did not step foot in their classrooms until the absolute minute this year’s contract mandates them to do so.
No teacher would ever abide a student screaming insults at another student giving a presentation. Nor would you allow a student to interrupt someone talking during a class discussion.
Yet that’s the example coming from pop culture to the Capitol building, setting terrible examples for students.
Read more & get tips on teaching argument!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Every elementary school teacher knows that managing pencils and the sharpening of said pencils has the potential to ruin your professional life. Perhaps that is a bit dramatic, but when you are in the midst of a Pencil Crisis and cries of, “I don’t have anything to write with” and “she stole my pencil!” fill your classroom, it can get a little emotional to say the least.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Yesterday on the first day of school, after weeks of programming then shifting then shifting again the schedules for both teachers and students, I felt confident that there wouldn’t be any major melt downs in organization. There were slip ups – Antonio somehow got programmed for the same two periods in a row and Melissa didn’t have a period 5, but by and large, teachers and their students were showing up to the same place at the same time, and that felt nice.
Then, at lunch, I was introduced to a new teacher: I will call Mr. Bowen.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
We've collected some great activities, writing prompts, teacher-recommended resources and lesson plan sites to help you out
September 11 YouTube Writing Prompt
Recommended books, websites and lessons for teaching about 9/11
Our town librarian pointed me to TokBox and their video messaging system, saying that she really liked how easy it was to use. I immediately registered for this free service and began sending messages and I can't wait to get everyone on board.
Friday, September 4, 2009
More often, kids are being able to choose their own in-class reading material, according to this week’s New York Times Education article:
“The approach Ms. McNeill uses, in which students choose their own books, discuss them individually with their teacher and one another, and keep detailed journals about their reading, is part of a movement to revolutionize the way literature is taught in America’s schools. While there is no clear consensus among English teachers, variations on the approach, known as reading workshop, are catching on.”