Welcoming Refugees Into Your Classroom

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.

Advanced Training Options for Teachers: Cultivating Your Practice

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.

There Will Always Be Feedback: Deliberate Practice and Teaching

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.

You Can’t Teach Growth Mindset With Posters

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

Teachers as Role Models

The beginning of the school year is an excellent time to check your reflection. As teachers, we must present a professional demeanor, not just in our outward appearance but also through our actions and reputation.

Teachers are charged with presenting a moral and ethical blueprint for our students. Our behavior in and out of the class matters, and is being scrutinized, by students, parents, colleagues, mentors, administrators and the general public.

Benefits of Increased Classroom Digitization

Long gone are the days when classroom tech equaled a new chalkboard and an overhead projector. The same devices that we’ve come to rely on at work and at home are now remaking the ways that students learn and teachers instruct.

Computers, of course, have been a fixture in classrooms for decades, but those are increasingly being supplemented by smart tablets. Those are used for research and presentation as well as educationally focused apps. Another example: Smart boards are a unique option for students to demonstrate learning, with a hands-on tech method that relies on just a fingertip for manipulation.

There are a host of advantages to the increased presence of technology in the classroom, as well as different tips to ensure that the transition to tech is as smooth as possible. Use this graphic to learn more on all these important educational topics.