Saturday November 30, 2013
Cyberbullying is a terrible form of bullying that can strike the targeted student at any time day or night. It is extremely difficult to deal with because the bullying is often done anonymously. Additionally, it is usually shared quickly with others so finding the original culprit can be quite difficult. Numerous suicides have been directly linked to cyberbullying. The bullying affects the school even though it takes place outside of the normal school day. Most schools are implementing policies that allow them to punish bullies for actions that have occurred away from school.
Monday November 25, 2013
Thanksgiving is a holiday complete with national pageantry like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, televisions tuned to football games, and tables laden with a feast of turkey, stuffing, and all the trimmings. As we approach this holiday, it can be fun for students to integrate the Thanksgiving theme into your curriculum. With this in mind, I've created a wonderful page of ideas for integrating Thanksgiving across the curriculum. I've also created a page that focuses on the Macy's parade with ideas on how you can include this in your lessons.
Sunday November 24, 2013
Not all students learn in the same way. Learning styles theory suggests that there are three main types of learners: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Because of this, lessons should be presented in a variety of ways. In addition, assignments should be varied as well. This is because not all students demonstrate their understanding of what they have learned in the same way. In this day of high stakes testing, it is easy to neglect assignments that move away from reading and writing information. With this in mind, I've gathered ideas of ways that we as teachers can vary the activities we give to try and help all our students succeed.
Monday November 18, 2013
Recently on Facebook I saw a note from someone talking about a political survey their 7th grader was given where they were asked to read the positions of conservatives and liberals and then mark their own and their parents' beliefs. The general feeling amongst my friends and family was one of outrage that this type of assignment was given as a required grade. Further, there was mentioned some concern about the wording for each of the political issues such as gay marriage and universal health insurance. Anyway, this got me to thinking about whether assignments such as this should be assigned for grades. Over the years, I've given students surveys to complete for themselves to help tell them which direction they lean (conservative or liberal). However, this was also with 12th graders who were close to voting age. I was just wondering in general, what are your thoughts about assignments such as this?