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.
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.
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.
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?
Measuring how effective an item is on an objective test is one of the keys to creating fair and valid exams. However, item analysis is easy to skip because it takes time that many teachers just don't have. However, completing an item analysis on your tests can be quite an eye-opening experience. The information gained will not only help your current students by showing where they need extra help and remediation, but it can also help future students. No teacher wants a poorly constructed test to be the reason why their students do not pass or get high marks in their class. Through item analysis, you can hone your tests so that they truly reflect what students have learned.
- How to Perform Item Analysis for Objective Tests
One of my early teaching mentors helped me out immensely by simplifying the way I thought about delivering instruction. He did this by helping me create my own 'toolbox' of teaching strategies. Together, we created a rough list of ways that I could use to present information and lessons to students. Then he gave me the charge of trying to pair the best strategy for each topic I had to teach. Recently, I found my list in a journal I was keeping for my College of Education professor. That initial list only had 10 strategies on it, but over the years I have expanded it to 15 that I regularly return to as I teach. I've collected these into an online list with ideas for use that I hope you might find useful as you create your own lesson plans.
I don't know about you, but when I was a new teacher I found media center trips to be quite stressful. I was, and still am, hyperaware of how my students are behaving. I don't want to be remembered as the teacher who cannot control her students. With this in mind, I have written an article that looks at strategies and tips to help you get the most of out of media center visits with the least amount of stress. Please comment and let me know if you can think of additional tips.
Boredom and apathy are two of the greatest enemies to achievement in school and in life. Teachers have to fight against this every day. When you get students "on board" and motivated to learn, their achievement soars. With this in mind, I've created a list of ten ways that you can motivate students to succeed:
I have two special girls in my life who are both on the road to becoming a teacher. Recently, we were discussing why they wanted to follow in my footsteps and pursue teaching. Just talking to them helped rekindle my own passion for teaching. Their enthusiasm and desire to positively affect students' lives was so refreshing. With that in mind, I decided to share my top 10 reasons to become a teacher. Whether you are just contemplating becoming a teacher, have just started your first year, or are a seasoned veteran, my hope is that this list can give you inspiration and reaffirm your own passion.
Integrating Halloween into your lessons can be a great way to build interest, even in the upper grades. Following are some ideas and resources for you as you integrate the spookiest of holidays into your classroom: