This week the teachers say about…
According to a Gallup Student Poll (2015) of public school children, 47% report being “disengaged” at school. Unfortunately, this statistic doesn’t shock me. Too many classrooms are not set up with the intention of engaging students. Catlin Tucker
Being a teacher is a tough job. The quantity and the complexity of the decisions and responses we make in the course of a day is daunting.
Most of what we do in the classroom we do because it ‘works’. How do we know it works? Because it feels right. David Didau
Learning to teach is an ongoing process. To be successful, then, schools must promote not only student learning but also teacher learning across their careers. Matthew Ronfeldt
Today’s world is a learner’s paradise and a non-learner’s pit. The accessibility of knowledge, rapid pace of change, and vastness, present unlimited opportunities for exploration, growth, and contribution.
Talk with your introverted students—privately. Take opportunities to speak with them privately, in a relaxed way, so that you can do two things: let them know that you understand them, and confirm that they are keeping up in class.
Beyond learning teaching methodologies, and how to do things in the classroom, teachers were also expected to know these general ideas about teaching and learning. But these theories lived in ‘academic’ worlds that seemed very far removed from the messy, complicated work that language teachers do with their students in their classrooms on a daily basis. So to counteract this distance, it makes sense that interest in understanding how people actually think as language teachers increased —the kinds of thinking they do, what factors shape the thinking, how the thinking evolves over time through a teaching life, and how that thinking can be ‘taught’ to (or developed in) new teachers.
Donald Freeman, a professor of education at the University of Michigan
Some of the biggest names in psychology, including Jean Piaget and Jerome Bruner, believe that play is a child’s work. The best way to teach kids, they say, is through hands-on, active learning. Melissa Nott
I absolutely do believe that all students can not only survive but thrive in a Project Based Learning (PBL) classroom, and that for many of our students who struggle, the engagement that accompanies PBL is a game changer. So I encourage teachers to think about their efficacy and focus on strategies they need to put in place that will help students who are academically behind, prone to distraction or easily discouraged. JoAnn Groh
Education aligned to employer needs and delivered when and where it works for employees is key. What happens if, collectively, we don’t evolve fast enough?
Jeff Ray, President and CEO at Ellucian
The education system is moving away from giving students homework. This is an outrage I know. How else can a student practice what they’ve learned for the day. If one does not complete homework how can one assure the concepts are grasped.
“I love the fact that teachers are sharing what’s going on in their classrooms with the Community via Twitter” Chad Lehman
“It is far more important to enhance learning via high quality content and instructional transformation than it is to simply replace a pencil with a tablet and hope for the best.” Mike Lubelfield
“If the goal of education is to prepare students to become productive members of society, teaching interview skills is a critical part of that preparation. An interview exercises students’ critical thinking and communication skills, and they are required to think creatively on their feet.” Leigh Ann Whittle
“The best thing that you can do to foster a child’s love of reading is to read with him or her. Reading aloud is a low-pressure and foolproof way to engage the imagination through the written word.” LeVar Burton
“I used to think Twitter was just for celebrities. What they wore, who they’re with, and where they went. Then, I discovered that the true superstars on Twitter were educators.”
“I understand that we teachers can be reluctant to discuss politics in our classrooms, but sometimes we forget that a lot of books and movies that have stood the test of time provide natural segues to contemporary political issues.”
“Along my educational journey, I have seen many ideas come and go, but I remain focused on teaching students the skills they need to become successful members of society and to develop their own love of learning.”
“It should be abundantly clear to anyone with experience around classrooms, teachers or students (which is to say almost all of us), that teaching is a highly emotional craft, loaded with possibility and expectation, importance and scale.” Terry Heick
Slang refers to words that are used informally, and often only among subgroups. Slang is often short-lived: it may go out of date among the group that uses it after a few months.
Slang words or expressions are very informal, and are more common in speech than writing. Use of these words/expressions are often restricted to a particular context or group of people, or within a specific region/place.
An idiom is a fixed phrase whose meaning cannot be deduced from the meanings of the component words. “To kick the bucket” is an idiom in English that has nothing to do with kicking or buckets. It means “to die.”
Idioms are phrases or fixed expressions whose true meaning cannot be deduced from their constituent words. Although idioms may often appear to have literal meaning, their true meaning is often very different.
For example, the idiom couch potato means a sluggish person whereas the individual words: ‘couch’ means ‘sofa’ and ‘potato’ is a vegetable. Another one is “I feel like kicking myself” doesn’t mean you are going to kick yourself. It actually means that you are so disappointed with yourself that you feel like kicking yourself.
Figure of speech
Figures of speech are words or phrases used figuratively, in a non-literal sense, for effect. Figure of speech is a blanket term which encompasses many things such as: similes, metaphors, hyperbole, personification.
A figure of speech is also usually a fixed phrase, but you can often figure out how it is being used metaphorically in context.
It expresses things figuratively and not literally. It is possible to understand a figure of speech even if you have never heard it before unlike an idiom. Idioms are words which must be familiar to the speakers for a thorough understanding. Similes, Metaphor and Hyperboles are some examples of figures of speech. For example, saying “I’m starving” doesn’t actually mean you will be dead without food. It simply is a hyperbole to saying “I’m hungry”.