There are many reasons why all teachers should develop a PLN (Personal Learning Network).
We all want to feel cared for and valued by the significant people in our life. When students feel that you value and care for them as individuals, they are more willing to comply with our requests. Developing positive teacher-student relations is also one of the most effective steps we can take to establish a positive climate in the classroom.
Read more: Be Authentic. Take Interest. Respect.
The most important thing about any kind of marriage is that both are compatible.
If you are going to be married to your English – you’d better find a kind of English that suits you, will work for you and also reflect who you are.
There are many kinds of acceptable Englishes out there these days. If the one you are learning right now is not sitting well with you – it could be because you haven’t found the right one that embraces you yet. Keep searching and it will happen.
Learn English: films, videos, music, books, idioms, podcasts: способы изучения английского языка
Learn English with Audio Story
Wondering how blogs are used in schools?
1. School or District Website
2. Class Website
3. Class Blog
4. Class Blog with Student Blogs
5. Specialist Subject Area Blogs
6. Personal/Professional Educator Blog
7. Library Blogs
8. Group Collaboration and Projects
10. Professional Learning
Teachers continue to advocate for fair funding for education and educator pay.
Oklahoma lawmakers made plans to vote Friday on bills that could earmark more money for education. But it’s not clear if the measures will satisfy complaints by the state’s teachers, which have led to walkouts and widespread protests this week.
So PROUD of Oklahoma teachers. Since I was a kid, they’ve been in the bottom 2 nationally in pay. Nothing has changed. And now, no raise in 10 years! Budget cuts. Where is the $$$? Great teachers are leaving the state.
Read more: Oklahoma’s Teachers Continue Walkout
Teaching is a performance profession
At a very basic level, every teacher with a smartphone has the ability to create a video of herself/himself teaching. Even without a coach, that video can become a tool for teacher self-improvement On a higher level, technology also makes it possible to combine multiple camera views, Bluetooth microphones, and cloud-based storage to enable virtual coaching complete with discussion threads.
“The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.”
Alice Wellington Rollins
“Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.”
“… It is a greater work to educate a child, in the true and large sense of that phrase, than to rule a state.”
William Ellery Channing
“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”
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This week teachers quotes
Teaching can be lonely and can feel isolating unless you find ways to connect with other educators. While there are many online ways to do this, there is something to be said, too, for face to face collaboration and sitting in another teacher’s room, witnessing the magic teachers cast, first-hand.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski
Listen to students…Someone once told me we were given two ears and one voice for a reason. What is the writer really saying? Lean in, make eye contact, let them know you’re really hearing them.
English continues to develop and change, and a usage guide needs to keep pace.
For all learners, indeed all speakers of a language, their productive vocabulary – the words they actively use regularly – is a subset of their receptive vocabulary – the words they recognize and understand passively.
As teachers though, we often forget this distinction and vocabulary lessons can end up a mixed bag of new words and those that are already familiar, words that students are likely to use and those they may only come across occasionally.
Oxford University Press ELT
I learn a lot about my students, but I also learn about me. I find out ways I could support my students better; what I’m doing or not doing in my classroom to help the learning. It’s helpful to listen to the students from their point of view and the discussions they have at home about my class.
Creating a space in the classroom for failure also encourages students to approach solving problems in nonlinear ways, using multiple possibilities and futures for refining their thinking.
Great tips to keep student engagement
Student trust plays a tremendous role in how well students learn and how much effort they will put in towards work. Wonderful advice and tips for any educator.
1. Know your students’ names. When you use someone’s name, you’re recognizing their identity. It’s simple, but it helps your students know that they’re being seen.
2. Recognize something that your students like.
3. Notice something about your students. “‘Hey, I love your blouse. It’s really pretty.’
4. Ask your students about their experience in after-school activities.
5. If a student is late (or acting up), check in with them. ‘Hey, I’ve seen that you’ve been late for the past couple days. What’s going on? Do you need some help with anything?'”
6. When you’re having conflict with a student, use that as an opportunity.
7. Have your students address you by your first name. This helps humanize you to your students.
8. Know that it takes time to build relationships.
9. Be open, honest, and vulnerable with your students.
10. Bring your personality into your advisory.
11. Help your students learn that not knowing the answer is OK.
12. Guide your students to become resources for each other.
13. Make sure you take care of yourself.