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West Africa Ikot Ekpene, 1911 The door to the bedroom flew open. "For the love of God Inem, wakeup! Didn’t you say you had a...?" the thought forever going unfinished because Inem had lurched off the bed in a motion that nearly toppled her.
Confessions of a Pandemic Educator
For the SECOND time in eleven months, I'm packing up my classroom. In addition to the pandemic, like so many Texas schools affected by last week's winter storms, my campus is in ruins and we teachers along with the staff are having to pack up everything. We've been told to conservatively access what we might need to finish out the year and to box up everything else, as the necessary renovations could take eight-to-twelve weeks. There's fourteen weeks left in the school year. We don't have a temporary location, yet. We will be remote for the next few weeks--if not the rest of the year. Who knows?
5 Tips for Teaching Abroad During a World-Wide Pandemic
As I like to joke, I chose a hell of a year to go teach abroad in Spain. My experiences taught me a few valuable lessons which I am happy to share. If you are looking to go teach abroad during this pandemic here are some helpful tips to move you along.
Closing The Gap
Picture yourself sitting in an IEP meeting and the team is discussing services for a student. Let’s say the student has a Specific Learning Disability in Reading Comprehension and Basic Reading Skills. As the team moves into discussing services, the district proposes 60 minutes a day for specialized instruction (For some reason, 30 minutes per area has become a “magic” number). They further propose the services be conducted in the special education setting, i.e., outside the regular education classroom. You may be saying to yourself, “That sounds reasonable”. I say it isn’t and here is why….
Rate My Professor/Teacher: Helpful or Not?
So, for those who don't know, Rate My Prof is, essentially, a very useful site. But you kind of need to take it with a grain of salt. The site gives students the opportunity to rate and review the professors they've had and leave tips from their experience in their class. Which is great if you are a student going into the class and want to know what to expect. It also gives students a chance to back out of classes where the teacher or professor may not be the best, or may just have a teaching style that will not benefit the student.
Dance Pedagogical Practices in African American Spaces
Dance Pedagogical Practices in African American Spaces (what it was, now, and where it’s going) By: Dijon Kirkland 02/02/2021
Bad Girl House
The beginning of the school year was both exciting and terrifying. I wanted to be as prepared as I possibly could, so that I would feel comfortable and appear to be confident in front of my new students. I wanted to make a good impression on the rest of the teachers in each building. My days started at the elementary school with the first and second graders. I stood outside my classroom door to greet them as their teacher brought them to me. The sound of squeaky tennis shoes and whispers accompanied a single file line of children that stopped when it reached me. Their teacher said a quick hello, and she then cued them to go into the room. As I smiled down at each one of them as they went past, I was having trouble slowing down the thoughts in my head. With each group that arrived, I had to remind myself that I would be fine. I was still needing to block the thoughts that contradicted the truth. I knew that I was a good teacher, but there was still that nagging voice saying that I wasn’t cut out to for this.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
When sitting in IEP and 504 meetings there are certain comments/phrases that can and are interpreted as negative. Some could also be interpreted as violations of Part B of IDEA or Section 504. So, when I hear administrators or teachers make certain comments, I wonder if they realize what the other party is hearing. Likewise, as parents, do you know what they are thinking when you say certain things? Below are a few of the common ones I hear and how they are often heard or interpreted:
Time To Set High Academic Standards
For decades, political and business leaders have demanded education reform because bad schools were putting our nation "at risk" of losing its economic advantage. Many years, billions of dollars, and hundreds of reform strategies later, the schools survive largely untouched while America enjoys one of its greatest periods of prosperity in history. To some this is an enigma: how can we lead the world economically while trailing the world educationally? How will our economy fare when generations of poorly educated students comprise its workforce? Contrary to conventional wisdom, our schools do not exist just to train tomorrow's workforce. They exist, primarily, to produce a well-educated citizenry. Education in a democracy has many dimensions-civic, intellectual, economic, and moral, to name a few. As instructors teach literature, algebra, history, and physics, on a deeper level their schools are recreating American society. When they falter, our cultural legacy-even our civilization-is what is truly "at risk." That is why school success and pupil achievement matter-not just for the gross domestic product.
Virtual Learning for Children and Young Adults.
How long is a child's attention span? According to developmental and childhood experts, a reasonable amount of time that is within a normal range for a typical child, is two to three minutes, per each year of their physical age. So, if a child is six years old, that would be six times two, which is twelve minutes, or six times three, which is eighteen minutes that a child can maintain focus on a task.
Attendance management: Make every virtual learning moment count
The unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc in the schools across the world with their sudden closure. Due to everyone stuck at their homes, the methods of teaching, assessment, administration and management operations have been predominantly affected. It has served as a massive wake up call for the authorities. They have been reminded that the Indian Education system needs a rigorous transformation.
Own a Purpose-Driven Business
Individuals who choose to pursue a career or a business ownership opportunity in this field find they get to celebrate the accomplishments of their students, whether it be a child rolling over by him or herself for the first time or learning how to write his or her name. Child care workers and business owners alike discover the rewards of helping to mold our future generation.