Stories in Education that you’ll love, handpicked by our team.
Teaching is My Craft
When I got my first teaching placement, my husband's grandmother, who had taught for more than thirty years in her day, gave me two things: a long sit-down talk full of her best advice and a pair of pink, razor sharp Fiskars scissors.
For Kids With GIANT Dreams Who Dare to Act on Them
Kids have a special place in my heart. Sparkles in their eyes are real. Their thoughts are genuine. Their emotions are raw. Their ideas are ambitious. We rarely give them true opportunities to act on those ideas, so in pursuit of my own happiness, I set my mind on creating a space for kids with GIANT dreams who dare to act on them! I called it The GIANT Room...
What my Two Incomplete University Degrees Say About Me as a Person
I didn't go to university (uni) straight after I finished high school. I didn't even apply. I was one of those "gifted" kids loaded with "potential" who inevitably disappointed all of my teachers because, at 17, I didn't have a clear idea of what career I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life. Shock, right?
10 Tips to Sound and Write Like a Native Spanish Speaker
Let me begin by saying that I am not fluent in Spanish. I was almost fluent after majoring in Spanish in college and studying in Mexico, but unfortunately, my language skills have gotten pretty rusty over this past year of lockdown. With this realization, I’ve come up with a plan to tune up those speaking (and writing) skills over the next few months with hopes of a trip back to Mexico later this year. Although I’m focusing on Spanish, these same tips can be applied to just about any target language. Attaining fluency in another language takes time. And if full immersion isn’t an option, it can take even longer. Luckily, anyone can simulate immersion with an internet connection and a smartphone. Whether you’ve just learned how to say, “hello” in a new language or have studied a language for years, below you’ll find 10 fun ways to improve your ear and develop a natural speaking and writing style in your target language.
Teachers Are From Pluto, Parents From Mercury, and It's The Children Who Suffer
With the beginning of the school year, the "war" between parents and teachers begins anew. Both parents and teachers have the same ultimate goal: To provide the best education possible to students going to schools, which is a good thing, but there's a stark difference between the roles and responsibilities of each. Truly parents and teachers often seem to be from planets at different ends of the solar system when it comes to HOW to reach their shared goal.
Terrific Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Teacher Appreciation Week here in the United States is well upon us! Traditionally celebrated by schools and communities across America during the month of May, the 2021 week of recognition spans from May 2-May 8. This is the perfect week to thank your teacher or to thank your student's teacher, no matter the age or grade level they teach! And even if you're catching this article after the week of celebration has already passed, remember...there is never a wrong time to say "thank you."
Unlikely Survival Strategies for Teaching on Zoom
It never occurred to me just how much energy teaching live college classes on Zoom would require. Now, after a year of limping along in this mediated format, one strategy has become my lifeline.
Do Middle Schools Result In Higher Achievement Than Junior High Schools?
Question: Do middle schools result in higher achievement than junior high schools? This question addresses the academic outcomes of students in junior high schools that are organized in a manner similar to large comprehensive high schools with departmentalization, 40-50 minute periods, subject area teachers, and competitive sports, as compared to middle schools using various degrees of the five commonly endorsed practices considered essential to the middle level model of schooling: teaming, exploratory courses, co-curricular programs, adviser-advisee arrangements, and intramural activities. These delineations, however, are not consistent, as many junior highs contain middle school components and vice versa.
An Autodidact’s Dream
I fall madly in love with learning a new foreign language every few months. I’ll seek out movies, television shows, and music in my desired language. I’ll hungrily consume online content. I’ll luxuriate in those new sounds and indulge in the feeling of how the words roll off my tongue. Then, inevitably, I’ll want a break.
Dear Miss, my High School Teacher. Thank you for seeing me. Years too late, these words come together to help me express myself in a way I thought I would never feel strong enough to. You called yourself just a teacher, as if you were nothing more than another leaf falling from a tree in Autumn. You stood in front of the class as if it were your calling in life- treating each student as a precious and beautiful example of what a dedicated teacher can do to shape a young life. I stand here today as an example of your dedication to your profession and to each student, your touch on my life forever entwined into my personality, my spirit and the ever-changing person I am.
As a parent, there is an unspoken understanding that you will be answering questions from your child for years. I mean that's what I'm assuming, I don't actually have kids.
an anonymous letter from a high school senior
We are all trying. I mean, really trying. I've been a teacher for 22 years, and this year is like starting over. We have been in the building more than most here in Indiana, but it doesn't mean things have been any easier -- especially for the students.