Using Classroom Observations to Promote Teacher Self-Efficacy: A Teacher's Perspective
posted by: Alana | October 26, 2016, 09:53 am
Guest Post by Terry Pearson
During my teaching career in England, which has spanned more than 30 years, I have been very privileged to visit in excess of one thousand teachers, in a wide variety of settings, to observe them at work in their classrooms. Recently though, from what I have read about and even seen the way classroom observations are being deployed in schools and other education and training organizations across the globe, I suspect that America’s teachers are getting pretty used to a ‘litmus-paper’ approach to classroom observation. By this I mean an observer dips into a lesson, or watches a short video of a lesson, and uses a record of what was noticed to form a judgement as to where the teacher, or the lesson, sits within a pre-determined cluster of ratings or categories. I use this terminology as this method of observation can be likened to that of briefly dipping a piece of litmus paper into a solution and using the resulting color of the paper to determine the strength of acidity or alkalinity of the solution.
Since the dawn of the industrial age, teachers of all grades and subjects have been using technology to reimagine the classroom and communicate with students on whole new levels.
Some of these ideas have been quickly embraced as revolutions in education, others have fallen flat on their face, and even more have had mixed reviews.
Take the idea of ClassDojo for example.
Could Middle School Bullying Be a Thing of the Past?
posted by: Alana | September 29, 2016, 02:17 pm
There may finally be a solution to end middle school bullying. Seem too far fetched to be true? Not according to a recent study by researchers from Syracuse University and New York University. According to the latest research on bullying in school, new evidence suggests that the solution to bullying may be to get rid of middle school all together! Continue Reading...
By: AAE Member Dave Mitchell
Language is a medium to communicate. People use languages to communicate either with people of the same language or a different language. Learning a new language is very interesting; however. it requires a lot of memory techniques to master. It is always a new experience, both exciting and adventurous, requiring complete interest, concentration and dedication.
There are several methods to learning a new language including different techniques for learning and remembering; however, it always requires an appropriate amount of time.
Honor Veterans This National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month
posted by: Alana | September 22, 2016, 03:55 pm
November is U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month. That's why the National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month Committee is inviting teachers like you to join fellow educators across the nation in providing students with a new and interactive opportunity to celebrate this year's Veterans Day.
Even Published Authors Get Stuck: How to Overcome Writer’s Block
posted by: Alana | September 12, 2016, 12:00 am
Sometimes the hardest part of writing for students is just getting started. When words don’t come, what is there to do? Some call it writer’s block: the challenge to start (or keep) writing.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) interviewed several of their authors and novelists to get their tips for how to overcome writer’s block. The writers give great advice for students on how to sit down and create a piece of writing worth reading.
The interviews were conducted to celebrate HMH’s Spark a Story contest. HMH is looking for the best original stories from high school student writers. Submissions are due by October 7, and winners will have their stories published in an anthology due out next year. HMH encourages teachers to work with their students on creating these original pieces.
Getting Parents on the Same Page of Student Absenteeism
posted by: Alana | August 30, 2016, 11:43 am
Whether it's due to illness, avoiding school bullies, dealing with challenges at home, or a host of other reasons students miss class, the fact remains that school absences can be incredibly disruptive to the learning process. Continue Reading...
For years, teachers who wanted to prove that they were a step above other educators would pursue a graduate degree in a specialized field. These degrees took years to complete and there were only a limited amount of degrees that teachers could earn. On top of that, they were a one-time deal. Once you had one graduate degree, there was little more you could do to prove your worth.
Many states have tax-free weekends over the summer months and yours may be just around the corner. These weekends are a critical time for thousands of educators across the nation who start the school year without enough supplies and need to stock up on a budget. But even for those who are lucky enough to get the supplies they need to last the school year, these weekends can be just as important for those living on a teacher's salary. Here's a list of participating states, the dates of their respective tax-free weekend, and the items covered under each state's holiday: Continue Reading...
Facebook & Texting Caution: Updated Advice from AAE's Director of Legal Services
posted by: Alana | July 15, 2016, 03:44 pm
There are a number of situations where social media has the potential to play an important role in the classroom - if used appropriately. However, when a teacher uses this kind of communication platform to interact with students, they're also allowing the student to also have control over the content and nature of the communication... and that’s where educators often run into the most difficulty.
Seven Instructional Strategies Every Teacher Ought to Know, Part 6: Study Skills
posted by: Melissa | July 14, 2016, 09:28 am
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been focusing on a series of blogs about seven essential teaching strategies as identified by the IES. Most of these strategies have focused on the teacher making small adjustments to practices that they likely already do that have been proven to be powerful motivators of student improvement.
AAE Tuition Discount Offers Keep Members at the Top of Their Field
posted by: Alana | July 07, 2016, 04:04 pm
AAE continues to be the fastest growing teachers association of its kind as more and more teachers choose AAE membership each and every day to represent their interests as teachers. And there are a great many factors that play into this growth, too, not the least of which being amazing benefits such as our tuition discount offers.
Seven Instructional Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Know, Part 5: Quizzing
posted by: Melissa | July 06, 2016, 09:28 am
Over the past couple of months, we’ve been doing a series on our blog about seven essential teaching strategies that have been identified by the IES as being grounded in research, flexible, and easily accessible for every teacher, no matter what they teach or what resources they have. In some cases, this has meant trying something completely new, while in others it has just meant applying a tried and true strategy in a different way. The strategy that we’re looking at today falls into the latter category.
6 Things Every Teacher Should Do to Become a Better Teacher
posted by: Alana | July 01, 2016, 10:08 am
Becoming a better teacher isn't just about the students you teach, it’s also about increasing your own work satisfaction. That’s why so many educators constantly strive to improve their teaching skills not only as a way of doing a better job producing well-educated members of society, but to build their own self-esteem through improved work quality. Below are 6 things teachers and educators can do to enhance their personal professional development practices...Continue Reading...
Seven Instructional Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Know, Part 4: Concreteness Fading
posted by: Alana | June 29, 2016, 12:26 pm
Over the past several weeks, we’ve been doing a series on the seven instructional strategies that are recommended for every teacher to know and use no matter what they teach or how old their students are. In the past, we’ve covered how to use graphics and words, distributing practice, and mixing solved and unsolved problems. Most of these strategies have been cases where teachers may just need to make a small adjustment to a technique that they are already using, but this week’s strategy is different and will require changing how teachers think about their strategies entirely.
The MUST SEE "In Case You Missed It" Summer Reading List
posted by: Alana | June 21, 2016, 04:09 pm
Every month, AAE sends our members a special e-newsletter that focuses on professional development for teachers - and in each issue, we feature recommended readings via a book of the month.Now that summer has officially begun, it's time to catch up on any of those books you may have missed throughout the school year, along with a few extra suggestions in case you're all caught up! Continue Reading...
Guest post by Ann Weber
Have you ever hosted or thought about hosting a student teacher in your classroom? It’s a big responsibility to be a cooperating teacher and definitely not a role to be taken lightly! Recall your own student-teaching days and the importance of your own cooperating teacher. Many of you grew abundantly under the tutelage of your mentor while others of you survived despite the limited guidance. What makes the difference in the effectiveness of a cooperating teacher?
Guest post by Joan Selby
Writing is an essential skill all students should develop regardless of the professions they aspire to pursue. One day, some of your students will be trying to write the best dissertation, and some of them may even depend on writing skills for their paycheck. Whatever path they choose, they will inevitably come across a writing task. That’s why you need to pay close attention to their writingskills, regardless of their current writing level.
Teaching students how to write can be problematic for students that hate writing, so you’ll have to find a way to make this skill attractive to them.
Here are 16 tablet and smartphone apps that will help you do just that…
Spring has officially sprung and the weather is ABSOLUTELY beautiful. It's 63 degrees in Washington state, 72 in Washington, D.C. and just as beautiful everywhere inbetween. Continue Reading...
Seven Instructional Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Know, Part 3: Combining Words and Graphics
posted by: Alana | June 08, 2016, 05:12 pm
We’re continuing today with our series on essential teaching strategies. These strategies are research identified, simple to implement, flexible across age groups and subject areas, and intensely powerful. You can see the previous strategies that we’ve covered on our blog here and here.