By Teachers, For Teachers
It's wrong to assume that books and other reading materials are available to all children in the United States. Moreover, differences in access to books cause gaps in reading achievement. Now let's explore ways to make the classroom library not an "add on" to curriculum or a luxury item for independent reading but an embedded literacy strategy, one that promotes independent reading.
Tony Mullen has had a long road to the White House to become the 2009 National Teacher of the Year. For 20 years, Mullen worked as a New York City police officer. He remained dedicated to his education during that time, completing his bachelors degree and eventually attaining his teaching license. During his time with the NYPD, Mullen worked with many troubled teens. He continues that work now as a teacher to students with severe emotional and behavior problems. Tony shares his experience and expertise with a TeachHUB interview.
There is a shift afoot in education. The wind is changing. This new digital wind is haling from a virtual world. Students today need to be immersed in what they are learning - not dealing only with static things like pictures, books, and to some degree even movies. An immersive world allows the student to move, talk, build, and connect with the very information that they are learning - they can be surrounded by it and then they can contribute to it.
Just when I thought I’d orchestrated a near-perfect first day of classes for all the students and teachers at my school, in walks Mr. Bowen… Yesterday on the first day of school, after weeks of programming then shifting then shifting again the schedules for both teachers and students, I felt confident that there wouldn’t be any major melt downs in organization. There were slip ups – Antonio somehow got programmed for the same two periods in a row and Melissa didn’t have a period 5, but by and large, teachers and their students were showing up to the same place at the same time, and that felt nice. Then, at lunch, I was introduced to a new teacher: I will call Mr. Bowen.
Great teaching is contagious, according to a new study. A recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research has shown that adding an accomplished teacher to a teaching team or department has a strong beneficial effect on student achievement. Many have reported this as “old news”, since most teachers could tell you that good teachers help students to do better work.