By Teachers, For Teachers
With so many lightning-fast connections at our doorstep, we find ourselves within reach of some of the most powerful learning resources that have ever existed on Earth. The quantity of choices intimidates many. However, the beauty of having so many choices, the beauty of digital media itself is its inherent flexibility and potential to serve all learners. Why should we not make it a priority to improve our own flexibility as educators and learners at every available opportunity?
We recently had our first Chicago snow storm which meant digging out my car, an unpleasant drive to work and basically feeling soggy all morning. But I am determined to maintain a romanticized winter wonderland mentality this year. To stay optimistic, I'm focusing on the upside of snow and its educational value! Here are a few of my favorite snowy school day activities:
Although I am employed to teach, I consider it something of a disappointment if I don't learn something myself during my teaching sessions. Sure, it is my prime responsibility to ensure that my students are given the best opportunities to learn, and I take pride in creating the best possible learning environments and experiences I can offer. The real magic occurs when we are all learning together, and I would like to argue that this should be the case in any learning environment.
Alto, baritone, soprano, and tenor offer different voices, but together they produce harmonious sounds. Inclusion, also composed of diverse but valuable collaborative voices, is intended to yield melodic classroom performances. Inclusion occurs through team efforts with scores of players accompanying each other. Each voice is a valuable one that comprises that inclusive chorus.
School may not be a paid position for students, but the positive habits formed by students today are a good investment in their future. Holding students accountable for their school work isn’t about being a “mean teacher.” It is about teaching students life lessons and helping them understand responsibility. The classroom is the perfect place to learn responsible work habits as well as content. Here are a few simple ways to lead students toward increased accountability: