By Teachers, For Teachers
Last year, Louisiana passed a law allowing public school teachers to use creationist supplemental materials in public school science classes. The Texas Board of Education recently adopted changes in the wording of Texas state science standards that undermine the teaching of evolution. We discussed this controversial shift in science education with Dr. Barbara Forrest, a philosophy professor and a leader in the fight to keep creationist curricula out of the classroom.
As teachers of all grade levels know very well, it is extremely difficult to teach students higher order math algorithms when they are not fluent with their basic facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). If students are not automatic in responding to math facts, their attention is necessarily taken away from the multiple steps necessary to solve more complex problems. Below are 12 principles necessary to successfully teaching math facts.
Let’s face it – by the time "Back to School" rolls around, you're already out of time to make adjustments and improvements for the new year. Here are 12 books for summer reading that will ensure you bring your A game in August!
Educators might be in a better position to help learners who are experiencing difficulty if an assessment method could match the student with appropriate instruction. It is the intent of Response to Intervention (RtI) to combine important features of assessment with instruction, as well as address many of the limitations currently associated with aptitude-achievement discrepancy models of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) identification. Here is your essential, need-to-know breakdown of RTI for your classroom.
A high school English teacher told me about a student who struggled with analytical writing and avoided it by skipping her homework assignments. The students’ parents constantly pressured the teacher to overlook the missed assignments. A third grade teacher told me the mother of one of his students left twenty-minute messages on his voice mail every day and showed up in his classroom unannounced. A middle school teacher who gave an exam the day after Halloween said she received an e-mail from a parent containing a four-paragraph poem titled, “The Grinch That Stole Halloween.” Adversarial parents can create frustration and impede your progress with their child. To foster positive relationships with your students’ parents and encourage their cooperation and support, try the following three-part approach: