By Teachers, For Teachers
It's that time of year where countdowns are everywhere, so we're here to share the most popular education articles that ran on TeachHUB this year. Here are the top 12 TeachHUB Articles of 2009 based on your visits:
As the State Regents Exams draw close, it’s time to start teaching to the test if you haven’t already. Those who don’t fall into the trap of test prep turn their noses up arguing that students should have learned the skills to pass an exam without ever having seen the likes of it before. The rest of us realize that with students entering 9th grade on a 5th grade reading level, two years is not enough time to get them ready to pass an 11th grade Literacy exam cold.
So, here we are at the end of another decade, and you find yourself asking the inevitable question: “What were the most important scientific breakthroughs of the Aughts?” Well, here is my list:
It's time to say goodbye to an A for effort, no matter what your subject. Many current music educators grew up in a time when being in an ensemble was solely about playing the music for the next concert. I personally cannot recall ever doing a worksheet or any real music theory work while in high school. It seemed that all I had to do to get an "A" was come to my lessons, play at the concerts, and otherwise stay out of trouble. Outside practice was expected but not enforced. I did not realize until many years later that this method of teaching had set me up for years of mediocrity and frustration.
As 2011 approaches, I know that many of us are scrambling to come up with our New Year’s Resolutions. Pretty soon we will see the expected extra long lines for the treadmill at the gym and empty shelves of bagged salad at the grocery store. This year I realized that there are two obvious problems with my resolutions. 1. They are horribly general. They don’t really name any specific behavior or situations. 2. They lack a plan. (And you know I love a good color-coded plan!) So in 2011, I have revolutionized my resolutions!