By Teachers, For Teachers
There are a few topics that every teacher needs to be in-the-know about. These topics range from how to combat bullying in the classroom to how to keep your students engaged. From teaching students study skills to learning the Common Core and how to accurately assess your students, we are here to help you keep on top of these important topics. Here are just five of the many must-know professional development topics to keep you in the loop.
Everybody dreads a bully, whether he is in your classroom or in the hallways. Bullying is just as hard for a teacher to deal with as it as it is a student. There are many professional procedures that teachers must know and understand when it comes to bullies. Here is a brief overview of how to deal with a bully in your school.
Oftentimes, teachers don’t spend enough time on teaching their students how to effectively study at home. They spend all of their time teaching the important concepts in school, but lack the time to teach students how they can effectively take that information learned and study it. Studying is a skill that can be learned, and must be learned, in order for students to be a successful in school. Here are three essential tips that will improve the study habits of your students.
The Common Core learning standards are designed to present a clear understanding of what students are supposed to be learning and know in school. It is essentially a guideline for teachers to follow to make sure that their students are learning what they are supposed to. They are a means to provide clarity to teachers and parents of what is expected of all students in the United States. Many states follow these standards, where other states have opted not to. If you live in a state that follows these standards, then you know how important it is to know them like the back of your hand. These standards are meant to prepare students for college and their career.
According to research, in order for you to be able to meet these standards, there are five things you need to be doing in your classroom.
The single most important way that you can know if a student is truly learning is if they are engaged in the lesson. There are many ways that you can do this, but not all strategies and techniques work for every student. Teachers have found cooperative learning to be an effective way to keep students engaged because it appeals to all types of learners, and keep students engaged in the lesson. Activities like “Think-pair-share” and “The Jigsaw” allow students to work independently, as well as together. These types of activities are a perfect way to reach all learners and make sure that they are all engaged at the same time.
Learning is a means of assessment and assessment drives instruction. It is the heart of teaching and learning and without it, teachers would not know if they were doing their job correctly. Whether you assess students by a test, a hand-written essay, or by using technology, it is an essential element and a topic that is on the top of the list of must-knows for teachers. Here are some tips to help make your assessment tasks easier and more effective.
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Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.