Teaching is about learning. Teachers take classes to learn about content, strategies, behavior, classroom management and more. In order to move our educational system forward, however, the knowledge, experience, and expertise of master teachers needs to be shared with those entering the profession. Each college has its own path for how this learning takes place; [...]
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Teaching is the greatest job on the earth. It is not the most respected or highest paying and it does not bring you power, wealth or fame, but it is the toughest job that has the most impact on our future. Each year teachers enter the classrooms and meet students with stories. We make a connection. [...]
Today there are many ways to expand your classroom walls. Field trips, virtual trips, Skype conversations, and traveling trunks can all provide your students with experiences and expertise that help their learning. As an educator you need to be able to match your objectives with resources near you. Inviting visitors into the classroom is another [...]
When students enter preschool and kindergarten they are excited by learning. They explore and engage in activities for the sake of what is happening. Teachers set up experiences and lessons that develop skills and provide learning for students. As students progress through elementary school, however, they begin to see the association of work for "a [...]
Teachers use multiple resources to learn and strengthen their craft. There are online resources, educational journals, district level in-service, networking groups and educational conferences. This week Lauren and I were both able to participate in conferences offered outside of our school district. There is so much value to networking and learning offered at conferences. Mentor Teacher: [...]
This series is a reflection of our experiences during the spring semester as a mentor teacher and student intern. If you have not been reading, check out our past articles. There are many amazing things about sharing a craft I love with Lauren, my student intern. I am forced to reflect on my own practices [...]
Having a student intern this semester is allowing me to reflect on my own teaching. It has been interesting to see the transition of college knowledge to classroom application. The university has expectations to train teachers and then the elementary classroom happens. As an educator I am constantly using assessment to guide my teaching. Information [...]
Teaching is more than lessons, assessments, and children. It involves extra work outside of the classroom. Seasoned teachers know there are many "extras" that come with the job. We attend board meetings, committee meetings, planning meetings, curriculum meetings, after-school clubs, summer school sessions, PTO and Site Council presentations, school plays and school-sponsored events outside of the 7:45-3:45 daily [...]
We are well into week three and things in our classroom and working well. If you missed the start of this journey, check out our previous articles on The Educator's Room. Being a mentor teacher is a letting go of yourself so someone else can learn. I am finding ways to keep myself busy during [...]
January 20, 2018, brought America the first anniversary of the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The day after his inauguration, January 21, 2017, millions of women and their male allies took to the streets to protest the things they object about Donald Trump. His campaign seemed to be filled with racism, misogyny, and vitriol. These [...]