My sophomore year of college, I walked into my first psychology class, briefly heard from Dr. Bryan Saville (the professor), and participated in a type of learning I had never before experienced in college or in my PK-12 education. Little did I know I would end up majoring in psychology, Dr. Saville would become my thesis advisor, and my thesis research topic would focus on this unique structure known as interteaching.
Category: Teaching Inspiration
Stand Out From The Crowd: College and Career Applications
In the United States, around 3 million students graduate from high school each year. About 67% of them, or around 2 million students, enroll in college the following fall. Whether a student is one in over 2 million applying to colleges or one in over a million applying for jobs, life beyond high school is incredibly competitive. Throughout the application process students often feel an immense amount of pressure and stress. Here are several ways you can help students explore their interests and stand out from the crowd throughout high school and thus reduce their overall anxiety when considering their future college or career.
4 Ways to Differentiate Lessons in Inclusion Classrooms
In the midst of a lesson, an inclusion teacher (or co-teacher) is often considering two different needs for each of their students: (1) the strategies to implement so that each student reaches their Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals, and (2) the accommodations to provide so that each student accesses and comprehends the current lesson. Inclusion teachers must use a variety of approaches in order for their students to successfully achieve their individualized goals and master the daily lesson objectives. Here are 4 approaches to add to your repertoire.
3 Tips for Teachers on Organization & Time Management
The teacher’s to-do list is never-ending; thus, using organization systems and time management strategies is a necessity. Over the years I have purchased so many planners, clipboards, and notepads that I wish I would have purchased stock in Office Depot. Ultimately, I have realized that it works best when I create my own templates and use those throughout a school year. So, here are three tips, with downloadable resources, for staying organized and managing your time well.
Building Relationships with Your Community
The Carnegie Corporation of New York has said, “We know that when families are engaged in their children’s learning, students succeed,” and I would wager that almost every educator has heard the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
Team Building with Your Students
Regardless of age, if you put a group of individuals in the same space, where some know each other and some don’t, where some are from the area and some aren’t, and where some feel overly confident and some feel insecure, inevitably conflict will arise. We’ve seen this play out on 38 seasons of Survivor (can you believe that?!) and in classics such as Lord of the Flies. We also see this play out everyday in classrooms and schools with students, staff, family, and community members.