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Teach Life Lessons

If your classes are 55 minutes as were mine when I taught, I suggest you use the last 5 minutes to teach Life Lessons. I know you are evaluated on state or national test score results, but our kids need more. (I often wonder what was Bernard Madoff's (he stole millions from his friends) test score or Marshall Applewhite’s ( Heaven’s Gate Suicide cult leader) test score.

I would like to suggest…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Teaching Technique-"Take the show on the road"

Teaching Technique-“take the show on the road”

This technique will work regardless of the subject matter you are teaching. This concept is valid for any grade level. It has worked for me at grade levels 8 through college.

My explanation to my students was this. We are going to proudly show others what we do, how we do it, how well we do it and particularly how much we enjoy doing it.

Here are some ideas where you can tale your students to do a…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Teaching Technique-LET kids teach KIDS


This techniques works best in high and middle school. The idea is that the instructors

introduces and teachers specific concepts and the allows his or her student to teach the same

concept to students in a much lower grade.

For example, a Biology teacher, after teaching concepts about the heart in animals can create a

Biology show where he allows his Biology students…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:41pm — No Comments


Teaching Technique -Make Learning FUN using Technology

First let me say I have encountered many teachers who think

that teachers should NOT try to make learning fun, they believe that learning is and should be laborious. They believe you have to “burn the midnight oil” and you experience PAIN to learn. They say “NO PAIN NO GAIN”.

Let us…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Teaching Technique-The Reverse Field Trip

Teaching Technique_ the Reverse Field Trip.

I was assigned to a new school. On my first day the principal said. “I have heard of you, you like to take the students on field trips, there will be no field trips at this school.” I have never met the principal before, but his comments did not affect me whatsoever.

My concern is how can I best educate my students? I knew that the lecture method is the technique that is least likely to achieve the results I…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Teaching Technique-Call and Response

Teaching Technique-Call and Response

This is not a NEW Idea. But I have not seen it used in Public Schools. It worked marvelously for me. I encourage all teachers to give it a try. It Works!

First a little history of the concept.

You have probably seen (on TV) an army group marching, whereas the leader calls out a verbal command and the entire group responds with some verbal reply.

You have seen a football and/or a basketball team get in a…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Teaching Technique-COACH-4teachers

Teaching Techniques-Coach

This will not work for everybody. But it worked for a dear friend of mine. Let us just call him Bob. Bob was the only Caucasian in an all Black school. He was also the only male.

He was 5’6” and weighed 130 pounds. He explained to me that the female teachers in the school were excellent teachers and they were demanding and hard on the students. He said they were ideal mother figures and ruled with an iron hand. He explained that he…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Teaching Technique-LEGACY

Teaching Technique - Legacy

BY DEFINITION: Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past

How do you want your students to remember you?

If you are walking in a local mall and one of your former students sees you then runs to give you a hug and a thank you, would that make you happy.

If you overheard one of your students saying “she is the best teacher I ever had”, How…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:35pm — No Comments



I took an assignment teaching HTML and Web Site design at a local technical college. The classes were going well but something inspired me to try this concept.

I created a questionnaire. The questions were judiciously created. I had questions on the list in which I was not really interested, such as; what is your…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Ask and it shall be given (ForTeachers)

I was teaching Chemistry in school system to be unnamed (The name has been excluded to protect the innocent). The lab equipment was so outdated, I hated to use it. I was frustrated one day I left and just took a walk (on my lunch hour). The school was located in an Industrial District. I found there was a building in walking distance that had a sign on the front that said…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:33pm — No Comments

How to be happy at work ( for teachers)

see the video clip.


Consider this.

Who do you work for?

How would a typical teacher answer this question?

Maybe, they she would answer "John Doe Middle School"

or may be he would answer " the board of education" knowing that he could be transferred

from one school to another within the same system in one day for no obvious reason.

I personally had this idea.

Teaching was…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:32pm — No Comments


I am a former teacher in the Memphis City school system. I have an experience I would like

to share. You decide if you can use the concepts.

I had a second job at a neighborhood community center at night.

Color Video cameras had just come on the market. I bought one to use in my teaching effort. I found some unusually

cool hand puppets on sale and I bought them. I got this great Idea.

At my community center job I used an overturned…

Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Are You a Life Long Learner?

I do presentations for students entitled HOW TO LEARN.

This has placed in tens of schools.

In each of these schools I have seen the concepy LIFE LONG LEARNER

heavily promoted. ( I feel this is GREAT)

To many times I have queried teachers about the outdated Windows software

they were using. I have been disappioted at the responses I have gotten.

Many have responded " I am going to retire in three years I don't intend to learn


Added by William Lambert on August 6, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

future of education

the educational landscape remains where it is unless governments invest well on it in the same manner as ythey invest in the military; educators commit themselves to innovating and working for the best that would help the youth to become life long learners and unless stakeholders especially the parents and the community help the schools by becoming involved in their child's total development

Added by Soraya Faculo on August 6, 2009 at 7:39am — No Comments

UoPeople is on NPR Radio

NPR News Radio
By Robin Young
Broadcast July 30, 2009

Click here to listen to the broadcast-

Added by Shai Reshef on July 30, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Digital storytelling workshops

My colleague Graciela Vega and I just completed a series of digital storytelling classes called "We All Have Stories to Tell," sponsored by the Central California Writing Project. The curriculum and some example stories are up at…


Added by Fred Mindlin on July 27, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments In the Future, the Cost of Education Will Be Zero

In the Future, the Cost of Education Will Be Zero

July 24th, 2009 | by Josh Catone

The average cost of yearly tuition at a private, four-year college in the US this year was $25,143, and for public schools, students could expect to pay $6,585 on average for the 2008-09 school year, according to the College Board. That was up 5.9% and 6.4% respectively over the previous year, which is well ahead of the national average rate of inflation. What that means is that for many people,… Continue

Added by Shai Reshef on July 26, 2009 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Tutoring Match goes ONLINE

Experience why TM is the faster, better way to learn.

Since 1999 Tutoring Match has been “match-making” one-on-one in-home tutorials in Fairfield, New Haven and Westchester Counties. Our network of over 100 pre-screened professionals personalizes academic assistance in all subjects for all ages.

With a state-of-the-art website, TM now offers instant, online tutoring with whiteboard technology and live customer support 24/7. All you need is a computer with a broadband… Continue

Added by Henry Lane on July 21, 2009 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Some schools are not ready to accept technology!

My current high school has asked me to stop using the computer lab and only work in the traditional classroom. I am not going to stop using technology. Starting September 1st, my students and I will only be connecting from home. I may be able to get a few computer classes to get the students started but that's all. I guess I am lucky that I am very experienced so I can manage such a program, but some schools are just not ready to accept technology.

Added by Nellie Deutsch on July 18, 2009 at 7:46am — No Comments

The Jakarta Post-Learning goes the distance

Learning goes the distance

Anissa S. Febrina , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Wed, 07/15/2009 12:30 PM | Features

A passion for knowledge can be limited by neither time nor space, especially with distance learning helping people to indulge that passion, wherever they might be.

For eight years, 41-year-old housewife Ida Rahayu has been juggling her daily house chores and her… Continue

Added by Shai Reshef on July 15, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

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