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.
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… Continue
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… Continue
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… Continue
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… Continue
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… Continue
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… Continue
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… Continue
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… Continue
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… Continue
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
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
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
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
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Added by Henry Lane on July 21, 2009 at 1:17pm —
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.