Why do school administrators observe teachers?
Informal observations can be used as a way for team teachers and colleagues to brainstorm new approaches to familiar material, or fresh ways of interacting with difficult students. It can also help to have a mirror held up to your practice and really think in detail about the things that are working and areas you may wish to improve on.
Today, you don’t have to search very far to see bullying occur. Whether in the news, social media, professional settings or in a school environment, bullying has become more common in all areas of society. By definition, bullying is the unwanted, aggressive form of behaviors and threats to intimidate others repeatedly. Bullying has always existed in school environments among children. However, now more than ever is bullying prevalent and a growing issue educators and teachers are looking to improve.
As Roald Dahl’s Title character Matilda soon found, the library is a place of learning, discovery and wonder. Every child deserves full access to a well stocked library. LIbraries are essential for all communities, and especially important for low income areas where they can provide families with their only access to technology, literature and community services.
Parents agree, the Pew Internet & American Life Project found 94% of parents say that libraries are important for children.
When children first enter any sort of formal educational setting they are met with songs, music and rhyme, and that’s no accident: preschool and kindergarten teachers are well versed in just how important it is to expose students to regular rhythmic language play and prioritize the development of a sense of beat and timing.
These skills can help develop musical talent but perhaps even more importantly, they help to support a wide range of other essential skills and contribute to students excelling in other subject areas such as:
An elementary school principal in Phoenix, Arizona asked students the question, “What do principals do?” Answers such as, “loves books,” “plays with kids,” “gets on stage a lot,” and “pays bills so we can stay in school until the 6th grade” were submitted by kindergarteners through fourth graders. It’s fair to say students don’t see everything a principal does during the day, but they certainly have clued in on some of the important aspects of the job.
The internet has transformed the way in which we teach, but also created its fair share of distractions. According to Pew Research Center, 24 percent of teens are online ‘almost constantly’, due in large part to the wide availability of cutting-edge phones. If you have gotten sick of telling students to put their smartphones away during class, you may curse the internet from time to time.