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.
According to the new Common Core Standards, literacy is the responsibility of all subject teachers. In order to get students writing for these new standards, you’ll have to first understand what kind of writing they are expected to do. The three types of writing as defined by the common core are informative, argument, and narrative. Once you understand the three types of writing, you’ll still have to start incorporating them into your classes.
The human brain is a miraculous organ, capable of processing huge amounts of information in just seconds. But it is better at absorbing some kinds of information than it is others.
Consider, for example, the following: when you read a passage of text, your brain scans the text for meaning, decoding a sea of syntax, syllables, phonemes, syllogisms, euphemisms, metaphors and all manner of rules and techniques to uncover the units of information that are most important.
When shock waves from political events hit schools, children and parents can be left feeling adrift. In the wake of impassioning events such as the US election and our recent UK referendum on leaving the European Union, societies can feel fractured and bruised, and respond in less than productive ways. Hate crimes have soared in the UK in the aftermath of a campaign that unleashed uninhibited language and racism alongside grievances, and this is beginning to be seen in the US too.