High school learners are qualitatively different than younger learners. You certainly can “teach an old dog new tricks” by understanding the cognitive and social characteristics of high school learners.
by Katherine Bradley, M.ED, ED.S.
Imagine a classroom tailored in accordance with the likes and dislikes of your child. In your son’s class competition, physical activity and choice activities dominate the learning environment—even for math and language arts!! In your daughter’s class, she and her friends sit in groups; they collaborate and have the opportunity to be creative and inquisitive without the distraction of rambunctious little boys. These are the characteristics of the single-gender learning environment.
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To change your life, simply change your learning! It's a small and effortless change that comes with big benefits! "Learn to learn" and never look back.
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It is always concerning to a parent when they discover that their child is falling behind in the classroom. When this happens, it is best to systematically consider possible causes.
Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education is concerned about improving the effectiveness of teachers and addressing the issue of low performing schools. However, the current focus on student test scores to assess teacher performance seems misguided. Student test scores are only a symptom of teacher effectiveness.
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There are lots of different learning style models that indicate some learners need touch or physical movement in order to learn. Although I had believed and taught the models, I had never actually observed how touching and manipulating objects can literally transform a learner.
Not all students learn the same way, so you'll have to have an idea of the different learning types. Print off this guide and keep it handy when you're making your lesson plans.