Coteaching is an exciting concept with proven benefits and it is now emerging in the secondary schools. The most important aspect of implementing a coteaching philosophy in a secondary school setting is establishing a clear vision and informing the faculty of all aspects of the coteaching concept.
If you are a teacher you probably fall into one of two categories at this point. Either you are totally stressed out because the end of the school year is fast approaching and you feel like you have a ton of things to do before the last day of school, or you are completely relaxed and right on schedule to finish your last few lessons.
Do it how the professionals do it. Leave the guessing. There are simple ways of gaining the attention of any age group, and then keeping them engaged.
Teachers give countless hours to their profession. It does not matter if they teach in a private school, a public school, or in a homeschool. Every teacher gives and gives and gives until sometimes they think there is no more to give.
You want to know the hardest thing about motivating students? It's this: Every student out there wants to have one of three jobs. They want to be an actor, a musician, or an athlete. That's it. Three jobs.
Are you a teacher? Do your students constantly ask you questions that have nothing to do with your lesson in order to get the class off task? I have the answers for you! You can answer student questions in a flash, and without wasting precious class time.
I've said it before. In public education, there are more sad stories than happy endings. Even so, after graduation this year I have to admit that the happy endings might outweigh all that bad stuff. Well, not really, but at least for one glorious day, you can take a look at what accomplishment looks like.
Do you consider yourself "name-learning challenged?" Do you find it difficult to think of a student's name when the two of you meet? Or is it harder for you to match faces with the names of students on your class roster?
Beginnings are important. Whether the class is a large introductory course for freshmen or an advanced course in the major field, it makes good sense to start the semester off well. Students will decide very early - some say the first day of class - whether they will like the course, its contents, the teacher, and their fellow students.
People who do not work in the educational system are often surprised when they learn about the tenure system. After all, in most professions a person is held accountable for their skills, initiative, and effectiveness, regardless of how long they have been employed.