Education, at its most engaging, is performance art. The first job of a teacher is to make the student fall in love with the subject. That is why engagement through performance may just be the most important skill in a teacher’s bag of tricks.
The teacher has a duty to engage, to create romance that can transform apathy into interest. The best teachers find a way to teach content while keeping students interested. “If you don’t have both astonishment and content, you have either a technical exercise or you have a lecture.”
A new emphasis on something that educators have known for decades: Skills not measured by standardized testing are important to children's development. "We don't yet have as many high-quality measures for social-emotional skills. We just intuitively understand that they're important."
Teachers benefit from the social-emotional focus as well, they can also use these skills for their own well-being. And when this happens the benefit is double because when they learn those skills themselves, they see their students in a new light and the chances are higher that students are going to learn them as well.
Modern school seems designed for extraverts. But a few studies suggest that introverted teachers are feeling drained by the insistent emphasis on collaboration and “social learning” —and that could be undermining kids’ achievement.
A calm and focused teacher is suspected of underworking, and so everybody, regardless of their personality type, is expected to work constantly in groups. But If the community of educators has agreed to value student learning styles, why not allow adults the freedom to play to their own strengths as well?
Educating yourself about the tools available and best strategies for integrating technology into the classroom is important to stay up to date with your profession. But where do you start? What’s the first step?
Think connections. Who am I connecting to whom or what, and why? If you stay connected with your students, and connect them to one another, it will be difficult to “fail.” Better news? Your teaching is now on display and amplified.
Yes, MOOCs offer an incredible range of topics for online learners from different parts of the world with different learning budgets; but the completion rates of MOOCs are lamentable. So the question is: If not MOOCs then what?
The answer is POOC (Personalized Open Online Courses). POOCs make learning more than just one-to-many knowledge broadcasting but a social learning activity involving peers, learning facilitators, subject matter experts, mentors and work place supervisors.
Academic researchers now have free access to a sizable new dataset for the purposes of expanding the scientific world's understanding of Web sciences. Yahoo Labs released the Yahoo Webscope Program, a reference library of interesting and scientifically useful datasets for non-commercial use by academics and other scientists.
When students go through college, it isn’t enough for them to excel academically; they should flourish. That idea was the focus of a session at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities: What can colleges do to promote their students’ well-being and why this is important?
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