The Power of Positive Communication in a School Setting by Model Teaching | April 26, 2021. We have all heard of the power of positivity, but did you ever stop to think about its impact in the classroom, and within communications to families? In this article, you will learn how frequent and positive communication will build successful relationships with families. Imagine this classroom scenario. In the sixth week of school, second-grade teacher Mrs. Jones has noticed a sudden and dramatic change in a student's behavior and participation level. She gives [...]
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning as the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. That definition can seem overwhelming to educators when they are told to include SEL in their curriculum. Read on to find out three simple strategies you can incorporate into your daily classroom routines that encourage the social-emotional growth of all your students.
Are current events forcing you to move your regular classroom teaching online? Do you struggle to stay connected with your students without seeing them face-to-face each day? Read this article to learn key strategies you can implement right away to bring a sense of community to your online class.
While it can be argued that teaching is a highly rewarding profession, it can also be argued that teaching is a demanding career. Between time constraints, physical demands, testing pressure, and the emotional toll that teaching can take, its no wonder that many teachers face burnout and leave the profession. However, there are several actions teachers can take to alleviate this burnout.
We’ve all heard a student complain, “This is too hard, I’ll never understand.” Or maybe even, “I’m not a math person, I just don’t get it.” These statements both reflect a fixed mindset, and one of our responsibilities as educators is to encourage a shift in our students from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. According to Dr. Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University and a leading researcher in the field of motivation, a growth mindset is the “understanding that abilities and intelligence can be developed.” Once students have this mindset, watch their confidence soar! Even as they face academic struggles, they will understand that the struggle is part of the process of learning.
Many students fall into one of two categories: the chatty ones that need to socialize frequently, or the shy and quiet students that don’t speak up. Turn and Talk is a strategy that benefits both types of learners, and can be adapted for any content area and grade level. When students turn and talk, you are providing the naturally talkative ones with content-based purpose, and you are providing the quieter kids the scaffolding and confidence they need to have a thoughtful two-way conversation with a fellow student. Turn and Talk is a tool every teacher needs!