Teaching Practice: Circle Time

A recent article in Edutopia began with this sentence: “Morning meetings are a nearly ubiquitous feature in elementary classrooms. Students gather on a rug to discuss the calendar, the weather, the news, and how they’re feeling as the day begins.” The sentence is not wrong and…

Spotlight: Leah Guenther, MS Teacher

Leah wrote a recent article in Harvard Educational Review. She has taught for 9 years and says: “I adore this job. There is nothing else I would rather do. It is challenging, however, so I am always looking for practical ways to ensure my longevity in…

Teaching Practice: Mathematics

A British teacher, Craig Barton, recently wrote about his transformation as a mathematics teacher in American Educator. He poses the classic change dilemma: don’t upset the applecart! If I am a well-liked teacher who gets good results, why am I doing anything wrong and why…

Teaching Practice: Helping Students In and Out of the Classroom

Students with identified learning needs, and many who are in need of specific support even without diagnosed needs, are helped by interventionists both in and out of the classroom. It used to be the norm that a math coach or English coach would pull the…

Teaching Students: Critical Thinking, Pill Bugs, and Scientific Thinking

By Bill Wallace, Science Teacher at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC My Physiology class of high school juniors and seniors is alive with various sounds, smells and lights all directed at pill bugs in choice chambers on the lab benches. One pair of students…

Spotlight: José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema orchestra, 1939-2018

Jose Abreu, founder of El Sistema Youth Orchestra in Venezuela, died Saturday, March 24th, at the age of 78. Abreu founded the globally acclaimed El Sistema, or The System, in 1975 in a garage with just nine musicians. In an interview, Abreu said about that…

Teaching Students: The Good Stress

As teachers, it’s easy to worry about the student’s stress levels and do what we can to reduce them. It’s not hard to find evidence that there is stress in a student’s life and that it can be a barrier to learning. We trust each…

Teaching Practice – Fine and Performing Arts – Express: Finding Meaning

Why teach the arts? This is the seventh and last article that looks at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted typical reasons for taking arts – that it…

Spotlight: Mr. Whitson – Best Teacher I Ever Had

By David Owen from Reader’s Digest (Asian Edition), April 1991, 47-48, downloaded June 1 2018. Mr. Whitson taught sixth-grade science. On the first day of class, he gave us a lecture about a creature called the cattywampus, an ill-adapted nocturnal animal that was wiped out…

Teaching Practice: Beginning with the End in Mind

At the beginning of the year, imagine what the end of the year will be like. The Cheshire Cat and Alice put it well. “Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?” The cat asked, “Where do…

Fine and Performing Arts – Observe: Really Seeing, Not Just Looking

Why teach the arts? This is the sixth of several articles that look at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted typical reasons for taking arts – that it…

Thinking about Teaching (and /or Learning): Collaborative Teaching

Teacher Squared & The Power of Two​: ​​ ​Collaborative Teaching with Notes and Insights. By Kelley Brill and Dr. Paul DeAngelis, Miami Country Day School, Miami, Florida Few things can be as isolating as the profession of teaching alone in a student-filled classroom.​​ ​ ​​Teaching…

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