The Ladder Runs the Wrong Way

Careers incentivize teachers the wrong direction in education.

Changing How We Incentivize Teaching Careers Student learning is the most important aspect of public education, and retaining quality teachers sits at the core of student learning. Teachers are at the “front lines” of education - it is where the dirty work, the struggles, and the successes happen. Any policy changes, curriculum implementation, or other … Continue reading The Ladder Runs the Wrong Way

Teaching Tip # 13 – Group Roles

Assigning group roles in class.

Quality Collaboration Strategies Designing group work that allows for quality collaboration is a challenging task. Many teachers rely on how they were taught, where each student has a specific role such as time-keeper, or note-taker. The book Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom by Elizabeth G. Cohen explores group roles, how these roles can … Continue reading Teaching Tip # 13 – Group Roles

Subconscious Bias: A Basic Understanding

How Subconscious Bias can affect education.

The idea of bias, specifically subconscious bias, is an extremely difficult yet important concept to understand. Subconscious bias impacts the decisions we make daily. As teachers, it is imperative that we understand the basics of subconscious bias, and how to work against some of the more harmful effects it can bring. What is Bias The … Continue reading Subconscious Bias: A Basic Understanding

Teaching Tip # 12 – Management with Proximity

Management with the use of proximity.

Redirection Without Vocalization One of the simplest forms of management is the use of proximity - using the distance between you and your students to remind or redirect behavior in the classroom. Proximity can be very effective when managing simple mistakes students make in the classroom. For example, if a student is talking during a … Continue reading Teaching Tip # 12 – Management with Proximity