By Alan Haskvitz
The recent cutting of state budgets, NCLB, insistence on standardized testing, and the possibility of merit pay may create a tipping point in many schools that could well spell …
By Susan Rismiller
What happens when one teacher makes it her mission to just BE HAPPIER? Can the challenges of the new year really be tempered by a plan of action, the musings …
By Bill Page
Teachers control testing procedures in each learning unit and grading period. They determine the test items, the testing conditions, the marking rules, the scoring and averaging policies. And, …
By Dr. Marvin Marshall
Tom Sawyer was a better psychologist than B.F. Skinner, the famous exponent of behaviorism. This theory assumes that all behaviors are prompted only by external sources.
In contrast, Tom used the …
By Marjan Glavac
Every month Marjan Glavac, professional speaker, teacher, longtime supporter of the Teachers.Net community, and co-author of “How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom,” has provided for Teachers.Net Gazette readers …
By Ron Victoria
September is . . . Self Improvement Month, Be Kind To Editors and Writers Month, International Square Dance Month, Cable TV Month, National Bed Check Month, National Chicken Month, National …
By Leah Davies, M.Ed.
Caring children treat ALL people the way they would like to be treated. They understand that everyone wants to have friends, feel safe and be part of a group. So, …
By Dorothy Rich
I know I should not be bothered by it (or should get over it), but every time my grandchildren say the words, “That’s cool,” my teeth grind a little. …
By Guy Weaver
Today’s world is an age of technology. Technology is the practical application of science to society’s commercial and industrial realm. For many, global society lives in a “world that is …
By Kathy Roberson
We’ve all been there… the mandatory workshops arranged by our school districts in which the speakers are talking about subject matter that has absolutely no relevancy to our current …
While interviewing some of the best teachers in the country, I was surprised to see certain commonalities or themes pop up time and time again. Though these teachers taught a variety of different subjects in various K-12 grades, as I continued interviewing them, I started seeing commonalities and patterns develop. I began making a list of the ones that appeared most. Could there be specific methods and attributes that, if combined, would essentially create the perfect teacher? Probably not, I thought. But variations of the same ten methods continued to appear in nearly all of the interviews, whether the teacher taught in a major metropolitan city or a small rural town. These common methods were prevalent if the teachers taught kindergarten or high school, math, social studies, gifted students or special education. Most had never spoken to one another, nor did they have much in common in their personal lives, yet the same ten commonalities emerged time and again. It was so obvious, in fact, that I will go out on the limb and say that any teacher who incorporates these methods will, at the very least, become a better teacher. You will probably become your students’ favorite teacher, and once you’ve mastered these skills you will indeed become a great teacher. Here are the ten commonalities….
By Todd R. Nelson
To be a successful farm or school, we must nurture that which nurtures us—we’re only as good as our soil, after all. Maintaining the soil is as important as the price we get at market for a bushel of our corn. We are not interested in mere short-term production, but in stewardship of the land, developing both orchard and cash crop.
By Teachers.Net News Desk
Unique activities to kick off the new school year, tested on real students and shared by teachers in the Teachers.Net Lesson Bank! To start, get out a roll of toilet paper…
By Teachers.Net News Desk
Great activities to enjoy when your students can’t go outdoors, or for active time fillers by classroom and substitute teachers!
By Teachers.Net News Desk
During this busy back-to-school season what teacher has the time and energy to put together great meals after work? Not the teachers we know! So, we offer this collection of slow cooker recipes shared by Melissa on the Recipes Chatboard. Thanks to Melissa, coming home from work won’t mean more work…you’ll be greeted by a meal ready to eat!
By Barbara Pressman
This month Barbara provides suggestions for noise control and keeping students on task.
By Tim Newlin
All across the world students are nodding off in lecture halls, executives are yawning in boardrooms, military personnel are being anesthetized at briefings, and committees are being put to sleep in government offices by infected carriers that are unaware of their condition.
By Lowell Parker, Ph.D.
A real-life story about the usefulness of math in everyday life and why we need to remind students of this more often.
By Lee Goldstein
It is always difficult for me to seek a new volunteering post. I use an electric wheelchair, I’m 77 years old, I was new in this agricultural valley, and my …
By Susan Fitzell
Today, much of our society accepts some of the most hurtful language as acceptable humor… What’s appropriate in the classroom?