Author: Sensory Edge

Leadership Skills Every Teacher Must Have

A classroom where the student body is doing more or less as it pleases, irregardless of the educator at the top of the room, is not a place for learning. For learning to happen their needs to be more than a curriculum and a desire to offer and instill it. There has to be leadership. Leadership is not pushing. Leadership is confident and gains the interest of the students it wishes to teach by wooing them with presentation skills. Good leaders have the ability to discipline, where warranted. This can take the form of a contract, written and displayed for all to see, noting that certain behaviors will warrant certain negative consequences. It can be no more than a stern reprimand. The important thing is that it be delivered uniformly and fairly and that each educator know when the limit of their system has been reached. In such case the principal has to be brought into the picture. Good educational leaders have eagle eyes and they refuse to get so caught up in the rebellious ones that they forget to pat the back of the quiet do-gooders. Great teacher educators understand the need to bring parents on board. And they always have an extra trick or two up their sleeve for the students that are more difficult to inspire. Key Takeaways: A teacher who is charismatic is more able...

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Behavior Referrals Plummeted While Attendance Skyrocketed in This District. Here’s Why …

Suspensions have been historically used to punish students in order to teach them the consequences of their behavior. Unfortunately, public school officials have known for quite awhile that this method of punishment was not effective in deterring students from participating in defiant behavior. Instead, more and more schools are incorporating more direct methods such as making students work off the damage that they have caused in order to teach them responsibility in a more hands-on way. Key Takeaways: A student damaged a textbook, and instead of suspension, he was given chores around the school until he paid it off. Public schools have known for quite awhile that suspension was proving to be ineffective. After teachers participated in a two-day training program, putting forth the skills they had learned resulted in a decline in suspensions and expulsions. “But rather than kicking him out of school, staff tried an alternative to suspension.” Read more:...

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Classroom Rugs Make Classroom Organization Easier

Making classroom environments work and kid-friendly is imperative. It allows the day to progress more smoothly, as kids have a better grasp on where they should be at what particular times and what is expected of them. One great way to make class environments that aid kids is to implement classroom rugs. By clearly and attractively delineating a “circle” space, be it for story-time, or some other specified learning activity, kids know immediately where to go, which promotes a sense of satisfied independence and makes organization easier and less stressful for kids and teachers alike. Besides their inherent function as a way to delineate space, such rugs are attractive and warm. They reduce noise and make it less likely that kids will get injured. Another unexpected plus in having carpets in a potentially germ-ridden environment is rug’s ability to trap allergens where they can be whisked away by the vacuum, thereby reducing air pollutants. Key Takeaways: Classroom rugs have many important school environment functions, one specific one being that they help delineate special parts of the room dedicated to school activities. Besides creating a cozy environment, which can warm a sterile environment, rugs promote an injury-free space. Rugs also trap germs, which would otherwise linger in the air and they are great at reducing noise. “Having an organized classroom is essential. Teachers know that Classroom Rugs are a great...

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Every Classroom Is A Team And Every Teacher Is A Coach

There are often two types of educators found in the public school system: those who want to engage their students in meaningful life lessons, and those who are more focused on academic success. Finding a middle ground between these two types of teachers is the perfect balance, and there are many ways to encourage it to happen. Modeling the behavior that you want staff to exhibit is a great way to directly illustrate the type of energy that you would like them to display. Key Takeaways: Public schools typically include two forms of teachers: those who are dedicated to meaningful interaction, and those more focused on academic success. The key is finding balance between both of these goals in order to maintain a successful team structure. Display the behaviors that you would like to see staff engage in such as greeting students whenever they enter the building. “In this current atmosphere of accountability, educators are often challenged with balancing the time it takes to participate in enriched activities that involve student engagement and academic excellence.” Read more:...

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Research Projects for K-2

Research skills can be very beneficial for young elementary school students, and are worth incorporating into your lesson plans. Recommended research projects for the K-2 age group incorporate research questions with fun, hands-on projects. To learn about bugs, for example, kids can use modeling insects to create clay fossils. Or to learn about plants and agriculture, kids can plant bean plants in jars, and watch them grow. Whatever the project, research-based skills are certain to make learning better for students of all ages. Key Takeaways: According to PebbleGo, a leading K-2 database, kindergarteners are not too young to begin learning how to be effective readers and researchers. Try assigning each student a bug, arm them with a magnifying glass and tweezers, then let them answer simple questions about their specimen. Kids love animals, so let their imaginations run wild and have them create the tracks of bears and lions using cardboard and sponges. “Yes, you can teach kindergarteners how to do proper research (i.e. be awesome detectives and readers).” Read more:...

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