Author: Sensory Edge

Complaining About Students Is Toxic. Here Are 4 Ways to Stop

Teachers complain about their lives, and their students, in copy and break rooms across the country. Teaching is hard work and complaining can become second nature. Complaining about students is toxic. It easily leads to a short career and harms the students themselves. Complaints about students lead to low expectations and subconsciously absolve teachers of responsibility when students fail. Some simple strategies, including a conscious decision to eliminate certain words and a one week complaint-free challenge, can help. Key Takeaways: When teachers complain about their students, they create a damaging “us versus them” mentality. Complaining can create a toxic atmosphere on the job, so teachers shouldn’t be afraid to call out their colleagues for their negativity. Teachers should consider challenging themselves to go one week without saying anything negative about students. “Complaining about students happens in teachers’ lounges and copy rooms all over the country.” Read more:...

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Teachers Are Great at Designing Classrooms. Let’s Get Them Redesigning Schools.

The National Education Association (NEA) is now recruiting teachers onto their creative team to help determine how schools across the nation should be designed, and which curriculums should be put into place. It is only natural that professional educators be let in on the decisions that back our public education system since they have shown such promise in designing their own classrooms. Just by entering a local pre-K setting, onlookers can see just how creative teachers are by all of the quirky art lacing the walls. Key Takeaways: When one takes a walk into any of the numerous elementary schools in the United States you would be amazed at the pictures of cute creatures on their walls. Teachers have achieved much that is worthy of note and good for a reality show using only butcher paper, scissors, and glue gun. Many boards on Pinterest that concentrate on teacher paraphernalia and arts are stars on the platform rather than having meager teacher stats. “In other words, teachers should use their creative capacities to change their schools and even districts.” Read more:...

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How to Raise Kids At A Healthy Weight

Genetics, diet, and physical activity all play an active roll in ensuring that our kids don’t face childhood obesity. There are several ways that you can implement healthy behaviors within your home in order to prevent the risk of obesity in your children. Limiting screentime should be at the forefront of any parent’s mind, especially when it comes to sitting down for meals. Also make sleep a number one priority, as inadequate sleep has been shown to heighten the risk of making unhealthy food choices. Key Takeaways: Genetics may play a role in childhood obesity, but so do lifestyle habits such as diet and lack of physical activity. Be sure to partake in undistracted eating by limiting screentime while kids are sitting down at the dinner table. Kids should get an adequate night’s sleep in order to help them make healthier choices the next day. Inadequate sleep can lead to moodiness and unhealthy food choices. “When kids are young, parents are responsible for providing an environment that helps kids have a lifestyle that is beneficial to their health.” Read more:...

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How gaming can make literacy teaching exciting for kids

The curriculum associated with year six has been known to include some daunting material, but a new game called, “Lost Pens” is reinventing the way that students engage in literacy learning. Students are put to the test in epic battles where they fight monsters with their writing and literacy skills.

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Teachers Need More Flexibility, Autonomy and, Yes, Income

Teachers are ready to break out of their molds. Most school districts limit teachers creativity by giving a set guideline that they must follow in their classrooms and concentrate on performance testing. Teachers are more innovative than ever before and would like more flexibility and the ability to guide their classrooms they way they would like to. Teachers also are struggling to make ends meet through an inadequate salary. Many teachers are turning to programs such as Outlook to provide not only extra income but a way to express their fresh, new, ideas that often are not allowed in the constrains of a typical classroom. Key Takeaways: traditional school systems often limit the opportunities for teachers to grow, both financially and professionally. Financially, there are very few options to improve our circumstances, aside from leaving the classroom to become an administrator or consultant. Many teachers enter the profession not only because they love making an impact and working with children, but because they love their content area. “Professionally, we are asked to follow scripted programs for our lessons and throw out creativity in favor of test prep. Class sizes are often larger than optimal, leaving teachers frustrated in their attempts to give all learners the attention they deserve.” Read more:...

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