When it comes to being an effective teacher, humor is a good tool to have at your disposal. A funny quip or a light-hearted joke can make all the difference in keeping—or regaining—the attention of your class during a lengthy lesson. And there’s nothing like sharing a few laughs with your students to help develop a trusting bond.
Teachers are some of the most positive people in the world—they have to be if they want to be an encouraging force in young people’s lives. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that a teacher’s attitude will fuel his or her students’ positive actions and be the foundation for creating a culture of positivity in the classroom.
Sometimes that culture isn’t easy to maintain, especially at the end of the school year. With summer vacation in sight, the anticipation of what’s to come may derail your intentions.
In a world that’s constantly changing, the realm of education is changing with it. In light of Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, CS is a hot topic for educators in the U.S. and few are taking it on at the same pace.
Whether you’re blazing the trail in your community or just starting to think about introducing a computer science curriculum to your school, here are four easy ways CS education can get a start and live in your classroom.
Encourage Real Life Connections (Social Emotional Learning)
There were plenty of times when I was a high school teacher (go, physics!) when I needed a quick review of a topic that I was scheduled to teach in an upcoming lesson. I usually turned to my old college physics textbooks, but recently I learned about Study.com. It’s a useful resource that could not only make content refreshers interesting and convenient, but also could serve as a learning tool for students.
You probably weren’t thinking of starting your summer vacation off in the classroom! But when you can learn cutting-edge teaching strategies and techniques while sipping a latte at your favorite coffee shop or at home cozied up in bed, we thought we should at least mention it.
Whether you’re interested in learning about new teaching strategies or wanting to become better organized, these free online courses offer new, exciting ways to think about engagement in the classroom.
The classroom is a place where students should easily be able to learn without interruptions. Organize the classroom in a way that is fun and functional. You don’t want it to be an area where students have to climb over desks or search to find the books that they need. Everything should be presented in a manner that is easy to locate for both you and the students.
From Silicon Valley to Washington, DC, it has become clear that our country is not providing enough opportunities for children to access high quality computer science education. Only 1 in 4 high schools offer any form of computer science; these lack of opportunities are especially prevalent in our neediest schools.
This year I started a computer science program at my school, where the student population is 92% Black and 7% Latino with over a third our community living 200% below the poverty line. I now teach an elective coding course and AP Computer Science.
Today is College Signing Day, the day we celebrate high school seniors across the country who have chosen to take control of their future and commit to higher education.
College Signing Day is a now an annual tradition thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative. So how can you encourage your students to reach higher? Here are five resources you can use to support your students as they take charge of their future and pursue their education.
- American College Application Campaign