Being a teacher is a powerful force, it can shake the surface of a young soul like an earthquake, and cause a ripple effect that can last a lifetime. It is the”why” for many of us who enter the profession and the essence of being a teacher. We want to make a difference and … Continue reading
Finland has long been on the international radar as having the most well prepared teachers and with that high international student achievement. The question of “What are they doing in Finland?” has been on the radar for educators in the United States for over the past decade. But a recent article by the Atlantic “When … Continue reading
Summer Summer Summer time…. don’t just sit back and rewind. This summer take the opportunity to try new strategies, increase your content knowledge and think critically. As teachers across the nation move to adopt 21st century skills into their teaching practice, not only must they think about how the 4C’s: Critical thinking, Creativity, Communication and … Continue reading
Managing a classroom is a difficult task. Regardless of the age, grade or school environment each class will bring about management issues that a teacher simply cannot ignore. A teacher is a manager whose primary role is to get students to complete tasks and support them in achieving goals. According to the Wall Street Journal (2015) … Continue reading
In the field of education, the notion of “life-long learning” is valued as a highly desired quality for teachers. In most preservice programs, teacher education centers around the history of education and how it is ever evolving, educational trends and how things are changing, and the connection between learning theories and instructional practices. Although many … Continue reading
Ask any teacher and they can tell you a few stories about their first year teaching. More often than not we look back at the end of the school year and think about all thing things we could of done differently, better… That is what I love about this profession; you are always improving and striving to be your best. But sometimes being your best and doing what you love is not always valued or supported by the place where you work. Continue reading
Dr. Patricia Dickenson is Lead Faculty of Teacher Education at National University in San Jose. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Southern California in Educational Psychology. Her research focuses on the sociocultural aspects of motivation, engagement, and instruction, within mathematics, technology and standard-based teaching practices of Latino English learners.