Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: March 2016

What are the best examples you have seen of teachers closing the gender gap in education? I wrestled with this question for a few weeks because I thought the question implied that the educational gender gap meant that male students have the upper hand. However, I think the current state of education favors female students.Continue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: March 2016”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: February

What are the top ten ways that administrators can help new teachers avoid burning out? Mentors: New teachers need to pair up with master teachers so that they have mentors they can turn to for help. There are so many problems and issues new teachers face their first years of teaching that it is difficultContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: February”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: January

What lessons can teachers offer to designers of software for the classroom? Software designers need to know these eight things if they are going to create a program for the classroom: Teachers and students must be able to access the program within the school, so designers need to understand the various filters and how theyContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: January”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: November

“What are the top games (online or video games) that can help students learn?” In order to answer this month’s question, I had to go to the expert–my 10-year-old son. When I asked him which game has taught him the most, without hesitation, he answered Call of Duty. This is what he had to say:Continue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: November”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: October

Can social media have a role to play in managing a successful classroom? Social media can be used in certain classrooms successfully. If teachers need to send out announcements, Facebook and Twitter meet students where they spend much of their time. There is no better application available to send out last-minute reminders or changes ofContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: October”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: September

What was your most challenging classroom and how did you turn it around?  Early in my teaching career, I had a class of freshman English with 27 students–22 boys and 5 girls. If having 22 freshman boys in one class wasn’t challenging enough, this class met after lunch in the last 90-minute block of the day.Continue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: September”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: August

What are the best ways parents can help teachers and that teachers can help parents? Communication and honesty are keys to building a positive, healthy relationship between parents and teachers. This relationship is the main reason I wrote Uncommon Core: 25 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in a Cookie Cutter Educational System. I wantedContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: August”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: July

What are several real ways you have seen bullying reduced? The only way to reduce bullying is for parents and teachers to take an active role in teaching and role modeling respect for other people to the children in their lives. Most “bullying” is due to a lack of respect for another person, plain andContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: July”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: June

What are the best ways a teacher can demonstrate leadership in the classroom? One of my former students asked me questions about my teaching experiences for a college class she was taking. One of those questions was “What encourages teachers to become leaders?” My answer to that question as well as a few others formedContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: June”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: May

What are the quick ways to combat teacher stress in a classroom? The problem with classroom stress is that it rarely comes from being in the classroom with the students. If teachers are experiencing stress with students, those teachers might need to rethink what they have chosen as a profession. I get rejuvenated in theContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: May”