You have the opportunity to ask Bill Gates a question -- NOT hypothetically. You actually have the opportunity. What do you want to ask him? What do you want to tell him? Let's make some collective noise...send in your Letters to Bill by Thursday, March 13.
It seems that very few people outside the profession understand just how much non-teaching time is required to make the teaching time go well. Help us measure it by participating in the Project.
You just taught something new. Now it's time for students to practice. One standard approach is to assign written exercises. That's perfectly fine. Except when it's not, because you do it every day, and students are dying to interact more, move more, talk more, do something else.
When you spend all your energy in the service of looking cool, what you ultimately do is erase yourself.
So much of what students currently do with technology doesn't tap into the independent learning skills they'll need for lives that benefit from the most current, most reliable information available to them. To do that, they need hands-on practice with the tools that help them access that information.
It's not often that I hear a teacher go on and on about how much they got out of a PD. So last August, when my friend could barely contain her enthusiasm after attending a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, it got my attention.
Last month, we published the results of our Survey on School Administrators. Those results taught us a lot about what administrators are doing right, and what they need to work on. Now we'd like to hear from the administrators themselves.
It’s not a quick read, but even if you just cover a page or two a day, you’ll likely find yourself understanding things you never quite had a handle on. And the next time talk of policy comes up, you’ll find that you can participate better.
If you’re trying to motivate someone – a student, an employee, your child – calling them amazing won’t pump them up the way you hope it will. Not in any lasting way. What’s worse, it could have the opposite effect.
So your school just spent an insane amount of money on interactive whiteboards without much forethought, and at the expense of other needs. Awesome!