Author: Michaela Jubilo

Diversity in the Classroom: A Need for Change

  Teaching to a diverse range of students with different needs at times can feel overwhelming for any classroom teacher.  Students in the United States vary from cultural backgrounds, religion, social statuses and even political views. Globalization involves the transformation of our nation.  Such as, the acceptance of other citizens coming to our land, whether it being legally or illegally, and attend our schools. Although some may argue that this is a disgrace to our nation’s reputation, student diversity in the classroom can help our students accept one another, create unity in our environment, and help understand other racial...

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Friendly Body Language for Effective Communication in Teaching

  Albert Mehrabian at the psychology department of the University of California proved in the 1960s that 55% of all communication is body language. There may have been some debate about the exact figure since then, but one thing is for certain: body language is key to effective communication and is particularly important in teaching. Where our words make up a mere 7% of communication, body language makes over a half. Of course, to teach effectively excellent communication skills are an absolute must. Thankfully, good body language can help us achieve and maintain those good communication skills. There are...

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Good Education Manages To Look Easy

A century ago, progressive education introduced a fundamental mistake into the public schools. Basically, the mistake is that you do kids a favor by deleting content, diminishing substance, and simplifying everything as much as possible. Here was the theory: if schools wanted all children to become more deeply involved in education, the best way to accomplish this feat was to make everything more kid-friendly, more fun, more like a walk in the park than anything strenuous or difficult. The result was an ersatz kind of easy. An interesting feature of these progressive ideas is that schools give up before...

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Teachable Moments

  A teachable moment is a point in time that there is an opportunity for a teacher, parent, or mentor to share a piece of knowledge with their student.  They are a point in time when due to circumstances that are not planned, the student is most receptive to learning a particular lesson. Teachable moments are spontaneously generated, and the moment may or may not be repeated.  This once in a lifetime aspect of teachable moments mean that it is important for adults to take advantage of each and every teachable moment that occurs in their student’s life. While...

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Teacher Quality

  Teacher Quality:Definition With regard to teacher quality, Nancy Flanagan (2005) states as one of the main contributors to An Open Letter to President Bush on Teaching Quality, “Good teaching at all grade levels depends, first, on building relationships with students, forming classroom communities, then, identifying and transferring important knowledge, skills and dispositions in ways that make sense and are useful to kids.”  When it comes to teacher quality, we often think of a teacher’s highest academic degree and how long he or she has been teaching. However, a teacher’s ability to make the knowledge accessible to his or...

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