This lesson plan is based on all information from Brene Brown.
This summer, I joined this book study with this group in Chatham, Illinois, via Google Docs. My lifetime friend, Pam Hogan, and her team started this move in Chatham in 2016 and as you will hear from the principal, Elizabeth Gregurich, who is an awesome top down supporter, the paradigm shift is visible on their campus. The district technology lead, Josh Mulvaney, is now involved via the book study, which took it to district level.
Why did this hit home for me? As stated in the previous post, finding everyone’s gifts, talents, passions, skills is what I have been preaching about for years. “Everyone is a Genius” states Elizabeth Gregurich. I believe we all put on this planet for purpose and to delve into what those gifts, skills, talents and passions are will help you find yours! “What is your genius”?
Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The question I have for you at this point of our journey together is, “What is your genius?”
We know that ALL students can learn. Students learn very differently just as you do. How do we reach all students? Differentiating instruction, meeting all modalities, understanding we all learn best at different times of the day, understanding we all don’t hear everything the first time, understanding that everyone is in a different place with prior knowledge, not everyone understands the academic language, and everyone has very different home situations. These are the many concepts that educators must consider in a day while teaching their topic.
So, I have taken on the task to assist with “peppering” this cultural change onto their already full plate without the feeling of adding more to an already hectic schedule. I’m looking for inspiration from all of you reading this. Hoping someone in each district will look at the powerful positive outcome this creates and take it on for the sake of students and community. Hopefully, this group will develop into assisting each other with ideas that create the interdependence necessary to produce best practices.~Sandy
Enjoy the video below on how this school implemented the “The 7 Habits for Highly Effective People” through “The Leader In Me” as well as other resources.
I apologize for the quality but its about getting it said and done, not how perfect it is. ~Sandy
Currently reading “The Leader In Me”, I awoke with such excitement as to how I can help implement this wonderful idea of creating the paradigm shift that Steve Covey brought to life in 1989 via the business world through the “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.
Being a teacher that began in the early 80s, I realized that many of these were in practice by most elementary schools but not to the degree in which Mr. Covey is suggesting. Teachers always gave students jobs or tasks and changed them weekly. Did we realized the ownership that those tasks brought to those students? I know that we have some incredible ASB groups in our high schools, but we need to share out the leadership in all secondary schools.
Students feel ownership when provided with tasks that need to be done in the classroom and throughout the campus. Mr. Covey saw the shift from in vocabulary from the school to MY school, the classroom to MY classroom, the school grounds to OUR school grounds.
As we have become more independent learners due to the need of meeting all student needs, have we forgotten the need to work together for the whole of community? Do we need to take steps back to see how to have students work INTERdependently as well?
In his well-written book, The Leader In Me, the steps are set out on how to begin this paradigm shift. Simply put, provide a task for students in the classroom, the school, the community. Ask the students, what can YOU do that I am doing? Maybe it is reading the morning bulletin, erasing the board at the end of class, gathering or passing out homework, changing bulletin boards, teaching one of the habits monthly, teaching others within the class in small group situations, leading the Pledge of Allegiance, summarizing the lesson or what is due next class period, etc. This not only helps the teacher, but it helps the students feel ownership in the class.
Professional Learning Communities are no different than what was going on in the past. Professionals getting together to plan lessons, set the calendar, share what is working, going over tests results to see if teaching or tests need to be changed. This also is creating an interdependence.
When I was a math coach in Tulare Joint Union School System, our department had an incredible week of finding the needs of students in the classroom. With the goal being that we didn’t want any of those students falling through the crack, we learned that it was overwhelming task to meet ALL the needs. Then we started looking at our own strengths. What are we best at and how can that assist the entire department. We assigned tasks to each pair of teachers that would work together to build all that needed to be done to meet the needs of all students for that year. We had group-test builders, individual-test builders, those creating tasks for the advanced students, those creating assignments for the gaps in learning for the “strugglers”, those putting the calendar together to meet the goals of the chapters, and more. It was a beautiful work of interdependence that Mr. Covey is talking about here in his book. All teachers took ownership in the work that needed to be done to meet the needs of all the mathematics students during 2006.
It’s not about buying in, it is about understanding the need for everyone to work together as teachers, administrators, students and parents to accomplish the goals of doing what is best for the teaching/learning of all students.
For those of you that know me personally, do you see me in this paradigm shift below? I hope you do and I hope I am now at the 8th Habit! ~Sandy
In short, this is a cut from wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_7_Habits_of_Highly_Effective_People):
The book first introduces the concept of paradigm shift and helps the reader understand that different perspectives exist, i.e. that two people can see the same thing and yet differ with each other. On this premise, it introduces the seven habits in a proper order.
Each chapter is dedicated to one of the habits, which are represented by the following imperatives:
Habit 2 says: you are the programmer. Habit 3: Write the program. Become a leader! Keep personal integrity: what you say vs what you do.
The next three habits talk about Interdependence (e.g., working with others):
The final habit is that of continuous improvement in both the personal and interpersonal spheres of influence.
Covey explains the “Upward Spiral” model in the sharpening the saw section. Through our conscience, along with meaningful and consistent progress, the spiral will result in growth, change, and constant improvement. In essence, one is always attempting to integrate and master the principles outlined in The 7 Habits at progressively higher levels at each iteration. Subsequent development on any habit will render a different experience and you will learn the principles with a deeper understanding. The Upward Spiral model consists of three parts: learn, commit, do. According to Covey, one must be increasingly educating the conscience in order to grow and develop on the upward spiral. The idea of renewal by education will propel one along the path of personal freedom, security, wisdom, and power.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold more than 25 million copies in 40 languages worldwide, and the audio version has sold 1.5 million copies, and remains one of the best selling nonfiction business books in history. In August 2011 Time listed 7 Habits as one of “The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books”.
New Mobile Application Offers Detailed Information about California’s PK-12 and Adult Education Schools
Source: California Department of Education
A new mobile application that offers detailed information about California’s 10,000 public schools was announced last week by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
The free “CA Schools” mobile app, which is available for iOS and Android systems, lets users locate nearby schools based on their current location or search for schools (public or private) by location (e.g., city, district, or ZIP code). The app provides information such as the school’s phone number, address, demographics, and test scores (for public schools).
“Never before have we put so much school information literally in the hands of our students, parents, and community members and made the information so accessible and user-friendly,” Torlakson said.
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Autism is running prevalent today. My question was, is it getting worse or is it easier to detect due to new brain spects and other technology. I think it is a little of both. I enjoyed learning the facts below. I have great appreciation for all of you parenting and working with these precious children. Enjoy the following from the Autism Society. ~Sandy
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States – nearly twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight shining on autism as a result has opened opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve families facing a lifetime of supports for their children. In June 2014, researchers estimated the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism is as great as $2.4 million. The Autism Society estimates that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism. (This figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.)
Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes. For more information on developmental milestones, visit the CDC’s “Know the Signs. Act Early” site.
The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder may be apparent in infancy (18 to 24 months), but they usually become clearer during early childhood (24 months to 6 years).
As part of a well-baby or well-child visit, your child’s doctor should perform a “developmental screening,” asking specific questions about your baby’s progress. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) lists five behaviors that warrant further evaluation:
Any of these five “red flags” does not mean your child has autism. But because the disorder’s symptoms vary so widely, a child showing these behaviors should be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team. This team might include a neurologist, psychologist, developmental pediatrician, speech/language therapist, learning consultant or other professionals who are knowledgeable about autism.
When parents or support providers become concerned that their child is not following a typical developmental course, they turn to experts, including psychologists, educators and medical professionals, for a diagnosis.
At first glance, some people with autism may appear to have an intellectual disability, sensory processing issues, or problems with hearing or vision. To complicate matters further, these conditions can co-occur with autism. However, it is important to distinguish autism from other conditions, as an accurate and early autism diagnosis can provide the basis for an appropriate educational and treatment program.
Other medical conditions or syndromes, such as sensory processing disorder, can present symptoms that are confusingly similar to autism’s. This is known as differential diagnosis.
There are many differences between a medical diagnosis and an educational determination, or school evaluation, of a disability. A medical diagnosis is made by a physician based on an assessment of symptoms and diagnostic tests. A medical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, for instance, is most frequently made by a physician according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5, released 2013) of the American Psychological Association. This manual guides physicians in diagnosing autism spectrum disorder according to a specific number of symptoms.
A brief observation in a single setting cannot present a true picture of someone’s abilities and behaviors. The person’s developmental history and input from parents, caregivers and/or teachers are important components of an accurate diagnosis.
An educational determination is made by a multidisciplinary evaluation team of various school professionals. The evaluation results are reviewed by a team of qualified professionals and the parents to determine whether a student qualifies for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (Hawkins, 2009).
There is no known single cause for autism spectrum disorder, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism compared to in neurotypical children. Researchers do not know the exact cause of autism but are investigating a number of theories, including the links among heredity, genetics and medical problems.
In many families, there appears to be a pattern of autism or related disabilities, further supporting the theory that the disorder has a genetic basis. While no one gene has been identified as causing autism, researchers are searching for irregular segments of genetic code that children with autism may have inherited. It also appears that some children are born with a susceptibility to autism, but researchers have not yet identified a single “trigger” that causes autism to develop.
Other researchers are investigating the possibility that under certain conditions, a cluster of unstable genes may interfere with brain development, resulting in autism. Still other researchers are investigating problems during pregnancy or delivery as well as environmental factors such as viral infections, metabolic imbalances and exposure to chemicals.
Autism tends to occur more frequently than expected among individuals who have certain medical conditions, including fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, congenital rubella syndrome and untreated phenylketonuria (PKU). Some harmful substances ingested during pregnancy also have been associated with an increased risk of autism.
About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. (CDC, 2014)
Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births. (CDC, 2014)
More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. (Buescher et al., 2014)
Prevalence has increased by 6-15 percent each year from 2002 to 2010. (Based on biennial numbers from the CDC)
Autism services cost U.S. citizens $236-262 billion annually. (Buescher et al., 2014)
A majority of costs in the U.S. are in adult services – $175-196 billion, compared to $61-66 billion for children. (Buescher et al., 2014)
Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention. (Autism. 2007 Sep;11(5):453-63; The economic consequences of autistic spectrum disorder among children in a Swedish municipality. Järbrink K1.)
1 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom has autism spectrum disorder. (Brugha T.S. et al., 2011)
The U.S. cost of autism over the lifespan is about $2.4 million for a person with an intellectual disability, or $1.4 million for a person without intellectual disability. (Buescher et al., 2014)
35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school. (Shattuck et al., 2012)
In June 2014, only 19.3 percent of people with disabilities in the U.S. were participating in the labor force – working or seeking work. Of those, 12.9 percent were unemployed, meaning only 16.8 percent of the population with disabilities was employed. (By contrast, 69.3 percent of people without disabilities were in the labor force, and 65 percent of the population without disabilities was employed.) (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014)
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Teaching is one of the most fun and noble careers one could have. They have the power to influence and touch students’ lives profoundly.
In this guide you’ll learn why teachers are more important than ever and how to start your teaching career.
In the United States, the demand for teachers is skyrocketing. For instance, in California alone, teacher vacancies currently clocks at over 14,000 positions. According to reports, the figures are set to grow in the forthcoming school years. Considering this, experts see a noticeable increase, with 19% in the post-secondary department and 17% for preschool.
With more job openings in specific subject areas, there is no question that the country needs better teachers. Teachers with specialization in particular subject areas such as ESL, STEM, and special education needs are in high demand. Wondering where to practice your teaching career? See teacher shortage statistics for top five states below.
Teaching delivers multiple virtuous benefits, but shortage remains an adamant issue in both public and private educational facilities. To date, statistics report critical levels of teacher shortage in the following states:
The US offers staggering number of job opportunities for teachers. As a matter of fact, multiple locations show immense attractiveness rating, a data that’s evaluated based on a number of key factors such as compensation, working conditions, qualifications, and turnover. According to the Learning Policy Institute, these are the top 5 states that offer the most advantages for potential educators.
5 = Highest, 1 = Least
Teacher shortage area or TSA is defined as an area of specific grade, subject matter or discipline classification, or a geographic area in which the Secretary determines that there is an inadequate supply of elementary or secondary school teachers.
The length of time to become a full-fledge educator varies depending on your preference and area of focus. However, there are common rules that apply to all, such as getting a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree beforehand. Through the years, teacher education requirements have changed dramatically in each individual state. While no two states have equal requirements, these are common routes you can choose from when considering a career in teaching.
Earned through college or university, completion of this degree usually takes four years of regular schooling. School needs to be accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
An increasing number of states approve Alternative Certification programs to certify new teacher candidates that already have a Bachelor’s Degree in a subject other than education. Alt-Cert education programs like Teachers of Tomorrow enable career changers to enter the teaching profession, providing quality preparation and support. This route is often the most streamlined affordable pathway to a career in education.
It is possible for an aspiring teacher to teach early childhood education after finishing a four-year course. However, it might be different for one looking to teach in high school. In addition to a bachelor degree, you will need to sign up for a teacher certification and teacher education program to get required on-the-job hours.
A majority of states allow you to teach students at high school or middle school once you obtain a four-year degree, a subject endorsement, hours, and teaching certificate of completion. However, this can vary depending on the rules per state. To get an endorsement, you may have to add another semester or a few more classes to your existing units. It will likely take you five years if you’re changing major subjects or getting your certification after finishing a bachelor’s degree.
If your state of practice requires teachers of high school and middle school to get a master’s degree, getting that certificate will take you one to two years more. Some degree holders earn this while student teaching. This route seems to take a lot of time; however, you might like to reconsider if you want to get more freedom on choosing subjects to teach, higher compensation, and better opportunities when landing a job.
Considering a teaching career? Take note of these steps.
This typically involves completion of a major in the subject area you wish to focus on, along with a minor in education. An enrollment in a teacher education preparation program is also acceptable. Regardless of the choice, students generally complete mentorship or student-teaching subsequent to completion of bachelor’s degree.
Once you’re done with a four-year degree, the next thing to pay attention to are the requirements and exams that’s necessary to earn teaching credentials. These vary depending on location, but in general, students take a basic skills exam, along with an exam for the subject they wish to teach. The test scores, college or university transcripts, teaching program certificates, federal background checks, and complete application form should be submitted altogether to the State Board of Education.
are also great tools to gain additional teaching strategies and skills. Along with keeping up with the latest technology in education, you can use these sources to improve as a professional in the field.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, earning additional credentials can help you get ahead when obtaining a teaching career. These certification programs, often offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, offer advanced teacher education credentials and certificates in various fields including mathematics, science, library media, health, physical education and others.
The next sections will introduce you to the top universities, subject areas, and certification requirements, along with compensation expectations for school teacher hopefuls.
Complete all required coursework and requirements for obtaining a four year Bachelor’s degree in Education, or you concentration of choice with a minor in Education, from any accredited college or university.
When choosing a teacher’s course, having a subject area in mind is crucial. At the moment, these are the most sought-after jobs you might consider venturing on.
Many non-English speaking students come to the US to learn English. School teachers are needed by these students so as to know how to speak and write the language fluently. Educators also help them adopt into a new campus and classroom. Aspiring teachers with college degree and multi-lingual abilities have higher chances of getting a career in education. Some of the common foreign language skills needed in US schools are Spanish, French, German, Latin, and the list goes on.
Involving prerequisite subjects such as information technology, statistics, physics, chemistry, biology, and geology, the need for teachers with concentration in these subject areas is exceedingly high. The reason is that, more and more teachers are choosing private sector schools, which allow them to earn twice the salary. Still, STEM teachers have plenty of career opportunities and are considered a valuable necessity in this field.
This refers to the special education needed by children with disabilities, including those with mild autism, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and sufferers of intellectual incapacity. By getting a course in this subject area, you should expect a lot of teaching openings because most positions go vacant every year. Not only physical schools, but also online academies launch dozens of opportunities each school year.
It’s very common for parents to change careers when their children become school-aged. There’s definitely a demand for early childhood education jobs ranging from preschool to early elementary school. This is where educators teach children to be lifelong learners.
A teacher needs to meet certification and licensing requirements in order to jumpstart their teaching career. While requirements vary by state, these are the general teacher training prerequisites to date.
One of the basic requirements for state teacher is passing a standardized test. These exams, used by majority of US Public Schools, aim to measure a teacher’s knowledge and skills. Each individual state has their own standards, therefore, the requirements may vary per state. For instance, if you passed the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations in New York and you want to teach in California, you will also need to ace California Basic Education Skills Test.
These tests are extensively used for teacher certification.
The job market for teachers may be hard to crack, but nothing is impossible for someone with solid determination. To land on that first teaching gig, follow these steps.
The 3 Necessary Steps to Getting Your Teaching Degree by Matthew Lynch
The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Teaching Job Mid-Year by Jennifer Gonzalez
While teaching is not a “million-dollar” endeavor, it’s important to know how much money it can add to your wallet. Salary rates and schedules differ from one district to another, however, most states follow a general format.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of teachers per year is $55,000 approximately. 10% of teachers in the US get $36,930 annually, while other 10% earn as much as $85,690 per year. Difference in salaries are affected by variety of factors, including location, years of experience, educational attainment, and type of school.
Highest paying US schools are located in these areas, sorted from highest to lowest.
Based on statistics in the past 10 years, there are the average pension that newly retired teachers receive per state.
Graph above shows average pension for newly retired teachers from 2006-2015. However, amounts presented here may not reflect the actual amount that retirees earn, which depends on years in service, qualifications, location, and contributions.
Important note: In order to qualify for a state pension, a teacher has to meet minimum service requirements, ranging from 5-10 years. The figures above aim to show the average pension new retirees get at retirement, including only the teachers that qualify for pension.
10 Things a Retired Teacher Wants You to Know by Jessica McFadden
Teaching and making a difference in students’ lives is rewarding on its own. But, it is more rewarding if you’re able to improve professionally and conceptualize teaching strategies for more effective teaching. So how exactly do you upgrade yourself as a teacher? Read on.
A teaching philosophy defines what you want to become in terms of learning and teaching. This written statement should discuss your how you intend to apply your beliefs by stating concrete examples of what you’re doing or planning to do inside the classroom. Why is this necessary? To achieve personal and professional growth.
When writing your very own teaching philosophy statement, take into account the following guidelines.
New teachers can make use of certain strategies to make teaching more valuable. Five of these strategies are:
When teaching new lessons, a good teacher begins by explaining the purpose and goals of learning it. They should demonstrate examples or models so students can figure out how the outcome really looks like.
Inducing class discussion.
An efficient teacher often steps up and mitigates classroom discussion. This way, students can interact and learn from one another. It’s also an ideal way to assess how well students are grasping new ideas and knowledge.
Providing student/teacher feedback.
Giving individual or group feedback is an excellent method to know how students are coping up with new educational concepts. Written or verbal, it pays to provide comments and keep them altogether in writing to monitor student’s growth. Teachers must also allow students to do the same.
Doing systematic student assessments.
In order to come up with accurate student feedback, teachers need to spend sizable amount of time creating systematic assessments. Evaluations should be done in a routine or regular basis.
During this process, students have the liberty to conceptualize, organize, ease their way to learning, and evaluate their own work down the road. By letting students take responsibility of their thoughts and learning, student ownership heightens. The good news is, metacognition can be taught to students of all levels.
Having in-depth knowledge of subject area.
Creating excellent curricula starts with a teacher whose specialization is correct for the field in question. By having complete knowledge of your area of focus, you’ll easily answer student questions and craft an effective lesson plan for them.
Using strong verbal and written communication skills.
Whether creating lesson plans, drafting exams, doing classroom discussion, or speaking to parents or colleagues, adept communication skills is key. When in doubt, pay close attention to this aspect and work on improvement. Surely, you’d be a great and effective teacher once successful.
There’s nothing more fulfilling than having awesome classroom fun. Here’s how to do it:
Explore new things with students.
Learning is much more fun when both teacher and students learn mutually. So drop down your authoritative side when appropriate, and join in the learning journey with them.
Add a hint of mystery.
Children love surprises, and this also applies inside the classroom. To make discussions more exciting, do not spill the information right away. Swathe it in mystery instead. Start with an intriguing detail and then ask questions. Your students will surely love it.
Show care and goofiness.
Sometimes, it’s okay to sacrifice authority if it means making your students happy and more enthusiastic. Bundled with authentic care from you, children will feel better knowing that their teacher is someone they can rely on and be funny with.
Take part in projects.
Think of this as a workshop where the leader plays a role with the team. Step down from your level, be part of the activity, and you’ll discover how your students get more focused and engaged with the task at hand.
Stop being monotonous.
Doing the same thing every single day is dull and boring – your students feel this. Break the monotony by exerting extra efforts, taking risks, trying new things, make mistakes and learn from them, and live each teaching day with positivity.
Review past class materials.
Integrating old materials with new ones is another great way to alleviate boredom. Go deeper into past lessons to see if any information is missed. Spend about a couple of hours for this to enhance students’ memory and learning.
Talk about your passion.
Sometimes, passion can be really contagious. Spend some time sharing passion with your students. Tell them a scenario where you had great fun doing something you’re passionate about. For sure, your students will inherit the same passion as you.
Have a good laugh with jokes in class.
Being a teacher doesn’t mean only you have the right to share your sense of humor, your students can, too! Let them share funny stories and have a good laugh about it. This way, you’ll enjoy one another.
Forget lectures. Say hello to conversations.
Teaching doesn’t have to be passive at all times. Most students find lectures repetitive and boring, that’s why you have to channel boredom into something more exciting. Speak to your students like you would with a good friend. Exchange thoughts and ask questions in such a way that you’re not the only one that does the responding.
Know your body language.
As the cliché goes, actions speak louder than words. This also applies when in a classroom discussion. According to experts, there is an ideal pace to move around the room, head position to let them the students know they got your attention, and manner to speak to students. Simply put, think of teaching as a performance where you have to be aware of yourself.
People who have high confidence and positive energy tend to attract more attention and respect. The same can be said to teachers. Express your passion in teaching by showing that you’re enjoying what you do. Nurture your inner self while nurturing your relationship with your students – they sure will have a great time as much as you do.
Picture yourself as a student again.
Your students will take it as a challenge if you sit as a student for a day and you let one or two of them to discuss in place of you.
Don’t take teaching conflicts too seriously.
Teaching and learning can be stressful to both teachers and students. Some students may take more than one courses, and may need to balance work with studies. Teachers, on the other hands, have various responsibilities that do not stop with teaching or making lesson plans. This is the reason why you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself when things are not working like you expected. Things happen, but they pass so understand, empathize, and carry on.
Different teaching styles the affect students’ learning by Susan Day
10 Teaching Essentials by Tom Sherrington
Teaching Strategies for Dyslexic Kindergartners by Judy Hanning
Four Ways to Not Quit Teaching by Dan Meyer
40+ Brilliant Teaching Hacks by Vanessa Levin
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fresno Branch and Younger Member Forum would like to invite faculty, students, and parents to the ASCE Dream Big screening. Our previous movie screening date has SOLD OUT, BUT we have opened a SECOND SCREENING DATE. The second screening will be held on Saturday, February 25th located at Campus Pointe’s Maya Theater across from Fresno State. The screening is 100% free, but tickets are limited, so reserve them now!Attached is a flyer with all the information. ASCE professionals will be eager to meet our future leaders and answer any questions they may have. Hope to see you and your students there!
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We had 15 teams for MathCounts this year! This was the largest group ever and the most teams ever! It was a great day. It went longer than usual (due to so many teams), and everyone enjoyed it! I’ve attached pictures of the first place team and top 5 individuals. El Portal Elementary from the Mariposa area came for the first time and moved quickly to 3rd place (quite the upset!)
The top 6 teams were:
2nd__ Clark Intermediate
3rd—El Portal Elementary
The top 10 individuals were:
1st—Jai Mehrotra-Varma(Granite Ridge)
2nd—Tyler Ho (Clark)
3rd—Luke Chao (Granite Ridge)
4th—Andrew Lu (Alta Sierra)
5th—Weehan Choi (Granite Ridge)
6th—Deepro Pasha (Granite Ridge)
7th—Iris Wang (Granite Ridge)
8th—Nipun Amarasingh (Alta Sierra)
9th—Lilian Chen (Granite Ridge)
10th—Pratham Hombal (Alta Sierra)
The top 2 teams qualify to go to the state competition so congratulations to Granite Ridge and Clark Intermediate!
The top 3 individuals not on a winning team also qualify to go to state so congratulations to Andrew Lu, Nipun Amarasingh, and Pratham Hombal all from Alta Sierra!
Thanks for Jon Dueck and Fresno County Office of Education for taking time to prepare this math competition for students!