As part of our ongoing partnership with Education Week’s Teacher website, we’ve been publishing our latest series of “Teaching Secrets” articles for beginning and novice colleagues. Here’s the 2011 collection so far:
Teaching Secrets: TIPS FOR NEW ENGLISH TEACHERS
Veteran Renee Moore has four ideas not often seen in “tips” articles, including the advice “to join or create a supportive professional network.”
Teaching Secrets: MAKE MATH MEANINGFUL FOR ALL
Seventh grade teacher Cossondra George notes that people never admit to problems reading and writing but often brag about being math illiterate. “We must overcome this attitudinal acceptance of not being successful…before we can create numerically literate students.”
Instructional coach Elena Aguilar’s first-days routines have been honed over many years of practice. She divides them into three categories:building community, establishing routines, and launching the learning.
Teaching Secrets: WHEN THE KIDS DON’T SHARE YOUR CULTURE
Elena Aguilar, who teaches in the diverse Oakland CA schools, has valuable advice for new and veteran teachers about bridging “the cultural chasm” that often exists between teachers and their students.
Summer Project: TWEAKING THOSE FLAWED LESSON PLANS
While this article isn’t a top priority for brand-new teachers, it’s useful in two ways: it shows that even experienced and successful teachers don’t do everything right the first time; and it offers a strategy for improvement when this school year ends!
Teaching Secrets: HANG ON TO THE MAGIC
The times are hard for many teachers as schools face budget and staffing cuts and the calls for accountability only seem to increase. Veteran Gail Tillery urges beginning and novice teachers to remember, when the stress begins to peak, what drew you to this noble profession.
Teaching Secrets: PHONING HOME
Believe it or not, high school teacher Ken Bernstein makes it a practice at the beginning of the year to call and talk with the family of every student he teaches. Here he offers the why and how.
Teaching Secrets: DON’T CRIPPLE WITH COMPASSION
Of course teachers must show care and concern for their students, says eighth grade teacher Ellen Berg, but when the whine begins that it’s just TOO hard, “we have to resist the urge to fix things for them instead of asking more questions to get them thinking.”
Teaching Secrets: 10 TO-DO’s FOR NEW TEACHERS
Veteran teacher and coach Marsha Ratzel offered these 10 important actions that every teacher needs to do before stepping into their first classroom. And if that moment has passed, it may still not be too late. (One of the most popular articles at Teacher Magazine for 2011.)
Keep an eye on the Teacher homepage for more Teaching Secrets articles to be posted this fall. And for many other Teaching Secrets articles published in past years, check outthis TLT blog post from last August.