An article from last month's Educational Leadership stated that high school students are highly dissatisfied with their guidance counsellors. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is the ratio of over 700-to-one of students to a counsellor in Minnesota, Washington D.C., Arizona, and California.
But the larger reason is embedded in the term, guidance counsellor -- a term, by the way, being replaced with a new concept and phrase: professional school counsellor.
Let's start with a question I've been asked on more than one occasion.
"I know my content and like my students, but sometimes it's hard to get them under control so I can teach my lesson. What tips for classroom management can you give me?"
My general answer is that you can never have too many positive, not punitive, classroom management strategies in your toolbox.
Obviously, there are serious student transgressions, including violence, where some kind of punishment is an appropriate response.
Some dos and don’ts for instructional coaches striving to help new teachers make a successful start.
Articles, books, and journals have been written about how to support our new teachers—guidance on lesson planning, suggestions for classroom management techniques, and support in professional decision-making are just a few of the many components our novice teachers need as they begin their academic journey.
For an instructional coach, it may seem daunting to coach the new teacher. Where does one begin to assist him or her in creating the best learning experience possible for students, parents, and colleagues?
Covid-19 has meant a lot of loss for students of all ages—with more loss likely to come. Teachers can engage and support them in processing their emotions.
Educators often face challenges supporting students through loss and grief, in part because neither teachers nor principals are generally trained as grief counsellors. Yet in the coming weeks and months, many students will experience losses of loved ones and of ways of life, and schools are in a unique position to collectively engage and support them with compassion in the grieving process.
Teacher guidance can help students improve their performance, but it still takes work to get them to engage with and act on that advice.
We know that feedback enhances performance, and research indicates that it is most effective when it is timely and actionable. Yet many of us have watched students toss graded papers into the recycling bin without a glance at the comments. This happens even when students receive feedback while there’s still time to improve their performance—and their grade. It’s therefore worth considering strategies that will foster student responsiveness to feedback since the only feedback that really matters is the kind that is acted upon.