Teaching is a stressful job, but these simple steps can help build happiness in the profession.
Somewhere between “School starts next week, but the entire county is piloting a new literacy program,” and “I’m sorry. We tried to cap your classes at 28 but now you have 35 students,” your teacher joy can become depleted. A few key strategies can help steal back your joy.
At Springfield Renaissance School in Massachusetts, strong bonds between teachers and students drive academic success.
“I’m going to ask us now for a mindful breath,” a teacher announces to a group of seventh-grade students who are humming with nervous anticipation before their final exam at Springfield Renaissance School. “What do we need? Calming? Awakening? Let’s do a Spider-Man breath!”
Placing prompts throughout a text challenges students to analyze and interpret what they read—improving reading comprehension.
Reading comprehension is an important skill throughout all grade levels, and students who struggle to comprehend texts may disengage from learning. Engaging instructional practices allow students to form a connection with the content.
One of the most popular ideas in education is applied in ways that its creator never intended.
When Howard Gardner introduced his multiple intelligences theory 35 years ago, it was a revolutionary idea that challenged long-cherished beliefs.