Many teachers nationally and even internationally are struggling with this very issue, especially at this time of the school year. As a community of teachers, we can use each other’s ideas for support.
Last week I was contacted by mobile and content writer, blogger, and former teacher Jake Lester. He asked me if he could write an article for my blog on tech tools that can help make us rockstar teachers in the classroom. Of course I had to say yes. In this post, Jake gives a helpful description on 4 Applications that will set us apart from the rest. Enjoy. ~Serena
I am grateful yet again for SmartBrief picking up another article of mine to publish. Here’s my latest on my experience coaching teachers in Botswana. Read the article here:
Greetings subscribers! As most of you know, I was selected to travel to Botswana on a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher Grant. I’m actually sitting at the airport waiting to get on my flight to Gaborone, Botswana and wanted to spread the word that my second article was just picked up by Smartblogs. Thank you to all of you- my subscribers. I appreciate your ongoing support.
My article published in Smartblogs: Priority for Schools in 2016: Character Education to Prevent Bullying
Every year we come back from our winter break with fresh ideas and new perspectives for our schools and classrooms. Although one of the biggest issues facing schools, we still do not have a universal answer to bullying prevention — perhaps until now. As a teacher for 10 years, the sad truth is that it was inevitable that I would witness bullying.
Can you think of a time in school when you made a mistake? Was it a learning experience or just humiliating? The title of this blog may make some of you cringe, recalling some of your biggest mistakes in your own classroom experiences. Allowing for mistakes to be made is much different from how many of us were taught growing up.
Students Speak Out: Why Do We Like Some Teachers and Not Others? (caution: sensitive material): A 4 minute read
Teaching is difficult. Excellent teaching is even harder. Building a strong connection with students, along with pedagogy, best practices…and sometimes a magic wand, is the foundation to any lasting teaching. During my first few years teaching, it bothered me that some students just didn’t seem to like me.
Standardized Testing: These 4 Slight Adjustments Could Actually Make a Big Difference: by Serena Pariser
In most schools, the students take at least one standardized test teach year, if not more. One of the most frustrating aspects about standardized tests is that often students have a difficult time putting all of their brainpower into a test made by strangers a.k.a. Common Core gods or the state, however many times the scores are a measure of your performance as a teacher. How many times have you heard the question, “Does this count for our grade?” If you reply no, forget about any motivation. If you answer yes, you are flat out lying.
A teacher and I were casually talking about how our classes were going and she bravely mentioned that she hadn’t done as much critical thinking as she’d like with her students. It’s this type of honesty that allows teachers to grow.
3 Teaching Productivity Maximizing and Stress Minimizing Habits to Start Now: Make 2015 Your Best Teaching Year Ever
Last year, I started developing some beneficial habits at school and I noticed my to-do list was actually getting done during my classroom prep time. The difference in my productivity was astonishing. I was less stressed and more energized. In turn, I found realized I’d achieved a significantly higher degree of engagement during instructional time with my students, creating a true win-win-win solution.
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