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Administrators need to remain mindful

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 22 July 2021, 09:35 SAST
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Article by Education Dive

With new teachers, regardless of how much talent and promise they bring to the table, there are plenty of guaranteed rough spots before they find their rhythm. While it can be discouraging, this is the reality of virtually any profession. Nonetheless administrators can also take a number of steps to ease disappointment and help young educators learn from those setbacks rather than dwelling on them or letting them crush their optimism or passion for teaching.

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How to be an exceptional mentor teacher

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 21 July 2021, 14:50 SAST
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Article by Gayle Furlow

To become a certified teacher, most countries require a bachelor’s degree, student teaching and a passing score on teacher certification exams. Although student teaching provides invaluable training, it rarely allows enough time for new teachers to learn everything they need to know when they first start teaching. This is why every new teacher needs an exceptional mentor teacher when they begin their teaching career.

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By Dr Suzanne Hudson, Alexandra Lasczik &Sarah James

Teaching is hard. Staying in the teaching profession can sometimes be even harder. High workloads, perceived lack of support, work-life balance and the absence of recognition appear to impact new teachers’ decisions to stay. Some new teachers also report a lack of job security. A report found support for new teachers was not equally available to all of them. Here are six ways schools can support new teachers so they can transition successfully into the profession and stay there.

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Tips for new teachers from veteran teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 21 July 2021, 10:05 SAST
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By Nancy Barile.
Stay ahead of the new teacher learning curve with these tips. A new teacher hopes to be ready for anything at the start of teaching, but that is seldom the case. We asked a few teachers to tell us the one thing they wish they knew before they began their teaching careers.

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Classroom management Is key

"I wish I knew more about classroom management techniques. That would have made my first year a lot easier. It's impossible to teach students anything if strong classroom management strategies aren't in place, especially if you're a new teacher because students will try to push you as much as they can. I learned pretty quickly only to send a student to the principal as a last resort. If you play that card too early, you'll have nowhere left to go with your students, and your principal will think you can't manage your classroom. So give detentions, call parents, have conversations with students."
— Kenny

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Thirteen ways education could change

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 01 July 2021, 10:05 SAST
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Article by Terry Heick

1. Elementary school might evolve
Modern learners must consume, evaluate, and integrate constantly changing data in highly-dynamic and visible contexts. In 2013 (when this post was originally published), most elementary schools were (are?) more less tiny high schools, with a balance of reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and other ‘core’ skills, while character training supplements academic work. Though that balance tends more towards literacy than it does in most high schools, this minor adjustment is insufficient to meet the needs of a modern world.


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Seven good feedback principles

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 01 July 2021, 08:55 SAST
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Stage 1: Clarify what good performance is
Students can only achieve learning goals if they understand those goals, assume some ownership of them, and can assess progress (Sadler, 1989; Black & Wiliam, 1998). If students do not share their teacher’s conceptions of assessment goals (and criteria and standards) then the feedback information they receive is unlikely to ‘connect’ (Hounsell, 1997).

One way of clarifying task requirements (goals/criteria/standards) is to provide students with written documents. However, many studies have shown that it is difficult to make assessment explicit, therefore, strategies must include verbal explanations.


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8 Essential Skills to Learn for New Teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 01 July 2021, 08:15 SAST
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Written by Lily Jones

Here we walk you through the steps you'll need to take before the first day of school. Before getting a classroom of your own, I spent two years student teaching in the classrooms of veteran teachers. I had gone to professional development sessions and seen experienced teachers share their amazing practices. But I had never seen a beginning teacher in action before.

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The Truth About the Teacher Mindset

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 01 July 2021, 08:05 SAST
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Witten by Lily Jones

I've said it again and again, both here and to the beginning teachers I coach: the job of a teacher is never done.

I say it so much because I still find it hard to swallow. I'm the kind of person who likes to make to-do lists and methodically check things off. This was how I spent my first few years of teaching -- making endless lists then drowning in them as I collected more and more things to do. 

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7 Essential Classroom Zones

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 30 June 2021, 11:45 SAST
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Article by Veronica Lopez

Setting up some or all of these zones in your elementary classroom will help you and your students make the best use of your shared space. There are many elements to consider as you plan for the next school year. You always review critical pieces like standards, curriculum, instructional activities, and testing, but you also think about the classroom space and how to arrange desks, set up bulletin boards, and organize materials.


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Building Emotional Support for Teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 29 June 2021, 10:50 SAST
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Written by Kyndal Easter

Administrators can take several steps to support teachers in facing the stressors of the job. Esspecially during these times, the pandemic isnt easy on anyone. Everyone is facing some sort of harsh reality or dealing with some kind of emotional crisis. As educators it is important tat we know that we are human be fore anything and that we also need emotional support. Here are somethings that our schooling enviroment can d for us.

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