Time for Back to School

Just for fun this infographic about going back to school might be something you want to add to your Teacher Pages and Blogs:

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Tweeting Students Earn Higher Grades

students get higer grades with twitterTwitter has entered a number of college lecture halls and shows promise of encouraging higher student grades.  In an experiment conducted at a medium-sized college, results showed that the students who interacted with their professor and the course content via Twitter scored higher grades than those who did not use the tool.

By the semester’s end, grade point averages of the tweeters were, on average, half a point higher than their nontweeting counterparts. In a 19-question student-engagement survey given over the course of the semester, using parameters such as how often students contributed to classroom discussion and interacted with their professor about course material, Twitter users scored higher than non-Twitter users. Read more of this post

Facebook: Teachers and Students Must be Careful

There is no doubt that as social media platforms such as Google +, Twitter, and Facebook continue to increase in popularity that learning how to use these tools in any profession is going to be a learning process. When it comes to education increasing school districts and entire states are looking to legislate how teachers will be allowed to interact online. In an article on CNN today it is reported that Missouri has enacted a law that bans some teacher-student communication through Facebook. Read more of this post

Low Teacher Salaries have a High Cost

I caught an interesting article in the New York Times discussing what the cost of paying teachers low salaries will end up costing us. I think that it is pretty much common knowledge that there are a number of areas in which if you pay a little now it can save you from have to pay more later. The best example is making sure to have oil changes in your car on a regular basis. For the $20 that it cost every few months for an oil change you can save the $1000 or more it will cost later to have your entire engine re-built.

Some interesting quotes from the article include: Read more of this post

Teachers Have Great Qualities

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Empathy
The ability to bond with students, to understand and resonate with their feelings and emotions. To communicate on their level. To be compassionate with them when they are down and to celebrate with them when they are up. Read more of this post

Classroom Management Tips for Teachers

Inspiring students to be motivated and engaged in the learning process is an essential part of managing a classroom. Teaching students while calmly and effectively managing disruptive behavior is a vital skill for every educator.

Experimenting with new behavior management methods can help determine what works best for you and your students. Their unique personalities and challenges make every class different; a technique that proves effective for one student may not work well for her classmates.

Here are five tips you can try in your classroom. The more tools you have in your toolbox, the more effective you’ll be at managing a variety of classroom behaviors. Read more of this post

Good Reasons for Teachers to get Masters Degrees

With the way the political climate is today it is difficult to imagine a time when professionals made the decision to enter the field of education. While teachers unions in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and around the country are fighting for their lives it can be hard to imagine what a teaching career will look like five or ten years from now. Despite the difficult times teachers are currently going through it can still be important for educators to consider their careers through long term thinking, and to work towards getting a Masters Degree. There are still a number of reasons to get a Masters Degree including the following. Read more of this post