“A great teacher is never forgotten.” So begins the challenge to each teacher in the profession. In Totally Positive Teaching: A Five-Stage Approach to Energizing Students and Teachers, Joseph Ciaccio has developed a list of five ways the great teacher lives a positive and effective life in the classroom. While there are places that are simply over the top in the notion of how positive you can be, you won’t be disappointed in the substance and strategies of this book. The five focuses are: Meeting mutual needs; Changing counterproductive feelings; Ending behavior problems; Helping underachievers, and Using active-learning strategies. Each focus is deceptively simple; some people would disbelieve the power of these strategies but each is based on emerging brain-based research. It addresses classroom management, lesson strategies, and emotional intelligences.
The real agenda of Ciacco’s book is to show the power we all have to deal with the discouragement of ineffective results, classroom meltdowns and student and teacher boredom. He illustrates how to think creatively and effectively to open different possibilities in tough situations. You will wonder, at first, if such methods are really as good as they sound, but with plentiful examples, solid research and a huge collaborative resource bank, the author may just help you shift from a former strategy in favor of a much more exciting, humane and dynamic one. Unlike most other methods-oriented books, this work puts a major emphasis on meeting both student and teacher needs simultaneously. It sometimes makes the assumption that we, as teachers, are experiencing problems due to our own negative perceptions, but very positive and creative teachers will find much validation and inspiration in this book.
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Are you planning to attend at least one Academic Camp or Professional Development Workshop this year? This course is for you. Its open to teachers Nation Wide attending ANY Academic Camp or Professional Development Workshops related to your professional assignment. You can attend these sessions and earn 3 University Continuing Education Quarter Credits or 30 Washington Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. Attending more than one event during the year? Then contact the instructor.
Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students do not feel safe in school. This course is designed to open up communication lines by sharing techniques and strategies to build safety within effective learning environments for students of all genders and sexual orientations. K-12 students will develop advocacy skills that will be reflected in their confidence and in their ability to thrive at school.
Our students come to school every day to work on the outcomes, goals, and assignments provided by fantastic teachers. Capturing that learning and asking students to reflect in a way that is easily shared and maintained, can be achieved by using digital portfolios. Digital portfolios provide unique and compelling opportunities for students to document and share their learning with teachers and students. Appropriate for teachers of grades K-12
Traditional discipline plans usually frustrate chronically disruptive students and can be overkill for well- adjusted kids. Dr. Ross Greene's “Plan B” is a better approach for dealing with disruptive behavior. It assumes that even disruptive students want to succeed in school, but that they have obstacles in their lives which prevent them from being successful.
Enhance your K-12 cultural competence in this course exploring White Privilege and its impact. After choosing a text, such as How to Teach Students who Don’t Look Like You or Every Day Anti-Racism, you will learn to mitigate the negative effects of race and cultural bias.
Do students groan when you say it is time to edit and revise? Are you intimidated by grammar and writing conventions, perhaps never having been explicitly taught them in a way that made sense? Is there never enough time for editing in your writers' workshop?
Does it seem that your editing lessons are not really connected to what students are writing?
Help children move from complacency to compassion and social responsibility in their interactions with other people. Too often, children miss opportunities to support, encourage, and help those around them.