Is Teaching Right for You? Top 5 Reasons for Entering the Noble Profession of Teaching.
Are you motivated and thinking about becoming a teacher? You aren’t alone if you are. Despite the recent resurgence of the Covid 19 –variant that has caused numerous school closures to in-person classes, many institutions of higher learning have noted a recent uptick in the number of new students applying for teacher certificates.
A Glance At COVID -19’s Impact On Student Learning
After a full year of disrupted classroom learning, as we continue to experience challenges, we know now that it’s time to take stock of the pandemic's impact on student academic achievement. The 2020-2021 school year seemed to end on a high note for approximately 98% of students and educators because they were fortunate enough to return to in-person instruction. However, we can not negate that the effects of this ongoing pandemic have been devastating to the American school system on many levels. As you might imagine, last year was perhaps the most challenging year on record in the United States for students and educators. According to recent research and analysis from McKinsey and Company, the impact of the pandemic on learning for K–12 students has been significant. The ripple effects of the pandemic have left students, on average, five months behind in mathematics and four months behind in reading, as seen in the following graph. Today’s blog will only scrape the surface of some of the impacts that COVID-19 has left on student learning.
The Gamification of Education
“The best way to create value in the 21st century is to connect creativity with technology”. Steve Jobs
The Power Of Relationships: 8 Tips to help your team pay attention to results
This month’s five-part blog series "The Power of Relationships!" is loosely based on Patrick M. Lencioni's research that found five dysfunctional areas where teams tend to struggle, as described in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a team. So far, we have discussed dysfunction #1, The Absence of Trust, and dysfunction #2, Fear of Conflict, and most recently dysfunction #3, The Lack of Commitment, and #4 Avoidance of Accountability. This week we will finish this series by discussing dysfunction #5, Inattention to Results. We will conclude our discussion on ways to help you overcome dysfunctions, leading you and your team to experience tremendous success and improved productivity. Remember, each of the five dysfunctions is interconnected, so when one level of dysfunction comes into play, there will likely be a domino effect. If you or someone on your team is unwilling to overcome the other dysfunctions, you and your team will not be effective in accomplishing your result, your mission. It’s important to understand that overcoming team dysfunction is not a once and done type of challenge. Highly successful teams are relentlessly focused on results. They are always seeking to become more effective by paying close attention to the areas where teams struggle the most and working to resolve dysfunction from its root.
Tags : Professional Development, Retention, Student Engagement, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Discipline, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Climate, School Leadership, Mission, Vision, School Community, Commitment on Teams
Mission Impossible?: Make an Impact Where you Are!
Of the many firsts that we have lived through this year, Yes, Inc. is kicking off its Mission Impossible blog to celebrate people who have defeated all odds while creating history or have shattered barriers in their lifetime. Inspiration has a resounding effect on people! They thrive on being inspired and often demonstrate its impact by stepping out of their comfort zone and challenging the “line” themselves. As educators, it is pertinent that we embrace education that challenges the mold, encourages next year's trendsetters, and wages war on the “ordinary.”
Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Appreciation, Black History Month
“So You’re Motivated, Now What?”
In case you missed last week’s blog, we continued our “So What. Now What?” series and talked about six ways to pivot. This week is the final installment of this series, but it is one that surely will not disappoint! Today’s blog will focus on inspiration and motivation that teachers can use from some of the greatest moments that made history last week. During President Biden and Vice President Harris’s inauguration, the powerful and awe-inspiring poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ read aloud and performed during the nation’s inauguration’s youngest and first-ever youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman. At a young age, Amanda was encouraged by her mother, an English teacher, to begin writing poems to help her find her voice and cope with a speech impediment. Amanda is an example of a young aspiring woman who maintains a ‘So what? Now, What” mentality.
6 Ways to Pivot!
In case you missed this blog serial thus far, we kicked off a new series called “So What. Now What?”. This week is the third installment in our newest series. We will focus on Ways to Pivot, and the ‘So What. Now What’ mentality. ‘So what now what’ is a process and phrase introduced by Linda Cliatt-Wayman that Dr. Elko stated repeatedly as he worked with the University of Alabama’s football team that led to the teams’ latest BCS Championship Season. This phrase means So this or that happened now what are you going to do and respond?''. The ‘so what now what’ mentality and culture can be used practically in any field and by any person to help you to focus on what is important now. It helps people learn how to ‘win’. If you repeatedly focus on ‘so what now what’ and repeat this over and over, you will begin to make actionable steps toward what matters.
New Year, New Goals. Now What?
Happy New Year! It’s now time when traditionally most make declarations about changes they will make and think about how they will become better versions of themselves. Right now, you might be feeling exhausted, stuck, and unmotivated as the first quarter of 2021 begins due to the many effects from the previous year that have turned our world upside down. There is hope for a better year! Now is the perfect time to stop and think about what you are going to do next.
Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, News, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Discipline
Look for Sunflowers in the Weeds
Chris Hogan, an EntreLeadership personality with Dave Ramsey shares: “Everyone needs AIR”. He uses AIR as an acronym that means, appreciation, inspiration, and recognition. Chris believes that these three elements help us to breathe better. Today is the final installment in our three-part series on “AIR”. As a reminder, the R stands for recognition. As an educator, we recognize students all the time for good grades and passing tests such as STAAR. But what about those who fall through the cracks, those students who are failing? Did you know that sunflowers can be weeds? Harriet Tubman once said: “I was a neglected weed.” Those weeds are majestic flowers that rise to the sun in recognition of its power are like those children in your classroom who are failing. This week’s blog shares a story about Mrs. W., a teacher who stopped and recognized a student and the impact it made. She used best practices such as differentiation and cultural responsiveness to reach a student who was struggling. Take a minute to read this blog. You will discover that you can become the “sun” in someone’s life!
Tags : Insider, Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Recruitment, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, News, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations, Student HOTS, Appreciation
10 Children’s Books that Promote Diversity Awareness
Reading books with your students that promote diversity awareness can be a great way to introduce discussions about identity, cultural awareness, and the importance of diversity. Classroom discussions on diversity may help students learn valuable lessons about how to appreciate and be more accepting of people who are different. At the same time, when children have access to books with characters that they can relate to, it can help them to make important connections about their identity. At some point, everyone was a child and can probably relate to wanting to feel like they belong and wanting to feel valued for their identity. Some adults are still struggling with their identities and feelings of acceptance even today. One question that can be reflected on is: How do educators prepare the next generation to embrace diversity and develop a strong cultural competency in our youth so that all children feel included, represented, and accepted for who they are? Educators have a great platform to help children embrace and accept unique differences. By using books with diverse characters and storylines as tools in the classroom to introduce lessons and discussions about diversity, students can not only learn more about themselves but grow a love for reading. The thought here is that having conversations about diversity and differences amongst people will help to fill a diversity awareness gap and help children to feel more welcome and accepted in their environment regardless of their cultural identity.