The First 180 Days: First-Year Teacher Diaries
Shaundalyn Elliott and Rich Henderson are members of this year's freshman class. They are brand-new teachers starting what we hope will be rewarding and satisfying careers. As if being a first-year teacher isn't enough--Rich and Shaundalyn have invited thousands of visitors into their classrooms this year! Each week, they will share with Education World readers their thoughts and feelings about their first 180 days!
Don't Waste a Minute: Quick-Tivities for Awkward Moments
Got five minutes to fill? Try one of these real learning activities.
Portfolios Help Teachers Reflect on What Makes Good Teaching
Connecticut's demanding two-year support and assessment program for new teachers, Beginning Educator Support and Training (BEST), is gaining national attention. The program includes mentoring, seminars, a personal portfolio, and an analysis of the teacher's performance. Included: Education World talks with two beginning teachers who completed the portfolio process and two veteran teachers who score new teachers' portfolios. All share why they like the program.
Children's Work -- Visibility Leads to Value
Displaying children's work lets them know you value it -- and them. Documenting the process of student work benefits children, engages parents, and guides teachers. Included: Comments about making children's work visible from a researcher at Harvard Project Zero.
Your Search for Bulletin Board Ideas Is Over!
Three educators who searched for bulletin board ideas on the Web and found little have solved the problem for the rest of us! Today, Education World talks about bulletin boards with teachers Kimberly Steele, Kathy Schrock, and Rochelle Chenoweth -- each of whom created a useful bulletin board resource on the Net! Included: Links to ten bulletin board resources for educators across the grades!
Open House: When First Impressions Matter
Good first impressions make a difference, and the first open house of the school year gives teachers a chance to gain parents' support. It also allows teachers an opportunity to create a personal connection with parents and establish ways for continued communication throughout the school year. Included: Ideas to help make your open house a success!
Education World Introduces First-Year Teacher Diaries
Today, Education World introduces the first in a yearlong series of articles. Two brand-new teachers will chronicle their first professional experiences, both in and out of the classroom. Their exclusive insights are sure to benefit us all!
The Internet and Problem-Based Learning: A New Resource for Connected Classrooms
Using the Internet for problem solving introduces new dimensions to teaching. A new book, *The Internet and Problem-Based Learning: Developing Solutions Through the Web*, will help you explore those dimensions --- and share them with your students!
A Dozen Articles Every Educator Should Read!
The best of the best from Education World's first 100 issues! Looking for practical teaching ideas and classroom tips? That's what Education World is all about! This week, in celebration of Ed World's 100th weekly issue, we highlight a dozen of the best and most practical stories from our archives.
Critical Friends Groups: Catalysts for School Change
Finding the time to cultivate new ways of examining student work and relating to colleagues is difficult but well worth the effort, said teacher Deborah Bambino of her involvement in a Critical Friends Group, or CFG. Perhaps you've heard the buzz about CFGs! Education World takes a close-up look at CFGs ---what they are and what they hope to accomplish.
The Secret's in the Little Things: Simple Tips for Successful Teachers
Here they are --- twelve quick tips to help make managing your classroom a breeze! Included are tips for getting to know your students, communicating with parents, getting your day of to a good start, and much more!
From the Principal Files: Advice for First-Year Teachers --- From the Principals Who Hired Them!
Ed World's Principal Files principals offer tips for beginning teachers!
Advice for First-Year Teachers --- from the 'Sophomores' Who Survived Last Year!
Education World asked the "sophomores" who faced ---and survived--- that dreaded first year to reflect on their successes and failures. First-year teachers, here is their best advice for getting through it!
A "Survival Kit" for New Teachers
A new resource, bulging with practical ideas for classroom use, would make a great welcome gift for your school's new teachers! Included: Ideas for building "teamwork" skills, motivating students, and creating reading response journals!
Pushing for Peer-Review
The NEA and AFT both advocate peer-review and peer-assistance programs for teachers.
What's Going On in Teacher Education?
Teacher training institutions across the U.S. are working to improve the quality of America's teachers. Here we highlight a handful of programs that are taking steps -- big and small -- to change the way teachers are trained.
Teachers Talk About Public Education Today
What do U.S. teachers think about the state of American education? How do their views compare with the general public's perceptions? A new report offers insight.
The State of Teacher Preparation: 1997
This article, the first in a two-part series, focuses on the problems and the challenges of teacher preparation.