Teachers in a Kentucky district say students are responding to a math curriculum that mirrors lessons in Singapore. The rigorous method focuses on an understanding of math, rather than memorization, and students take on fewer concepts than they would in traditional classes. "I know I'm teaching math at a much higher level now than I ever taught it before, and the students are grasping it more quickly," one teacher said.
Two Florida teachers say that students often struggle with science because they do not understand the terms, and they plan to share tips for overcoming that obstacle during the National Science Teachers Association's regional conference this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Educators say it's especially important that the teaching of science improve. A 2007 study showed that since No Child Left Behind became law, science teaching time has declined by an average of 28%.
Educators in a Nevada school district who have taught some students in single-gender classrooms since 2002 say they are convinced that separating boys from girls and teaching them in different ways benefits student learning. Teachers say the male students learn better if they use something to occupy their hands, such as a squeeze ball, while female students need educators to boost their confidence.
Four Arkansas teachers who recently earned National Board Certification talk about the process and the benefits of becoming an NBCT. "This is not something you write off for and they send you a certificate," said Greg Murry, Conway School District superintendent. "It is based on self-reflection on your own teaching abilities in your own professional way and I just applaud these teachers' efforts at this success."
New teachers should find allies, avoid complainers and speak their mind from the start, says veteran National Board-certified teacher David Cohen. When disagreeing with other educators, express respectful disagreement to build credibility and a reputation for professionalism.