While teachers may use the summer break to regain their sense of balance, the school year is right around the corner, and former educator Naphtali Hoff writes that balance can be maintained during the academic year. In this blog post, Hoff offers tips to help teachers achieve this goal -- some of which are borrowed from Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" framework.
The increased use of classroom technology has forever altered the traditional classroom, notes Zachary Walker, a special educator and technology consultant. In this blog post, he suggests teachers keep in mind three things as they work to prepare the "Last Backpack Generation" to be successful. Among his tips are to be willing to fail in front of students, prioritize creativity, and begin to view the students as types of "co-teachers."
Using Web 2.0 tools to support teaching is important to the future of education reforms and the increased use of the blended-learning model, education consultant Lisa Michelle Dabbs writes in this blog post. Dabbs offers definitions of the blended-learning model and offers tips to help teachers -- especially novice educators -- including taking time to plan, finding the right resources and consulting with other teachers.
Blogger Lisa Michelle Dabbs in this post offers five tips to help new teachers become connected educators, in recognition of Connected Educator Month. She suggests teachers should be able to define what being a connected educator means, understand Web 2.0, be open to joining a social media network and blog. Dabbs also recommends teachers reflect on their experiences by keeping a journal, blog or online diary.
Education technologies have the capability to make teachers better educators and improve academic outcomes for students, says Gary Natriello, director of the EdLab at Teachers College, Columbia University, who asserts teachers must learn to access available technologies and use them properly. He points to two recently developed tools as examples -- ASSISTments, a Web-based tutoring program, and WISE, which is used for science lessons.