TO THE 11- and 12-year-olds in his maths class, Jimmy Cavanagh seems like a born teacher. He is warm but firm. His voice is strong. Correct answers make him smile. And yet it is not his pep that explains why his pupils at North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey, can expect to go to university, despite 80% of their families needing help to pay for school meals.
The modern world tends to change so rapidly that we barely have the chance to analyze what we have to change in order to adapt. Today we’re facing a new era in education… a new reality that will soon change the face of learning for good.
Curiosity is a main motivator for a leader — both personal curiosity and that inspired and encouraged in others, not the intrusive curiosity of the voyeur, snoop, busybody or idle prying peson. It is curiosity that is the gateway to opportunity. It is the curiosity that celebrates unfolding possibilities and discovering new information.
In 1940, a white developer wanted to build a neighborhood in Detroit. So he asked the US Federal Housing Administration to back a loan. The FHA, which was created just six years earlier to help middle-class families buy homes, said no because the development was too close to an “inharmonious” racial group.
Last year I took a group of students to Cuba to produce documentaries about the island nation’s culture and history. The main objective was learning how to produce documentaries, but one of my students learned a much more powerful lesson through the process.
In a truly creative classroom, teachers need to plan time in their lessons for change and growth. They must allow children to transition from knowledge-gathering and memorizing to synthesizing and puzzle solving. This comes from using their imagination, and encouraging students to do the same.
What innovations in English language teaching (ELT) have had the biggest impact on your teaching? Chia Suan Chong, who will be blogging from the live-streamed ELTons awards for innovations in ELT on 2 June 2016, lists her top ten. English language teaching is evolving all the time, particularly alongside advances in technology.
Using technology in the classroom is one of those issues that makes it easy to be a fence sitter. It’s difficult to be 100% for the use of educational technology all of the time, when there are so many convincing arguments against it.
8 Simple Tips For Great Teaching by Jane Healey, Ph.D. I just returned from a conference where the organizers screened World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements, a documentary about John Hunter, the teacher from Charlottesville, Virginia whose elegant design of a classroom activity elicits the deep thinking and creative problem solving educators strive for.