04 APR 2015 by ideonexus

 Teaching as Gardening

If a teacher is a gardener, than a student is the seed. The classroom serves as the greenhouse creating a warm, safe environment for growth. An administrator is the soil, serving as a strong nutrient base for the seed to root. The parents are the water, providing live and maintaining it. When the water/parent is not plentiful, the seed will suffer. The curriculum is the sun. It shines knowledge to ensure growth. The aspects of the curriculum that some students do not make sense of can be cons...
Folksonomies: education metaphor teaching
Folksonomies: education metaphor teaching
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17 DEC 2013 by ideonexus

 Creating a Safe Environment for Teaching

To decrease stress for students Set clear classroom rules with predetermined consequences. Keep students' sensitive information, such as grades and personal issues, confidential. Speak respectfully to students, address them by name, get to know them as individuals, and make each person feel special. Use rubrics for assignments so students know the exact expectations for earning specific grades. Smile, have fun teaching, and show a sense of humor. To increase stress for students Delegate pun...
Folksonomies: stress teaching education
Folksonomies: stress teaching education
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Teachers can take actions to make the school environment less stressful on students or more stressful.

28 JUL 2011 by ideonexus

 The Baby's Brain is Interested in Surviving

Many well-meaning moms and dads think their child’s brain is interested in learning. That is not accurate. The brain is not interested in learning. The brain is interested in surviving. Every ability in our intellectual tool kit was engineered to escape extinction. Learning exists only to serve the requirements of this primal goal. It is a happy coincidence that our intellectual tools can do double duty in the classroom, conferring on us the ability to create spreadsheets and speak Fre...
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This is an important thing to remember when trying to teach children: first provide them a safe environment.