By November, most of our students are acclimated to their teachers, schedules, classmates, and understand the expectations for appropriate behavior. This is also a month in which some of our students begin to act out due to lack of interest in the classroom or the learning environment not being conducive to enhance the learning experience. This November podcast episode is designed to help educators understand and implement different strategies to bring their students to the forefront of learning.
Jay will walk us through her three key practices of bringing students to the forefront of learning.
About Our Guest:
LaKeisha currently serves as the Managing Director of Program Continuum for Teach For America-Jacksonville. This year marks her 6th year on Teach For America’s staff, and 17th year overall serving as a champion for public education. Lakeisha is originally from Sumter, South Carolina, and is a proud graduate of THE historic Shaw University where she double majored in Mathematics and Secondary Math Education. After graduation, she taught high school math in Raleigh, NC at William G. Enloe Gifted and Talented Magnet/IB High School for 6 years and later left North Carolina to pursue a continuation of her career in the DC/Maryland area.
After completing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and School Administration at East Carolina University, Lakeisha transitioned to Washington D.C. to take part in the reform efforts under the leadership of Chancellor Michelle Rhee. In D.C., she served two years as a school turnaround instructional specialist for mathematics, science, and exploratory sciences at John P. Sousa Middle School. Lakeisha later transitioned to the role of Assistant Principal for Intervention at Sousa Middle School, where she managed the school’s Full Service School Turn-Around Model and also served as the 6th and 8th grade level administrator.
Listen to Mrs. Palmer's Podcast for insight into finding that sweet spot of your teacher self!
The Wizard of Ed podcast was created for novice teachers to hear from experienced educators and leaders about how to work through the struggles of your first few years in the classroom.
September and October are the hardest months during the course of the school year. Teacher and administrative staff are getting to know each other as well as their students. This episode will help educators understand their individual culture and how it influences the structures of their classrooms and school climate.
Listeners will leave this episode with tangible tools and insight on how to find your identity in the classroom and how to create a culture of achievement with students and colleagues.
During this podcast you will have the opportunity to listen to Kiara and Yuri discuss the struggles of finding your identity in the classroom and how to navigate tensions in the school environment.
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"Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. On Oct. 11, 2018, we will mark the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.
Nearly 30 years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, we first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10.
Coming out - whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied - STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other." - HRC Website (link below - check it out for incredible resources for your personal use and for the classroom!)
African American boys have the highest drop out rate in the nation. From the lack of resources in the community to the disconnect in the classroom, it is an increasingly difficult challenge as a teacher to remain asset-minded and identify the advantages that our students, specifically our boys, do have. Take a few minutes this week to read this fantastic article from NEA on educating boys for success.
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
Have you and your students become bored with your current attention-getters in class? Well we have found the perfect culturally conducive attention-getters that your kids are sure to love. The second video is our very own Jessica Coke reciting her class mantra and vision with her students!
We all know as educators that we need to diversify the curriculum that is given to us. But it is a different story when students are able to see there is a need for change in our education system.
Click on the link below for a great blog post from a 9th grade student who gives us insight on why its important to diversify our curriculum.
We want to believe that someone is teaching our children how to communicate effectively. How to make informed decisions – and set goals. But who?The truth is, if young people don’t learn life skills in school, they may not learn them at all. And, we know that you have limited time to teach students these important skills. Overcoming Obstacles’ curriculum was developed to be flexible enough to fit into everything from core content classes and advisory periods, to after school and summer programs, to morning meetings.
Check out their website to get a free copy of their curriculum.
Ted Talk: Christopher Emdin - Teach Teachers How to Create Magic
Finding your magic in the classroom can be challenging and frustrating. One of the thing we need to remember is that your magic comes from the community you work in. By engaging with the community, you not only tap into the magic around you, but you also end up finding the magic that was in you all along. Check out Dr. Emdin's rejuvenating speech from Ted Talk about finding your magic in the classroom.
The Cult of Pedagogy
Welcome to the Cultural Conscious Corner. This platform was created to help share culturally relevant material that can be used in the classroom to help engage students in conscious learning.
Did you ever think gardening had anything to do with your pedagogy? Think again. Supporting whole child wellness is essential to your role as a teacher, and supporting your own whole teacher wellness is just as critical. Read an educator's blog about how what we as teachers can learn from gardeners to keep our stamina up and our classrooms centered on the right things.
“Find your Marigold: The One Essential Rule For New Teachers”
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