Students lacking motivation is a problem every teacher has to face. But there’s a way out. These 14 motivating techniques will help make studying more engaging for all students.
Today’s typical classroom presents teachers with an assortment of diverse abilities, differing rates of learning, a racial mix, a multi-age mix and other differences. Group work can be very effective in using the varied skills and abilities of the participants, but can also pose its own dilemmas. There has been plenty of noted success in cross-age tutoring, using grouping to break down socio-economic differences and to allow for styles of learning that can be enhanced through peer interactions.
As good and effective educators, we always want to improve. Improvement is something we instill in our students and it would be hypocritical to not expect the same from ourselves. Students are the center of our classroom and they are where we can find the most relevant information about how to be better at our jobs. If we are not delivering effectively to the “customer” how can we ever expect them to leave our courses satisfied, and hopefully, better.
Plagiarism has not reached “water cooler hot topic” status, but it is a subject that is not going away in 2015. In fact it has been linked to a U.S. presidential candidate, an award winning South Korean author, a news director, and even a TV show contestant.
Reading and writing form the backbone to just about every other type of course, including math, science, and social studies. Without learning how to read, comprehend and express ideas, students cannot excel at any other subject, because fundamentally, the purpose of knowledge isn’t just to regurgitate information, it’s to assimilate that information, process it and express ideas based on that information.
No one likes a cheater. Whether its our social interactions, relationships at home, work or school, people who are not authentic, who don’t develop integrity and trust, run the risks of facing more problems with their life experiences. In this information age, academic dishonesty in the classroom has become quite prevalent. There is so much content available to students that they need to be taught at an early age how to maintain originality and not to choose to cheat.
Technology is changing the face of education. The digital age has transformed every aspect of culture and education as more opportunities are available for quick and instant communication, as well as tools that can help enhance teaching methods. In the education world, there is a mix of digital natives vs digital immigrants. But one of the challenges of the digital age is ensuring that all students are equipped to understand and utilize the technological tools at their disposal, a tall task given the rapid rate of innovation.
When applying for admission to a college or university, whether for undergraduate or graduate studies, there are few things more important than the personal statement required by many institutions. You want to give this particular piece of writing your full attention because this is where you can tell much more about who you are as a person than can be conveyed by ticking various boxes and filling in the blanks of an application. It often becomes a deciding factor in whether or not you’ll get into the school of your choice. Here are some things to keep in mind when writing personal statements for university admission: