Your students are very different, and they work at their own pace. You’re trying to get insight to each of them, but sometimes you go down in flames. No worries. Just learn more about each type of student in your class. And check the series of recommendations below to make your classes more effective for all students.
You have heard of the Millennial Generation, or perhaps you are more familiar with the many other labels attached to this generation of children born between 1981 and 1999. Sometimes referred to as Digital Natives, Generation Y, Generation Me, the Baby Boom Echo Generation, Nexters, they are all the youngsters who are making up the bulk of our classrooms, and our colleges.
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.