Help me to thrive!!

 

We, as teachers, need to remember that children need love and support to thrive. We have to believe in them and guide them in every possible way, motivating them at times when they are low, and appreciating them when they do something good. Children just need us to hold their hands and tell them that they are special. They need us to make them realize that they can make a difference.

There is so much that I learned from the story. I don’t have words to describe the emotional turmoil I am going through right now. I just have a question –

Did this video help you, in any way, to realize what Teaching is all about? Did it change your outlook about Teaching as a profession?

“For me teaching children is like teaching my own self how to breathe.”

 

Dear Stress…Lets break up!

Today, I came across a POSITIVE TEACHER PLEDGE shared by the Positive School website.

Each and every line of the pledge resonated with me. Teaching is a stressful job, and every now and then we find ourselves trapped into the stress of completing curriculum, making students perform, grading assignments, planning and many other things. If we let stress dominate us it would only make our job more difficult, and our negative attitude will make students uncomfortable in our presence.

We need to overcome the stress, which not only hampers the environment of class but also make students insecure. Creating a safe, accepting environment, where each student is free to experiment and learn in order to grow and change, can only be achieved if we as teachers can tackle our stress in a positive way. We should never forget that we are the ones who has to lead, guide, encourage, motivate, manage, discipline, enable and support our students every single second and we cannot let stress jeopardize all of this.

What plans do have you in place to handle the stress??

Deja Vu

This may be a bit out of context, but I want to share this with you all.

Today, in the afternoon I went to meet my new neighbors, who have just shifted in the house next to my house. Its is quite strange because I felt as if I already know them and I have already met them at the same place. It was some sort of uncanny recognition and familiarity.

This was not the first time this happened to me. I have experienced that same of recognition feeling many times before and have always wondered as to Why this happens?????

I have tried to look for a possible explanation for the long time but in vain. But today, I was lucky enough to quench my thirst about this strange feeling.

And here is what I found out

When I do a definite action and I have the feeling that I have done it before. This is called Deja vu.

Deja vu is a French phrase meaning “already seen”, and it refers to the experience of feeling sure that one has witnessed or experienced a new situation previously (an individual feels as though an event has already happened or has happened in the recent past), although the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are uncertain. The experience of déjà vu is usually accompanied by a compelling sense of familiarity, and also a sense of “eeriness”, “strangeness”, or “weirdness”. The “previous” experience is most frequently attributed to a dream, although in some cases there is a firm sense that the experience has genuinely happened in the past.

Deja vu has often been described as “remembering the future” and is a very common phenomenon experienced by 70% or more of the population at least once.

It has been extremely difficult to create the déjà vu experience in laboratory settings, so few studies have been done on the phenomenon ant no concrete results have been found.

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute in Cambridge, now say they have discovered the part of the brain that is responsible for Deja vu; they say neurons in the memory centre of the brain called the hippo campus make a mental map of new places and experiences, then store them away for later use.

They believe that Deja vu occurs when two events or places are very similar to each other, overlap and thus the feeling of déjà vu takes place.

To find more about it, check out the following links :

http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Deja_vu
http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/extrasensory-perceptions/deja-vu2.htm

Teachers trainers key to school’s sucess

What makes a school successful??

TEACHERS

Do you think the training they receive during their education period is sufficient to meet the need of individual students?

Lately, I have been struggling to find a proper answer to these questions but in vain, until recently, when I stumbled upon an interesting and thought provoking article.

Here is the link to the article :

Teachers trainers key to school’s success

Special-Education-Acronyms-101Meeting the needs of all the students is a challenging task and for this the training educators during their education period is not sufficient. Even after entering into profession they need proper guidance and help in order to perform in a way that not only teach students but educate them.

When teaching students with special needs the task becomes even more challenging. Teacher when teaching special need students need guidance from teacher educators (special education teachers, counselor, resource teacher) to help students to come up to their potential. Inclusive classroom are a wonderful concept but even it takes a lot of training, patience and compassion on the part of teachers to make it work.

Teachers need to be prepared to face the challenges associated with teaching students with special needs in an inclusive classroom setting. They need to coordinate efforts and understand the needs of the classroom in terms of developing skills and lesson plans. What even more challenging is that special needs inclusion classrooms must be able to involve its students in all classroom activities. This can only be achieved if a teacher is fully equipped with the knowledge to handle the planning of the activities in a way to accommodate everyone.

Here I would quote something from the article

“Niemi said teacher educators were responsible for teachers having the skills to do this and to help forthcoming teachers understand their multifaceted roles. It was not only teaching maths or language, it was much more – taking care of the whole child, and cooperating with their parents, being ethically committed in their work, implementing the values which are in the national core curriculum.”

It is the in-service training, that teachers receive, which is the most valuable asset to make a difference in the lives of students. A teacher cannot learn all the skills and knowledge, needed just not to teach but to educate, without getting first hand experience.  So it is a joint effort of all the teachers  who need to coordinate in order to make school a success!