According to an infographic made by BusyTeacher.org, male teachers make up less than 25% of teachers in the U.S. & U.K., with a staggeringly low 17% in Canada. What are we missing by having a female-dominated field, and how do we help make teaching in elementary schools a more viable option for men? We discuss some ideas below: Continue reading “Elementary teachers less than 25% male in US”
Depending on how you look at it, involving police and causing your prom to get cancelled could either be the signs of an epic or terrible senior prank. Below are the lists of Senior pranksters that decided to go big, or go home:
As all teachers know, student misbehavior is disruptive to classroom settings and learning environments. A few ways to help students understand the importance of keeping control of themselves and their actions is to reward them when they work hard to achieve behavior goals. Below are a few ideas for helping students learn good behavior:
When schools are running out of money and need to cut funding, the first place they generally go is the Arts. The reason is probably because administrators generally see the practical applications of arts programs to be less useful than traditional topics, but what are the consequences of cutting arts programs?
“Not fair” is a cry most teachers and parents hear regularly. What is “fair,” do you even have to be fair–and if so, how can you be? Below are some suggestions on the concept of fairness:
American schools are notorious for not educating students properly on geography. Some seem to think this is because of ethnocentric tendencies that come from being a world power. Below are some interesting ideas for why geography is so important, and how teachers can help educate their students on the world:
Increasing Worldviews: This is what opens doors for students to realize that there are unlimited options for the “right” ways to live your life. Learning about other cultures (and where they’re located) is a huge step in increasing tolerance of all different lifestyles. It shows the differences, which we all expect to see, but can also shed light on unchanging factions of human nature that we all share.
Creating Contributing Citizens: Knowing about geography, the resources located in each country, and the effect those have on the economy can educate students on the reasons for certain current events. Learning about the governments in each country can also contribute to growth in other areas involving world events.
It’s Impressive: Not that we should learn solely to impress others, but there is something to be said for a person who can talk about Azerbaijan and Andorra. Plus, if you ever want to work for the CIA or be the next Lara Croft or James Bond, knowing your geography is a must! Haven’t you ever noticed how all the really awesome adventure stars in movies randomly know all sorts of things about the most random places? Geography.
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Now that we know why we should read, we have our next question: What should we read? Below is a list of 6 books to help cement life skills and take a 20-something-year-old on a few adventures to boot:
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
The book is two short stories. The “Franny” side shows how Franny Glass changes throughout her college education. It’s easy to connect to her character, as we’ve all probably experienced similar feelings.
The “Zooey” side tells the answers to Franny’s questions and is the “disaffected” young man that most 20-somethings experience at some point during our education.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Anyone can grow into something beautiful. This book follows an orphan child who has nothing, but her penchant for flowers. As she struggles to overcome her past, she is able to help others with the gifts she has.
Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
Change the way you think about success and chasing your dreams. A non-fiction approach that leaves you inspired to go and grab your future.
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Don’t forget to savor your youth while your fighting to be an independent adult. The book is nostalgic and reminiscent of childhood, even if you didn’t share the same experiences. Told as a children’s story for adults.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
It focuses on the value of friendship, humility, self-forgiveness and human kindness over the span of lifelong commitments.
All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman
A brief book on a non-traditional love story that will maybe not teach any profound lessons, but is a joy to read!
If you read or have read any of these books, feel free to share your comments down below!
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