Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:46:10 GMT
Mark Barnes, the Founder of Times 10 Publication, explains 4 crucial lessons new teachers never learned which may impact our teaching career more than anything we ever learned in college. But for me as an experienced teacher, it is really important to note and reflect on the 3 items below as these really represent the urgent reform that education needs.
1–Rethink discipline. Almost everything you’ve learned about classroom management is wrong. In methods courses and pre-service work, you were most likely taught some kind of assertive discipline technique or, worse, zero tolerance policies. Maybe you were told that one size fits all, when it comes to rules. As a new teacher, you must build rapport with students, and you’ll never do this by writing names on the board, handing out detentions or demerits, or sending students to the office the first time they talk back.
The best plan is to talk to your students about building a learning community built on mutual respect. Tell them there are no rules and consequences and that everyone should expect to be treated properly and fairly at all times. When issues arise, deal with them individually and privately. Never embarrass any student. Stick to the plan of kindness and mutual respect, and you’ll never need Do’s and Don’ts.
3–Never assign traditional homework. In spite of the deluge of research against traditional homework, it remains a practice that pre-service educators are taught to use. These are the facts:
traditional homework does not teach responsibility
homework does not contribute to achievement
homework does hurt students’ grades
homework does take time from valuable family activities
homework does make students hate learning.
Teachers assign homework so they can put something in a grade book. Do not get caught in this bad teacher trap. If you create engaging projects that students are excited to build, they will choose to work on them outside of class. In this case, everyone wins.
4–Grades are punitive. Sadly, not many veteran teachers have learned this lesson, so if education reform has a legitimate chance, it’s important for new teachers to learn it. Because it’s a tradition as old as education itself, grading has stood the test of time; numbers, percentages and letters are simply the only modes of assessment the average educator comprehends. As a new teacher, you must understand that measuring your students’ learning is not only ineffective, it is punitive and, potentially, dangerous.
Yes, you read right; grades are dangerous. Similar to homework, grades are not connected in any way to achievement and they make students hate learning. As a new teacher, you have a wonderful opportunity to make real change in your class and in your building by eliminating grades. Even if you have to supply a report card grade, you can still assess learning with feedback and conversation throughout the marking period. If you want to learn more about eliminating grades (the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do as a teacher), check out the Facebook group, Teachers Throwing out Grades.
“4 Crucial Lessons New Teachers Never Learned.” Brilliant or Insane, 11 Jan. 2016, www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/07/4-crucial-lessons-new-teachers-never- learned.html. [Download](//muut.com/u/pyppe/s1/:pyppe:0UnB:download.png.jpg)