Totally a teacher post

19 Sep

This post will probably mean nothing to you, unless you are a teacher.  But here goes:

Teaching Jr. High means I always need to come up with creative ways to keep my students engaged.  One of the things I value as an educator is teaching my students academic skills they will use for the rest of their life.  For example, I am fully aware that 90% of my students will forget the names of the Periodic Table groups, and the mathmatical formula for acceleration as soon as June hits.  So, I want them to walk away from my class with stuff besides book knowledge.  Like learning how to write an outline, using the index, and focusing on the important stuff when reading a textbook.

So for the last few days we have been reading from the book and talking outline notes.  I do what I can to keep the students engaged.  They get points if when I call on them at random they can pick up where we left off within 3 seconds.  They get to write the notes on my tablet PC.  Things like that.  But even with these little techniques, note-taking is not the funnest (sorry, most fun) lesson I’ve ever implemented.

Teachers:  any great lessons or tips for reading and taking notes?

Did you ever have a great teacher/professor that made this stuff interesting?

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5 Responses to “Totally a teacher post”

  1. Danielle September 20, 2007 at 6:13 p09 #

    When I taught my students how to study for tests, I taught them how to make funny accronyms. For example they had to list the major cities in England. So for each city name they would take the first letter of each and list them in order of their importance or location on a map. Then they would make up a funny sentence to remember the order or placement. The trick was though, they had to remember what the letters stood for. We ususally did one together in class. They loved it.

  2. Danielle September 20, 2007 at 6:13 p09 #

    did that make sense or are you more confused?

  3. David September 24, 2007 at 6:13 p09 #

    Before I forget…
    1. I agree with you on teaching. It’s not the stories or the parts of speech that they will remember, but how I cared for them and helped them achieve goals. My biggest hope is that I teach them to have a passion for stories (reading, hopefully) and knowing how to think for themselves (writing).
    2. Bethany and I felt very “loved on” by you today when you came over and said hello. You didn’t have to do that (especially since you were so busy and rushed). We felt cared for and loved. Thank you.
    3. Bethany and I would love (LOVE, is more like it) to hang out with you guys again; however, we want it to be restful. The Bogies go and go and go…if we get togther, it’s when you are free, rested, and relaxed. The last thing we want to do is add more stress or things to do (hit us up when you have the chance..again, no pressure).
    4. I don’t think I have a number four.
    5. Yeah, that’s it…

  4. David September 24, 2007 at 6:13 p09 #

    Now I remember,
    5. Hit me up on your blogroll. Let the teachers represent.

  5. Maximus December 20, 2007 at 6:13 p12 #

    I would like to see a continuation of the topic

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