Archive for November 2013

Middle School Students Know the Teachers They Want and Need!

November 16, 2013

I think what good teachers do is be happy and enthusiastic when teaching.  7th Grade Student

Are always in a positive mood.  8th Grade Student

They are fair, respectful, kind, and honest.  6th Grade Student

Students know the kind of teachers they want and need.  We recently surveyed over 300 middle school students, both in fall and spring, resulting in 2700 plus comments.  From those comments we extracted words and phrases students used to describe the attributes of the teachers they want and need.

Words that Describe the Attributes of Teachers

Middle School Students Want and Need

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Thank you to all of those who attended our presentations at this year’s AMLE conference in Minneapolis—you were an awesome group!  Our handouts for the presentations are available at http://survivingtothriving.wordpress.com 

Click on Presentations, Workshops, and Conferences.

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tptWe continue to be guided by what students want from their teachers and their education–engaging instruction that is relevant and meaningful, and fun!  So as we develop products for our Teachers Pay Teachers store, we always keep students in mind, teachers, too!

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Five Reasons Students Should Set Classroom Norms

November 5, 2013

Every child is entitled to “equitable access to positive learning experiences and potential academic success” (Chubbuck, 2010, p.198).

A community of learners is established by hearing student voices.  It is a deliberate process orchestrated by an effective teacher to ensure that every child has that access to powerful learning experiences and potential academic success.     –Linda L. Carpenter, Jennifer J. Fontanini, and Linda V. Neiman

When some of us hear the phrase, setting norms, we roll our eyes, because many of us have been in situations where setting norms was just an idle exercise.  But it doesn’t have to be and it shouldn’t be. When students have a voice in generating their classroom norms, that exercise becomes meaningful and constructive.

Student-generated classroom norms

  1. create a positive learning environment for all students;
  2. create an operating system for procedures and communication;
  3. increase productivity and learning;
  4. provide means for conflict resolution; and
  5. ensure all students have access to what they need for academic success.

On November 8, we will be conducting a session at the Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE) conference in Minneapolis entitled Orchestrating Student Voices to Create a Community of Learners.  We hope some of you will join us.

References

Carpenter, L. L., Fontanini, J. J., & Neiman, L. V. (2010). From surviving to thriving: Mastering the Art of the Elementary Classroom. Dayton, OH: Lorenz   Educational Press.

Chubbuck, S. M. (2010). Individual and structural orientations in socially just teaching: conceptualization, implementation, and collaborative effort.  Journal of Teacher Education, 61(3), 197-210.

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