Archive for March, 2010

Building a Better Teacher

on March 4, 2010 in What Makes A Great Teacher? Comments Off on Building a Better Teacher

Great article “Building a Better Teacher” by Elizabeth Green in The New York Times, Magazine Preview March 7, 2010. The author provides an extensive overview from numerousTeacher training workshop by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski educational researchers who are on the forefront of teacher-training research. Some of the issues brought up in the article include:

  • Innate ability to teach vs. trying to teach people how to teach
  • The impact of teacher merit-pay on student achievement
  • Creating incentives to bring top caliber individuals into the classrooms
  • Evaluating current teacher-training programs
  • Does good classroom management ensure good instruction?
  • Rethinking the way we teach, and many more thought provoking issues are brought up in this article.

Doug Lemov, a past teacher, principal, and charter-school founder has been spending the last few years visiting classrooms in failing schools trying to provide “solutions” to administrators on revitalizing their schools has written a book based on his observations and research of troubled schools to be released this April “Teach Like a Champion: The 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College.” I’ll look forward to sitting down and reading this one.

Teaching Science Through The Literature of Dr. Seuss

on March 2, 2010 in Hands-On Science Explorations by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski Comments Off on Teaching Science Through The Literature of Dr. Seuss

Today thousands of children across the nation will celebrate the birthday of Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss (March 2, 1904-September 24,1991), during NEA’s Read AcrossDr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski Teaching Science Through The Literature of Dr. Seuss America activities. I believe many individuals throughout the world are thankful to Dr. Seuss’s imagination and creativity, as they still have fond memories of reading The Cat In The Hat. Seuss was inspired to write The Cat In The Hat beginner reader for children after Life published a report on illiteracy among school children, which suggested that children were bored with the “Dick and Jane” primers. Seuss wrote and illustrated over 60 children’s books during his lifetime. Many of his books convey an underlying moral for individuals to keep in mind when going through life. I have continued to share Seuss’s creativity and imagination through hands-on science programs and teacher workshops I conduct using Dr. Seuss’s literature to teach science concepts. Many of Seuss’s books can be used to teach science and math concepts. Additionally, there is a relatively new series published by Random House “Cat In The Hat’s Library Series” by Bonnie Worth and Tish Rabe, which have familiar Seuss characters in it. However, in this new series you will not find any nonsensical words or outlandish creatures. The learning series consists of approximately 15 titles with science themes such as Is A Camel a Mammal? and Miles and Miles of Reptiles. Throughout the month of March I will be conducting Teaching Science Through The Literature of Dr. Seuss, this program is available for students, teachers, and families. If interested in booking a program or workshop send me a note via the contact page. Thanks again, Dr. Seuss for your contribution to promoting literacy among all.

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