Volume 89, Feb-Mar 2011
Teachers need to be aware of more than just the words they speak to children. They also need to monitor the nonverbal messages that they’re sending to students through proximity, eye contact, gestures, and touching.If you add up all the words they speak in a day, Americans speak for an average of about 10 to 11 minutes. Surprised? Then consider that the average sentence lasts for only about three seconds. When people interact... read more.
Six myths cloud our understanding of bullying behavior in schools and prevent us from addressing the issue effectively.Peer victimization — or what’s known as harassment or bullying — is not a new problem in American schools, though it appears to have taken on more epic proportions in recent years. Anywhere from 30% to 80% of school-age youth report being victimized by peers, and 10% to 15% may be chronic victims. A generation ago,... read more.
If job prospects in the U.S. don’t seem great or if you’re adventurous, consider working overseas for a year — or more!Because China is the world’s fastest growing economy, the Chinese school system has a huge demand for English teachers at all levels. Teaching English as a second language (ESL) offers a plethora of benefits, such as developing a more critical approach to cultural understanding, more opportunities for travel, overseas experience during a... read more.
College teaching can be as rewarding as a K–12 career and, whether in elementary school or college, students deserve good teachers.At least once a semester, I get an e-mail from a former student who wants to know what to do next in his/her teaching career. If I took all the messages, and compiled them into one, it might read: Now that I have eight years of teaching experience and my master’s degree, I’ve... read more.