Volume 89, Feb-Mar 2011

Teaching Without Talking

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.

Join your PLT colleagues at PDK Conference

Catch up with your PLT colleagues at the PDK International Conference on Innovations in Teaching and Learning in Atlanta, Ga. PLT members can attend the conference Feb. 17-18 at the members-only rate. Hear well-known keynoters Yong Zhao, bestselling author of Catching Up or Leading the Way, and comedian and scientist Bill Nye, best known for his TV show, Bill Nye the Science Guy®. If you want to brush up on your professional skills, consider staying... read more.

Deadline for research grants: April 1

Are you looking for funding for an education research project? Apply by April 1 to receive up to $2,500 for your clearly conceptualized project. A research grant proposal can be for an independent project or a part of a larger project, such as a dissertation. For details and an application, visit the PLT website.

Renew your membership online

You can now renew your membership and update your profile with new contact information when you log in at www.pilambda.org. The members-only section of the web site also gives you the ability to access a directory of other PLT members, transfer your chapter membership, change your password, download issues of EDge magazine, and more! Log in today to get started. If you have questions, call us at 800-766-1156.

Stand out in the crowd: Brandy King

"When will I use this?” is a question that’s disappeared from Brandy King’s classroom. And that’s no small feat for an algebra teacher. King, a Pi Lambda Theta member in the Detroit Area chapter, is a 9th-grade Algebra I teacher at Highland Park Community High School in Highland Park, Mich. She’s also a Certified Implementation Specialist for Carnegie Learning Inc. Implementing the research-based Carnegie curriculum in her classroom has allowed her to... read more.

What Educators Need To Know About Bullying

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.

Go East, Young Teacher!

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.

From Teacher to Teacher Educator

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.

Four Ways (Not One Way)

Concerned about chaos? You’re not alone. Classroom management is a common issue for teachers at all levels. Your personal teaching style — as well as your grade level and content area — will help you determine which methods work best to keep your classroom running smoothly. Consider the following four ways to foster a more manageable learning environment. Establish classroom procedures — and stick to them. Students learn best when they feel comfortable and safe.... read more.

Legal Talk: When Should Teachers Say Something?

A student is showing photos to other students. You look over her shoulder and see that, in the photos, she is posing provocatively in her underwear. You ask if her friends took the pictures, and she says, “Oh, no, my uncle took the pictures when I was at his house. He says that I look like a model. He wants me to practice. He takes pictures of me like this all the... read more.

Class Dismissed! Is There Life After Lesson Planning?

You didn’t always worry about finding time for a personal life. In September, you were excited about starting the school year. In October, you were overwhelmed, and in November, you were busy wishing you’d get into a car accident on the way to work. You likely spent winter break planning a January comeback that was somewhat successful. You should be happy. Instead, as Valentine’s Day approaches, you wonder if your weekends will... read more.

Why I Teach

No activity reinforces my devotion to teaching like a classroom discussion. My 8th graders, who exist in that middle school paradox of self-absorption and social consciousness, will debate issues of justice and flavors of Pop-Tarts with equal ferocity. Ordinarily, the rewards of such discussions are difficult to articulate (How to describe pensiveness or critical questioning?), but a few weeks ago, a student gave me words to grab on to. Groaning and folding... read more.