By Carolyn Hollowell
As a parent of three children, my mission has been to prepare them for a wonderful and successful adult life. Just one of my many tasks while raising them is to teach self-advocacy skills that they’ll need to make the most of their education. Parents see developments in their children even before they go to school, and can show them the power of speaking up. This is a difficult skill for children to learn. Here are three ways that I have seen parents use self-advocacy to set their children on a path to a better educational experience, and teach them a skill that they’ll use throughout their lives.
By Andrea Friend
All teachers know that every moment counts during the school day and more often than not, a teacher’s peer-to-peer collaboration time is during a four-minute passing period, lunch, or the few precious moments before or after students come into the classroom. Tools that promote peer-to-peer collaboration and have multiple purposes are a huge win because, honestly, no matter how much time teachers are given for professional development (PD), they could always use more time to collaborate.
By Jose M. Aldaco
In Waterford Unified School District, located just outside of Modesto, CA, 63% of our student population is Hispanic, and 30% of our total students are ELLs. Research shows that if ELLs are not reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade, then the likelihood of them graduating from high school dramatically drops. This is the primary reason why we work hard to provide all ELLs equal access to education and the tools they need to achieve success.
by Howard Vogel
Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, affects 75% of our population. As an educator, being comfortable speaking in front of people is an essential part of my job, but I used to suffer from glossophobia to the point that I actually delayed my student teaching to avoid speaking in front of others. Now I have a personal mission to give all my students the confidence to speak and share their thoughts in front of others.
Here are a few tips from my school to yours on how to curb students’ fear of public speaking, starting at a young age.
By Stacey Ryan
Part of preparing students for the real world is teaching them to collaborate and problem-solve while working with others in small groups. My classroom model includes a lot of group work where students complete tasks with a partner or in groups of four to six. It can sometimes be challenging for educators to gauge students’ understanding through formative assessments while in this small-group setting. After 17 years in the classroom, I’ve found a few tricks of the trade that allow me to assess students’ understanding in the moment and adjust my lessons on the fly. Here are my tech essentials for formatively assessing students while in small groups.