Student Shouldn't Have to Straining to Listen
The next time one of your students says ‘I didn’t hear you’, it’s likely the truth.
Most of us have been in sessions where a presenter is difficult to hear. When I’m in that situation, I’ll strain to listen for a few minutes and slowly move into a passive listening mode, where I’ll check out the slides for bullet points. But eventually I’ll give up and start checking email or just doodle.
Managing technology, curriculum and language issues
Teachers face new challenges every day. Recently I read an article discussing the trials that teachers face with the constant advancement of new technologies, curriculum reforms and ever-changing make-up of languages within the classroom.
Little Microphone-Big Difference
As I read this article written by CAralee Adams on brain-friendly lesson styles, I thought of a Kindergarten teacher in Tigard, Oregon who told me how a little microphone she wore around her neck made a big difference in how she connected with her students. She found that her students were much more attentive when she used her ‘whisper’ voice.
She was reluctant to use the Lighspeed Classroom Audio System introduced to her, because she did not want to be loud with these little munchkins. But she soon discovered that a properly adjusted classroom audio system is never loud; it’s not a PA system. Rather, her voice was gently carried to all students in low, conversational tones. Students easily received her instruction as friendly and nurturing.
“The district set up model classrooms so teachers could observe brain-friendly lesson styles and strategies like using an “adult voice,” which is supportive and nurturing, rather than a “parent voice,” which is loud and directive and can cause resistance.”
Education is a Two-Way Street
One of the most exciting things for me as a person who works in the education field is to think about all the potential we have for helping students be all they can be. And that only happens best if education is a two-way street.
In fact, the word “education” is built on the word “educe,” which means to draw out, bring out, or elicit. It also means to evolve something from a potential state. And, that is what education does best: it brings out potentials.
The Importance of Research & Development
Recently, a co-worker and I had an animated discussion about why we spend so much of our company’s time and money doing research and development (R&D). And thinking about that brought us to consider the best way to do R&D.