Category Archives: Teachers

How Teachers Succeed

What are the fundamentals of pedagogic success? The essence is contained in three strategic concepts. The first is commonly referred to as “motivation.” Without it a class stagnates. After all, how long will you watch a movie that does nothing … Continue reading

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Getting the Teacher Out of the Way: Learning, Risk, and Choice

Students learn best when teachers get out of the way. Unfortunately, university classrooms continue to be intensely teacher-centric, are driven by the teacher’s agenda and calendar, and embrace simple models rather complex alternatives. These simple types of learning environments frustrate … Continue reading

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Transforming Teacher Education Thinking: Complexity and Relational Ways of Knowing

In order that teacher education programs can act as significant scaffolds in supporting new teachers to become informed, creative and innovative members of a highly complex and valuable profession, we need to re-imagine ways in which teacher education programs operate. … Continue reading

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Developing Teachers’ Social and Emotional Skills

Emotions are at the heart of what teachers do and why they do it. Educators come to teaching with dreams of changing the odds for disadvantaged children, inspiring a love for learning, or developing critical thinkers. Research has found that … Continue reading

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Learning as Relational: Intersubjectivity and Pedagogy in Higher Education

The decision to make the student population financially responsible for their own university education has major implications for the future of higher education provision. Chief among these implications will undoubtedly be a much stronger emphasis on the student experience, not … Continue reading

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Teachers as Cultural Workers: Letters to Those Who Dare Teach

Teachers as Cultural Workers is a book by Paulo Freire for educators – for all who have an interest in the processes of teaching and learning, whether in the Third World or the First World, with adults or children. Freire … Continue reading

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Educators Innovating Learning From the Inside Out

Teacher-researchers, design-thinkers, teacherpreneurs . . . Educators of all types have the potential to exercise their creativity, collaboration, and playfulness to improve education. When devising strategies to make education work for the 21st century, it’s natural to think first about … Continue reading

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Teachers Teaching with Socrates

We’re starting this celebration of teaching with Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world. He was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for “impiety” and “corrupting” the minds of the youth of Athens. But Socrates’ ideas helped … Continue reading

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Safe Schools, Staff Development, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Zero-tolerance policies have created schools that are often intolerant and destructive to children and communities. High rates of suspension and expulsion of students are associated with negative outcomes and school dropout. New approaches to staff development that create positive school … Continue reading

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Teaching the Teachers: Emotional Intelligence Training for Teachers

A growing body of research in recent years has supported the value of emotional intelligence in both effective teaching and student achievement. This paper presents a pre–post, quasi-experimental design study conducted to evaluate the contributions of a 56-h “Emotional Intelligence” … Continue reading

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