Teachers have precious few weeks without commitment during the summer. Outsiders may look at the schedule and imagine eons of pool-lounging and lemonade-sipping, but we all know the grueling pace of the school year, coupled with planning and preparing for…
These are the elements that our schools need more of these days, say environmental and development experts. Many students already have access to technology. What they may not have are safe places to engage in the outside world with curiosity and wonder. And so much of learning, of life, is built on wonder.
Students may not always want parents and teachers to communicate, but there are few more important elements to effective education. Myriad challenges inevitably arise, though- many of which reveal a disconnect between teachers and the community in which they teach.
Hands down, one of the most important and potentially complicated aspects of teaching is maintaining good communication with parents and caregivers. Few conflicts could not be improved with better communication- in or outside of the classroom.
We all know that conflicts are a natural part of communicating and of relationships in general. Still, conflict between students can cause some of the most stressful and frightening experiences for them, and create real barriers to learning. Students need to be given the tools and safe spaces in which to practice using them.