Part 8 – 15 Ways to Become a Smarter Teacher

5 Dec

How often do we use the phrase, “Work smarter, not harder?” As we are in the midst of an educational revolution, it is clear that this phrase encapsulates our careers. While we straddle the blurred line between past, present and future pedagogy and methodology, we as educators must do a little bit of everything. It is hard work!

In Ian Jukes‘s most recent post, he highlights 16 strategies teachers can use to guide themselves towards workplace efficiency. I will post one strategy each day for the next 16 days.


Click Here for the Ian Jukes article – Part 8

One Response to “Part 8 – 15 Ways to Become a Smarter Teacher”

  1. mldonahoe December 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    I taught at a local private school years ago that based its curriculum on Howard Gardner’s learning styles. As a faculty we attended his conferences each year. I truly believe in his findings. As a bilingual teacher I find students who are learning a second language in the school setting, such as Spanish, French. Arabic or ESL students learning English benefit when the lessons consider Howard Gardner’s learning styles. Listening is one of the first domain English language learners learn, hence the reason young students may speak so well very quickly leading us to believe they are so proficient in English and they understand everything they say. BUT there’s always an Iceberg behind that first impression. Underneath there are linguistic issues that preclude students to function at their full potential in the classroom without proper differentiated instruction. One aspect of it is to consider the student’s learning style. I encourage all teachers who have ESL students in their classroom to pay close attention to the student’s learning style. Most of they are very auditory, visual and kinesthetic. Therefore it is important to read to them, have them listen to taped stories, offer visual support to add to the listening and have them act out…. or offer the important hands-on demonstration of understanding. Depending on their English acquisition level, they can demonstrate their knowledge by writing with help a power point and then present it to the classroom. Many fun things can be done to help them learn and be successful while they acquire their second language.

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