The Benefits of Minority Teachers in the Classroom

The Benefits of Minority Teachers in the Classroom

By Anna Egalite & Brian Kisida

he shooting of an unarmed Black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 sparked protests across the nation and prompted calls for greater minority representation in the police force, city governments, local school boards, the teacher labor force, and other positions of authority. Racial representation in the classroom is of particular interest to education practitioners, policymakers, and parents. Many believe that minority teachers are best situated to counter negative stereotypes and to serve as role-models, mentors, or cultural-translators for students of color. Moreover, teachers who can relate to their students’ cultural background should be less likely to hold biased subjective views of their academic abilities.

In 2014, ethnic minorities constituted a majority of America’s public school students for the first time, with projections showing that the proportion of minority students will continue to grow for years to come.

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Six facts you should know to empower your teaching

Six Facts You Should Know to Empower Your Teaching
As parents and teachers, we need to enhance our abilities to create a relationship of trust with the students or the children we interact with. The task sometimes seems hard and we often feel discouraged.  Fortunately, there is hope with the vision that both teachers and children can discover the joy of learning.Empowering children with self confidence and strengthening your capabilities to teach will become second hand as you integrate the following six principles or beliefs. It’s a sure deal.

1. The map is not the territory. Wherever you travel and whenever you use a map, you know that this map doesn’t show exactly the whole territory. Some things are just not included on the map. In the same way, our view of the world doesn’t show the complete reality. When children, as well as each one of us, experience the world we give it meaning, which is often distorted. This fact help us understand that we need to listen to better understand children’s interpretation of the world and thus help them grow in their view of the world, not our own, which is also only a map. (more…)

Top 10 Worst Things a Teacher Can Do By Melissa Kelly

Top 14 Worst Things a Teacher Can Do By Melissa Kelly, About.com

Here is a list of items that you should avoid as a new or veteran teacher. I have only included serious items in my list and have left off such obvious offenses as having affairs with students. However, any of these can create problems for you as a teacher and if you combine two or more than just expect to really have a hard time gaining student respect and finding your profession enjoyable.

1. Avoid smiling and being friendly with your students.
While you should start each year with a tough stance and the idea that it is easier to let up than to get harder, this does not mean that you shouldn’t have students believe that you aren’t happy to be there.

2. Becoming friends with students while they are in class.
You should be friendly but not become friends. Friendship implies give and take. This can put you in a tough situation with all the students in the class. Teaching is not a popularity contest and you are not just one of the guys or girls. Always remember that.

3. Stop your lessons and confront students for minor infractions in class
When you confront students over minor infractions in class, there is no possible way to create a win-win situation. The offending student will have no way out and this can lead to even greater problems. It is much better to pull them aside and talk to them one-on-one. (more…)

English Speaking Practice through Presentations

English Speaking Practice through Presentations

If you’re anything like most teachers, you’re probably constantly looking for new ways to encourage your students to practise their oral English and speak spontaneously. This month, we’re going to consider the value of the ‘presentation’ in achieving this.Asking students to give presentations has the following advantages:

* it gives the presenting student a good opportunity to practise unaided speaking
* it gives the other students good listening practice
* it increases the presenting student’s confidence when using English
* it can be good practice for the real situation for those students who may actually need to give presentations in English in their professional lives
* it is an excellent generator of spontaneous discussion

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