This article makes the important point that our attitudes toward what we can and cannot do matters. Specifically aimed at negative attitudes toward math ability, the article has a much broader application. We need to work on student attitudes toward learning, in general, to help them start thinking outside of the box of what they believe they can and cannot do.
According to the author, "what students already know about the content is one of the strongest indicators of how well they will learn new information relative to the content." And that background knowledge has as much to do with economics as it does with aptitude. This detailed and in-depth article examines factors or background knowledge and suggests several approaches for closing the gap.
Engaging students who might not exactly feel your subject is a fit for them is still possible, but it will take some thoughtful effort on your part. Here are five simple suggestions of how you can step towards your students and make the connection.
If you've been a teacher for more than 10 years, you've seen educational trends and fads come and go. But is the goal of preparing every single student for college success one of those fads? This opinion article provides an interesting perspective on the subject.
This manual, called "a practical guide to improving boys' literacy skills," tackles the statistically backed literacy problem of boys in our schools. It presents facts and statistics to paint a grim picture, but also offers a ton of strategies for success that can engage even the most reluctant of readers.