Teachers' relationships with their students can be "all encompassing," writes instructional coach and former teacher Lily Jones. In this blog post, she suggests that educators teach from the heart by building relationships with students while remembering that one person can't do it all.
Teachers should establish clear guidelines about cellphones in their classroom, asserts Ben Johnson, an administrator, author and educator. In this blog post, he suggests several tips to help teachers decide on an effective policy -- whether they want to ban devices or embrace bring-your-own-technology programs.
Trust is essential when considering strategies for developing effective professional-learning communities in schools, high-school teacher Kim Worth writes in this blog post. She shares a four-part strategy for ethical leadership, emphasizing the role of trust in the process.
In education -- and in other industries -- it is easy to give in to the idea that technology will help turn around achievement, writes Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach for All and founder and board chairwoman of Teach for America. However, Kopp writes that students' success is tied to the quality of their teachers, not the devices in their hands. "We can't outsource the human connections at the heart of the learning experience," she writes. "Transforming the lives and learning of our children will take more than machines. It will take the best of our human resources."
There is a difference between moral character and performance character, and schools should boost performance character in their students, journalist Paul Tough says in an interview with social studies and English teacher Larry Ferlazzo. "In terms of performance character, I think schools should try to teach those traits for a simple and practical reason: because they help students do better in college and beyond. And that's really the core mission of our K-12 education system," Tough said.