Beautiful and eye-catching design
Some of the tips were not as applicable to me, as I am not building a new, innovative school (though it is nice to dream!). I don't know how likely it is my principal will allow me to bring in a wrecking ball so I can have a glass ceiling (specially considering there is a class above mine). However, it doesn't mean I can't include similar elements in my class, or better yet, take my students to places like this. If anything, I appreciate how big the visions are- because it seems to me like education needs big changes. It's not just getting rid of desks, or re-decorating display boards - it's a revolution in teaching design, which will obviously look different than what we've been used to so far.
And hey, if you are designing a school, you may as well pick up this book for some inspiration- there are some pretty cool places cited that will inspire you!
Considers all elements of the classroom
Let teaching and learning shape the environment, not the other way around. That's #17 of the 79 tips listed by the authors, and it is clearly a core value of their philosophy.
This book opened my eyes to things I had never considered as part of classroom design, such as the impact of ventilation on my students' learning and health.In fact, I have never truly considered my students' health in the ways this book suggests.
Positive Discipline in the Classroom: Developing Mutual Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility in Your Classroom
If you’re not already on board with technology integration in the classroom, then this book might be the thing that convinces you. The author provides structured and well-supported arguments that teachers who ditch the textbook will become more time-efficient, their teaching will be more inclusive and relevant to their students, and they will be better connected with professional colleagues. The anecdotes as well as the studies listed not only support his argument for technology integration, but they will leave you feeling inspired to change up and improve your teaching!
The chapters are short and to the point, which is perfect for busy teachers. This book is easy-to-read, and written in terms that anyone from tech-novice to tech-expert can understand. It’s also well-organized, and the ideas are easy to find if you want to revisit them.
I’ve seen it a few times (and experienced it even more): leaving a conference so excited to put in place what I’ve learned that I rush everything into the next day of teaching and completely mess it up. Ouf. Miller incorporates sound pedagogical advice for those beginning to integrate technology into their teaching practice. The most important piece of advice being that pedagogy must drive technology, and not the other way around. We are still teachers with goals we want to achieve- incorporating technology doesn’t mean ditching those goals.
Throughout the book, Miller introduces a variety of helpful resources to make the abstract concrete. These resources were carefully selected to include TEd talks, Twitter handlers of influence, apps, books, studies, and other areas where teachers can go to find professional development. I found myself highlighting names and handles to make sure I remember to check them out! There are a lot listed, but not so much that I feel overwhelmed- just enough to whet my appetite!
While a lot is covered in this book, I promise you won’t be overwhelmed when you finish reading it. I closed the covers feeling empowered and excited to start this adventure! Yes, the first steps might be scary, and yes, some things will inevitably go wrong, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it!
Teaching comes with it's own set of challenges and rewards. In my brief experience, I've made my own theories about the impacts of love growth, structure, family & community can have on a child.
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog was recommended to me by a colleague, as we discussed the powerful effects of love. But the title alone is scary. For someone like me, teacher-who-is-around-little-kids-all-day, can't-watch-the-news-because-it's-depressing. I bought this book wondering if I'd read it at all.
Right off the bat, I can tell you there are scary traumatizing stories in there. In fact, each chapter focuses on a different child's trauma. The story about the boy raised as a dog wasn't even the scariest. Babies being left alone all-day long for most of their formative years, kids being rescued from cults, and other horrifying stories of abuse are collected in this book written by child psychiatrist Bruce Perry.
Yet through these heart-wrenching ordeals, the importance of love and attachment shines though. The effects and benefits of human connection on physical and psychological levels are remarkable, more than I could have guessed, and I see the benefits of love every day in my classroom and in my life! This book helped me understand how abuse or neglect have affected my students, and why they act the way they do.
I would recommend this book to anyone working in education, but especially to anyone who works with deprived, or at-risk students. Click on the book to buy a copy, or pick it up at your local library!