January 9, 2017

Public Vs. Private Schools in USA

To the casual observer, public and private schools in the United States might appear to be very similar, especially at the elementary school and middle school levels. However, there are actually three important differences to keep in mind when deciding if you would like to teach in a private or a public school. Tuition It’s impossible to discuss the differences between private schools and public schools without discussing cost. In short, public schools are free while private schools require parents…

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December 20, 2016

Addressing the Assessment and Instructional Needs of English Language Learners

According to a recent study by George Washington University, up to 10 percent of all public school students in U.S. K-12 schools are English Language Learners (ELLs), meaning that they have limited English proficiency. As a result, teachers must be able to address the assessment and instructional needs of these learners. Educators in the U.S. have created five basic guidelines to help teachers new to ELL:   Guideline #1: Increase English language practice in the classroom   This may sound…

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December 14, 2016

Effective Classroom Management Is a Teacher’s Key to Success in USA

With all the discussion around curriculum choices and assessment tests in U.S. schools, there’s one subject that does not get nearly enough attention: effective classroom management. Yet, it’s this one skill that plays a critical role in the success of a teacher in the USA.   The first key factor in effective classroom management is being able to keep control and discipline over students. That means laying out clear expectations about behavior in the classroom, establishing clear learning goals, and…

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December 12, 2016

Characteristics of a 21st Century Teacher in the USA

A good 21st century teacher in the U.S. is aware of the career opportunities that will be in the coming years for their students, and are always advocating towards forward thinking and planning to ensure all students will not be left behind. This approach requires that teachers think ahead to the next 10 years, rather than only focusing on today’s realities. There are 4 key characteristics of a 21st century teacher. Embracing technology in the classroom At any level of…

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