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The “Old MacDonald’s” approach to teaching

Teaching, a crucial profession, entrusts educators with developing not only their students’ academic skills but their interpersonal competence as well.   Few experiences rival a teacher’s excitement witnessing the expansion of minds eager to learn. It is a truism that individuals learn best from people they like. As Madeline Hunter stated: “Teaching is not telling and learning is not having been told. Thus, engaging young minds in meaningful activities provides them with experiences that will endure far beyond their time in a classroom. I like ascribe to what I’ve coined as the “Old MacDonald’s” approach to the teaching profession. The chorus,”e-i-e-i-o” provides a framework to traits that can enhance both teaching and learning. E- EMPATHIC  Teaching is personal.  Teachers who  relate well to their students demonstrate that they value them as individuals. They take a special interest in each student. They engage in both contingent and non-contingent interactions with them.  Contingent interactions are reactive. They provide valuable  feedback to students. For instance, if a student performs well on an assignment or is is attentive in class, the teacher responds appropriately. Non-contingent interactions are pro-active: they promote personal relationships. Asking students about their interests outside of school shows them that the teacher cares. Teachers can show students that they are valued for who they are rather than how they behave. I-INSPRIING   Teachers who stimulate curiosity impart much more than content.  They should be experts in their subject matter. They also realize that they provide a springboard for independent learning far beyond the classroom experience.  Teachers who  inspire students are role models. E-ENTHUSIASTC Teachers who demonstrate that they enjoy their chosen profession… Read More »

If schools were permitted to have just one training, this is the one!

This training will help to raise test scores for your students, decrease discipline challenges, and improve classroom rapport. You will learn how to meet students where they are and lead them where they need to be, capture attention, and promote deeper learning.