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I'm preparing a workshop about teachers' most common mistakes. would you provide me with opinions and video segments that can help ?

Oct 8, 2013 9:34am

  • English Language Arts
  • 9-12
  • Celebrating Teachers


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    • Oct 9, 2013 7:27am

      Not being prepared. Not having some kind of warm up activity ready to engage the students as soon as they walk into the door. It drives me crazy to see students sitting in their seats DOING NOTHING while the teacher takes attendance and does all those other chores that need to be done at the beginning of class. They should always have something to do, or at least be trained to take a book out when there is nothing else to do. What is that quote about idle hands are the devils playthings.

      • Oct 10, 2013 1:26am

        Failure to be consistent and trying to be kids friend rather than a trusted authority figure.

        • Oct 10, 2013 2:06am

          I think that some teachers fail to realize the importance of engaging students throughout the lessons. Learning should be engaging for all students K-college. Human beings are not simply receptacles to pour knowledge. They have to be involved in relevant, authentic learning experiences designed by experts.

          Hope this helps,

          • Oct 17, 2013 4:44am

            From what I have seen, I would have to say the lack of closure in a lesson. Providing students with one last time to summarize the content or the processes that were part of the learning goal in class is vital to retention.

            • Oct 8, 2013 2:51pm

              I think you might have to clarify what you mean by "mistake". Is it something that teachers did wrong? Or is it forgetting about lunch and coming back to class 5 minutes late? Or, if a teacher does not know an answer, the teacher may make one up?


              • Oct 13, 2013 8:47am

                Their preoccupation with amount of plan to be covered without considering students interest and involvement in the topic.I think teachers should be able to gauge students level of understanding by their body language. The moment they feel the strategy planned is not well received ,they should either try out something else or look into the real cause by asking students.This will develop students trust on the teacher and will help teachers to plan realistically with genuine interest in students.

                • Oct 13, 2013 12:27pm

                  When preparing, not planning and preparing lessons for the depth of analysis and rigor that literacy requires...

                  • Oct 14, 2013 6:56am

                    Staying consistent whether with classroom rules and procedures or with routines. Students depend on that consistency and to ignore that can result in a mess. They can be great at understanding a small deviation to mean everything is off the table for the day. Stay consistent.

                    • Oct 14, 2013 10:42am

                      At a professional development meeting last week, I gave a short presentation on "Preparing for a Lesson, not Simply Preparing a Lesson." Many teachers work on problems to make sure they can do them, and work on exercises to make sure they can do the material, but many fail to prepare for the lesson and provide real value for students who otherwise would simply be turned off by boring problem and exercise work.