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Category: Educating Our Children
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By Shawna Martino

Faculty, GCU

Difficulties Reading Traditional Text

Having difficulty getting students to read about history, especially upper elementary and secondary students? They say textbooks are boring and confusing. For the most part, they are correct. As educators we know that expository text is more difficult to read and comprehend due to text structure, vocabulary development needed and the brain processes required.

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Personalized learning is a big trend in education right now, and for good reason. It is showing great results for student learning and engagement. Though personalized learning looks different in every district, school and classroom, there are certain elements that are the same. No matter where it happens, personalized learning emphasizes the student’s ownership of their learning. The teacher acts as a facilitator, while the students drive curriculum based on interest and need.

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By Rebecca Reynolds, EdD
Faculty Member, Grand Canyon University

As a teacher I love to see when my students reward themselves intrinsically with self-pride. The kind you see when they smile because they succeeded at accomplishing a learning goal or project. This intrinsic self-pride encourages students to keep working hard and is inspirational to others. As teachers we have the unspoken job requirement of inspiring our students to find their own intrinsic self-pride. Self-pride is a learned behavior. I help my students recognize when they have done an outstanding job, and when they have led learning amongst their peers.

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By Marissa King

Chief of Staff, Teaching & Leading Initiative of Oklahoma

As a new teacher, I remember gratefully cracking open the glossy pages of my spiral-bound reading curriculum to plan English Language Arts. I desperately needed phonics guidance and grade-level appropriate texts to get me started. Eventually, I realized that while pre-planned curriculum is a great place to start, leveled readers alone don’t get students whispering about favorite texts or hankering for a trip to the library.

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Aspiring educators who have an adventurous spirit and an enduring desire to reach out to others might consider teaching abroad. Before you make a decision, consider what comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “teaching abroad.” Do you picture yourself leading South African girls in a singing activity? Do you see yourself teaching a large high school class in Japan or South Korea? If you decide to teach abroad, look for an opportunity that corresponds closely with your mental picture. You’ll be more satisfied with the overall experience if you’re immersed in a culture that you’re genuinely interested in.

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At the end of the school year, many students and parents ask teachers how they can help keep academic progress going over vacation. Parents want to ensure their children are reading throughout the summer but they often do not know where to start when it comes to picking the best books for the children. Elementary school teachers love to put together summer reading lists to help solve this problem.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

May 7 is national teacher appreciation day. Teachers do so much for their students, they are feeding the minds of today’s youth, the people who are going to be our future leaders. They are deserving of all of our thanks. Here are some ways that you can show your teachers how much you appreciate them.

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Personalized learning is a big trend in education right now, and for good reason. It is showing great results for student learning and engagement. Though personalized learning looks different in every district, school and classroom, there are certain foundational pieces that are the same. No matter where it happens, personalized learning emphasizes student ownership of their learning. The teacher acts as a facilitator, while the students drive curriculum based on interest and need.

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