June 2014 - A Blog for Principals and Teachers - School Matters | A Blog for Principals and Teachers – School Matters

 
 

Archive for June, 2014

 
 
Let’s Improve Reading… Again

Let’s Improve Reading… Again

When I was in first grade, I was taught to read using a system called, “I.T.A.-The Initial Teaching Alphabet”. Never heard of it? No wonder. I.T.A. used a fake, Latin-ish type of alphabet with somewhere between 43-45 symbols-depending on the year you started the program. Each symbol represented a single sound in the English language making […]

 
ADHD in the Classroom

ADHD in the Classroom

With a 42% increase in reported cases of ADHD since 2003, no doubt you have dealt with this challenging issue in your classroom. It is estimated that 11% of children between the ages of 4-17 years old have been diagnosed with ADHD. This translates as follows: If you have 28 students, at least 3 will […]

 
Teaching Happiness 101

Teaching Happiness 101

What was the most popular course offered at Harvard University in 2006? What class at the University of California at Berkeley was so in demand that it has now become available online for free where nearly 30,000 people have already signed up and there is an expectation that up to 100,000 will enroll? Not law. […]

 
Video: Does Class Size Matter?

Video: Does Class Size Matter?

Hertz Furniture video blogger Mor Rossler discusses class size and how it affects students. Recently, schools have been trying to reduce the amount of students in each classroom.  Is this to our student’s benefit?  Would resources be better spent on teacher resources and the quality of our teachers?  Does class size affect academic success? Watch […]

 
Teacher Training! Are You Ready?

Teacher Training! Are You Ready?

In a continuing effort by the Obama administration to improve our school system, the Department of Education has been directed to develop a strategy for evaluating U.S. teacher training programs. These standards are meant to improve teacher preparedness for entering the classroom as too many believe that our teachers are sorely under trained for the […]