January 4-8, 2016
WHAT'S UP THIS WEEK
Monday, Jan 4
Tuesday, Jan 5
7th Girls Basketball vs. Harwood @ Harwood Jr.
7th Boys Basketball vs. Harwood @ WMS
Wednesday, Jan 6
LOL Mtg. 7:30 am
Faculty/Gr. Level Mtg. 4:00 pm
Thursday, Jan 7
8th Girls Basketball vs. Harwood @ WMS
8th Boys Basketball vs. Harwood @ Harwood Jr.
Friday, Jan 8
Select Art Field Trip 9:30-1:30 pm
Where to Park? Where to Park? In another place. OH What Fun!!!
Faculty parking lot:
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“Good teachers are those who remember being a student.” ~~~A.C. Grayling
The Qualities of a Good Teacher
n this Chronicle of Higher Education article, A.C. Grayling (New College of the Humanities, London) says there are two ways that ineffective teachers can harm students: putting them off a subject and undermining their confidence and self-belief. “Good teachers do exactly the opposite of these things,” says Grayling, “and as a result inspire, guide, and give their students a broader sense of life’s possibilities… the desire to know more, understand more, achieve greater insight.” He lists several qualities that the best teachers possess:
- Enthusiasm – Students often catch this in their classrooms.
- Charisma – Teachers can be Pied Pipers for their subject.
- A capacity to clarify and make sense – This quality illuminates any subject.
- Humor – It lightens the hard work students need to do.
- Kindness – A teacher’s power is enhanced when there’s a human connection.
- A genuine interest in students’ progress – This involves constantly checking for understanding and responding accordingly.
Good teachers have these qualities in varying proportions, and the net effect is that students begin to teach themselves. “And that, paradoxical as it may seem, is the best outcome of good teaching,” says Grayling. “Independence of endeavor, and soon therefore of mind, should be one of the fundamental aims of education.”
Some novice teachers worry that if they show humor, kindness, and interest, they’ll come across as weak. But Grayling says there’s “no inconsistency in being both kind and firm, humorous although not prepared to tolerate messing about, and interested without being partial. It is a matter of operational tact and good timing.”
“Good teachers are those who remember being a student,” he concludes. “They hear themselves as their students hear them. They know which aspects of their subject might present a difficulty, which require to be grasped before which, and what their best students will be keen to know, and why… Students’ questions and doubts compel one to think and rethink, often prompting one to see things that had not been noticed before. For this reason it is never boring to teach the same subject repeatedly.”
“What Makes a Good Teacher?” by A.C. Grayling in The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 11, 2015 (Vol. LXII, #15, p. B4-B5), e-link for subscribers only
FUTURE DATES & INFO
Wed, Jan 13 - AVID Site Team Mtg. 7:50 am
Thurs, Jan 14 - Scoliosis Screening through PE classes
Thurs, Jan 14 - All Day ARDS
Fri, Jan 15 - Activity Night 4:00-6:00 pm
Mon, Jan 18 - Flex Day
Wed, Jan 20 - GT Testing in Library & Labs
Fri, Jan 22 - Fine Arts Recruitment (5th graders) 9:00-11:00 am
Tues, Jan 26 - Data Assemblies
Wed, Jan 27 - LOL mtg. 7:30 am
Wed, Jan 27 - GT Testing in Lab
Thurs, Jan 28 - All Day ARDS
Thanks for a fabulous week!
- The Christmas Party was amazing!
- Snack week rocked!
- Secret Santa was a blast!
- Band, Choir and Basketball rocked it!!!
- NJHS blessed us...
- PTA loved on us!
This is the best place EVER!!! Merry Christmas, Warriors! Happy Holidays! May your New Year be filled with joy and perpetual Grace!
Thank you, Mary Barwinkel and Shelby Welborn, for covering my classes so I could make my DR. Appointments. ~~ Tom Lane
Thank you to everyone who shared their love and blessings with me! Your thoughtful gifts were much appreciated! Love, Shannon