Thinking carefully and objectively about the causes of stress can help you generate more positive feelings. Writing things down systematically, and alone, gives you time and personal space to do this.
Aim of the activity: to help you understand your stress, and work out a plan of action to deal with it.
In nearly every situation in life, spoken and unspoken rules guide how we interact with and treat other people. As friends and colleagues, for example, we expect consideration and respect from one another. As neighbors we share expectations about such things as noise and how and where we park our cars. Generally we try […]
Some professional development activities require time outside class to carry out, so it is important to allocate this time if you want to make them happen. The key to time management is being committed to fulfilling your agenda. Even if you are not a teacher, you can still feel that there is never enough time […]
Are people born to be teachers? Can people develop into effective teachers? Are there people who should never be teachers? With some qualification, perhaps the answer to each question is yes.
Effective teaching is a continual learning process, and each school year brings changes to which competent teachers must adapt. Changes can happen in terms of students, curriculum, building issues, colleagues, adminis-
trators, finances, health and safety concerns, families, communities, and a host of other influences on the daily lives of teachers. The foundation upon which teachers base their ability to adapt to changes and successfully navi-
gate the complexities of the classroom comes largely from their personal abilities and experiences. These personal abilities and experiences can be classified as prerequisites to teaching—that is, competencies that are acquired and demonstrated before the teacher ever walks through the schoolhouse door.