Moving from teacher-centered classrooms to student-centered classrooms takes time. Barbara shares steps where teachers can start slow with one lesson at a time.
Holiday amnesia can happen where you forget just about everything that you were supposed to do during the holidays.
Students can demonstrate having prior knowledge about content and can challenge what they know. Students could pay a fee to challenge the course.
The author talks about the fine line that all of us walk and how the choices we make impact us and all the people in our lives. She asks questions on how we support people that take one stand or another and if it is our job to support people that make a good or bad choice.
Each person has a different perspective on situations and it impacts them in different ways. Use poetry or writing exercises to help children open up and share their feelings. The holidays are all about kindness and compassion.
Barbara works with middle school teachers in high poverty areas around the country. Middle school is a tough time for all children and even more so for poor children. She explains that the current school system is broken and puts together a list of ideas for middle school teachers.
You as a teacher can make the difference you wanted to make when you joined the profession. Barbara gives you some suggestions on ways to build your personal learning network and change your learning environment the way you wanted to do that even with all the obstacles and challenges you may have.
Allowing opportunities for students to shine, take risks, show their strengths builds confidence and self-esteem.
Barbara shares what things that are important to her: family, friends, and learning. She realized that to grow as a woman, it only takes changing your attitude.
Barbara relates Forrest Gump’s life to any child at any level who takes every opportunity to grow and learn. Public schools and the movement to remove experienced teachers, move toward Common Core Standards, and increase testing based on these standards will fail our children and our nation.