Classes should be interactive. Multiple students should be involved in answering questions. I believe that this will help with classroom management and creating and keeping students’ interest.
A second language should be introduced in Elementary School. The younger we are, the easier it is for us to pick up any new knowledge. The earlier we introduce a second language, the easier it will be for the students to pick it up and become fluent.
Extra curricular activities need to be expanded and continually supported to guarantee that all students are given plenty of opportunities to shine and demonstrate their above average talents. In accordance with this idea, classes like art and music should be supported better and offered at all times.
Teachers should consider that every student learns at their own speed and help out accordingly. It is important to offer students extra help outside of the regularly scheduled class time. Often times a student needs just a little extra push in a one-on-one situation to fully understand the material.
Good education should be open to everyone regardless of the financial situation.
Teachers should truly love the subject they are teaching. When a teacher doesn't have passion behind their facts, the facts are less likely to be absorbed by his or her students.
Students should be encouraged when they did great, not humiliated when they did bad. This will help students to be less afraid to participate in class. They should be encourage to be unique. We want them to feel that being different can be a good thing.
Students should be taught to think for themselves, not just repeat facts, but being able to make connections and to critique.
Parents should be active participators in their children’s education. They should help with and/or check homework, help with vocabulary, show them the connection to real life applications.
Learning never ends for the competent teaching professional. The teacher should be an active life long learner committed to staying current in their subject area and pedagogy. Schools also need to allocate funds to help teachers stay current.
The teacher-student relationship should be built of trust and respect. Being a positive role model is essential. The students need to feel that they are able to depend on the teachers to lead them in the right directions and that they can trust them with any problems they may have whether it is with school or advice about life.
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