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Teachers’ Commitment to their Students Was their Strongest Motivation During the Pandemic

“Teachers say working with students kept them motivated at the start of the pandemic,” an article that Beth Daley wrote in The Conversation on October 7, 2021, reports reassuring findings about teachers’ strong dedication to their students.

Ms. Daley reports that before the pandemic began, she had begun a study of teachers’ enthusiasm for performing different job duties. At that point, her study found that of all the tasks teachers undertake on the job, working with students was the most satisfying. While her study was underway, Covid-19 struck and classrooms shut down. But her study found that at that time, teachers remained strongly motivated to continue teaching because they wanted so much to support their students. Read more

Helping Your Students Discuss the Ethical Issues of Applying to College

As you know, a major scandal involving college admissions has been making headlines since 2019. A number of very wealthy parents – some of whom are celebrities – paid vast sums of money to a college admissions counselor of sorts, who then pulled all kinds of strings to get their kids into elite institutions that included USC, Stanford, Yale, and others.

How did that counselor help those students get into top colleges? In some cases, he found ways to assure that they would earn top scores on standardized tests. (In one case, he allegedly stated that one student required special accommodations on a test, then he had that student take the test in a private location where he could answer questions for her.) Read more

McKinsey Study Predicts a New World of Work as pandemic fades

McKinsey Study Predicts a New World of Work

“The future of work after Covid-19” is a major new study conducted by McKinsey & Company. If you are eager to know how professionals, students – and virtually everyone else – should be rethinking the world of work, you will want to download and read this publication. Read more

Turning Covid into Teachable Moments

After a year of remote learning during a year of Covid-19, it will come as no surprise that some students are going to find it difficult to go back into classrooms this year.

Some teachers have decided that one way to help students make that transition is to give them opportunities to process the experience of the last year by journaling, creating videos, and engaging in other forms of creative self-expression. Read more

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Teachers Face a Barrage of Unfair Treatment During the Pandemic

“That’s not fair!” is a complaint that teachers are accustomed to hearing from younger students.

Today, during the pandemic, those same teachers have had to face the fact that they themselves are voicing that same complaint. This is simply a time when teachers are not being treated fairly by the institutions where they work. And interestingly, there seem to be more complaints of unfair treatment in schools where some students have physically returned to their classrooms. Read more

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Study Finds that Most Students Are Too Optimistic about Their Majors’ Earning Potential

How much money can you expect to earn after you complete the coursework for your major and graduate college? Do you really know what your earning potential will be?

According to “Labor Market Expectations and Major Choice for Low-Income, First-Generation College Students: Evidence from an Information Experiment,” a study conducted in 2017 by Alexander I. Ruder (University of South Carolina and Rutgers) and Michelle Van Noy (Rutgers), many students, especially those who come from lower income backgrounds, are overly optimistic about how much they will earn. Ruder and Van Noy polled 2,965 students and determined that students who grew up in financially disadvantaged circumstances were especially prone to overestimate the potential earnings that their major and college degree would enable them to earn. Read more

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Are These Radical Changes About to Affect American Higher Education?

As you have noticed, American higher education has just gone through a period of cataclysmic change. Can you think of another four-year period when colleges have removed the names of their slave-holding founders from buildings, and when students have been expected to continue to pay full tuition while attending classes remotely?

Those are only two of the changes we have seen, some of which we have come to accept as a new and normal way of educating students. They are very big changes.

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Career Opportunities for Students in Miami

Miami is known for its significant architecture, lively night life, and of course its magnificent Atlantic Ocean beach. But if you teach high school in the Miami metro area, you know that the young people of Miami could be the city’s greatest asset. They’re ethnically diverse, often multilingual, and excited because the area offers an unequalled variety of employment opportunities and careers.

Whether your students want to work in travel, high-tech, or in the arts, Miami offers an unusual array of opportunities. It’s an exciting place to be, and that makes it an unusually exciting place to be an educator. Read more

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Great Ways to Integrate Career Planning into Your Classroom

The Student Research Foundation offers research reports on a variety of topics related to career planning. If you are a teacher, you and your students will want to explore them and use them as resources. They include the American Dream Infographic, the New Public Square Infographic, the Global Citizenship Infographic, and more. Be sure to explore them all and make use of them in your classroom. Read more

Union Station in Denver CO. The city is an Emerging Tech Center with Career Opportunities

Denver an Emerging Tech Center with Career Opportunities

An Educator’s Guide to Career Opportunities for Students in Denver

There are plenty of reasons young people want to make Denver their home. It is a youthful city that offers plenty of job opportunities. And all kinds of people love living in Denver. It is an area that attracts people who love the great outdoors, who want to live where alternative lifestyle choices don’t raise an eyebrow, and where there is a lively arts scene. And now, Denver is attracting young tech entrepreneurs too. All those factors make Denver, and Colorado as a whole, one of America’s most exciting places to teach young students.

Incidentally, about 600,000 people live in the Denver metro area, of whom almost exactly half are male and half are women. And according to SuburbanStats.com, the median age of Denver residents is 33 years; Denver is a very youthful city.

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