The National PTA Is Ready to Help You Thank Your Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

The National PTA Is Ready to Help You Thank Your Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

“It’s in these challenging times that we truly recognize and appreciate how our nation’s educators play such a pivotal role in our children’s lives—inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success.” Read more

Teacher Satisfaction Research - Student Research Foundation

Teacher Satisfaction Matters

The Student Research Foundation (SRF) surveyed high school teachers nationwide about their satisfaction on 14 job-related factors. (See infographic below.) 2,385 responded during Fall 2018. The data, collected pre-Covid, provide insights into teachers’ willingness to rally after schools closed and possible impacts of any Covid-induced budget cuts on learning environments. Read more

What Influences High School Students to Become Teachers - Student Research Foundation

What Influences High School Students to Become Teachers?

Research Findings . . .

If you are a teacher, you know how exciting it is to hear one of your students say, “I want to become a teacher someday.”

Those words tell you that a lot of things have gone right with that student’s education. He or she finds learning exciting, believes in the classroom experience, wants to give something back to the world by teaching young people . . . and also admires you and the work you are doing.

Those are all great messages to be getting from a student you have influenced.

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How to Use Technology to Give Students Feedback that Motivates - Student Research Foundation

How to Use Technology to Give Students Feedback that Motivates

Most teachers give only written notes to students about the work and projects they have turned in. Written feedback is certainly better than no feedback at all. But according to “How to Give Your Students Feedback with Technology,” an article that instructional designers Holly Fiock and Heather Garcia published recently in The Chronicle of Higher Education, giving feedback in video, audio and other formats can be far more effective than giving written comments alone. Read more

20 Effective Ways for Teachers to Motivate Students - Student Research Foundation

20 Effective Ways for Teachers to Motivate Students

A college professor we know tells us, “Sometimes I think that nothing I can do will generate the slightest amount of enthusiasm from my lecture classes . . . If I stood on the lab table in the front of the room, lit the Bunsen Burner and waved it around over my head, I don’t think even that would do the trick.” Read more

What Teachers Can Do When Parents Ask Unethical Questions - Student Research Foundation

What Teachers Can Do When Parents Ask Unethical Questions

Sometimes parents ask teachers to stretch ethical boundaries in ways that seem “small,” like this . . .

“My daughter has never gotten a B on a science test, and you just gave her one,” a mother told a teacher during a tense phone call. “I want you to let her retake the exam, but first I want you to go over the questions she got wrong.”

And sometimes parents make demands that are clearly unethical, like this . . .

“You gave my son a C in physics last term,” a father told a high school teacher. “How did that compare to the median grade you gave to all the students in the class? I want you to increase it to a B.” Read more

What Motivates Your Students to Learn - Student Research Foundation

Do You Know What Motivates Your Students to Learn?

If you’re a teacher, do you know what is going on in the minds of your students? What motivates them to learn? As you know, some students are extremely motivated to learn, while others are only concerned with earning a passing grade. What is going on? Read more

How to Be a More Creative Teacher - Student Research Foundation

Big Ideas from on How to Be a More Creative Teacher

As a high school teacher, you are devoting time and energy to your professional development. But are you also striving to become a more creative teacher?

We recently found a new post, “101 Ways for Teachers to Be More Creative” that was published on July 31, 2019 on the TeachThought blog. This post really does offer 101 suggestions for how teachers can become more creative. Read more

Stay in Touch with Students Who Have Left for College - Student Research Foundation

The Best Ways for High School Teachers to Stay in Touch with Students

It’s only natural for high school teachers to feel a special affection for former students, and to feel a sense of loss when they leave for college.

As educator Jill Eulberg writes on the Hey Teach blog:

“Spending as much time as we do together, our classes can bond like families, and students can start to feel like our own kids. But when it comes time for them to move on to the next grade, the next school, or the next step in their lives, it can be hard to know the best way to stay in touch with students.” Read more

CTE Teachers - Student Research Foundation

Getting Ahead of the Coming Shortage of CTE Teachers

If you walk into a typical American high school and stand outside a classroom where technical subjects are taught, chances are that everything looks like it is humming along beautifully. Eager students come into the classroom in time for their classes to begin, where a knowledgeable and experienced teacher takes up a position at the front of the classroom. And in communities with sufficient funding, everyone is able to start working on computers and other equipment that facilitate the learning process. Read more