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ERIC Number: EJ951250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Showing Your Students You Care: Seeing the Individual Trees in the Classroom Forest
Philipp, Randolph A.; Thanheiser, Eva
New England Mathematics Journal, v42 p8-17 May 2010
Teaching is a complex profession, and although every context is unique, teachers face common challenges. The authors have identified two challenges that nearly every teacher encounters: (1) managing a classroom of students; and (2) addressing the needs of individual students. Although these are not teachers' only challenges, the authors highlight them because they think that they are ubiquitous. The first, learning to manage a classroom, includes disciplining students, assigning and collecting homework, as well as assessing and evaluating students. Classroom management is the first, and usually the greatest, challenge for new teachers, but it is one that teachers generally master within a few years. The second is different from the first in that, the authors believe, meeting the needs of individual students is a challenge that all teachers continue to grapple with throughout their careers. In this article, the authors offer a general recommendation to new (and experienced) teachers at all levels for both managing a classroom of students and addressing the needs of individual students. They call this recommendation "showing your students that you care." The authors first explain what they mean by "caring" and then offer specific ways teachers might apply caring and its usefulness in their teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A