Editor's Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number had fallen to just three years leading a classroom. The Atlantic’s “On Teaching” project is crisscrossing the country to talk to veteran educators. This story is the sixth in our series. One late-summer afternoon in 1994, Renee Moore—an English teacher at the nearly all-black East Side High School in Cleveland, Mississippi—received a phone call. On the other line was a friend: “Renee, you need to get over here right away,” she said in a hushed tone. “We are throwing away books.”Moore’s friend worked at Cleveland High, a historically white school with a majority-white teaching staff, located about a mile away from East Side High. Teachers there had just … [Read more...] about What If Teachers Didn’t Focus So Much on Individual Achievement?
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Whether it’s an unexpected question or a decision that needs to be made quickly, it’s easy to be caught off guard in the moment only to think of the perfect answer later. Thinking on your feet takes mental agility, and it’s possible to prepare for those moments when you need to think fast. Here are five ways to get better at thinking on your feet: 1. Play Thinking Games Being quick on your feet is something you can and should practice, says Beck Bamberger, founder BAM Communications. Bamberger’s team reserves a portion of their weekly meeting to stretch their skills. “We throw out a meaty topical question and call on individuals to answer the prompt within 60 seconds,” she says. A recent question was on the topic of Tiger Woods’ latest Masters win. Bamberger asked her team what brands like Nike should do now that a fallen icon has stepped back into the spotlight. “Once you’ve had the experience of answering 30 or so of these tough … [Read more...] about Five ways to get better at thinking on your feet
Have you ever had to get up in front of a room full of people to speak and found yourself getting sweaty, feeling waves of jitters and nausea roll over you as your mind goes blank? Public speaking can cause even the most stoic and calm among us to want to run for the hills. According to the National Social Anxiety Center, the fear of public speaking, or glossophobia, affects upward of 74 percent of the American population. That’s a lot of people who get nervous at the thought of having to speak in front of others. As it turns out, with a little bit of preparation and a desire to do well, anyone can speak with confidence in front of a crowd. [See all Bangor Metro stories] Bangor Metro reached out to three well-known Mainers who have mastered the art of public speaking, and they gave several truly fabulous tips. Don’t be afraid to go off script One of the biggest fears of public speaking is that you might say the wrong thing during your talk. Crystal Ponti, a freelance … [Read more...] about How to rock public speaking like a pro
Meghan Markle is giving Prince Harry acting lessons to become better at public speaking, according to reports. The former Suits actress turned Duchess of Sussex is putting Harry through drama classes, writing his speeches and directing him on stage, it is claimed. An adviser told the Sunday Express: "You only have to look at the Duke to see how much more relaxed he is on stage. He used to be nervous and embarassed. "Now he's confident, uses all the stage and has learned his lines so he doesn't need notes." The Duke of Sussex put his skills to the test on Wednesday when he addressed a huge crowd at Wembley for WE Day UK, a scheme which helps young people be a part of positive social change around the world. He even cheekily dragged his heavily pregnant wife onto the stage , to huge cheers and screams from the audience. Meghan first hit the public eye in her role as Rachel Zane in the TV series Suits. She starred in the show or seven years, before giving up her television career to … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle ‘gives Harry acting lessons to help with public performances’
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