Back in 1640, the Massachusetts Puritans hired the first American teachers to teach the basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills that children would need to serve a democratic society. Over the past 360 years, the art of teaching has taken on much greater significance in our society and has become a great deal more challenging. In public school classrooms across the country you find students who are rich, poor, intellectually gifted, intellectually challenged, physically disabled, frightened, confident, inconsiderate, abused, selfish, compassionate, kind and some striving to learn the English language. In these same classrooms you will find teachers who serve as wonderful role models for these children. Teachers who consistently work to find the best in each of their students providing love and encouragement while preparing them academically for life in the 21st century.
I believe the most important aspect of the science of teaching is classroom management. I once classified it as... [continues]
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