I have always admired teachers because of the creative ways they come up with to teach students. Despite these creative methods however, being a teacher is still very challenging which is why many schools are developing ways to make learning easier.
Although I have had some pretty demanding and stressful jobs, I think being a teacher is the most challenging and demanding job in the world. Not only do teachers have the challenge of making sure all the students in their class are learning, they also have deal with students who have emotional issues and difficulties at home. As a result of this, most teaching agendas today now involve more out-of-the-box thinking and interactive programs.
I recently read a story about a teacher in Michigan who is using an interactive teaching format so her students can grasp a better understanding of the correlation between money and personal finance.
This teacher teaches math and economics, and she was having a hard time getting her students to study and turn in their homework. Student interest was getting so low that she created a survey to ask students what other type of learning tool would help them. The majority responded that reading about finance was not interesting, and they would rather be involved in something more interactive. Heeding the response from her students, this teacher designed interactive sessions that involve students managing fictional personal finances and a budget.
Students paired off in teams, and each team was giving a budget to live on for the week. Once the budget was assigned, students were given a list of expenses they needed to pay. Some teams did well when it came to paying bills and staying within budget, while others went over budget and needed to borrow money. The teams that had to borrow money were told that they would have pay interest. These interactive sessions went on for three consecutive weeks. Afterward the students were tested on what they learned, and over 85% of the class got a B+. This was definitely an improvement from previous test scores and grades. Prior to these interactive sessions, almost every student in the class was failing.
In addition to getting higher grades, these interactive sessions also provided students hands on experience on how to manage personal finances.
There is another teacher in Maryland who has come up with creative ways to make learning easier for his students. This teacher teaches English and communications, and his students were having problems with verbal communication and expressing themselves on paper. So he set up a program which allowed students to interview community leaders and school personnel. These interviews helped students gain confidence and also improve their written and communication skills.
I applaud these teachers for their creativity and caring so much about their students.