Mentoring Teaching Strategies to Increase Graduation Rates

Today on, our centerpiece article addresses the importance of mentoring, one of the teaching strategies we’ve been pushing that might just be the answer to increasing graduation rates,

Frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator in Upstate New York, enlightens us on the importance of mentors amongst high school students, especially those in at-risk demographic groups.

Janelle likewise instructs educators on how to implement a mentoring program at your school, including what activities to carry out and when to hold mentoring programs.

Janelle sums up her article thusly: “Everyone needs a role model in his life, someone to look up to for guidance and support; Someone who is there for them and who they can lean on in any time of need. Unfortunately, not everyone has this kind of support system, and that is why we have mentors. The presence of a caring adult can make a world of difference in the life of a student. Mentoring has powerful benefits that can make a difference in a student that wants to drop out of school. To ensure that dropout rates decrease in America, all schools must give the support student need to thrive and succeed in school and beyond.”

Do you have mentoring program in school district? If so, what is it like?

Technology in the Classroom: Using Digital Tablets

Digital tablets, including iPads, have become all the rage in classrooms today. Teachers like them because it’s like having an all-in-one tool at their fingertips: Indeed, one device affords word processing, research, document sharing, and even school-to-home communication. Students like these devices because they make learning fun: Let’s face it an animated, turnkey lesson plan created by a third party can be a lot more engaging than a stand-and-deliver, traditional lecture.

But in this age of teachers strapped for time, it’s all too easy for educators to not take the time to learn how to use these powerful devices. So today, frequent contributor Janelle Cox explains some quick and easy ways for educators to get assimilated with these new technologies that are rapidly changing the educational landscape. Janelle’s tips include using tablets and iPads for:

    Virtual Field Trips
    And More!

Seasoned, well-connected educators know that there’s an app for everything these days, and kids are always jazzed up over any kind of new ed-tech trend, so why not embrace the nascent technology in the classroom? You’ll be helping yourself, and your students will love the experience.

Do you have a digital tablet or iPad in your classroom? How do you use it in your class?