Teaching Strategies to Get Your Students Talking

In most classrooms around the world, educators are the ones who are doing all the talking. It’s been that way since the onset of schools: A “Stand and deliver” mindset, the “Sage with the stage” who uses the front of the class to explain concepts and theories.

But many teachers are trying to implement student-led activities into the classroom now. However, many teachers are struggling with the concept.

With that in mind, today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator based in Upstate New York, takes a look at a few teaching strategies to make you talk less, and get your students to talk more.

Janelle’s ideas include:

  • Utilize Think-Pair-Share
  • Get Student Input
  • Use Non-Verbal Signals
  • And More!

Janelle sums up her article thusly: “Silence is really OK. It’s important to mention that because many teachers feel that they always have to keep the room talking in order for the students to be engaged. Sometimes children just need a few minutes of silence to gather their thoughts, and then you will see some really good answers from the students.”

How do you get your students talking more? Do you have any tips or advice for having student’s talk more and teachers talk less? Please share your comments!

How to Get a Teaching Job in Today’s Economy

Times are tough everywhere. Economically speaking, corporations are still laying off skilled workers, and it’s still tough for recent grads to land that lucrative first job.

Even in the education field, once considered somewhat sacrosanct and safe from economic malaise, jobs are hard to come by. School districts are learning to get by with less staffing, and seasoned educators, stung by rough economic times and thinned pensions, are hanging on to their jobs longer than they use to.

So how does someone land a teaching job in this economy?

In an article currently trending strongly on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributor Janelle Cox spells out some ways, including:

    Substitute Teach
    Shine as a Student Teacher
    Get Letters of Recommendation
    And more!

Do you have any tips on how to find a teaching job in today’s economy?