First Day Articles
day on the right foot
students on first day
Diversity in every
Diversity and Instructional Approaches
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Helping Students in Trouble
Quote from article:"Based on our findings, we
offer the following suggestions for successful cohort development and
1. Faculty should discuss with student cohorts the rationale, hoped-for
benefits, and possible land mines for the use of the cohort model.
2. The ways in which cohorts function should be an explicit part of the
curriculum of any teacher education program. That is, forming community,
dealing with differences, and negotiating conflicts within the cohort
and in the classroom should all be explicitly studied as part of preparation
for being a teacher.
3. Teacher educators must implement mechanisms for monitoring and assessing
the changes within the student cohort. Faculty can use quick writes, journaling,
class discussions, and classroom meeting formats to make transparent the
functioning of the community as well as to model how these strategies
can be used in classrooms.
4. Faculty members who share a group of students must find ways to exchange
information essential to continuity and smooth functioning of the cohort.
The professor who meets with the cohort on Tuesday must know what happened
in class on Monday, not only the content that was addressed but also if
there were any significant events in the "life of the community."
High points (a unique community building moment or bonding experience)
as well as challenges must be shared, as they will inform what happens
next for the learners involved."
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