Monthly archive June, 2010

Week at High School Journalism Institute is good reminder of challenges for new journalism teachers

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair A week  at the High School Journalism Institute at Indiana University was action-packed for the teachers who took Multimedia for High School Journalism Educators and for Judy and me, who were the instructors for the course. The class was a good reminder of the range of teaching situations...

Guidelines and policies needed for high school media that go online

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair What should be the policies and guidelines for online media that students create for high school journalism programs? That was a question that the teachers taking Multimedia for High School Journalism Educators at Indiana University had as they created their own blogs and considered how to help their...

“The Checklist Manifesto” provides ideas for how media teachers can use checklists to improve efficiency and promote teamwork

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair The school year is ending for most high school teachers. They have turned in the final grades, packed up their rooms, and attended graduation. But for most high school teachers, their work as teachers continue. They are taking classes during the summer, reviewing new textbooks, and spending some...

Effective mentoring requires effective listening skills

by Nick Ferentinos JEA Mentoring Committee This article from the New York Times Business Section on June 6 is worth reading. The connection between what it says about mentoring in the business world applies directly to the mentoring we do in education. The key point it makes is that good mentors are listeners. Our tendency...

Edutopia’s Summer Rejuvenation Guide provides tips that can help new journalism teachers recharge their personal and professional batteries

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair The school year is coming to a close for high school and middle school teachers. Edutopia, a teaching resource from the George Lucas Education Foundation, offers advice for how teachers can use their summer time to rejuvenate. The 2010 Summer Rejuvenation Guide is available for free download and offers...

New teachers may need mentor coaching in selecting appropriate real-world examples to use in class

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair As the saying goes, “There’s nothing common about common sense.” I was reminded of that saying when I read the story in USA Today about an Alabama high school geometry teacher who used the example of assassinating President Obama to illustrate the use of angles. The key issue...