Teachers Use Research to Improve Education
Byline: Dorothy Weber
What's a school like in 1997? What's going on in the classroom today?
As you enter the classroom of 1997, you will be reminded of the schools you knew - students at desks or tables, an outline of the day's activities on the board. Depending on the subject and the teacher, students may be quietly working at desks or discussing a project in groups. The teacher may be lecturing or directing students to resources to find answers.
One change in today's schools is that computers now serve as an important - although in Arlington Heights Elementary District 25, still limited - resource. Because there is more content to teach today and the length of the school day hasn't changed much since the 1940s, homework is becoming more important than ever.
In District 25, we're exploring different teaching strategies to improve student learning. Different students (and adults, too) learn in different ways, and our teaching strategies must address different learning styles. This is why teachers use varied strategies - to reach each student's way of learning.
The 1990s have been called the "decade of the brain." Advanced technologies are providing fascinating data about the brain. If there's any group that should closely follow the emerging research on the brain, it's educators, for we exist to fulfill the potential of each child's mind. …