Tune In to What the New Generation of Teachers Can Do

May 8, 2008

Jennifer is an expert in the Tools for Schools article "Tune In to What the New Generation of Teachers Can Do".

Excerpt:

Three veteran teachers on the 7th-grade math team don’t want the responsibility of leading their weekly team meetings. But Meredith — a recent college graduate who just began teaching — volunteers for the assignment. The older teachers are mystified — and a bit put off by her eagerness. Meredith quickly steps into her new role and announces the agenda for the next meeting. “I’ll create a web page for us to use, and I’ll post the agenda there, too,” she says, as she taps the task into her phone, which is also her PDA.

Moments after assuming this leadership role, however, Meredith’s phone pings to indicate that she’s gotten a text message. She quickly shifts her attention from the meeting to her phone, laughs a little and texts back a response.

Now the older teachers glance at each other and nod knowingly. Here we go again, another new teacher to train.

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Jennifer Abrams

About Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer has been recognized as one of "21 Women All K-12 Educators Need to Know" by Education Week's 'Finding Common Ground' blog. She considers herself a "voice coach," helping others learn how to best use their voices – be it collaborating on a team, facilitating a group, coaching a colleague, supervising an employee and being an all around better human being in all types of interactions.

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    “Our school’s work with Jennifer Abrams has sown the seeds of stronger communication skills among the adults in the building. This has only served to strengthen the integrity of communication between staff and students as well. We’ve added her language to our expectations: honest, humane, and growth-producing conversations occur regularly.”

    Dr. Nancy Frey, Dean of Academic Affairs
    Health Sciences High and Middle College, San Diego, CA