August 2012 Archives

For educators the new year begins September 1, which means the time for resolutions is now, not January. And here's a perfect resolution for those of you who spend a lot of time and energy establishing and enforcing classroom rules: stop doing this. Instead, provide students clear procedures that will enable them to meet your expectations. Don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting you try to control kids. That's what most disciplinary rules are about. Procedures, on the other hand, are about giving kids the structure they need in order to thrive. You can't do your best at anything if ...

Flipped instruction. Project-based learning. Cooperative groups. Mobile technology. Much of the discussion about effective teaching focuses on instructional tools and techniques, which makes sense since it's important to use the right methods at the right times in the right ways. And yet teachers with the same training, same curriculum, same resources, and similar students often get different results. A lesson that is energizing for one teacher's students can be tranquilizing for another teacher's students. And as notable as this is when teachers use the same approaches, sometimes it's even more notable when they use different approaches. As a new teacher, ...


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