Although it may seem hard to let go of old lesson plan books or materials, in order to keep ourselves fresh, no matter how many years we have been teaching a subject, we should always take the time to rethink the way we teach for this year's students. As we improve our practice, so too should our ideas for classroom learning grow and our plans should be updated accordingly.
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April 14, 2016
April 12, 2016
Try to imagine the following student: He or she is extremely bright but doesn't necessarily represent well on paper because his/her level of commitment doesn't read in the test scores or transcript. You've taught this student once, maybe more and have developed a rapport with him/her. You know he/sh...
April 05, 2016
Although testing can be an annoyance to all involved, they are an unfortunate reality in today's educational climate. The best we can do is make the most of the time we have with kids and remind them that it's temporary.
March 06, 2016
Hands-on activities that require students to activate a lot of skills at once take practice. Breaking these complicated but rigorous learning experiences into pieces can be very helpful and satisfying to both the teacher and the students.
March 03, 2016
The role of teacher needs to be continually adjusted to suit the needs of our learners. Education has catered to the adults for too long and therefore has missed the mark. If we are truly invested in helping our learners become 21st century ready, we need to empower them more and then support them in their success and failures. In this way, they will learn to cope with both of those experiences in meaningful ways.
January 03, 2016
Would you want to be judged by the mean of your experience or would you want people to know the depths and levels of your progress in specific places? Consider what "average" means before you sit down with your grade book to do report cards and ask yourself how meaningful it really is. Read on to understand why we MUST stop averaging student learning as a means of communication.
December 22, 2015
Before you get to the relaxation of vacation, how can you make the most of your remaining days at school? Read on to find out some suggestions.
November 03, 2015
Social media can help get students interested in current events. Check out Twitter's new Moments feature and get kids connecting learning to what's happening in the world.
October 29, 2015
The best ways to get students to take risks is by modeling what that looks like, unafraid of the potential failure. The most important gift we can share with students is the transparency of our choices and how to bounce back from the missteps.
September 27, 2015
Here are some tips for managing an unwieldy inbox.