Teaching Methods, Tips & Strategies
At some point in every teacher’s career, you will discover a time where the tried and true teaching methods you have used successfully, sometimes, for years, no longer seem to work. This could be during a transition to a new school, a different grade, or even when the fall semester’s newest crop of students seems completely opposite of every class that came before.
Here you will find articles, tips and strategies from fellow educators who discuss the many methods they have used to motivate and inspire their students. From basic advice on keeping cool and keeping control of your classroom, to deeper discussions on the what, when and how of various methodologies, you will find information that will help you reach and teach your students.
- What Collaboration Looks Like in My Classroom
Collaboration is simply the art of students working together to solve problems and come up with solutions they would have never though of on their own (or maybe even ones their teacher may have never thought of!) Get some ideas on making collaboration work in your classroom.
- Stop the Madness! The Lazy Teacher's Guide to High Yield Learning
In this article, you’ll learn how to save time and energy but cutting things out that don’t need to be there! Too many teachers get burned out and end up leaving the profession when spending hours preparing their lessons. However, sometimes you have to go with the method that reaps the most results.
- Why Every Teacher Should be on Pinterest
Although everyone loves a good cupcake recipe, Pinterest can be used for so much more than that. Teachers should be aware of the great resource Pinterest can be for lesson planning, teaching tips and inspiration. Get tips on using the platform effectively.
- Louder and Slower is NOT Different: Getting Differentiated Instruction to Work
Differentiated instruction is a buzzword that won’t be going away anytime soon. As an instructor it is one of the best things you can do to make learning gains in the classroom, as well as to help manage behaviors. However, not all methods of "differentiated" instruction are effective.
- Explaining Common Core Math in Simple Terms
Are you ready to implement the Common Core math standards in your classroom? Although content has not changed greatly, methods of teaching have. Learn more about the foundational eight math practices.
- The Art of Assigning Small Groups
Assigning students to groups can be a challenge in the higher grades. Leaving students to pick their own groups almost always ends with several problem groups. Try this method for an easy and painless way of assigning groups fairly.
- Visual Literacy Lesson Plans
After thorough research on the topic, I developed several lesson plans to teach visual literacy skills to my students. Read these sample lesson plans and get techniques on adapting them for your own classroom.
- Visual Literacy Assessment
When I became interested in visual literacy skills I had trouble finding an assessment that would work for my students, so I created one of my own. View this sample assessment I completed with Henry, a fifth grade student.
- The Need for Visual Literacy Instruction in K-12 Education
This academically detailed look at incorporating visual literacy instruction in to the K-12 classroom includes what it is and how it can be used successfully and incorporated into Core Curriculum. Read the whole series for an assessment and lesson plans.