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.
Are your students bored with math? Excite them with a baseball lesson. Sports and numbers fit together perfectly. You can’t have a winner without a score. Every game generates statistics. Baseball offers masses of historical data, situational averages and comparative studies.
The American Psychological Association cites classroom management as the most sought after subject for teacher professional development. This article, first of a three-part series, explores the fundamental pillars to creating a positive classroom environment and avoiding common discipline problems.
This article will explore practical strategies for you to implement inside the four walls of your classroom to make your space a caring place where meaningful relationships prevent the all too common discipline problems that most teachers experience.
While “professional development" may conjure up images of excruciatingly long lectures and seminars, this article provides other avenues for you to develop as a professional on your own time and in ways consistent with the positivity, energy and excitement that you are honing in your own classroom.
What exactly are literature circles and how can they help prepare students for Common Core? Those who love to read may use the more affectionate term of “book club" when discussing literature circles. Developing literature circles is a key step to integrating the Common Core into your daily lessons.
Some teachers see flipping the classroom to be the inevitable new wave in education. Once the tide comes in, learning will never be the same. Other educators know trends and fads come and go like ebb and flow. Teaching methods that have been working for centuries will eventually remain.
Educators can apply Common Core shifts typically associated with the English Language Arts curriculum to Social Studies curriculum and have great success. Find ways to make them relevant by examining what these shifts require.
Common Core has more to do with how you teach than with what you teach. Gaining a better understanding of the focus, fluency and application will help teachers adapt and, in turn, make the transition smoother for their students.
In this fourth and final segment of our series on learning styles, we turn our attention to kinesthetic learners. These students are “doers" and acquire new information best when they are able to fully immerse themselves in the learning experience.
One of the beautiful processes that a child goes through in the early years is the development of his personality. The child starts to find freedom in choosing what he will wear that day or which activities to participate in. As the child grows and learns, he comes to have his own style.
It is undeniable that each child is vastly different and has a unique way of looking at the world. While they may be wired differently, children tend to learn best in one of three ways: visually, kinesthetically, or through auditory stimulation. In this article, we will look at visual learners.
Students can be predominantly visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners. In this segment of our series on learning styles, we’ll focus on how educators and parents can adapt their teaching styles to better reach auditory learners.
The workplace in the 21st century is fully digital and internationally integrated. Our educational system must be, too. No longer do we ask should technology replace traditional pens, papers and textbooks. We need to decide how.
No education today would be complete without teaching digital etiquette and internet safety. From appropriate behavior on social media, to crafting secure passwords, learn how important it is for students to become good digital citizens.
The concept is a little different from flipping a house, but the end result is similar. Flipping your classroom can make learning in the classroom more valuable and increase student engagement. Find out how to get started.
We know that reward and punishment works and there is nothing wrong with using it to a point. However, at some point we need students to start behaving well even without a physical reward. Learn how to transition from physical rewards to intrinsic rewards.
If you are familiar with the movie Talladega Nights then you remember the mantra of Ricky Bobby who had one focus – “I wanna go fast." Boredom is the enemy of learning. If teachers work on increasing their past, increased student engagement will follow.