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Large Class: Limiting the Chaos

The first day of class can set the tone for the rest of the term. Here are some tips on how to set a positive classroom atmosphere and limit disruptions from the get-go. Signal the beginning of the class clearly and consistently. To limit disruptions, you need to set the...

Strategies To Develop A Growth Mindset

What are we more in awe of: natural ability or hard work? A lot of people in education and sport claim to really value the importance of growth mindset, but are we secretly holding a ‘natural talent bias’? If so, how do we overcome this and develop a growth mindset?

How Can I Teach Rhyme?

How Can I Teach Rhyme? Teaching children awareness of rhyme, and the ability to use rhyming words in spoken language and writing for an effect is a skill that needs to be taught. Rhyme helps our youngest children tune into language. It is a great way for their brains to remember facts (think about...

Ideas and Tips to Help Your Left Handed Child

When my daughter Lottie was a toddler, the first sign that made me suspect she may be left-handed was when we were in the garden playing football. She consistently kicked the ball back to me with her left foot, ignoring her right altogether. A few weeks later, we were baking a cake when she grabbed the wooden...

Promoting Effective Classroom Participation

Classroom participation is a feature of many course designs. It can result in insightful comments and interesting connections being made by students, and can foster a high level of energy and enthusiasm in the classroom learning environment. However, poorly managed participation can also lead to instructor frustration and student confusion. Below are strategies to consider using to make...

14 Phenomenal Phonics Activities for Preschoolers

It’s difficult to overstate how important reading and language are. These skills are the foundation for a lifetime of success, so it’s only natural if you’re seeking out ways to make sure the little ones in your care are on solid ground. One tried-and-true method for building literacy skills is through the use of phonics activities. In...

The Ultimate Guide To Getting Started On Teachers Pay Teachers

Creating Your Teachers Pay Teachers Account For decades, teachers have been silently creating amazing content for their classrooms. No outlet existed for them to share with other educators in the country, state, or even their own area. Then Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) came along and changed everything! The hard work you put into your...

6 Practical Strategies For Teaching Across The Digital Divide

Last week we discussed the digital divide, and today I thought we could explore some practical strategies that teachers, as individuals, can adopt in an effort to bridge the digital divide in their classrooms. Before we go ahead and look at some practical steps, I thought it would be useful...

Discipline 101: Stop Making Empty Threats

Class starts off pretty normally with kids filing into the room and finding their seats. The teacher talks for a few minutes and gives the students a few directions on what they are supposed to be accomplishing for the day. While walking around during work time, the following interaction occurs: *Student acts up in...

Active Learn: 11 Classroom Activities

Active learn is based on constructivism, a learning theory that asserts that learners construct their own understanding of a topic by building upon their prior knowledge. Implementing active learn therefore means shifting the focus of instruction away from knowledge transmission to learners' knowledge construction through the creation of guided tasks, interactions, assignments, and environments that cultivate deep, meaningful learning....