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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....

Building Digital Portfolios

Create memorable learning archives Your students are creating fantastic projects to show what they know. You can take their learning, and your ability to assess their achievement, to an even higher level using digital portfolios. Portfolios have long been a mainstay in the visual arts, where skill and expertise cannot be accurately represented...

4 Steps To Teach & Learn New Vocabulary Words

A standard English dictionary contains over 170,000 vocabulary words. That’s a lot of words for students to learn! While there’s little chance that students will grow to know every word in the English language, every one they learn helps improve their ability write, speak, and communicate with the world.

Self-Directed Learning: A Four-Step Process

Learning independently can be challenging, even for the brightest and most motivated students. As a means of better understanding the processes involved in this mode of study, this Teaching Tip outlines key components of four key stages to independent learning, known as self-directed learning: being ready to learn, setting learning goals, engaging in the learning process, and evaluating learning.

10 Tips For New Teachers

I fell upon this article by Jennifer Gonzalez (known all over the world for her excellent site, “The Cult of Pedagogy”) advising new teachers.  It was a great read and reminded me a lot of my ups and downs as a beginning teacher. Here is the thing about teaching: If you are passionate about what you do, it...

Creative Teaching And Teaching Creativity: How To Foster Creativity In The Classroom

“Describe the tongue of a woodpecker,” wrote Leonardo Da Vinci on one of his to-do lists, next to sketching cadavers, designing elaborate machines, and stitching costumes. Da Vinci filled over 7,000 notebook pages with questions, doodles, observations, sketches, and calculations. He nurtured creativity as a habit and skill every day—and it paid off. Da Vinci’s work reshaped...

What is True Arts Integration?

When I hear that teachers are integrating the arts into their teaching, I am excited for them and their students. What a wonderful opportunity they have to learn the required curriculum AND learn more about an art form. However, this is not always the case. I must warn you now that I’m going to...

7 Personalized Learning Strategies That Will Make A Difference

In today’s classroom, a one-size-fits-all approach is going by the wayside. Personalized learning gives each student the best chance at mastering important concepts, and that’s what we as teachers want to see! By focusing on the most common learning styles when teaching, we can help students reach their maximum potential. Teaching to individual learning...

8 Tips To Teach Effective Communication Skills

Practice these methods to keep the art of conversation alive! Only a teacher can truly know the joy of walking into a classroom and seeing a group of cherubic faces smiling up at you, eager to learn, hanging on your every word, and never interrupting. Yeah, right. If you’re a teacher,...