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More Talking in Math Class, Please

After the students exchange ideas, the teacher will ask them to summarize important takeaways about today’s math concepts and strategies. Only then …

Discomfort, Growth, and Innovation

• <b>Risk:</b> They enjoy experimentation. They look for opportunities to try new technology with their students, redesign assessments, suggest curriculum …

Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout

Taking Action<p>Whether you’re in your first or 15th year of teaching, here are 10 tips for staying energized, at any point in the school year:<p><b>1. Care</b> …

When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

When Garcia first started teaching, she wasn’t expecting the stories her students would share of physical and sexual abuse, hunger, violence, and …

Building a Thinking Classroom in Math

June used it the next day. It did not go well. A forest of arms immediately shot up, and June moved frantically around the room answering questions. …

New Teachers: How to Develop ‘The Look’

We were taught the importance of always having an activity during those crucial first minutes of class, and for Dr. Hollie, it was silent reading. …

Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It

“From this perspective, forgetting is not necessarily a failure of memory,” explain Richards and Frankland in the study. “Rather, it may represent an …

The Brain

Making the Most of Your Writing Feedback

Feedback falls into two categories: the what and the how. The what of writing deals with content. Specific feedback here includes guiding students if …

Building a Community of Learners—and Citizens

There’s plenty of evidence to show that Highlander’s strategies are working.<p>Students typically outperform the state average in key disciplines, …

How To Learn Faster

A Simple Tool for Fostering Growth Mindset

Rethinking Classroom Tools<p>As I watched my students at their tables writing and erasing with their pencils, I realized that the tools I was providing …

11 Research-Based Classroom Management Strategies

Embry and Biglan describe how a kernel might help the parent whose child is struggling to get out the door on time for school: “Alone, such a …

Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

You just experienced dyslexia for one minute. During that minute, the passage slowed you down and forced you to pronounce words that didn't seem to …

Teaching

What Teachers Should Know About ADHD & ASD

Select ADHD Symptoms<p>Hyperactivity<br>• Impulsivity<br>• Constantly "on the go"<br>• Difficulty with sustained focus<br>• Fidgety<br>• Difficulty staying seated<br>• Talks …

Responding to Disruptive Students

“Behavior is communication. Behavior has a function. Behavior occurs in patterns,” Nancy Rappaport and Jessica Minahan write in <i>The Behavior Code: A</i> …

Teaching

Most teachers believe that kids have different ‘learning styles.’ Here’s why they are wrong.

Surely you’ve heard that kids have different “learning styles.” Some supposedly learn better visually, others through listening. Some kids are cooperative while others are competitive.<p>Well, there is no consensus on what “learning styles” actually are, and some experts say they don’t, in fact, exist.<p>…

7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma

The Impact of Trauma<p>A traumatized brain can be tired, hungry, worried, rejected, or detached, and these states are often accompanied by feelings of …

A Classroom Full of Risk Takers

I asked my other son the same question and got an equally troubling answer. He never had to take a risk because his classes were too easy. That …

Teaching

5-Minute Film Festival: 5 Videos to Explore Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck—The Power of Believing That You Can Improve (10:25)<p>Dweck’s 10-minute TED talk is an excellent entry point to the subject. She walks you …

50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

If your class uses daybooks (an approach recommended in Thinking Out Loud: The Student Daybook as a Tool to Foster Learning), wait for composition …

Building Vocabulary Through Fun and Games

Examine Non-Examples of Vocabulary Words<p>Ask not just, “What does this word look or function like?” but also, “What does it not look or function …

Hoist the Sails: The Great Quest for a Play-Based Classroom

Play can no longer be thought of as merely an unstructured or frivolous activity. Through the emerging field of neuroeducation, experts within …

This Is the Best Way to Recover From Failure

Embracing the sting of failure may not sound enjoyable — but new research shows it’s the best way to learn from mistakes.<p>A study in the <i>J</i><i>ournal of</i> …

Rules and Routines in the Classroom

Follow Through<p>Rules have consequences, and routines have reminders. What worked for me was far fewer rules and many, many more routines and …

Helping Students Start the School Year With a Positive Mindset

You may also wish to use other creative forms of sharing, such as having students create a collage or chart with all of their answers to each …

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

"Why didn't she text me back yet? She doesn't like me anymore!"<p>"There's no way I'm trying out for the team. I suck at basketball"<p>"It's not fair that I have a curfew!"<p>Sound familiar? Parents of tweens and teens often shrug off such anxious and gloomy thinking as normal irritability and moodiness — …

Self-help

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

When we take a brain break, it refreshes our thinking and helps us discover another solution to a problem or see a situation through a different …

Mindfulness

Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

MAPLETON, N.D. — One of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States teaches third grade here at Mapleton Elementary, a public school with about 100 students in the sparsely populated plains west of Fargo.<p>Her name is Kayla Delzer. Her third graders adore her. She teaches them to post daily on …

There's a teaching method tech billionaires love — here's how teachers are learning it

It involves students guiding their own lessons with the help of technology, while teachers take on more of a coaching role if problems emerge. For its apparent benefits in getting kids up to speed in reading and math, advocates have claimed it could — and should — become the future of US …