Gemma Williams

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Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

Veteran educators Dorothy M. Steele and Becki Cohn-Vargas offer this simple but powerful suggestion to build a more inclusive, equitable environment …

The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips

Classroom management is a delicate balancing act often learned through experience and trial-and-error experimentation. Whether you're a new or …

Classroom Management: Resource Roundup

Building Positive Learning Communities<p>20 Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment by Rebecca Alber (Updated 2015)<p>Alber provides strategies for …

Teaching

7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

• What do you see as your child's greatest strengths or skills? Tell me about a time when you saw your child demonstrating these skills.<br>• Next June, what …

Academic Sponge Activities

“Out! Everybody out! Everybody get changed right now! We are not having another swimming lesson until you can all learn how to behave yourselves …

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 …

A New Approach to Education

<i>The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new book with Peter Senge,</i> The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education.<p>Empathy and Academic Success<p>The key to compassion is being predisposed to help -- and that can be learned.<p>There is an active school movement in character education and teaching …

Secrets of amazing teachers: What both sides of the education reform debate get wrong about autonomy and accountability

Everyone knows teachers are key. But the debate over reform and Common Core has stalled. This is a way forward<p>Elizabeth Green<p>August 9, 2014 7:59pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (And How to Teach It to Everyone)”<p>The common view of great teachers is that they are …

Using Classroom Memes to Connect with Your Students

Overview<p>A meme is formally defined as: <b>an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to</b> …

How playing an instrument benefits your brain – TED Ed

The ability to recognize sounds and identify their location is possible thanks to the auditory system. That’s comprised of two main parts: the ear, …

Digestion

Helping Diverse Learners Succeed

The attempted assaults weren't fun, but I classified them as aberrations and moved on. What really unhinged me was that students didn't like me. And …

National curriculum assessments: test frameworks

The test frameworks are written primarily for test developers; they will be used by item writing agencies and the Standards and Testing Agency …

'Tough and rigorous' new national curriculum published

Sweeping changes have been made to government proposals for teaching English, history and modern languages in schools – leaving a spaghetti-like tangle of overlapping course content for teachers and pupils to digest.<p>Under the new national curriculum published on Tuesday, schools will have more …

What do you think of the new national curriculum? – open thread

Today's launch of the new national curriculum sees five year-olds being taught about fractions and writing computer programs, Sir Winston Churchill returning to the history syllabus and 3D printers being installed for use in every design and technology department through the land.<p>Only, as …

New national curriculum to introduce fractions to five-year-olds

The education secretary Michael Gove's efforts to revolutionise learning in England's schools will see five-year-olds studying fractions and writing computer programs in their first year of school, according to final versions of the new national curriculum published on Monday.<p>Among the changes are …

Sshh, this new primary history curriculum is really rather good

Last Monday the Department for Education published the latest draft of the new national curriculum and many working in the primary sector greeted it with a massive sigh of relief. Most of the grand excesses of the February draft had either been softened or gone altogether and nowhere were these …

12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources

<b>12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources</b><p>by <b>Shannon Dauphin</b><p>Project-based learning is becoming increasingly popular as teachers look for a way to …

Socratic Questioning

7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback

<b>7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback</b><p>by <b>Grant Wiggins</b>, Authentic Education<p><i>On May 26, 2015, Grant Wiggins passed away. Grant was</i> …

5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered

<b>A student-centered classroom allows students to be an integral part of the assessment development process.</b> This doesn't necessarily mean every …

Project-based learning: the top teachers to follow on Twitter

For some schools, project-based learning is redefining how the curriculum is delivered, incorporating the different skills students need to learn into a project that has an impact on the real world.<p>Whether it's inviting students to learn a plethora of subjects, from science and maths to English and …

Shifting Toward An Architecture of Participation

<b>Shifting Toward An Architecture of Participation</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>It makes since that learning is also changing–<b>becoming more entrepreneurial</b> than …

Pedagogy

6 Teaching Strategies Shifts To Promote Deeper Learning

Technology is a powerful tool for learning that can be used effectively to help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in school and …

101 Things I've Learned So Far In Teaching

<b>101 Things I’ve Learned So Far In Teaching</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>The title is self-explanatory and the context is fairly clear. Well, actually it probably …

20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture

<b>20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture</b><p>It’s an age-old saying, “Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and feed …

Pedagogy

10 classroom routines that get kids talking (and writing) about math strategies

Most kids find it challenging to explain how they solve math problems and to put what they know about math into words. These ten simple classroom …

Technology and Teaching: Finding a Balance

Tomorrow's Literacy<p>Technology is a literacy that is expected in higher education and in our economy. It is a universal language spoken by the entire …

Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

Like "Miracle-Gro for the Brain"<p>Exercise may have both a physiological and developmental impact on children's brains. Physical mechanisms …