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6 Ways To End The School Year Well - Teaching Success

How To End The School Year Feeling Calm AND Organised.<p>At this time of the year there is often a dilemma between the end of one year and the start of …

Teaching

Putting Students in Charge of Their Learning

My most engaging lessons are ones where I introduce a complex idea or problem and then turn it over to my students for further inquiry. These lessons …

How to End the School Year Right

First Person<p>—Image via Flickr user Pasco County Schools, under Creative Commons.<p>When I was getting married, all the wedding books and websites had …

New Evidence on Teaching Reading at Frustration Levels

For generations, reading experts have told teachers that they had to teach students to read at their instructional levels. Teachers were admonished …

Teaching

'Day zero' water crises: Spain, Morocco, India and Iraq at risk as reservoirs shrink

Shrinking reservoirs in Morocco, India, Iraq and Spain could spark the next “day zero” water crisis, according to the developers of a satellite early warning system for the world’s 500,000 dams.<p>Cape Town recently grabbed global headlines by launching a countdown to the day when taps would be cut …

Google Earth

Designing Projects so Students Have High Quality Project Based Learning Experiences

PBL and CBL are related at the very core, because they both involve active student-centered learning. Whatever the project format, the six criteria …

Project Management

Do Our Grading Practices Discourage 'Growth Mindset'?

A very popular buzzphrase on the education scene for a while now is growth mindset. We reference it repeatedly. We tweet about it and try to instill …

Theory into Practice: Growth Mindset and Assessment

<i>By Cody L. Patterson, University of Texas at San Antonio</i><p>Several years ago, I took up running. At first, I wasn’t particularly good at it, but I …

Pedagogy

Connecting Growth Mindset and Assessment

When I think about Carol Dweck and praise, I am taken back to the Educational Leadership article in 2005 entitled, <i>The Perils and Promises of Praise</i> …

Pedagogy

3 Ways to Unlock the Wisdom of Colleagues

With packed schedules, piles of grading, and the endless pressure to prep for tomorrow, it’s no wonder many teachers spend little time outside their …

5-Minute Writing Conferences

Before the Conferences<p>Prior to meeting with my students, I quickly read their essays, making no marks on the papers and instead recording three …

Teaching

3 Assessment and Grading Practices that Need to Be Obliterated

Keeping the galaxy safe for educational awesomeness<p>Okay, how do we blow it up? There’s always a way to do that. — Han Solo, The Force Awakens<p>One of …

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

<b>Listen to this post as a podcast:</b><p><b>When I worked with student teachers</b> on developing effective lesson plans, one thing I always asked them to revise …

Bell Ringer Exercises

Journaling<p>Education <i>über</i>-blogger Vicki Davis writes 20 things she is thankful for in a joy journal, citing research studies indicating that this …

Teaching

Students Learn More When THEY Do the Work

A major barrier to innovation in the classroom is teacher exhaustion. I regularly work with teachers who like the <i>idea</i> of trying new teaching …

Teaching

Create Your Own Custom Search Engine

When I work with elementary teachers, one of the biggest concerns I hear about is the fear of what students will find online. Teachers know it’s …

Protocols = Better Online Discussions

Give more than a prompt; delineate the process.<p>What stages or milestones will students resolve during their discussion? Break it down into clear …

Turn Students into Fact-Finding Web Detectives

Fact-Checking Tips and Tools for Teachers and Students<p>Show students where to look for credible information on the web. Explain that professional …

6 Powerful Learning Strategies You MUST Share with Students

Interview with Megan Smith and Yana Weinstein ( transcript):<p><b>What does the word “study” mean to you?</b><p>Have you ever told your students to study for a …

One Stop Differentiated Station Rotation

When I train teachers on blended learning, I am often asked, “Is this the right way to do this?” My response is always the same, “There are lots of …

Teaching

Student Engagement: Are we focused on short-term results or long-term impact?

Student engagement is paramount in education. If students aren’t engaged, they won’t invest in the content, attain mastery, and ultimately apply what …

Employee Engagement

Rewrite the Story You Tell Yourself About Teaching

Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day…No Matter What <i><br>by Angela Watson, 274 pages, Due Season Press, March 2015</i> <br>Buy Now<p>Some links in this …

How Kids Benefit From Learning To Explain Their Math Thinking

Math teachers of older students sometimes struggle to get students to explain their thinking with evidence. It’s hard to get kids in the habit of …

Teaching

How to Use the Reciprocal Learning Strategy

<b>So you just taught your students something new.</b> Maybe it’s a math operation, a bit of music theory, or the conjugation of an irregular verb form in …

Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

So how do we help kids become better listeners? Check out these tactics for encouraging a deeper level of listening that also include student …

Teaching

Dealing With Digital Distraction in the Classroom

Strategies and Tools to Manage Digital Distractions<p>Great classroom management tools and a downloadable guide<p>Looking for more resources to help with …

4 Things You Don’t Know About the Jigsaw Method

This cooperative learning strategy has been around for decades, but how well do you really know it?<p><b>Say “Jigsaw” in some teaching circles and no one</b> …

6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

Teach Close Reading Skills<p>Guide students in annotation by directing them to do more than highlight or underline. Encourage students to have a …

Standards-Based Assessment in PBL

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 10-year teaching career, it’s that designing valid and reliable assessments in a project-based learning …

Best Websites for Independent Reading

Teachers and kids explore the wonderful world of reading together<p><b>Bottom line</b>: This delightful collection of online books, activities, games, and …