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You're Teaching Subject Matter Wrong

Rote instruction won't cut it anymore in our fast-paced world; it's time for critical instruction, writes Victor P. Maiorana.

One Key Question May Help Children Get Deeper Meaning From Stories

A researcher has found that asking young children why things happened in a story that's been read to them helps them discover the moral lesson an …

Universities should ban PowerPoint — It makes students stupid and professors boring

I asked this of a class of 105 computer science and software engineering students last semester.<p>An article in The Conversation argued universities should ban PowerPoint because it makes students stupid and professors boring.<p>I agree entirely. However, most universities will ignore this good advice …

A Favorite Subject Returns to Schools: Recess

After playtime was dropped amid focus on academic performance, educators now take playground breaks seriously<p>Three kindergarten girls looked close to taking a spill as they sat on the high back of a playground bench at Oak Point Elementary. Feet away, several administrators didn’t make a move to …

Education

Does Your Blog Need Editing and Proofreading? - Copyblogger

You might think that I’d recommend a thorough editing and proofreading process for every blog.<p>But that’s not the case.<p>Since I don’t know enough about</i> …

Writing

How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom

Neuroscience isn't on many elementary school lesson plans. But this spring, a second grade class at Fairmont Neighborhood School in the South Bronx is plunging in.<p>Sarah Wechsler, an instructional coach with wide eyes and a marathoner's energy, asks the students to think about the development and …

Education

The Definition Of Combination Learning

<b>The Definition Of Combination Learning</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Combination Learning is a new teaching and learning strategy for the 21st century. The definition …

This may be the world's coolest kindergarten

Who knew that the world’s coolest kindergarten is located in Sydney, Australia? Designed by PAL Design, NUBO is a beautiful space strategically …

Intriguing Research On How To Increase Intrinsic Motivation

Be Better at Life by Thinking of Yourself Less is a very interesting piece at New York’s Magazine’s “Science of Us.”<p>It shares research, and …

Student-Driven Differentiation: Putting Student Voice Behind The Wheel

Asking different questions isn't enough if teachers aren't listening to the answers students provide. Here are 3 ways to have authentic …

Deeper Learning Is By Discovery, Not Delivery

We've been talking about Bloom's Taxonomy and critical thinking for as long as I've been an educator. And yet we still have work to do to get kids …

Why Blended Learning Fits Your Class, 3 Issues to Think About, and 5 Easy Ways to Begin

For years, my teaching revolved around textbooks as my resources. When the Internet arrived, I — as did my colleagues — adopted it mostly for two …

Learning To Learn

American writer and futurist Alvin Toffler is usually credited with the quote: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read …

“Teaching can be Tough, but We’re Also ‘Lucky'”

Teaching can be Tough, but We’re Also ‘Lucky’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.<p>In it, Jen Schwanke, Amanda Koonlaba, …

Shah Rukh Khan's TED Talk video is OUT and you NEED to watch it RIGHT NOW!

Every time shah Rukh Khan speaks, the world comes to a standstill. He not only gets the best dialogues in his films, but also gives us innumerable …

Two New & Useful Resources For Ending The School Year Strong

Here are two new additions to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong:<p>Reflection Questions for Teachers and Students: A School Year Like No …

An Elementary Math Routine: Notice and Wonder

Kristin Gray, a K-5 math specialist at Richard A. Shields Elementary School in Lewes, Del., shares a strategy for eliciting student discussion by …

Teaching

Coaching Teachers To Be Even Better

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>As an experienced teacher, have you ever had the opportunity to coach another teacher?<p>No doubt in countless examples, many …

8 Ways to Get Middle School Students to Care About Their Grades

Fifteen years ago, I stepped into my classroom excited and full of energy. I couldn’t wait to change lives and make a difference. Then several years …

7 Creative Ways to Use Music in Your K-6 Classroom

One of our very first exposures to music in the classroom is learning our “ABCs.”<p>For years, teachers have been putting lessons to music to help their …

The Student-Centered Math Class

Begin With Good Problems<p>Liljedahl’s first strategy is to start with good problems. He suggests using rich, engaging problems that are not necessarily …

Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools, Today

Presented by Eric Sheninger, ICLE Senior Fellow, Principal, Author, Consultant, and Learner; and Tom Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready …

Education Technology

How Can Students Better Apply Math Learning? New Studies Hold Answers

—Think3d!<p>Even within STEM, transfer is tough<p>Mathematics is the language of science, the foundation of engineering, the power switch for new …

Helping Students Find Their Writer’s Voice

Portrait Writing<p>This exercise gives students practice with details, especially sensory language: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. Introduce this in …

What Is 'Transfer of Learning'?

'Transfer of learning,' a process which involves applying knowledge from one situation to another, allows students to connect school concepts to the …

Education Technology

The 5 Minute Lesson Plan - success story by @Dani41189

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>If you use the 5 Minute Lesson Plan, how do you gauge its success?<p>I am currently in my third term of the Graduate Teacher …

Why Second-Person Point of View Is Rarely Used in Fiction

Second-Person Point of View<p>Updated February 08, 2018<p>Second-person point of view is a form of writing in which the point of view of a narrative work …

7 Tools That Make Interactive Content Creation Easy

Engage your audience and customers with these simple and fun-to-use tools.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Interactive content is fast becoming the go-to strategy for the biggest brands in the world. According to a survey by Content Marketing Institute, 53% of marketers …

Solving the Problem of "Teaching to the Middle"

Getting Personalization Right<br>March 23, 2017 | Volume <b>12</b> | Issue <b>14</b> <b><br>Table of Contents</b> <b></b><p>Share |<p>Solving the Problem of "Teaching to the Middle"<p>Juliana Finegan<p>…

The End of the Universe as We Know It

What if the world around us is just a shadow of reality? Imagine, for example, that you wake up one cold winter morning and look out your window to find that the view is completely obscured by beautiful ice crystals, forming strange patterns on the glass. You might see something like the image …