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The Best Class You Never Taught: How Spider Web Discussion Can Turn Students into Learning Leaders

<i>Alexis Wiggins</i><p>About This Book<p>The best classes have a life of their own, powered by student-led conversations that explore texts, ideas, and essential …

Teaching

What the Psychology of Human Memory Tells Us about How to Learn Better

What method helps you retain more information — reading, highlighting, or even interrogation? <br>Read More

Teaching

Some Good Academic Search Engines for Teachers

October 8, 2017 Below is a collection of some handy academic search engines teachers and educators can use to search for and find a wide variety of …

M-learning

10 Strategies To Design Your Classroom More Like A Video Game

The CoolCatTeacher<p>Beth Maloney on episode 160 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher …

Education

What Is the Biggest Mistake Made in Reading Instruction?

« Response: 'White Educators Must Sharpen Their Humility' Before They Discuss Race | Main | Response: We Need to Create 'Joyful Moments' in Reading …

Teaching

How Can #EdTech Impact On Your Classroom And School? via @TeacherToolkit

Reading Time: 2 minutes.<p>How can education-technology impact on your classroom and school?<p>This October sees the launch of the EduTech Show at Olympia; …

Education

Teaching the Art of Listening: How to Use Podcasts in the Classroom

« Can Artificial Intelligence Help Teachers Find the Right Lesson Plans? | Main<p>Podcasts are far from a new classroom tool—teachers have been …

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>…

Pedagogy

Why Teachers Need Their Freedom

Educators must remain engaged and autonomous in order to do their jobs well and avoid burnout.<p>My co-teacher and I met in the parking lot before school and stared into my car trunk at the costumes and props we had gathered over the weekend. We were giddy with excitement and nervous because neither …

Teaching

We Asked Teachers About Pop Culture’s Worst Teachers

‘Yoda. He was always so cryptic.’<p>Forget the mask wearing, Russian accented, monotoned sounding, melodramatic, rule-the-world villain you've become used to; the bad teacher was always the real nemesis to our happiness. The kind of teacher that made skipping school a lucrative tradition. If they had …

Teaching

Changing the Way We Think About Assessment

« Sharing My Expert Voice With Humility | Main<p>It seems like a blur now, the beginning of the summer. Almost like a dream when I had the opportunity …

How to be a minimalist teacher

Using the principles of minimalism has helped me to have more impact in school – and a calmer professional life<p>The new school year arrives with a flurry of activity: resources to prepare, PowerPoints to write, new classroom displays to create. By the time students arrive we are slumped in the …

Teaching

How to Write Effective Lesson Plans

Writing lesson plans does not have to be difficult. This is the time that a teacher can show their creativity. Here is a how-to on how to create …

3 Edtech Trends to Watch in 2017

These are verticals entrepreneurs should investigate first.<p>Technology in education is not new by any means, but the industry referred to as edtech still has that new car smell, a sheen that hasn't quite worn off yet. Still in its infancy compared to most industries, this space is far from saturated …

Education Technology

Ignore the panic. There’s little point learning languages at school

Reactionary educators fetishise languages because they are easy to test. But the obsession with measuring comes at the expense of true education<p>Education policy is like defence policy. It is always fighting the last war but one. Predictable woe has greeted the plummeting number of pupils studying …

Education

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

Do you really believe that watching a lecturer read hundreds of PowerPoint slides is making you smarter?<p>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 …

Education

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 …

Teaching

Less Homework = More Learning

My kids’ public school released kids from homework a few years ago — a move met with some pushback. As the NY Daily News put it: <b>Parents Outraged</b> …

Teaching

5 Ways to Help Struggling Readers With the Whole Student in Mind

It’s easy to fall into the trap of only focusing on a student’s reading struggles, but we cannot leave the rest of the student behind. When we fail …

The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I've learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

Language Learning

The sound of inclusion: Why teachers’ words matter

Language matters in every class: English, math, history and science<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>There isn’t just one way to sound like a scientist, or to sound like a scholar. Scientists and scholars come from a wide variety of backgrounds and speak in different ways, …

Education

Educators should play a more important role in the fight against racism, says UBC professor

'We’ve got to get over our discomfort ... I think that we would end up learning more from each other."<p>A University of British Columbia professor is …

The school with a teacher to student ratio of 5:1

Canberra's only special assistance school has opened an additional campus to better help its year 10 students prepare for the next stage of …

The Impact of an Educator

I fondly remember when I was first asked to consider what my future career path might be. Mrs. Williams, my kindergarten teacher, asked the class to …

How to Teach Your Kid a Second Language Even if You Suck at It

The idea of teaching a child a second language can sound intimidating. If you, yourself, are rusty in that language (say, you haven’t conjugated a …

Kids

What Are The Top 12 Teaching Blogs of 2017? by @TeacherToolkit

Reading Time: 1<p>What are the most-read blogs throughout the past 12 months?<p>We’ve been digging through the archives behind the scenes at Teacher …

12 Tools and Resources to Get Students to Create Instructional Videos

“Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere …

How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language

Learning a second language as an adult is difficult. But the process may be eased if you exercise while learning.<p>A new study reports that working out during a language class amplifies people’s ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary. The findings provide more evidence that to …

Language Learning

Why Stubborn Myths Like ‘Learning Styles’ Persist

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”We should learn from experiences, particularly if those experiences show our previous …

Behavior