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Giving Students a Little Taste of a Book

I learned about the book tasting—an opportunity for students to try out a variety of books—from an instructional coach at my school, who modeled it …

Teaching

The Languages That Take the Most (and Least) Time to Learn

So, you want to learn to speak and write a new language, huh? Not just “hello” and “thank you,” but really learn it well enough that you could live …

Language Learning

A Map Showing How Much Time It Takes to Learn Foreign Languages: From Easiest to Hardest

Do you want to speak more languages? Sure, as Sally Struthers used to say so often, we all do. But the requirements of attaining proficiency in any …

Language Learning

Personalized Learning: A Look at How Teachers Are Handling the Approach

A recent Education Week report takes stock of how things are going with personalized learning, including what kinds of challenges teachers are facing.

Teaching

What Is The Best Education-Related Book You Read In 2017?

Every year, I ask readers of this blog to share – either in the comments section or on Twitter – the title and author of their favorite …

Education

The real reasons so many young people can’t write well today — by an English teacher

It is commonly noted that young people today don’t write as well as older generations (not that the older folks were such great writers, either). In this post, Justin Parmenter, who teaches seventh-grade language arts at Waddell Language Academy in Charlotte, explains why good writing has become …

Education

How to make students like doing homework

Last year a second-grade teacher from Texas sent a note home to parents declaring that she was not assigning homework. Parents posted it on Facebook, …

Teaching

The End of ‘Outstanding’: Why we no longer need Ofsted’s gold star

<i>It’s time for me to come out. (Not that way – I did that a while ago.) I hinted at it a month or so ago, but now I feel more certain. In fact, it was</i> …

25 Great G Suite Add-ons & Chrome Extensions for Teachers

On their own the core tools of Google Drive (Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets) are powerful tools for teachers and students. When you install Add-ons …

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 …

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

The Brain

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 …

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; …

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

As studies continue to prove the educational value of podcasts, educators across the country are using them to teach research skills, critical …

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>…

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 …

Changing the Way We Think About Assessment

« Sharing My Expert Voice With Humility | Main | Hopes for a New School Year »<p>It seems like a blur now, the beginning of the summer. Almost like a …

Teaching

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 …

Teaching

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 …

Temple Grandin

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 …

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 …

Teaching

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