Spencer Hughes

20 Flips | 1 Magazine | 1 Like | @slewishughes | Elementary principal with over 15 years of experience.

Homework Policies: Impact of Depth of Knowledge (DOK)

by John R. Walkup, Ph.D. Recently, I entered a long Twitter debate with a number of concerned educators calling on K-12 teachers to consid...

Let the Children Play! Especially During Recess

Effective classroom behavior management has been a hot topic in education for years. Classrooms are full of personalities with one teacher at the head of the class to both manage all of those unique personalities and help them thrive. Have <i>you</i> thanked your child's teacher lately?<p>In a survey of …

Discipline to Build Student Relationships

The best teachers have great relationships with students. Part of this can be attributed to who they are at heart, but part is also intentionally …

Why Kids Misbehave in Classrooms

<i>"If you have the end in view of ... children learning certain set lessons, to be recited to a teacher, your discipline must be devoted to securing that result. But if the end in view is the development of a spirit of social cooperation and community life, discipline must grow out of and be relative</i> …

Teaching

7 Reasons Why “C” Students Will Be The Most Successful People In World

There is a common opinion that if you study hard and graduate with an “A diploma,” it will guarantee you will find a great job that pays well. …

Success

8 Motivational Quotes To Remind You To Persist

We’ve all been there before, in the deep valley that is the darkest time of our lives. It seems that all hope is gone and we would like to just roll …

Motivation

50 Things To Do The First Week Of School - EFL 2.0 Teacher Talk

“<b>Every journey begins with a simple thought.”</b><p>– anonymous<p>A new school year or semester on the horizon can be overwhelming. So much to do, so little …

Teaching

10 things I'd like to see more often in our schools:

1). More of a focus on meeting the <b>basic needs of each student</b> before trying to meet their academic learning needs... hungry kids, stressed kids, …

Teaching

Five Clever Ideas to Spark Independent Reading by Kids

There are so many concepts, skills and standards to be covered in any given school day, week or year that it can be easy to forget about one simple …

Teaching

Rise of the Teacherpreneur

You’ve heard the term “entrepreneur.” You’ve probably even heard the term “edupreneur.” But do you know what the term “teacherpreneur” means? As you …

Teaching

Chicktionary: The Goofy New App That Makes Learning Vocab Fun

After evaluating online feedback from the education community and testing the app in my classroom for two weeks, I can recommend Chicktionary as the …

Apps

What Kids Need for Optimal Health and School Engagement

Students need playtime, downtime, and family time to thrive in all areas of life.<br>[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, …

High School

Create Short Stories and More on Make Beliefs Comix

Make Beliefs Comix is a multilingual comic strip creation service that I've featured a few times in the past. Through Make Beliefs Comix students can …

Schools are starting to teach kids philosophy—and it's completely changing the way students think

It's here that standardized testing creeps behind students like a shadow and where fun experiments take a back seat to rote memorization.<p>But in some ambitious K-12 schools across the country, philosophy courses have made tangible improvements to the way students learn.<p>In these classrooms, teachers …

Teaching