"The importance of student engagement as a success factor in learning has long been recognized. With all the tools and resources available in the 21st century to extend and support this engagement, we need to revise our understanding of teaching and learning – what we refer to as pedagogy."
This cycle of dysfunction is a reality for educators across the country, and is part of the reason why achievement gaps exist, dropout rates remain high, and teacher retention is a perpetual issue. I describe five approaches that have a proven record of being successful in the many schools.
Teaching as a Way to Learn What is learning and what is the best way to approach it? Listening to lectures, watching videos, listening to podcasts, or reading text may not be as effective and meaningful as learning through active learning. Being involved and part of the learning process helps students retain information. One way to get students involved in active learning is through teaching as a way to learn.
Storytelling is a powerful technique. Stories are what keep us captivated at the movies, through all 12 books in a series - and they’re what keep you glued to the couch for every Tuesday night episode of your favorite drama. But did you know that stories have been grabbing your attention in places you may not even realize?
This semester marks a first for me in teaching: a fully online course. While every course I teach is hybrid to a greater or lesser extent, I've always relied on in-class discussions and activities as an anchor.
I scooped this for Cultural Diversity and Student Engagement also.
With the seemingly endless selection of technology tools available, how do educators choose the right technology tools to incorporate into their teaching? If you are in the situation of considering a new technology tool in your teaching, here are 7 steps to take as you choose which tool may be best for you -
Imagine a classroom where the students have the ability to spend their class time collaborating with other students, receiving additional support from the teacher, or working on hands on projects with their peers. A hands-on enriched classroom is possible with blended learning.
Considering that the topic of workplace diversity often garners unhappy discussions of prejudice, isolation, and conflict, it's not surprising that many researchers avoid the topic altogether.
For a researcher true to his/her field of endeavor, who has neither love nor hate for the subject being researched, and strives for manifesting the truth of the subject matter, the challenges of difficult situations will not become an excuse.
Carl Sagan, the great astronomer and science writer, believed that we make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers.
We see and appreciate diversity everywhere in nature; why not in humanity? Perhaps some fundamental research questions to help us understand diversity are: Why is there diversity in humanity? What are the benefits of diversity? What is the underlying purpose behind the research questions posed in the area of the study of diversity?
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