Remember that professor you had in college who took you under his wing and made you feel like you had something unique to contribute to the world? How do you know if you're doing the same for students?
This blog lists 20 excellent signs that you're making a difference with your students. One of my favorites is #2: You have used your authoritative role for inspiration, not intimidation.
Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the "deeper learning" movement.
This group has identified six competencies that define deeper learning: mastering content, critical thinking, effective written and oral communication, collaboration, learning how to learn, and developing academic mindsets.
The practice of assigning teachers to subject-specific classes, long a staple of middle and high schools, is gaining ground at the elementary level.
"Now, as the Common Core State Standards require new kinds of skills from younger children, some schools are expanding the model by asking teachers to drop their traditional roles as generalists and serve instead as experts in one or two content areas. Most commonly, they're trying it in grades 3-5, but some are doing it with pupils as early as kindergarten."
10 Common Misconceptions About The Flipped Classroom
This article dispels myths of the Flipped Classroom. One of the main myths: It’s all or none – you either flip your class or you don’t. The fact is you can flip just one class or part of one. Or you can flip for just part of the school year or semester. There is a lot of flexibility in how you make use of a Flipped Classroom.
A new study makes it clear what growth in standardized test performance doesn’t buy us: cognitive ability.
In this analysis of standardized testing, Scott Barry Kaufman, co-founder of The Creativity Post, asks, "What about deep, meaningful learning that students will remember the rest of their lives? That connects the material to their own personal lives, and the lives of others? What about helping students learn about themselves, and their identity? Or helping them find their unique passions and inclinations, and cultivating that through engagement in personally meaningful projects?"
"While some students enjoy unlimited access to the Internet and other digital technology, there are other students, just as capable and full of potential, who struggle to learn even the basics of computer use due to a lack of access. Our world heavily relies on Internet technology for everyday communication, education, and work. Over time, students without Internet access will face massive disadvantages, including:
*Lack of basic research skills
*Lack of networking skills
*Inability or extreme difficulty in pursuing a degree in higher ed
Habits are unconscious patterns of behavior that are acquired with frequent repetition. This post will look at what habits exist among innovative educators. Whether you are looking to join them, better understand them, or you are one of them, this po...
Yes, they are passionately curious and constantly learning. That's a perfect quality in the age of rapidly changing technology and social media.
With its continued focus on education, Google has launched Oppia (beta). The Open Source project is a free educational tool that lets anyone create online educational activities through the web interface. Interactivity is its strong suit. The interactive activities are called "explorations". Explorations can be created by anyone in any part of the world –…
If you're a tech-savvy teacher, you're probably going to love this new tool.
Common Core has become the latest punching bag in education, not just in Wisconsin but nationally.
The Appleton Post-Crescent posted this editorial about efforts by Republican legislators to take over the curriculum in Wisconsin public schools. The Post-Crescent stated, plain and simple, what educators have been saying all along: "Leave education to educators."
Ever wonder how students feel about learning online? At the recent iNacol Virtual Schools Symposium participants were treated to an experience that is surprisingly is rarely available at education conferences. We had the opportunity to hear directly from a panel of students who explained why they preferred learning online. Here are some of the reasons shared by these students and others I heard from explaining why students preferred this method of learning.
What will the classroom of 2020 look like? As I look ahead, many of the trends we're seeing today will continue to expand learning beyond the classroom walls to connect educators, students and real-w
"By 2020, students will demonstrate their creativity, skills and knowledge in ways that take advantage of the technology available to them. In particular, expect to see greater reliance on student portfolios and an expansion of the ways that the education community and employers assess students."
When Tennessee was competing for a half-billion dollars in federal education money, teachers agreed to allow the state to ramp up its use of student test scores for evaluating educators.
Student test scores have really "become the driver of everything in evaluation, and that's where the problem lies," said Jim Wrye, chief lobbyist for the Tennessee Education Association. (Photo is Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.)