It’s December 2017 and it appears the next social fad is on its way (but this time, it’s not fidget spinners). Students across the United States are all asking the same question: Is water wet? It’s an interesting question, and one that is inspiring quite a bit of discussion to find an answer. But as … Continue reading Is Water Wet?
Establishing Student Relationships with Classroom Strategies In the previous teaching tip, classroom management was discussed through a preventive lens, specifically identifying details in a classroom lesson that could lead to behavior management issues. Another effective way to be proactive and prevent inappropriate behaviors in the classroom is by establishing student relationships. The next three teaching … Continue reading Teaching Tip #17 – Establishing Student Relationships
Using Preparation to Prevent Management Issues Classroom management is one of the most challenging areas that new teachers face in the classroom. Too many new teachers enter their first year of teaching without extensive time booked in front of the classroom. Management strategies are implemented most skillfully by those who have experience. And so, many … Continue reading Teaching Tip #16 – Preparation is Prevention
Visible Information On The Board A white board, screen, smartboard, even a chalk board and projector - these are the places where some of the most important information in the classroom is located. Bellringers, expectations, and other information often cover these surfaces for students to read. What do you put on your boards? What should … Continue reading Teaching Tip #15 – On The Board
Using Bloom's Taxonomy and Costa's Levels of Inquiry Throughout instructional time, you may find your students are arriving at “right answers”. Your students may have the ability to answer questions, but how do you know if they have mastered the content? How can you use questioning to stretch the thinking of your students to much … Continue reading Teaching Tip # 14 – Higher Level Questioning
Changing How We Incentivize Teaching Careers Student learning is the most important aspect of public education, and retaining quality teachers sits at the core of student learning. Teachers are at the “front lines” of education - it is where the dirty work, the struggles, and the successes happen. Any policy changes, curriculum implementation, or other … Continue reading The Ladder Runs the Wrong Way
Quality Collaboration Strategies Designing group work that allows for quality collaboration is a challenging task. Many teachers rely on how they were taught, where each student has a specific role such as time-keeper, or note-taker. The book Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom by Elizabeth G. Cohen explores group roles, how these roles can … Continue reading Teaching Tip # 13 – Group Roles