The English Language Learner (ELL) Challenge When Tracy Landon enters her first-grade classroom at the start of the fall school year, she will be in for a challenge. Out of her twenty-two students, only twelve will be native English speakers. The other ten will be non-English speakers who are in a U.S. school for the […]
There is tremendous buzz lately about setting up a Makerspace. Thankfully, educators, policy makers, administrators and the education community, in general, are realizing that in order to really cultivate metacognition and real-world skills, we need hands-on, project-based learning. Object-based learning is making a comeback, and teachers are connecting lessons back to the industry, creating a […]
Before I wrote this article, I decided not to be some stuffy suit who decides she knows what’s good for others, so I put on my detective hat and did some recon. (Insert a little 007 music in the background.) I asked some of my students what the most memorable class they had ever attended […]
Since making lists may seem like a routine task, what is the big deal about it? On the surface, making and using lists with students may appear to be a simplistic process. However, upon further exploration, lists can be used for more than just gathering and collecting information. Lists are used on a daily basis […]
Rethinking Professional Learning Summit – Ohio, May 11, 2017 It has become abundantly clear that the one-size-fits-all, one-stop, traditional professional development model is no longer an option for providing educators with long lasting transformative learning opportunities. Research has shown that for high-quality and transferable professional learning to exist, teacher professional development opportunities must empower teachers […]
Anyone who has spent time with children in a classroom environment knows that every classroom needs an Instructional leader. If the teacher is unable or unwilling to assume this role, one or more students will fill the vacuum and lead the class in a direction that might not be best for learning. This is why […]
Within any given classroom at any particular grade level, a teacher will understand that their students come from diverse backgrounds and will have unique, personal and individual differences. Subsequently, each and every student may learn new knowledge differently and this naturally, will affect how they perform in the classroom. Understanding learner differences can be an […]
As teachers, we prepare for our careers through a four-year college or university program of study that includes periods of active classroom participation as student teachers. After graduation and certification, we are employed as classroom teachers.
The question asked every day by all teachers of mathematics, no matter the grade level or geographic location is, “How can I effectively teach mathematics concepts and skills so that students are able to successfully understand and remember it?” This is a difficult question to answer for many reasons.