By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer As a hard working teacher, it is vital that your students have access to all their work. Imagine your students spending weeks on an end of term essay and then having their computer break down? They may have backed it up on an external hard drive or USB sticks, but these can […]
By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer Children learn very quickly at a young age, largely because they have a more malleable prefrontal cortex. Studies conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine have proven that children even use different parts of their brains to adults, allowing them to process new information more quickly. The more a child uses a part of […]
Without parents, schools would not exist. Parents send their children to school for a variety of reasons, and all parents want what is best for their children. They want their children to learn and to thrive, to grow and develop, to become independent and productive people in society. It is clear, though, that parents of school-age […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
This is a question that continues to be debated by many. It’s the old nature vs. nurture conversation. In my view, I would have to say I think that it is a little of both. I believe that we can all agree that both are equally important in raising a child regardless of whether the child is classified as gifted or bright.
Switching to teaching mathematics with a problem-centered approach may cause some teachers to step outside of their own comfort zone, the benefits that students receive from learning in this environment are well worth the discomfort that may be felt. Take a look at the 5 benefits followed by and math instruction video segment below.
Educators must be treated as a critical profession whose role it is to help mold generations to come. There should be no question about providing the necessary resources and time for professional development opportunities.