Student Engagement

Nov
16

Increasing Deep Student Engagement and Motivation

Students must engage in lessons at a deeper level more than ever before. However, many educators are left wondering, what does deep engagement look like, how can I increase the level of student engagement within my classroom, and how can I do this in a way that is easy to manage, timely, and, most of all, […]

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Oct
31

10 Classroom Strategies to Dramatically Improve Student Achievement

 1.    Establish a climate of mutual respect. Have students develop and agree on a set of guidelines for acceptable classroom behavior, based on the idea of mutual respect and everyone’s right to learn. Enforce these guidelines strictly and consistently and students will rise to your expectations. (Suggested Course – Classroom Management Keeping it Positive) 2.    Set high […]

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Oct
03

Engaging Students Through Relevant Context

When we think about engaging students through the use of rigorous lesson an aspect that we must attend to is the context in which students are learning. What we mean here by context is the setting, situation, or role that students engage with and/or take on when learning and applying new understandings.  This is often […]

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Jun
14

Parent Engagement vs. Parent Involvement In Our Schools

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 […]

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Jun
06

Professional Development: Making a Difference for Diverse Students

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 […]

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May
18

So Why Aren’t More Schools Buying Into Makerspaces?

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 […]

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Feb
13

Supporting Learner Differences in the Classroom

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 […]

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Jan
30

Helping Students With Understanding Mathematics

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.

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Jan
16

The Social Media Revolution? Does it belong in the Classroom?

In this massive information age of today, we can now talk to each other in ways we never imagined. Teachers and administrators have struggled with how they might try to find a way to safely incorporate this social media technology in the classroom.

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Jan
09

Developing A Culture of Metacognition – The Art of Teaching How to Think

As the world economy shifts away from manufacturing jobs and towards more creative jobs, there’s a consensus among parents, educators, politicians and business leaders that it is crucial students complete their K-12 education with the ability to identify and solve complex problems, think critically about information, work effectively in teams and communicate clearly about their […]

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