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Episode 65: Five Ways College Teachers Can Improve Their Instruction

…need? 1. Create a Student Avatar ENG: So one of the first things that I talk about in my book is to create a student avatar, because, you know, instructors have to know who they’re teaching, right? We mentioned this before. And I don’t mean just like basic information, like, “Oh, I know that my students want to go into business,” or “My students want to go into journalism.” No. You know, instructors need to know what actually drives their students, what matters to them, right? And so the best way I found is to create a student profile or…

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Project Based Learning: Start Here

…main goal is to get student engaged in learning. This keeps all students on track and it is much easier to teach to a group of students who are actively participating in discussions and asking questions. Camryn Tucker Hi Jeb! Do you think that students are not learning as well with PBL because it is harder to manage and be involved in all students learning? I am hesitant with it due to the fact that students are taking control and it is hard to give students (especially elementary) the responsibility of their learning. Camryn Tucker Hi Debbie! Due to the…

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5 Common Teaching Practices I’m Kicking to the Curb

…the advanced student. In order to receive appropriate challenge, high-ability or gifted students need regular opportunities to be grouped with like-ability peers. Having advanced students do this kind of tutoring doesn’t necessarily do them any harm, but if this practice is overused, it takes the place of true differentiated instruction, offering learning experiences that would challenge these students at an appropriate level. What to do instead: It’s perfectly reasonable to have higher-ability students help other students occasionally; all students should share their unique gifts with their peers. Just don’t call this differentiation. To meet the needs of all learners, try…

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Everything You Need to Know About Building a Great Screencast Video

…without tools designed to ensure students are following along, there is a good chance they will inevitably check out.  Research shows that two simple strategies can increase student engagement with instructional videos: Embedded Questions One of the most important features of in-person lectures or discussions is the check for understanding. It is both an opportunity for teachers to get a temperature check on student learning and a chance for students to identify their own misconceptions. The problem with most checks for understanding is that they only engage a small percentage of students. That is not the case with instructional videos….

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Frickin’ Packets

…be used to teach reading comprehension or serve as a Black History Month activity. Let’s unpack these one by one. Reading comprehension: Having students answer low-level recall questions about a passage of writing that offers no meaningful context doesn’t do a lot to make them better readers. If the questions were more challenging, if they asked students to choose which textual evidence supports some particular idea, for example, that might move it up the continuum a bit more toward the power end, but is this the best way to give students reading practice? If students do this kind of work…

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How Accurate Are Your Grades?

…”grade” the concept of learning slowly slips away. So we children, we are taught very young that students who receive A’s are bright and those who receive Cs are, well, ok. Grades represent very little, in my opinion, but we are an educational system that encourages As not Cs. Take another perspective. Northern European schools take a student-teacher-system collaborative approach and view students as “partners”: Interesting… Tanaka, M., Naylor, R., Ursin, J., & Zavale, N. C. (2019). THE FUTURE OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT. Student Engagement and Quality Assurance in Higher Education: International Collaborations for the Enhancement of Learning, 162. Shaylee Joy…

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Backward Design: The Basics

…the language here: Students are meant to develop a model, then use it to describe these patterns. But in the plan above, students merely copied a model, and they didn’t use it to describe anything; even if the model required some written captioning to explain what was going on, because the model was a copy, it can’t be safely said that students were really the ones describing the system.  Then there’s the test. If we assume that a large portion of a student’s grade is based on the test, then students are not being measured on their achievement of that…

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9 Ways Online Teaching Should be Different from Face-to-Face

…the comment around assessment having to look different. Thank you so much for sharing this. Debbie Sachs Thanks for letting us know, Angela! Jeffery kay To All, Communication with the students and parents will be the key to getting the relationship with teacher and students, parents moving in the right direction.Relationship needs to be in a caring way. Caring for that student will enhance that student interest in the subject or assignment. The student academics will grow with caring. marcarlos daniels I really liked how you talked about self awareness and simplifying the material so that the students do not…

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The Apollo School: What 21st Century Learning Looks Like

…sense. We focus heavily on soft-skills, especially time management and communication. For students who struggle with those skills, Apollo can help improve them; however, it might not be the most ideal learning environment for them. We pride ourselves in that we have a range of student abilities in the course: IEP students, gifted, and several in between. Wes Hi Erin, Apollo is one of many learning options students have at Central York High School. So while it’s accessible to all students, it’s certainly not for all students. For example, a student might thrive in a lecture-based classroom and, therefore, he…

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