How to Use the Reciprocal Learning Strategy
This cooperative learning strategy takes the idea of “working in pairs” up a notch.
Are You Making the Most of Your Interactive Whiteboard?
Interactive whiteboards are a fixture in many classrooms, but are teachers taking advantage of all they have to offer? Here are some ways to improve your use.
Speed Up Grading with Rubric Codes
Do you have a mountain of student writing to grade? A pile of extended responses that have been sitting in your passenger seat for a week? Do you wish you had more time to give students better feedback?
How to Use the Concept Attainment Strategy
I like this strategy because it really involves students in their own learning. Instead of just delivering the information to them, you’re helping them discover it on their own. Also, it’s captivating — a mystery to solve! — which is far more likely to engage students.
Book Review: The Best-Kept Teaching Secret
Things have gotten awfully complicated and contentious in education lately. This friendly, easy-to-read book offers something we’re all looking for these days: simple ideas with big impact.
What We Can All Learn from a Montessori Classroom
What I didn’t expect was the attitude of the students: They were focused. They were calm. They retrieved their lessons and worked at them seriously, while still maintaining a sense of humor. And their work was plenty rigorous.
Students Sitting Around Too Much? Try Chat Stations.
Your new favorite teaching strategy: This pared-down version of learning stations keeps the movement, interactivity and variety while minimizing the prep work.
The Fisheye Syndrome: Is Every Student Really Participating?
To those afflicted with Fisheye, some students appear “larger” than others, grabbing more of our attention and making the others fade into the periphery.