6 Simple yet Effective Methods for Encouraging Active Student Participation in the Classroom

6 Simple yet Effective Methods for Encouraging Active Student Participation in the Classroom

There is nothing more rewarding than a classroom full of active and responsive students. Active student participation adds quality and depth to the teaching and learning processes. But as important as “student engagement” is to the learning process, most teachers will tell you that it’s not always easily attained. Motivating and getting students to contribute […]

Parents In The Classroom

I recently read about a school in Rhode Island that holds classes for parents. What is the subject you ask? Common Core mathematics–a class held for parents to learn how they can help their elementary-age child with math homework.
The classes have brought about a mixture of both positive and negative feedback. While some parents were […]

The Layered Curriculum Approach to Learning

The Layered Curriculum Approach to Learning

Understand the different learning styles of students and how to implement differentiated instruction in the classroom. This approach can help create an effective learning environment for every student.
What is the Layered Curriculum Approach to learning?
Students differ in their abilities, intelligence and learning styles and are in need of differentiated instruction. The Layered Curriculum Approach […]

What is the Just in Time Teaching Strategy?

What is the Just in Time Teaching Strategy?

What is the Just in Time Teaching Strategy?
George Novak, the founder of the Just in Time Teaching Strategy (JiTT), defines it as a “teaching and learning strategy based on the interaction between web-based study assignments and an active learner classroom.” It embodies a combination of a flipped classroom and technological and formative assessments to create […]

Inquiry Charts to Facilitate Learning

Inquiry Charts to Facilitate Learning

This learning tool can help students be organized while learning as well as build fundamental skills in inquiry and research.
How can teachers facilitate learning through Inquiry Charts?
Inquiry Charts (I-Charts) promote in-depth learning and provide students with a tool to organize their research and writing. Using this strategy, students can generate meaningful questions about a topic […]

Follow-up Activities for Virtual Field Trips

Follow-up Activities for Virtual Field Trips

Utilize follow-up activities after Virtual Field Trips to ensure a deeper level of learning.
Catching the attention of a diverse group of students, sustaining their interest in the subject, going beyond basic book knowledge, presenting experiences that will be etched in their memory and help them make real-life connections – these are some of the goals […]

What is the ICED Writing Strategy?

What is the ICED Writing Strategy?

 

What is the ICED Writing Strategy?
Abbreviated for Idea, Citation, Explanation and Defense of Thesis (ICED); the ICED writing strategy helps students to improve the quality of their writing assignments. This strategy teaches students how to strengthen the content (body paragraphs) of their essays and other similar writing assignments.
Why use the ICED writing strategy in the […]

What is Persuasive Writing?

What is Persuasive Writing?

What is persuasive writing?
Persuasive writing is a written form of an oral debate and can be a fun and interesting style of writing for students.
Persuasive writing is used to convince or persuade a reader that the writer’s opinion of a topic or cause is correct. When writing persuasive essays students need to be well […]

Interventions to Improve Comprehension Skills

Interventions to Improve Comprehension Skills

Use these simple reading techniques to improve comprehension skills.
The ability to comprehend or understand what one reads or hears is an extremely important skill to develop for both education and life after school. The ability to read has no value if the read passage cannot be comprehended or understood. When children begin to learn to […]

Examine and Evaluate Student Work Consistently and Fairly

Examine and Evaluate Student Work Consistently and Fairly

 
Follow these guidelines to evaluate student work fairly and effectively…
Evaluation is an integral part of educating students as it determines whether or not the goals of education are being met. Teachers and parents use test scores and feedback to gauge a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses. Communities rely on these scores and feedback to judge […]

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