Using Sentence Stems in the Classroom

Using Sentence Stems in the Classroom

Using Sentence Stems in the Classroom
 Some students may have difficulty responding during discussions or when completing written assignments. Teachers can help students overcome this difficulty by using sentence stems. Sentence stems are a learning scaffold that can help students respond (orally and through writing) using complete sentences.
Teachers can use sentence stems to:

Activate prior knowledge and […]

What is Personalized Learning?

What is Personalized Learning?

What is Personalized Learning?
 Traditional classrooms use a one-fit-for-all approach to learning. This approach, however, does not consider the individual strengths and learning styles of students, which can make it more challenging for some students to be academically successful. Personalized learning customizes learning processes for each individual student, equipping students with skills that can help them […]

Using Big Paper Strategy to Encourage Student-Centered Learning

Using Big Paper Strategy to Encourage Student-Centered Learning

Using Big Paper Strategy to Encourage Student-Centered Learning
Big paper is a learning strategy that encourages students to silently discuss and explore topics through writing. In this collaborative strategy, students are instructed to write their responses on a piece of paper that is passed between group members.
Using the big paper strategy, teachers can help students:

Critically […]

Creating Sensory Spaces in the Classroom

Creating Sensory Spaces in the Classroom

Creating Sensory Spaces in the Classroom
 Students with autism may have differences in sensory sensitivity that can affect their learning and performance in class. Restlessness, fidgeting, and compulsive behaviors can interfere with students’ learning processes. To help these students focus and feel comfortable in class, teachers can create sensory spaces in their classrooms that address sensory […]

Reporting Child Abuse: Steps to Taking Action

Reporting Child Abuse: Steps to Taking Action

Reporting Child Abuse: Steps to Taking Action
According to state laws, teachers are mandatory reporters of child abuse. This means that teachers are legally obligated to report any known or suspected cases of child abuse, be it physical, emotional, sexual or neglectful, to proper authorities. Many cases of child abuse go undetected and unreported due to:

Poor […]

Digital Safety Measures: Implementing Acceptable Use Policies in Schools

Digital Safety Measures: Implementing Acceptable Use Policies in Schools

Digital Safety Measures: Implementing Acceptable Use Policies in Schools
The internet can be a double-edged sword – powerful and effective as a learning tool, but if used carelessly, a threat to students’ safety and privacy. As more and more schools use the internet regularly in their classrooms, the need to ensure digital safety and privacy of […]

Classroom Strategies to Support Students with Dyslexia

Classroom Strategies to Support Students with Dyslexia

Classroom Strategies to Support Students with Dyslexia
Dyslexia is a type of learning disability that affects the ability to read fluently and accurately. Students with dyslexia may have trouble with: phonological awareness, reading comprehension, comprehending written material, spelling and writing. As a result, certain traditional methods of teaching and learning may be unsuitable for students with […]

Encouraging Self-Directed Learning in Classrooms

Encouraging Self-Directed Learning in Classrooms

Encouraging Self-Directed Learning in Classrooms
A teacher’s responsibility towards students is not limited to increasing academic proficiency. It extends to preparing college and career ready students. Teachers must help students develop knowledge and skills that lead to success in the real world. This includes developing effective communication, collaboration, and project-management skills, and encouraging students to engage […]

Bullet Journaling in Classrooms

Bullet Journaling in Classrooms

Bullet Journaling in Classrooms
 “It is not enough to be busy.
The question is: What are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
The true path to success lies in how individuals plan, prioritize and utilize their time efficiently. Although a crucial requirement, not all students are skilled at managing time wisely. Despite the availability of various […]

Implementing the 5 E’s Learning Model in Classrooms

Implementing the 5 E’s Learning Model in Classrooms

Implementing the 5 E’s Learning Model in Classrooms
The 5 E’s is an inquiry-based learning approach that is founded on the belief that students learn by building new ideas on top of old ones. Using this model, students can understand and learn concepts and skills over a series of 5 steps or phases of learning. This […]

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