Developing Self-Reliant Learners

Developing Self-Reliant Learners

Developing Self-Reliant Learners
It is important to help students become self-reliant. Self-reliant students learn to become independent in decision-making. They are likely to be focused, goal-oriented, confident in their abilities and committed to their learning. While some students become self-reliant on their own, others may require some direction. Here are four important skills that can […]

5 Steps to Conducting Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences

5 Steps to Conducting Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences

5 Steps to Conducting Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are held both for discussing students’ academic progress, and for  building and strengthening parent-teacher partnership to achieve academic goals. Here are 5 steps that teachers can follow to execute smooth and productive parent-teacher conferences:
Keep Parents Posted: Ideally, teachers and parents should communicate before the scheduled conference date. […]

5 Project Management Tech Tools for Students

5 Project Management Tech Tools for Students

5 Project Management Tech Tools for Students
While it is fun to collaborate on group projects, students may face some difficulties. These include organizational troubles, inequality in work distribution, and poor participation by some members of the team. Teachers can help alleviate these issues by equipping students with these 5 project management tech tools:
Redbooth: Formerly known […]

5 Crucial Boundaries Teachers Must Maintain in Classrooms

5 Crucial Boundaries Teachers Must Maintain in Classrooms

5 Crucial Boundaries Teachers Must Maintain in Classrooms
 Good student-teacher relationships are essential for positive classrooms. Student-teacher relationships, however, can be complex. Teachers are in a position of authority and can use their position to care for, gain the trust of and influence students. This same position, if misused, can compromise students’ safety and bring about […]

Analyzing Pros and Cons of Flipped Classrooms

Analyzing Pros and Cons of Flipped Classrooms

Analyzing Pros and Cons of Flipped Classrooms
Student interest, participation and learning are directly correlated. Students, when interested, are likely to actively engage in lessons and learn more. This is one reason why teachers plan for learning activities that are interesting for students. The flipped classroom, which has become more and more commonly used over the […]

Using Mentor Texts to Facilitate Writing

Using Mentor Texts to Facilitate Writing

Using Mentor Texts to Facilitate Writing
Mentor texts are pieces of published literature that can be used as examples of good writing. Teachers can use mentor texts to:

Help students identify and understand the different elements that are essential to good writing.
Inspire students to write compositions of good quality.

Mentor Texts in Practice
Using mentor texts, students are taught […]

Improving Reading Comprehension Through Use of Story Maps

Improving Reading Comprehension Through Use of Story Maps

Improving Reading Comprehension Through Use of Story Maps
A story map is a reading strategy that teaches students to monitor their understanding of materials by reflecting upon specific questions while reading. What, where, who, why and how questions are used to direct introspection. Some examples are:

What is the story about?
Who are the main characters in this […]

Setting Boundaries for Teacher- Student Online Communication

Setting Boundaries for Teacher- Student Online Communication

Setting Boundaries for Teacher-Student Online Communication
In today’s world, digital (online or electronic) communication is a common way to communicate. Applications like WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook Messenger allow teachers and students to communicate more freely and frequently with each other. These apps also allow users to share images, videos and documents. It is important to consider, […]

Encouraging Learning Through Peer Conferences

Encouraging Learning Through Peer Conferences

Encouraging Learning Through Peer Conferences
Peer conferences, or peer reviews, are student-centric learning strategies in which students share and review each other’s work. Primarily used as a writing strategy, peer conferences facilitate learning by providing students with the opportunity to:

Brainstorm and generate ideas for writing.
Select topics.
Prepare drafts for writing.
Review and revise partners’ work.
Critique and provide feedback […]

5 Crowdfunding Tips for Teachers

5 Crowdfunding Tips for Teachers

5 Crowdfunding Tips for Teachers
When classroom budgets are limited and time constraints prevent teachers from organizing fundraising events like fairs and sales, teachers can turn to crowdfunding to raise money. Crowdfunding is a method in which teachers make use of specific online platforms, such as DonorsChoose.org and GoFundMe.com, and/or social media sites to raise […]

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