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How to Utilize Energy Breaks for Your Daily Classroom Routines

By |March 8th, 2024|Categories: Classroom Management, Social Emotional Learning, Special Education, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , |

Do your Mondays look just like your Wednesdays? Are you looking for a strategy to get you and your students out of the everyday slump? Welcome to the world of energy breaks—a powerful tool that can breathe new life into your daily classroom routine! In this article, we'll explore how incorporating energy breaks into your daily classroom routine reinvigorate student focus, foster collaboration, and create an atmosphere where learning thrives, and everyone (including you) is energized!

Simple Advice, Tips, and Strategies for New Teachers to Ensure You Have a Great School Year

By |September 1st, 2023|Categories: Classroom Management, Leadership Development, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Strategies, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

As a brand new teacher, you’re probably excited about finally putting everything you have learned into practice. You can’t wait to get to know your new students, but you’re probably also a bit nervous about the unknown. Am I going to enjoy teaching? Will my students like me? Will I be a good teacher? You likely hope that you are well-prepared for your teaching journey and want to be sure that you start the year off right. This article will provide you with some insights into what you can consider as you embark on your new teaching journey to ensure that you become an effective teacher.

Will AI Replace Teachers? We Don’t Think So.

By |May 4th, 2023|Categories: Leadership Development, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Social Emotional Learning, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in recent years (and especially in the past several months) in various industries, many in the education space are now wondering how this will affect the careers of K-12 teachers and educators. Many opinion articles have stated the potential for AI to replace teachers. However, we, as professional educators, could not disagree more! In this blog post, we will explore a few key reasons why teachers will not be replaced by AI technologies anytime soon.

The New Friends Bingo Icebreaker Activity

By |August 25th, 2022|Categories: Classroom Management, Leadership Development, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , , , |

Icebreakers are activities that help students connect with one another in a new setting. It can help set the tone for a year of fun collaboration and allows students who may not have made many new connections to begin to feel comfortable with their classmates. In addition, combining movement with dialogue can help students mentally “branch out” to make new friendships within the classroom.

The Marble Jar Reward System as an Extrinsic Positive Behavior Reinforcer

By |May 23rd, 2022|Categories: Classroom Management, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , |

Classroom management involves strong routines and procedures, setting clear expectations within the classroom, assigning appropriate behavior-aligned consequences, and methods for motivating students to meet expectations. When the teacher rewards behaviors, that is extrinsic motivation. A student who experiences extrinsic motivation will follow instructions, complete a task, or meet other requirements to receive a specific reward. On the other hand, intrinsic motivation occurs when a student has an internal desire to complete a task to receive some internal reward- like satisfaction, pleasure, or happiness. Teachers must juggle a tricky balance of providing some extrinsic motivators to teach students basic and simple behavioral expectations or tasks but must also create a learning environment that heavily favors intrinsic motivation to develop children into individuals that will work hard and persevere based solely on internal rewards.

Supporting the Oral Presentation: A Checklist for Providing Feedback to Student Presentations in Your Classroom

By |May 19th, 2022|Categories: Gifted & Talented, Leadership Development, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Strategies, The Arts|Tags: , , , , |

Students will be tasked with showcasing and presenting their work in various ways throughout their educational careers. This could be activities like reciting poetry or text, presenting at a science fair, participating in debate, or presenting a final project within their content-area class. Typically, you might design your presentation rubrics to focus on what matters most in your course- mastery of the course content. Because presentations can be used as one assessment method for students to showcase mastery, you might be looking for depth of content knowledge, accuracy, or expertise in the content students are discussing and how well the presentation itself communicates the students' message. These components are critical for an effective student presentation. But the actual characteristics of an oral presentation should also not be overlooked. For students to truly be effective communicators and demonstrate their best work, they will also need to be effective public speakers. Monitoring a student's public speaking ability and providing feedback and guidance for improvement can help develop them into effective communicators that will accel above and beyond your academic requirements for a presentation.

Promote Positive Affirmations Between Students in your Classroom

By |May 5th, 2022|Categories: Classroom Management, Gifted & Talented, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Social Emotional Learning, Special Education, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , , , |

In a classroom context, positive affirmations are phrases and acknowledgments of positive aspects of a child’s personality, effort, behavior, or other characteristics. When affirmations are present in your classroom daily, it helps to set a positive tone within your classroom environment and enriches children’s perceptions of themselves. You may be most familiar with positive affirmations as a way for students to acknowledge aspects of themselves and use them as a mantra to help them continue to behave in a certain way. For example: “I am kind. I am smart. I am a hard worker. I am a helper. I am a leader.” Recited often, individuals may begin to have a healthier outlook on life, their character, and what they are capable of. The point of positive affirmations is to acknowledge yourself and others from a place of positivity and not criticism. This helps create motivated and happy children who value themselves, their work, and their peers.

Reverse Brainstorming: A Method to Build Creativity in Your Classroom

By |February 12th, 2022|Categories: Gifted & Talented, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Strategies, The Arts|Tags: , , , , |

Our educational system is not always constructed to best support creativity. Consider the countless hours students spend studying facts, reciting definitions, or learning how to solve math problems using provided formulas. Creativity may sometimes take the backburner in a lesson when important concepts must first be taught. But creativity in instruction is not an all-or-nothing focus. Just as we need to make sure that students are learning the foundational knowledge and skills within each lesson objective, we also need to make sure that students can use those concepts and apply them creatively through experiences and activities. Often, we see students thrive most when they are provided with opportunities to apply concepts, stretch their thinking, and complete tasks “outside of the box.” Sometimes, though, this can be difficult for students. While some students have a natural, innate ability to use their creativity in meaningful ways, others may struggle with expressing creativity. But this does not mean they can’t improve! In fact, most researchers agree that creativity can be practiced like a skill and improved. Though there are many types of creative expression, one specific kind is called divergent thinking. It is a creative process that can easily be implemented into classroom activities across content areas.

The Power of Positive Communication in a School Setting

By |April 26th, 2021|Categories: Classroom Management, Leadership Development, Parent Involvement, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , |

The Power of Positive Communication in a School Setting by Model Teaching | April 26, 2021. We have all heard of the power of positivity, but did you ever stop to think about its impact in the classroom, and within communications to families? In this article, you will learn how frequent and positive communication will build successful relationships with families. Imagine this classroom scenario. In the sixth week of school, second-grade teacher Mrs. Jones has noticed a sudden and dramatic change in a student's behavior and participation level. She gives [...]

Three Daily Practices to Promote Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom

By |June 9th, 2020|Categories: Classroom Management, Social Emotional Learning, Special Education, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , |

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning as the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. That definition can seem overwhelming to educators when they are told to include SEL in their curriculum. Read on to find out three simple strategies you can incorporate into your daily classroom routines that encourage the social-emotional growth of all your students.

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