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The Pyramid Analysis: An Effective Grouping Strategy to Promote Engagement and Dialogue Among Your Students

By |2021-11-29T13:24:17-06:00November 29th, 2021|Categories: Classroom Management, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , |

Grouping your students in the classroom can be an excellent way to help promote dialogue and critical thinking within your classroom activities. While there is a place for independent work, direct instruction, and other models in your classroom, student grouping can also be incorporated to build more powerful lessons. With busy classroom schedules and arduous lesson planning, sometimes planning methods for grouping students can be placed on the back burner, resulting in the teacher repeatedly falling back on the same grouping methods. Adding a unique grouping structure occasionally to your classroom, when designed with a purpose to align with and enhance your lesson, can not only add some excitement but can help launch creativity within your students. This article will address a grouping type called the Pyramid Analysis, also known as a Pyramid Discussion. This article uses the term Pyramid Analysis to reinforce the notion that this grouping strategy works well at the analysis level or higher for activities that can enhance critical thinking.

Three Daily Practices to Promote Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom

By |2021-11-05T10:53:31-05:00June 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.

Building Community in an Online Classroom

By |2021-11-08T13:28:12-06:00April 18th, 2020|Categories: Parent Involvement, Social Emotional Learning, Technology in the Classroom|Tags: , , |

Are current events forcing you to move your regular classroom teaching online? Do you struggle to stay connected with your students without seeing them face-to-face each day? Read this article to learn key strategies you can implement right away to bring a sense of community to your online class.

Re-Energizing Classroom Discussion through Round Table Circles

By |2021-11-09T09:11:38-06:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Management, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , |

When you want your students to engage in lively discussion, choosing the right format makes all the difference. Use Round Table Circles, a powerful tool that will keep your students engaged.

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