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How to Implement Peer Tutoring in Your Classroom

By |June 19th, 2023|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Peer tutoring is an effective flexible grouping strategy that can be a terrific way to improve your instructional effectiveness, while also improving the sense of community, confidence, and leadership skills of your students. It is important to establish processes, provide support, and plan when choosing your tutor and tutee and it is important to consider several factors when deciding to use this strategy in your classroom. This blog post will provide you with an essential overview of several critical factors, concepts, and strategies to consider when considering peer tutoring for your students.

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.

What is Action Research?

By |October 26th, 2022|Categories: Leadership Development, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Parent Involvement, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In your classroom, you likely have identified specific problems impacting student behavior or performance that needs to be solved in a certain way. You might be utilizing a specific instructional method, assessment, classroom management strategy, or something else as part of your classroom routine to help address the issues you see. Or, you may begin utilizing something new in your classroom that can help make positive changes in your students. But, does it work? Is the selected approach the most effective for your students?

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.

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.

Improving Parent Involvement With Consistent Communication Through Phone Calls

By |September 12th, 2017|Categories: Parent Involvement, Special Education|Tags: , , , |

STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING PARENT-TEACHER COMMUNICATION WITH A PHONE-CALL PLAN OF ACTION
Imagine This:  You have a student in your classroom that consistently cannot or does not meet classroom expectations.  You have tried implementing the right responses to her misbehaviors in class, and you have worked diligently to correct behavioral concerns so that she can be successful within your class.  You have referred her to an administrator, and you have called her parents a few times.  After your third phone call to her parents, her mother begins to defend her child’s behaviors, and comments that you never have anything nice to say about her child.  Or, maybe her mother is simply exasperated with her child and is communicating her own frustration about her child to you.  This negative response (often cultivated in families by phone calls bearing bad news) don’t do anything to support or help the child.

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