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From Routine to Reflection: How to Use Admit and Exit Tickets to Create a Culture of Reflection in Your Prek-12 Classroom

By |March 27th, 2024|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep|Tags: , , , , |

Do you want to transform your admit and exit tickets from routine to reflective ones? From reframing prompts to fostering self-assessment, discover some actionable strategies for cultivating a culture of reflection through admit and exit tickets.

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.

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.

The Scientific Investigation Framework: Re-Designing Labs in the Science Classroom

By |June 16th, 2023|Categories: Gifted & Talented, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Science Instruction, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , |

Science is different in other content areas in that the foundation of its existence relies on asking questions about the world around us, forming and testing a hypothesis, and analyzing the results. It’s only natural that a science classroom would mirror the essence of this field. While direct instruction and practice-based learning have their place, the science classroom is where learning to discover is as important as the content itself. In this blog post, we’ll outline a specific process, the Scientific Investigation Framework, that will provide structure to discovery-based Lab work that will transform how students are introduced to new content and practice the necessary processes of a true scientist.

A Formula for Student Feedback

By |March 23rd, 2023|Categories: Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Your students need a model for improving their work; with timely and specific feedback, it will be easier for them to work to improve in certain areas. Student feedback identifies particular areas of student performance and provides insight into their strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, feedback should be a natural component of most assessment methods you provide in your classroom. This article will give you a brief set of steps to help you build timely and targeted student feedback.

The 3-2-1 Strategy to Check for Student Understanding

By |January 3rd, 2023|Categories: Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep|Tags: , , |

Ideas and strategies to check for student understanding are plentiful. You may find that you’ll use several different methods within each classroom and choose methods specific to the task students complete. A large toolbox of strategies to pull from can help ensure you understand exactly what each student knows. When designed correctly, your methods to check for student understanding can also work to support students in self-analyzing their learning to train them to think critically about what they do and do not know. The 3-2-1 Strategy is a simple yet effective method you can introduce to your students to learn what they know and to help them analyze it for themselves.

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.

Cooperative Writing-An Engaging Paired Writing Strategy

By |June 20th, 2022|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Gifted & Talented, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Reading/ELA Instruction, Special Education, Teaching Strategies, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , |

Cooperative Writing is a paired activity where two students complete a writing task together. Cooperative Writing can be an excellent support strategy for struggling students, students with special needs, or English Language Learners (ELLs), because it can be an opportunity for stronger writers to help their peers who might struggle with writing. For example, ELLs can learn new vocabulary from native English speakers and improve their speaking skills as they communicate together about the given topic. Or, advanced students can coach each other on ideas for providing additional detail within their sentences. Students can share ideas and collaborate verbally on the writing before drafting, which takes some pressure off the more struggling writer. It can also help to build the confidence of both students, encourage the growth of social skills, and help to improve the sense of classroom community. It's a simple, fun activity for students that maintain engagement throughout your lesson.

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.

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