Nurturing Deeper Conversations with Students
Who owns the talk in our classrooms today? Is it teachers or students?
Who owns the talk in our classrooms today? Is it teachers or students?
A day in the life of most teachers is demanding and filled with challenges. Here are 7 quick and easy…
Educators are being presented with a challenging question: How can we create an effective learning environment this fall, address learning…
About 50 percent of kids in school have experienced some form of trauma, according to ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). As…
SEL skills are strongly linked with academic achievement and improved participation in school, work, and life.
All through the summer, the question of what school would look like when summer ends and the new school year…
Now more than ever, educators are tapping into new skills and technology to promote student growth and help them develop…
The COVID-19 pandemic is still significantly impacting the lives of our students. We, as educators, must not forget to infuse…
This is the final blog post in our series about using the new Mentoring Minds Resource Library for convenient access…
Thanks for following our series about using the new Mentoring Minds Resource Library to gain quick access to strategies and…
Welcome back to our series about using the new Mentoring Minds Resource Library to gain quick and easy access to…
This is the second blog post in our series covering the six modules available in the new Mentoring Minds Resource…
This is the third blog post in our series introducing the six modules available in the new Mentoring Minds Resource…
Imagine an environment where parents, students, and educators have strong working relationships, with everyone actively participating in the education of…
Let’s continue our exploration of Project-Based Learning by looking at the who, where, when, and how of PBL. (Take a…
Often students are pushed to develop questions on the spot, with little to no framework. Unsurprisingly, this often leads to…
Of course, no one wants to get an answer wrong. However, when a student comes up with a response that…
A fifth-grade class is hard at work. Posted on the board is the question the students plan to answer: How…
No one likes a bully—or so it’s been said. Over the years, bullying has been a major concern for everyone….
Critical thinking frameworks can be a huge help for teachers as they lesson plan, but knowing which one to use…
“Does anyone have any questions?” Silence fills the room. The teacher waits the customary three seconds and then moves on…
Bullying and cyber bullying usually involve 3 distinct personas—bullies, victims, and bystanders. The bully and victim roles are usually obvious…
Thinking frameworks help teachers analyze the various levels of student thinking that are present in lessons, tasks, and assessments. Knowing…
There was a time when teacher-centered learning, or “sit and get,” was the classroom norm: the teacher would stand in…
If you want to spice up your curriculum with something new, take a look at these tips for incorporating music into the classroom.
When teachers decide to become students again, a whole new set of questions is raised. Talking to a career coach and your own administration can be key in finding the best path forward.
As educators, we have a common goal: get our students to think outside of the box. We know that, as…
While many classes focus on teaching a broad range of skills, it can often be more beneficial to help students master subject matter by delving more deeply into just a few concepts.
Teachers need to consistently go above and beyond the call of duty to strive for deeper learning – a process by which students are not only engaging with curriculum but also retaining it.
Take a look at these tips for assessing creativity in students and try implementing a few of them in your classroom.
If you’re weighing your options between making your own classroom rules near the end of summer or waiting for the school year, check out these suggestions for involving your students in the process.
If you’re planning a field trip with your students this semester or academic year, you’ll want to do everything in your power before the actual event to ensure that it goes smoothly.
Take a look at some suggestions for finding new ways to use music in your instruction.
Before you begin the process of bringing an animal into your classroom, you may want to consider these tips
Whether or not you’re crazy about the idea, technology is becoming more and more integrated into educational strategies and the way that we deliver instruction to our students.
Every teacher has their own preferred set of methods when it comes to designing creative curriculum.
The recent surge in affordable and simple to use technologies has led to a drastic rise in the ability to integrate technology into your creative curriculum.
If you establish a classroom culture in which your students feel not only welcome but also wanted, then you will have an environment far more conducive to facilitating learning.
If you’re hoping to enhance your parent teacher communication practices, take a look at these three tips.
Tolerance is a prime example of something that can make or break a classroom.
If you’re looking for some brief advice on how to help your students apply to college, take a look at these few tips
One of the more interesting trends to emerge as of late has been the arrival and implementation of exercise balls into student seating arrangements.
Take a look at a few of the ways that e-books and e-readers can help better your instruction and the learning experience of your students.
Whether you’re preparing for a new class of students to enter your room this academic year or simply trying to revamp your current arrangement, take a look at these tips for bettering classroom engagement through tactical design
Autumn continues to be an excellent time for teachers, because with Connected Educators Month behind us, National Novel Writing Month is in full swing.
Flipped classroom models reverse the way in which students have traditionally been taught.
When discussing the literacy strategies of K-12 students, one is likely to encounter two oft-used terms: content area literacy and disciplinary literacy.
Ask any teacher and they’ll tell you that they’ve struggled with classroom management at some point in their career.
For teachers working to incorporate an integrated curriculum into their classrooms, understanding the pedagogical philosophy of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) may help reinforce the need for differentiation.
Though the maker movement has deep roots, this learning strategy has recently been attracting lots of attention in the world of education.
One of the most important reasons educators across the country are moving toward an integrated curriculum is to prepare students to be part of a STEM workforce.
Implementing a bring-your-own-device policy in your classroom is a great way to work toward an integrated curriculum.
If you’re looking for ways to develop a more creative curriculum for the coming school year, consider challenging students to design infographics.
When implementing an integrated curriculum, it’s imperative that teachers be able to manage their classrooms while students are using Internet-equipped devices.
For some educators, it might be challenging to explain all the benefits of an integrated curriculum to parents.
For the past two years, October has been Connected Educators Month (CEM), an opportunity for teachers across the country to network, share learning strategies, and discuss curriculum integration.
For new teachers, one of the main challenges might simply be finding a firm structure of management and discipline that works.
Google is among several tech firms such as Microsoft and Apple that are courting educational systems to invest in devices and applications.
Self-regulated learning, often abbreviated to SRL, is a pedagogical technique in which students utilize metacognitive strategies to evaluate their individual progress and consider their educational motivation.
Social and emotional education teaches students to become healthy members of society.
There are ways to ensure not only that project-based learning is appropriately rigorous for today’s standards, but also that it engages each individual student.
Scaffolding is a process by which you can make sure students are receiving the instructional support they need in their education without being overbearing.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that heavily decorated elementary school classrooms can be disruptive to student learning.
The Internet revolution is connecting people from across the world in new and meaningful ways, and even young elementary school students can benefit from exposure to social media platforms.
One of the most frustrating things for a teacher is a student who is unwilling to engage in a lesson or unit.
Monitoring student progress is critical to the educational process.
Students are heavily influenced by their learning environments.
In today’s modern society, computer skills are becoming as universal as literacy skills.
Often the greatest challenges a teacher faces come not from their students, but rather, from their students’ parents.
As students begin to make the transition from the structured learning environment of K-12 education to the looser collegiate model, proper study techniques become more and more important.
Motivating students to become active participants in their own education is often a difficult task.
The increased focus on literacy has challenged teachers to explore strategies for including more reading and writing in their daily instruction.
As the second half of the school year draws near, it’s the perfect time to assess how far your students…
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