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May
15

Engaging and Extending Meaningful Student Dialog in the Classroom

Research has shown that engaging students in academic discourse plays a key role in student learning, and to better engage students in this type of talk. Often, classroom talk is centered on the teacher presenting information, the teacher asking quick answer questions, and students answering those questions. When we think about learning classrooms we want […]

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May
06

Tips To Improve Performance Around Testing Time

By Dr. Kenya Grooms clinical psychologist and Dean of Student Affairs at MacCormac College Test anxiety is a real problem today — students who are stressed and fearful will have a hard time doing their best. As a teacher, you already know this. Whether your students are in elementary school or starting to think about […]

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Apr
28

The Soft Skills That Children Can Learn Through Travel

By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer A study by Google last year revealed that soft skills are the most important factor in the workplace, rather than academic or vocational qualifications. This is where exploring the world outside the classroom can benefit children’s learning. Just as play can equip kids with invaluable life skills, travel can help […]

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Apr
22

Teachers – Reboot, Refuel, Reignite

By Chanelle R. McCloud, M. Ed. I was a classroom teacher for 10 school years, and with all the countless hours of professional development I had during my tenure, not once did I learn how I could maintain my passion for the teaching and prevent burnout. All us educators know the story. When we began […]

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Apr
17

Does Project-Based Learning Increase Student Learning?
What Does Research Say?

The purpose of PBL is to develop what cognitive scientists call “usable knowledge. This means knowledge that is not just recalled when needed for a test or an in class response but rather, knowledge that once learned, can be used in daily life and in solving problems the individual encounters in the real world. This [...]
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Mar
25

Using Six Successful Scaffolding Strategies

What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? It would be saying to students something like, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes — no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding — just left blowing in the wind. Let’s start by agreeing […]

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Mar
11

Engage Your Child’s Learning Through Reading Strategies

One positive way to keep your child's attention focused on learning is to help in making the process fun. Using physical motion in studying, connecting dry facts to interesting trivia, or inventing silly songs that make details easier to remember can help your child enjoy learning and even reduce the symptoms of disengagement with learning. [...]
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Mar
05

What Factors Help Students with Attention Deficits?

Let’s look now at some of the important factors that help students with attention deficits find success in the classroom. Working with students with attention deficits can be challenging for both student and teacher unless the teacher understands the critical factors that students need to be successful in school. Some important teacher factors include: Teacher […]

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Dec
04

Making Kids Successful Adults Through Play

By Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer One often overlooked aspect of a child’s development is the teaching of life skills. In contrast to most lessons that focus on academic excellence such as math and science, life skills are, according to UNICEF, the skills that a person needs in order to successfully navigate everyday life. These skills are usually, in addition […]

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Nov
27

Creating Student Innovators In Our Schools

When information is ubiquitous and free, and when basic education is available to billions of people worldwide, only one set of skills can ensure this generation’s economic future – the capacity for innovation. Here are few questions to consider as you reflect on the status of our current educational systems and how they need to […]

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