In 2012, U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan declared: “Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete.” As schoolbags decrease in size and paper and pen take a backseat, the questions surrounding the fate of the textbook continue to escalate. “Textbooks offer structured teaching … Continue reading The Fate of the Textbook in the Paperless Classroom
George Couros recently posed the question: “Should Every Educator be an Innovator?” He bluntly offers his one-word response that resonates with most: Yes. Highlighting the need for an innovator’s mindset in every single classroom, Couros brings a crucial topic to our attention. In an era … Continue reading How Important is Classroom Innovation?
For many, flipping the classroom simply involves turning the traditional classroom on its head – moving the class work home, and the homework to class. Others argue there is a lot more to flipping than meets the eye. Rather, as flipped learning pioneer, Jon Bergmann … Continue reading THE 21ST CENTURY SKILLS OF THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM
Myth #1: Technology is ‘Disruptive’ The ‘disruptive’ label is commonly associated with technology, one which has urged educators to look in the opposite direction. While the term may not hold a place in education, the tools certainly do. Technology within the classroom encourages a new … Continue reading 5 Big Myths about Teaching with Technology
A recent study on personalized learning carried out by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation identified 4 key elements that formed the most effective personalized learning practices. The study which involved 23 public charter schools, 5,000 students, and 2 years of implementation discovered extensive benefits … Continue reading The 4 Biggest Features of Personalized Learning Environments
Good feedback is a fundamental aspect of effective learning. Without it, students are left to wander their learning paths aimlessly with no direction, eventually stumbling off task in search of a more stimulating experience. Good feedback should be regular, clear, precise, and positive, urging students … Continue reading 5 IMPORTANT REASONS TO GIVE BETTER STUDENT FEEDBACK
#1. Do Get to Know your Students First Knowing your students is the first step to differentiating your teaching. With a better understanding of your students’ strengths and weaknesses, you can ask the following questions: What do they need? How do they learn best? How … Continue reading The Do’s and Don’ts of Differentiating Instruction