Is Your Grading Fair? How to Assess Your Rubric

A rubric is supposed to make grading projects or presentations more fair. But do they always? No, they don’t always grade as fairly as we hope. That’s why it’s important to reflect after you grade projects with a rubric for the first time. You can do the following activity to check. Do on your own using several examples of student’s…

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3 Data Collection Tools to Use During Informal Observations

Data collection allows administrators, school leaders, and educational researchers to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of teachers. By observing teachers in action, they can gather evidence about instructional practices, classroom management, student engagement, and overall teaching quality. This data helps provide constructive feedback to teachers, identify areas for improvement, and support professional development efforts. Classroom observations, combined with data on…

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The Importance of Critical Thinking in the Classroom: Strategies for Teachers

Critical thinking is a crucial skill for students to develop in school. It is the ability to think deeply, logically, and independently about a topic, problem, or situation. The importance of critical thinking in education cannot be overstated, as it empowers students to become more effective learners, thinkers, and problem-solvers. 5 Reasons Why Critical Thinking Is So Important To Teach…

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Ways Parents Can Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Summer learning loss, also known as “summer slide,” refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge students may experience during the summer break. Parents may not be aware that the summer slide even exists but educators know it’s a real thing. This phenomenon occurs amongst almost every student of every age, but it has a particular tendency to occur…

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How to Value Diversity in Your Classroom

What is Culturally Responsive Teaching? Culturally responsive teaching isn’t just about racial ethnicity. It is a set of intentional teaching methods, lesson plans, activities, and attitudes that include students from diverse backgrounds equally. As schools around the world become more and more diverse, helping students to connect learning to their own backgrounds continues to be one of the top ways…

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Ways to Calm a Loud Class and Regain Attention

A noisy classroom isn’t always a bad thing, sometimes it means students are excited and actively involved in hands-on, group activities. However, teachers always need a way to regain student’s attention so they can give further directions, answer questions or just transition the class to another activity. Here are some strategies to calm a loud class and regain their attention.…

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Preparing Students for the Real-World with Project-Based Learning

As the world continues to evolve, so must the educational methods that prepare students for the real world. One such methodology that has been gaining popularity is Project-Based Learning (PBL). PBL is a student-centered approach where students learn by applying concepts to solve real-world problems. In this post, we will discuss what PBL is, the benefits of using PBL in…

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Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom

QR codes allow students to scan a code from their phone or tablet and immediately view a website, document, video or presentation. Although many teachers know what QR codes are, most aren’t quiet sure how to incorporate them into their classroom. If you need more step by step instructions on how to create a QR code click here. Otherwise, check…

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A Week As a Secret Agent

Spies and secret agents have always fascinated me! (CIA I’m still open to being recruited if you’re reading this). I once visited the National Spy Museum in Washington D.C. and it was so cool. If you ever have a chance, definitely don’t miss out on going there. Because I know I’m not the only one who is fascinated by the…

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The One Thing That Turns Good Discussions Into GREAT Discussions

Whole-class discussions can encourage students to learn from one another and to talk about content in their own words. In a previous post I mentioned 5 tips for Leading a Great Discussion. Today I want to dive deeper into one of those tips. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your class discussions go from good to great, keep reading.…

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