Promoting High Expectations in Your Class

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Setting high expectations for students is a cornerstone of effective teaching and a key driver of student success. When teachers set high standards for their students, they send a powerful message that they believe in their students’ abilities to achieve great things. This belief can motivate students to push themselves beyond their perceived limits, leading to increased academic achievement, improved…

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Getting Started As An Instructional Coach

Are you a new instructional coach? Trying to figure out how to organize yourself but not sure exactly where to start? Let me show you some of the forms and tools I use as a coach. First off, figure out your priorities. You can’t do everything all at once. If you’re new to your school, take some time to observe…

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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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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

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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

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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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Tips for Leading a Great Classroom Discussion

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Whole-class discussions can encourage students to learn from one another and to articulate content in their own words. Mixing in discussions can help maintain students’ focus. As they discuss their answers, they get different perspectives on the topic. Good questions and answers can get students to think deeply about the topic and make connections. However, not all class discussions are…

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3 Free Websites That Get Students Creating

3 Free Websites That Get Students Creating

Let’s face it, many students today wish they could spend every minute on the computer playing games. As educators, we can use their natural interest in the computer to create interest in doing other things. Beyond that, using techology is a critical skill all students need to know to be successful in our world today. The websites below are free…

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