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English Language Learners - Elementary English Language Learners. Teaching Secrets: Ending the Year on a High Note. Published Online: May 14, 2012 By Cossondra George Ah, the home stretch.

Teaching Secrets: Ending the Year on a High Note

Time to coast? No way. You're the kind of teacher who wants to end this year with a bang—giving your students a positive send-off to summer (and their next year of school). 3 Unused Teaching Tools: The Furniture, Floors, and Walls. I was nervous about how the ninth-grade students would react.

3 Unused Teaching Tools: The Furniture, Floors, and Walls

All the tables were either against the walls or used to create the sides of a tour bus. The chairs that normally surrounded the tables were set in rows facing the projector screen as if they were looking out the window while seated on a bus. My concern was that with the chairs so close together—and no separating tables—the students would lose focus and want to talk, not listening to the tour guides as they presented on Spanish speaking cities, markets, museums, and zoos. The students had helped to decorate the room, and they knew exactly what was going to happen. His Teacher Told Him He Wouldn't Go To College, Then He Did : NPR Ed. One day Ronnie Sidney, from Tappahannock, Va., was goofing off with his classmates in math when one of them threw a paper football at the board — and it landed a little too close to the teacher.

His Teacher Told Him He Wouldn't Go To College, Then He Did : NPR Ed

Sidney says the eighth-grade teacher, visibly frustrated, turned around and said, "None of you are going to college. " That was a pivotal moment for Sidney. Not only did he feel stigmatized as a special education student diagnosed with ADHD; Sidney says he had also felt discriminated against in school as an African-American. How I Turned Formative Assessment into a Dialogue with My Students. A few years ago, formative assessment returned as a frequent topic of discussion in faculty meetings and professional development sessions.

How I Turned Formative Assessment into a Dialogue with My Students

I started mulling it over -- examining how I did it, how I used it, and how I saw students using it. Like most teachers, I always knew there were things I could do better, but with formative assessment, I couldn't really figure out what that was. If You Give An Educator A Box... - Leading In Limbo. 12 Must-See TED Talks for Teachers - WeAreTeachers. Will Richardson, Author at Modern Learners. Homework Questions: In Search of the Answer Key. Every hour of the school day, a number of students hustle into my classroom, focused, and eager to get to work.

Homework Questions: In Search of the Answer Key

Before the bell rings to indicate the start of my class, students are already invested in their studies. Backpacks are open, paperwork out, and pencils urgently filling in blanks. I don’t even have to provide motivation or verbal cues. A5: Go beyond the qualitative as learning leader and goal setter. Test score focus does not promote courage. Lead learning #leadupchat.

On purposeful use of technology... #edtech #elearning #ukedchat. Login. 10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use. Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey.

10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

Inefficient. Slow. 8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On. Robert Marzano and John Hattie have both reviewed research into what teaching strategies make the biggest difference to students’ results.

8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On

While they used different methods and terminology, they agreed on these 8 powerful strategies. Strategy 1: A Clear Focus for the Lesson John Hattie highlights how important it is for you (and your students) to be clear about what you want them to learn in each lesson. According to Hattie, teacher clarity is one of the most potent influences on student achievement. Reflective Practice Group: One Student. Background: you might have already heard or read about Reflective Group Meetings where teachers discuss a challenge or question they face and think critically and analytically about some possible reasons, formulate their own teaching and learning beliefs and come up with action plans to try out in the future.

Reflective Practice Group: One Student

I learned about (and attended two) such meetings in Daegu (South Korea). I am also in touch with inspiring and reflective colleagues in Japan and USA. Well, I decided to make a step myself and ran our first meeting here in Dnipro, Ukraine.