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Teaching Teens in the 21st: Before the School Year Begins... I decided that before I can start posting about what I'm doing this year, I needed to share some of my favorite strategies from last year that went really well with the students.

Teaching Teens in the 21st: Before the School Year Begins...

I was completely inspired by Kelly Gallagher after reading devouring all of his books at the beginning of the school year! I had the opportunity to go to a Kelly Gallagher workshop at Judson this spring, and it was absolutely amazing! He was so nice when I went up to him (I was terrified and starstruck), and even wrote "You're Welcome" on this piece of paper, because my students actually asked me to THANK HIM for changing the way we read novels in class. Students + asked me + to say thank you to an author + about school stuff = UTOPIA!

Here are some of my abbreviated notes from the day: About Kelly: He loops with studentsTeaches seniors and tenth gradeMagnolia high schoolHad 195 students this year His TOP Points: Kids should write 4X more than you can physically grade Students suffer from word poverty. 1. 2. Student-engagement-resources?crlt_pid=camp. Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter Edutopia on Twitter Google+ Pinterest Edutopia on Pinterest WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation Tips and Strategies for Keeping Students Engaged Igniting Student Engagement: A Roadmap for Learning, by John McCarthy (2015) McCarthy discusses key strategies to ensure student engagement including being authentic, introducing units with meaningful launch events, and letting students know what outcomes to expect.

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Teaching strategies and methods. Lesson plan templates. New-teacher-resources?crlt_pid=camp. Teachers: Teaching resources from the BBC. 14 Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers.

14 Brilliant Bloom’s Taxonomy Posters For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Bloom’s Taxonomy is a useful tool for assessment design, but using it only for that function is like using a race car to go to the grocery–a huge waste of potential.

14 Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers

In an upcoming post we’re going to look at better use of Bloom’s taxonomy in the classroom, but during research for that post it became interesting how many variations there are of the original work. While a handful of the charts below only show aesthetic changes compared to others, most are concept maps of sorts–with graphic design that signifies extended function (power verbs), detail (clear explanations), or features of some sort (Bloom’s Taxonomy tasks by level). The follow simple, student-centered Bloom’s graphics were created by helloliteracy! The following “Bloom’s pinwheel” comes from Kelly Tenkley and ilearntechnology.com: Ideas for Classroom Seating Arrangements. What’s Here Need ideas for seating arrangements in your classroom?

Ideas for Classroom Seating Arrangements

On this page, you’ll find tips on arranging student desks in four different formations, complete with photos from My Classroom Tours. You can click on most of the pictures to view the complete tour for that particular room. Whether you’re looking for a classroom seating chart, seating map, or seating plan, you’re sure to find ideas for setting up your classroom in a way that meets your students’ needs. Types of Student Desk Arrangements and Seating Plans. Classroom Management – Teaching Resources – Teach Starter. Getting Ready for the Start of School Part II: Why Some Teachers Have Smooth Running Classrooms. I have observed many, many teachers in elementary and early childhood classrooms and the ones that have the smoothest-running classrooms all do the same thing: they teach procedures.

Getting Ready for the Start of School Part II: Why Some Teachers Have Smooth Running Classrooms

Now only do they teach the procedures they need the children to follow, but they also have the children practice and they give them positive feedback until they become automatic routines. They make learning procedures the most important teaching priority in the first few weeks of school, even if it takes time away from other subjects. Bloomin' Apps. 20 Ways To Be A Better English Language Teacher (Part 1) English language teaching can be a challenging and difficult process, especially if you are seeking for new ideas and thoughts on improving your day-to-day teaching.

20 Ways To Be A Better English Language Teacher (Part 1)

Much of the challenge is learning to develop yourself, especially once you have found your place in this career and feel settled. You must continuously strive to improve your own teaching day in and day out. Here are some ideas to consider when you want to improve and develop your own teaching or if you want to be a better teacher overall. 1. Reflect on your lessons It seems like commonsense but for some teachers that I have observed, they have difficulty reflecting and improving their own lessons. Did the students enjoy the lesson? 2. The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom. Updated 10/2013 Have you ever thought about how silly we teachers can be?

The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom

When we get in front of students, we present ourselves to be the ones with all the answers, and then after we talk to the students, we start asking questions as if we don't know anything we just talked about. No wonder students get confused! The Goal of a Question. Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Content. Most classes, starting with about middle school, begin the school year with reviewing the content to be covered, expectations regarding grades, and other academic information provided by the teacher or instructor.

The human or social element is often disregarded. What is interesting is that most learners enter the classroom wondering who is in the course. They want to know about the teacher and the people in the class not what material is to be covered. What this says to me as an educator is that it all begins with a social connection – between the educator and the learners, and between the learners themselves. Because of this belief, I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between themselves and me. You are the focus of the class not me.You are important as a learner in this class.You will be expected to engage in the learning activities during class time. Based on age/grade level, I have begun my classes in a variety of ways.

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Top 10 Websites for the Inclusive Classroom. Teachers love a great resource!

Top 10 Websites for the Inclusive Classroom

Especially a resource that is free and at their fingertips - literally. 10 Ways to Help Struggling Students Grow. Minds in Bloom is happy to introduce our readers to Jennie of A House Called Home with her inspiring post on helping struggling students.

10 Ways to Help Struggling Students Grow

I have three daughters. They were each adopted out of foster care around the age of nine. School Psychologist Files. Free Sequences.