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6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students. Returning to learning – Rubik’s Cube revenge. On Thursday, 30 March 2017 at 9.21pm AEDT I successfully solved a Rubik’s Cube for the first time.

Returning to learning – Rubik’s Cube revenge

We ask students to do it every day, but when was the last time you ventured out of your comfort zone to learn something new? I don’t mean ‘self-learning’ via a YouTube video, flicking through a book or an instruction manual, or surfing the internet. Rather, learning a new skill with the aid of a teacher in the same room. As an educator, it’s interesting to reflect on how you feel when you put yourself in that position; the highs and lows that boost and hamper your progress, the help and scaffolding you received along the way.

8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher. 8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher by Ian Lancaster What makes a teacher strong?

8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher

What differentiates the best from the rest? There’s no shortage of bodies (some dramatically misguided) attempting to solve this riddle. The answers are nebulous at best. 1. Confidence while teaching can mean any number of things, it can range from having confidence in your knowledge of the material being learned to having confidence that your teaching acumen is second to none. Why Do High School History Teachers Lecture So Much? Why Do High School History Teachers Lecture So Much?

Why Do High School History Teachers Lecture So Much?

By Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Why do high school teachers lecture so much? Almost every high school I go to I see teachers talking and kids listening (or not) more in History than any other course. And you needn’t take my anecdotal word for it. For the past year, students taking our survey have been asked to respond to questions about use of time in class. So, half of HS teachers lecture at least 3/4 of the period regularly – some all period.

We also asked students what they think the ideal amount of lecturing is. My question is basic, history teachers. Learning Beyond The Curriculum. Learning Beyond The Curriculum by Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon Ed note: This is part 2 in a series on self-determined learning from Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon.

Learning Beyond The Curriculum

Stewart’s site, Heutagogy Community of Practice, is a useful resource for reading on Self-Determined Learning. The first post was Shifting From Pedagogy to Heutagogy In Education. The science of learning, discovering how people learn, as opposed to the philosophy of learning and education that goes back to Egyptian times, can be sheeted back to around the tenth-century. 70 Practical Things Every Teacher Should Know. The Basics Of Reflective Teaching: A Slo-Blog Approach.

The Basics Of Reflective Teaching: A Slo-Blog Approach by Beth Leidolf As the school year kicks off, many classes, teachers and students begin with the basics, those building blocks that provide a firm foundation upon which more valuable learning and growing will take place.

The Basics Of Reflective Teaching: A Slo-Blog Approach

With that in mind, the #reflectiveteacher community gets back to basics in this slo-blogging activity called built around the ABCs of being a #reflectiveteacher. Previously, our #reflectiveteacher challenge was a daily prompt. Edutopia. In 1968, two researchers conducted a fascinating study that proved the extent to which teacher expectations influence student performance.


Positive expectations influence performance positively, and negative expectations influence performance negatively. In educational circles, this has been termed the Pygmalion Effect, or more colloquially, a self-fulfilling prophecy. Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand - Are You A Whole Teacher?

Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand -

A Self-Assessment To Understand. Essential teaching practices – do they exist? [Image © Shutterstock/StockLite] It is often observed that there is no single best way to teach – that what works for some learners under some conditions does not work for all learners under all conditions.

Essential teaching practices – do they exist?

For this reason, it is argued, teachers require a broad repertoire of teaching methods that they can call on as appropriate. Evaluations of specific teaching approaches (such as Bloom’s Mastery Learning or Engelmann’s Direct Instruction) suggest that almost all teaching methods can be effective for at least some students if implemented by committed and highly competent teachers. Nevertheless, reviews of research identify some classroom practices as more highly correlated with improved student outcomes than others [1].

Effective practices include: connecting new material to earlier learning; clarifying learning objectives; explicitly teaching and modelling new material; and regularly checking for student understanding. 27 Tips For Effective Classroom Management. Getting students to pay attention, let alone actually learn something, is a challenge.

27 Tips For Effective Classroom Management

It takes grit, determination, creativity, and a close eye. Teachers, in-classroom parents, assistants, and administrators need to be as up to speed as possible in order to be effective. When it comes to effective classroom management, there are a couple dozen things you should know. Creating Successful Collaborations. The Difference Between Contemporary And Traditional Learning. The Quick Guide To Bilingualism In The U.S. New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model. Sometimes a visual guide comes along and it just makes total sense.

New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model

That’s how I felt about Allan Carrington’s clever ‘Padagogy Wheel‘ which we featured on Edudemic last week. Check out the previous version then view the one below to see the differences. From what I can tell, putting the wheel on this site has generated a bit of buzz and I’m glad we could help spread the knowledge. But I was quite amazed this morning when I saw that the Padagogy Wheel had been updated. Now at version 2.0, it features another band around the edge focusing on the SAMR Model and on helping teachers (and admins) effectively integrate education technology.

This new Padagogy Wheel (which honestly is less about iPads and more about technology integration now) should encourage you to focus on redefining your current standards, the current role tech plays in your classroom, and just about everything else. A Visual Guide To Every Single Learning Theory. The 27 Things Teachers Do Best. The 27 Characteristics Of Highly Effective Teachers.