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What Growth, Innovation and Collaborative Mindsets look like for Students and Teachers. If you are reading this, you’ve very likely lined up your stuffed animals in alphabetical rows and taught them how to write, or add, or all about history.

What Growth, Innovation and Collaborative Mindsets look like for Students and Teachers

Better yet, you may have commandeered the entire basement setting up your ideal school. If you fall into this category, you may have an inordinate love of new notebooks and dry erase boards—just like me. Many of us become teachers because we love learning, in addition to teaching. It is often far into a teacher preparation program before actual students, with real needs, talents, and expectations, are placed before you.

Suddenly, you are gazing at a classroom filled with all types of students—some begrudgingly there, some anxious, probably quite a few social butterflies, maybe someone who is painfully shy, a fair number of perfectionists, maybe some ENL students (English as a New Language), and there are those with IEPs or 504s. Truth be told, standing up there and “teaching” is outmoded and ineffective. Growth mindset. Edutopia. Back-to-school content is usually focused on teachers and students, and as these two groups will have the largest workload ahead of them, that makes sense.


But for students, the ultimate support system is not an expert teacher, but an informed and supportive family. One of the most significant challenges facing formal education in the United States is the chasm separating schools and communities. The more informed a family is, the more seamlessly they'll connect to so many other edu-constructs, from extracurricular activities and tutoring to reading programs and school-related events. While schools (hopefully) work to update themselves and the way students learn within them, many parents have to work with what's available to them.

With the exception of in-depth content like Edutopia's guides, much of the "parent stuff" you'll find through Googling is decent enough, but it can be surface level or otherwise completely unrelated to process of learning. 5 Teaching Practices I'm Kicking to the Curb. So many of us teach the way we were taught.

5 Teaching Practices I'm Kicking to the Curb

We may not even realize we’re doing it. And that means certain practices get passed down year after year without question, methods that are such a normal part of the way we do school, we perpetuate them without realizing there are better alternatives. Today I’m going to roll out five of these for your consideration: five teaching practices used every day that are not backed by research. In many cases, these practices are not only ineffective, they can be downright harmful. A few caveats before I start: First, I have used every single one of these methods. A.K.A.: Round-Robin Reading, Volunteer Reading. Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips. This article is adapted from Larry's new book, Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation.

Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips

Let's start with a question I've been asked on more than one occasion. "I know my content and like my students, but sometimes it's hard to get them under control so I can teach my lesson. What tips for classroom management can you give me? " My general answer is that you can never have too many positive, not punitive, classroom management strategies in your toolbox. Obviously, there are serious student transgressions, including violence, where some kind of punishment is an appropriate response. Public Versus Private Relationship. Organization. Welcome!


Here is the view of our first grade hallway at Wayland Bonds Elementary! This year we decided to go with a camping theme. We made our doorways look like log cabins by making logs out of butcher paper. We all bought a pine tree from Mardels. 25 Ways to Make Grading Less Painful. There's no way around it.

25 Ways to Make Grading Less Painful

No matter how much formative assessment you did, how much feedback you gave early, how aligned or focused your rubric is... you still have to grade it. Others have talked about how to make it easier. There are infinite articles on TeachHub, Scholastic, and Edutopia, just to name a few. Carol Jago commiserated with us in her book, Papers, Papers, Papers. Secondary Solutions wrote a popular blog post with 10 tips for essay grading. But on the other hand, other authors in education keep publishing books and articles about "effective" feedback for students that don't address the practical realities of grading and commenting, which only adds to our guilt/indecision about the quantity and types of feedback to give (and thus the amount of time we spend per paper).

Eventually, what happens looks something like the seven stages of grief: Teaching Maths with Meaning: 10 Steps to Setting Up Your Classroom For the New Year. It is the start of the school year and you have so much to do.

Teaching Maths with Meaning: 10 Steps to Setting Up Your Classroom For the New Year

You might be a brand new teacher, have changed year levels and classrooms or be looking to arrange your classroom in a different year to last year. You walk into your empty shell of a classroom, the cleaners have been through and piled everything in the corner and you might be wondering just what to do! Don’t be overwhelmed – this is when the fun starts! Personally, I have either changed schools, grade levels or classrooms every year but one, so after doing this a few times, I finally have a system down pat, that works for me every year! Edutopia.

When I was a new teacher in middle school several centuries ago, I occasionally said things to students that I later regretted.


5 Ways to "Remove the Walls" From Your Classroom. After the first day of school this year, I couldn't believe my luck!

5 Ways to "Remove the Walls" From Your Classroom

My seventh grade math and science students participated eagerly, worked well in groups, and followed our agreed-upon classroom procedures. With the deck stacked in my favor, I was sure that this was going to be my best year of teaching thus far. However, after three to four weeks, the on-task behaviors waned across the grade as students seemed to focus more on personal squabbles than their classwork. Simply put, the students were getting tired of one another. Even when I changed up the seating chart, planned purposeful groups, and taught interactive differentiated lessons, the students' bickering continued to get in the way of their learning. 10 Things All Teachers Need to Know When Teaching Handwriting « Miss Mancy's Blog. I wanted to share a few tips of the trade when teaching handwriting to young children.

10 Things All Teachers Need to Know When Teaching Handwriting « Miss Mancy's Blog

There are several approaches but mine has always been eclectic and varies greatly depending on the child’s strengths. But here is a little bag of tricks I like to use! 1-Do not look at the final product, look at the process that the child uses to make sure the approach is correct. How to Tell if Your Student Could Benefit From Speech Therapy. Posted 07/09/2015 9:28AM | Last Commented 08/05/2015 6:57AM Speech is an integral part of being human, and while it comes naturally and easily to the majority of the population, language is not so effortless for some. Luckily, when speech disorders are caught early in childhood, it is much easier to make improvements than when neglected with the hopes that the child will "grow out of it". 10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs. 10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs by Google Collaborate with colleagues.

Edutopia. We all know that the back-to-school season is exciting -- not just for students and educators, but for parents, businesses, and the media as well. It's a time when the greater community is primed to pay attention to its schools. As Nora Carr, Chief of Staff for Guilford County (NC) Schools and former president of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has written, "In terms of PR heaven, it doesn't get any better than this. " Research Trends: Why Homework Should Be Balanced. Homework: effective learning tool or waste of time? Since the average high school student spends almost seven hours each week doing homework, it's surprising that there's no clear answer.

Homework is generally recognized as an effective way to reinforce what students learn in class, but claims that it may cause more harm than good, especially for younger students, are common. Fun for Spanish Teachers: First Week of School: Two Songs for Teaching Greetings & Introductions. Song # 1: Hola amigos - Hi Friends Hola amigos ¿cómo están? (Hi friends -boys-, how are you?) The Perfect Classroom, According to Science — Bright. It’s bright, quiet, and 72 degrees. And it makes every student feel valued. Using "I Can" Charts to Make Learning Visible. How to Watch YouTube Videos Safely with Kids. Guidelines for Practical Life Skills for Kids! Clarity is Key. The new school year feels well underway, even if for some of you it only started 15 days ago. It is amazing how quickly something new can become familiar, how quickly sparse classroom spaces can become filled.

Whether it has been a few weeks or a few months, many of you are seeing your classrooms fill up with supplies, student work, and charts. Room Setup - The School Supply Addict. Curriculum Binder: A Teacher's Right Hand Man... Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff. An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. It has recently been seized upon by educators as a tool to explore our knowledge of student achievement, and ways that such achievement might be improved.

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