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6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers. Routines and consistency matter greatly and are necessary for creating a smooth learning environment in your classroom.

6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

Routines help with creating community, checking for understanding, and managing the classroom. I'm going to share three opening routines and three closing routines that you can start using in your next class. Opening Routines If students come in and know that they will be required to write, read, or share at the launch of the lesson, then they enter the room already anticipating that there is an immediate expectation.

(The same goes for closing routines and winding down your lesson.) Share One Word Ask students to share one word about how they are feeling that day. Quote of the Day Students love to share their opinions. The Reading Minute This one comes from English language arts teacher guru Kelly Gallagher. Closing Routines Rate the Learning or Lesson This exit slip can be accomplished in a matter of mere minutes. Closing Statement or Question Grab a Goal. 21 GIFs That Explain Mathematical Concepts. “Let's face it; by and large math is not easy, but that's what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.”

21 GIFs That Explain Mathematical Concepts

Danica McKellar As we usher in the start of a new school year, it’s time to hit the ground running in your classes! Math can be pretty tough, but since it is the language in which scientists interpret the Universe, there’s really no getting around learning it. Check out these gifs that will help you visualize some tricky aspects of math, so you can dominate your exams this year.

Ellipse: Via: giphy Solving Pascal triangles: Via: Hersfold via Wikimedia Commons Use FOIL to easily multiply binomials: What's Your Learning Style? The Learning Styles. What's Your Learning Style?

What's Your Learning Style? The Learning Styles

The Learning Styles Auditory If you are an auditory learner, you learn by hearing and listening. You understand and remember things you have heard. You store information by the way it sounds, and you have an easier time understanding spoken instructions than written ones. As an auditory learner, you probably hum or talk to yourself or others if you become bored. Here are some things that auditory learners like you can do to learn better. Sit where you can hear. Remember that you need to hear things, not just see things, in order to learn well. Visual If you are a visual learner, you learn by reading or seeing pictures. As a visual learner, you are usually neat and clean.

Types of Learning Styles. 10 talks from inspiring teachers. Professor John Keating of “The Dead Poets Society.”

10 talks from inspiring teachers

Calculus teacher Jaime Escalante of “Stand and Deliver.” Marine-turned-teacher Louanne Johnson of “Dangerous Minds.” Hollywood might want to take note of a new award-winning teacher on the block, Stephen Ritz, who gave this fast-paced, highly inspiring talk at TEDxManhattan. Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South BronxA parent and teacher in the South Bronx, Ritz has noticed his students getting larger and more sickly over the years, not to mention the fact that they’re parsing fewer options for earning a living. So Ritz began working with his students to grow “indoor edible walls,” beautiful living murals, full of greenery.

“Kids from the poorest Congressional district in America can build a 30 x 15 foot wall — design it, plant it, and install it in the middle of New York City,” says Ritz. Since starting the edible wall project, Ritz has seen his kids’ attendance jump from 43 to 90 percent. The Best of TED Talks for Teachers on Pinterest. Are You using These 5 Popular Educational Web Tools ? As 2013 draws to a close, here are some of the most popular web-based educational tools that have risen quickly in popularity this past year.

Are You using These 5 Popular Educational Web Tools ?

You may have heard of some of these. If not, take a look and see if they are relevant to you and your students. Edtech Pro Tip: For your New Year's resolution, pick just one edtech tool and commit to integrating it into your curriculum for January and February. Why just one? Because any more would be overwhelming. A favorite among students and teachers, this flashcard site has since expanded to include quizzes, exercises, and other study aids. Dealing with behavioral management issues in your classroom? Search for educational content across the web and filter it by degree of difficulty. Start with a blank online canvas and put anything you want on it - text, images, or video. Want to jazz up your lesson plan?

Looking for a tool to manage an individual education program (IEP)? Curious about edtech tools made by fellow educators? What's Your Learning Style? The Learning Styles.