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5 Teaching Practices I'm Kicking to the Curb

5 Teaching Practices I'm Kicking to the Curb
So many of us teach the way we were taught. 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 What it is: A teacher wants her class to read a text—a short story, a chapter in a textbook—so she has each student take a turn reading out loud while the others follow along silently. Why I did it: I used popcorn reading occasionally as a language arts teacher, when we were doing a whole-class novel, to “get through” the text. Learn More: A.K.A.

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Kurtis Hewson's Professional Site On October 26, 2011, in conjunction with the Education Undergraduate Society, I shared with University of Lethbridge Faculty of Education students thoughts related to the Evolution of Digital Footprints and things they can do early in their teaching training and subsequent career to build a positive digital footprint. As mentioned in the presentation, it is important to put thought now to your digital footprint and how it reflects you as a future educator. Take small steps to begin the work! Find some helpful resources to get started on the way to developing a strong, professional digital footprint (you may use the Presentation handout to help you set some next steps or record thoughts that you have along the way). Resources to support Footprint 2.0 (Cleaning up your Footprint)

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