Student Engagement Strategies: Get and Keep Students on Task Keeping students on task is the primary challenge for any teacher. If your high school or middle school students are doing what they should be doing, then you do not have any management problems. Getting Students on Task Classroom procedures and routines are essential for getting students on task. Once students enter the classroom, they should follow a routine up until they are dismissed from class. Routines are created by procedures. Geoff Jordan vs. Duolingo More than a million people a day connect to Duolingo, an app which claims to help people learn a foreign language by guiding them through a series of translation exercises. Here are a few examples: The program is an artful way of getting people to translate texts for free. Clients upload texts for translation to Duolingo and the text is then presented to students who translate it as part of their study activities. When the document is fully translated, Duolingo returns it to the client who pays for the translation.
An Annotated List of Flipped Class Tools and Resources Flipped Class Tool and Resource List from Turn to Your Neighbor We will keep a (clearly very incomplete) list of tools and resources we use and/or discover relative to flipped teaching here. Help us grow this list using the form at the bottom of the page.
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. 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:
10 Ways to Encourage Student Voice and Choice Personalize the Learning Environment Building a personalized learning environment means putting the learner first. Here are ten steps to encourage student voice and choice in your classroom. 1. Introduce the topic and share the standards that are normally met with typical instruction. The Best Student Engagement Strategies Explained - Individual Written Response When it comes to teaching, there are really two secrets - relationship and engagement. When it comes to relationship, the recipe is very simple - care about the students and remember that "it is not about you." Student engagement, on the other hand, is much more challenging. In a series of student engagement articles, I will explore different "best practices" in student engagement. I have written before about "Paired Response." Paired response, when used correctly in the classroom can really motivate your students to stay engaged.
50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized?
The Teacher Tools Collection by sherry lee edshelf Teacher Tools Curated by sherry lee Share: 3 followers 12 tools 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. 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.
5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice The idea of co-constructing knowledge with students can be a scary thing for many of us teachers. The age-old role of teacher as orator, director, sage has been handed down for centuries and most of us grew up as students looking to teachers in this way. It's hard to shake. Co-constructing knowledge means giving up the myself and them role of teacher and students and fully embracing the wonder and journey of us. The first step we have to take is becoming familiar and comfortable with saying "I don't know" out loud to our students. Maybe that sounds silly, but it's a huge step for many of us.
The Best Student Engagement Strategies Explained - Paired Response When it comes to teaching, there are really two secrets - relationship and engagement. When it comes to relationship, the recipe is very simple - care about the students and remember that "it is not about you". Student Engagement, on the other hand, is much more challenging. My Journey So Far -“What’s Your Story” Blog Challenge with a Human Touch Vicky Loras is an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) educator whom I hold in the highest esteem. Not only is she an excellent teacher, she is extremely generous with her time and takes huge pleasure in sharing her knowledge with her colleagues in the ELT (English Language Teaching) community. In 2011, she launched the “What’s Your Story” Blog Challenge where she encouraged her colleagues to write and share their story. We could write about “anything you consider important in your life or career, that has helped shape you as a person or educator.” The challenge is up and running again, and I’ve decided to rise to this challenge and share with you my story of how I became an English Language Teacher. So here goes.
How to flip the classroom Flipping is easy – and with a little thought and planning, teachers can use the flipped model to create engaging learning experiences for their students. This section covers the nuts and bolts of flipping – from creating videos, to introducing the flipped concept, to practical ideas for using class time differently. What are teachers saying? As an English teacher, I have several teaching concepts going at once, so flipping works well for me. I may have kids watch a lesson at home to learn about literary devices in a book we are reading in class. Then the next day, they can point them out to me as we read.
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.