Education Update #3

Welcome to another collection of articles for educators from across the world wide web. This Week on the Web includes articles and ideas about student engagement, feedback, student research and evaluating sources, maths strategies, literacy, teacher professional development, bullying, teacher creativity, modelling and direct instruction, group work and teaching vocabulary and poetry. Gathered from an ever-widening range of websites and online publications, hopefully there is something to assist all teachers.

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27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher

You can’t swing an iPad in the hallway without hitting someone talking about becoming a 21st century teacher, 21st century student, or something involving the 21st century. While I personally am quite over that term, it fits and makes sense. I guess….read more

Engagement in Australian Schools & Some Tips to Improve It

Policy makers and researchers have long focused on trying to combat ‘disengaged’ behaviours, rather than on understanding and promoting engagement among students. This focus only captures part of the issue – engagement is a complex cognitive process, including a student’s psychological investment in their own learning and personal learning strategies….read more

Student Research Essays Don’t Have to Instil Dread or Boredom

I was planning a research unit, but I wanted to do something different; something that would flip a traditional research unit on its head and be more relevant to students’ lives….read more

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative

Creativity isn’t always something that just happens. It can take quite a bit of work to nurture, grow, and develop creativity, even for those who are immersed in creative and dynamic fields….read more

4 Tips to Build Student Confidence

For many students, the process of learning new material can feel like swimming in an ocean with fish moving in many different directions. Additionally, the information itself can feel like fish swimming in the minds of students….read more

Spice Up Your Next Math Lesson with These Useful Apps

There are so many ways to use mobile devices with students. You can create interactive textbooks for children to read, ask them to explain their thinking through screen casting or help them access informational text using QR codes. Mobile devices can also be used to help students practice foundational math skills and build their math fluency….read more

5 Ideas on How to Improve Modelling and Direct-Instruction Practice

Q & A teaching is a practice that I was sometimes guilty of, and one that I’ve frequently seen throw off a lesson in many other teachers’ classrooms. This occurs during the direct instruction portion of the lesson; the instruction turns into a Q & A session instead of the teacher giving a clear model or explanation….read more

10 Classroom Routines that Get Kids Talking (and Writing) about Math Strategies

Most kids find it challenging to explain how they solve math problems and to put what they know about math into words. These ten simple classroom routines can help make math talk a regular part of your day….read more
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How to Teach Poetry in the Classroom

The wonderful poet Naomi Shihab Nye first introduced me to William Stafford’s idea that no one becomes a poet. She says that we are all born poets, and it’s just that some of us choose to keep up the habit….read more

7 Things To Remember About Classroom Feedback

Feedback is an inevitable part of teaching. Naturally, you’re in a position where you’re giving a whole lot of feedback, but you’re likely on the receiving end of feedback as well. We’ve all been on the receiving end of feedback in various aspects of our lives, and I’m sure we’ve all experienced some feedback that was less than desirable – for a variety of reasons. Even if the feedback itself is inherently negative, the delivery and process of the feedback doesn’t have to be….read more

Making Teacher PD More Meaningful

If the purpose of professional development is to support teachers to be more effective in promoting student learning then one would assume that the focus of professional development would overwhelmingly be on how to be a better teacher. However, it appears that most ‘PD’ focuses on the why and what to change and not on participants learning how to implement improvements….read more

School Radio Project Boosts Literacy

Running an in-school radio station using digital and broadcast technologies has far-reaching literacy and numeracy benefits….read more

Make Vocabulary More Engaging

Every Monday, my seventh grade English teacher would have us copy a list of 25 words she’d written on the board. We’d then look up the dictionary definitions and copy those down. For homework, we’d re-write each word seven times. Good, now you know it. Test on Friday and never for those 25 words to be seen again. Poof. Old school, yes. Mundane task, yes. Did it work? I don’t remember. Probably not….read more

What Happens Over Time To Those Who Bully And Those Who Are Victimized?

There can be little question that the phenomenon of bullying has become a worldwide concern, drawing the attention of researchers, educators, policy makers, parents, and young people….read more

10 Dos and Don’ts For Group Work and Student Grouping

Educators have learned much about the benefits of using projects for learning, and collaboration is easily recognized as an important skill for students to build. There are very few arguments against having students work together in class and on assignments. However, the challenge facing many educators is not in wanting their students to work together, but in figuring out how to group students together in the most effective ways….read more

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. So, what can you do to more explicitly teach adolescents how to evaluate the quality of online information….read more

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