Education Update #5

Welcome to the latest edition of Education Update, a new batch of news articles, features and teaching ideas for educators gathered from across the internet. This week includes some classroom activities and ideas to assist with teaching maths, writing and academic language. There are also articles addressing issues such as connecting with students, believing in students and the social and emotional learning needs of teachers.

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are expected to have internalized by the end of high school and includes everything from illustration and chart literacy to speaking, grammar and genres within fields…read more

Speed Learning: A Classroom Activity

When I explain speed learning to the students, it is inevitable that one of them will say… is this like the learning version of speed dating, and the answer is, Yes….read more

Writing Superhero Conclusions with the Phantom Endings Exercise

Students are taught that a closing paragraph should accomplish three things:

1.Restate an essay’s thesis
2.Summarize main points
3.Provide a finished feel

In response to this information, young writers often exhibit confusion….read more

Tips For Connecting With Your Students

A teacher’s day can be crazy. We’re helping kids, answering questions, trying not to lose all twenty-three, no, twenty-four of students, dealing with crisis, and make sure learning is taking place simultaneously….read more

Believing in Students: The Power to Make a Difference

Believing in students is not simply telling them that you believe in them. These words matter only if they are true and if you demonstrate them by your actions. There is no way to fake it, because kids have built in crap detectors….read more

17 Terribly Rotten Things Teachers Do to Ruin Students’ Lives

Recently, we read about all the terrible things parents do to make their kids’ lives miserable. Like making them take showers, wiping their noses, and wear clothes even when they don’t feel like it. Unforgiveable, really. And that made us wonder, could teachers be worse? We had to find out….read more

Poetry: Time Tested, Proven and Brain-Based

The term “brain-based” is often thrown around by educators in all different contexts. It’s made of vague, literal terms and seems logical when applied to almost everything. So what is it, and does poetry fit the bill….read more

9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Effective teachers should focus attention on the less interested students as well as the motivated ones. Presented in this blog post are nine techniques, based on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, which can be used to motivate secondary school students in mathematics….read more

A Secret to Great Teaching: Maintain a Beginner’s Mindset

Twenty-eight boundless students have just left my classroom. Some of their energy still hangs in the ceiling tiles after 48 minutes of planning, plotting, and scheming to carry out their idea to put on a Literary Character Dinner Party featuring figures we’ve read throughout the year. With my head spinning and my hand frantically capturing a list of all the details to work out in the next couple of weeks, I sent a message to a colleague….read more

It’s Time for Social and Emotional Learning for All

Over the last decade, increased attention has been paid to the social and emotional learning (SEL) needs of children. This area of learning is necessary and essential to address — for children and adults. It’s time that schools take responsibility for meeting the entire range of learning needs that educators have….read more

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