Teaching Strategies

Gamification 101: How to Enhance Your Lesson Plans With Games

Technology has opened up new worlds for teachers that most wouldn’t have dreamed of a few decades ago. Students can get and give instant feedback, schools can connect and learn together from around the world, and there are hundreds of education games and activities across the web. One of the main features that has caught …

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Why (and How) to Teach STEAM to Blind or Visually Impaired Students

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education is crucial to prepare the next generation of students for the future workforce. But even as awareness of the importance of teaching STEM/STEAM in schools has become more widespread, unique challenges of providing the same education to students with special needs have come to light. The World …

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How To Improve the Cognitive Flexibility of Your Students

Do you have students in your classroom you can’t pull away from a task? While other students move easily between subjects, some stay rigidly focused on one idea, assignment, or problem. This reflects their level of cognitive flexibility. Everyone has different abilities, but teachers can create a classroom in which all students can improve their …

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How Students Benefit From a Flipped Classroom (And Ways To Implement It)

The internet has created hundreds of hubs for teachers to share ideas and insights when it comes to helping students learn. In addition to lesson plans, educators offer tips and advice for connecting with kids.  One method of teaching that has become popular is the flipped or inverted classroom in which students do homework during …

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Educational Resource or Student Distraction? Tablets in the Classroom

One of the themes that we have focused on this year is the connected classroom, or the intersection of technology with the fundamentals of teaching. One sticking point for educators has been the use of tablets. Are these valuable learning tools, or do they serve only as a distraction? Are they worth the investment? Let’s …

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Why We Need More Decision-Making Lessons in the Classroom

You might not spend very much time thinking about your outfit or your drive to work, but you make decisions every step of the way. These small choices are mostly subconscious, but they reflect years of practice in choosing your own path.  While you have these years of experience, kids don’t. They have very few …

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How to Incorporate STEAM Learning in Lessons About Native American Culture

November is often a time to discuss Native American tribes and their relation to modern society, whether teachers are introducing the lesson as part of Native American Heritage Month or tying the concepts into Thanksgiving activities.  Fortunately, many lessons about American Indians have moved beyond hand turkeys and teepee drawings. Many educators are using this …

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Pair Programming 101: From Two Ps to Four Cs

Have you heard of pair programming? If you work in K-12 education today, chances are you’ve come across the concept, especially if you’re a Tech TOSA or STEM Teacher.  You might even be vaguely familiar with the basics of pair programming. In a teaching strategy borrowed from professional engineers, two students pair up to program …

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The Four Cs: A Guide for Preparing Students for the Future

Our world is changing—and quickly. The way we communicate, our access to information, and the types of jobs we can expect to be available are all rapidly evolving with technology. The topics (and ways of teaching them) that were once deemed necessary for success after graduation have also begun to shift to reflect the changing …

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