How Reading Novels in Math Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement


Every January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time aloud to his students. While it’s easy to envision using math picture books in elementary school classrooms, literature for older grades poses a bigger challenge.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion


One teacher, many students: It’s basically the definition of school as we know it, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned?

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Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.


When the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Golden Grove Elementary School in Palm Beach County, FL pad around the classroom in their (possibly) smelly socks, everyone cheers. It’s not because these students and teachers have a peculiar penchant for fetid footsies.

3 Tips to Incorporate Social-Emotional Learning Into Everyday Literacy Instruction


Whether students are reading literature about a character’s challenging journey, or learning to persevere through a difficult word problem, resilience is always relevant to a student’s—and teacher’s—journey. By teaching skills ranging from self-management to responsible decision-making , educators can instill in students the positive mindsets, resilience, and grit they need to succeed in school and in life. Kid President is a perennial favorite of teachers and students alike.

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: Yeah, you know, teacher engagement comes before student engagement, doesn’t it? I bet if you think about it, it is likely possible that many passions can be used to engage students. STEAM Idea #2: Find out what students love.

6 Innovative Ways to Connect with Your Students, Courtesy of Walt Disney – From Suzy Brooks


This year, what if you could channel your inner Walt Disney for the betterment of student learning? I have brought students down the road to the American Revolution ten times. On the other, I must find ways to add to my practice so students continue to be engaged in learning.

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Debunking 5 digital storytelling misconceptions


As a teacher, you’ll find that stories play a huge part in your students’ lives. Anyone who studied at least a little bit of Psychology knows that students retain information better when they make a connection between a concept and their personal stories.

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The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning

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For the past several decades, I have had my feet in both elementary education and teacher training and development. It is learning by doing with a reflective element which, in turn, creates conditions for deeply engaged learning. Engages most of the senses. Engages the senses.

Jumpstart Engagement with Interactive Whiteboard Classroom Technology

ViewSonic Education

Nearly a hundred years ago, celebrated educational reformer John Dewey admonished: If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow. In the early 1990s, concerns about chalk dust and students with allergies prompted the transition to whiteboards.

What to Look for When Purchasing an Education Projector

ViewSonic Education

Teachers have used projection systems for well over a century to bring engaging content to students. Consider classroom size and number of students. Student needs also play a role. LED displays look great to students seated directly in front of them.

How can your institution attract students

Linways Technologies

Defining the students’ choices of the 21st century. Portrait of pensive student carrying out test at lesson. Now students wait for their results and plan ahead for what stream or course they want to pursue and which institution they want to join. Definitely not.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

SEL also decreases behavioral issues, dropout rates, drug use, and teen pregnancy, so the advantages of including it in elementary and secondary classes are clear. And, the goals for students engaged in this type of learning include self-esteem, empathy, motivation, and commitment.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. For these students, poverty brings a host of other disadvantages, most beyond the school district’s control: broken homes, transient living situations, and a lack of educational support at home. Supporting Students from Day One. "That’s

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. For these students, poverty brings a host of other disadvantages, most beyond the school district’s control: broken homes, transient living situations, and a lack of educational support at home. Enrollment skyrocketed to nearly 300 students.

4 Amazing Google Tools to Help You Engage Your Students


Have you ever found yourself in a classroom full of students, wondering if anyone is enjoying the content? Or at the very least, engaged and invested in what they’re learning? As teachers, one of our main goals in the classroom is to engage our students in meaningful activities.

How the 5E Model Makes Science Meaningful for Bilingual Students


I treat my bilingual students with the same kindness and set the same high expectations for them. This is my 15th year as an elementary teacher. Science text, however, can be difficult to read, even for advanced English-speaking students. Thus, starting a science lesson with vocabulary or reading a piece of text is not effective with bilingual students. Engage Our brains remember new and exciting things. As students explore, the abstract becomes concrete.

Teachers Are Turning to AI Solutions for Assistance

EdTech Magazine

While teachers may always be the best line of defense for students falling behind, busy schedules don’t always permit the special attention and feedback that students need. These intelligent tools can adapt pacing based on the student’s ability … and provide targeted, corrective feedback in case the student makes mistakes, so that the student can learn from them,” states an eSchool News report released earlier this year.

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Quality of pre-K varies in New York, data shows

The Hechinger Report

Four-year-olds pretend they are growing tall, like plants, in a science lesson that involves a rich vocabulary, hands-on learning and student engagement. Student engagement and positive reinforcement like this, experts say, is a sign of a quality prekindergarten program.

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What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

The Hechinger Report

In the weeks ahead, the girls would weave the interview and their own research into four individual narratives about Millones, one of several immigrants telling their stories at King, where nearly a quarter of the students were born overseas.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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So the following list of public education terms is useful not so much for the definitions, but for the credibility (or at least authority) of the definitions, as they are sourced from the Department of Education itself, in this case in regards to clarify Race to the Top language and meaning.

Measuring success at San Antonio’s public preschool program

The Hechinger Report

Students engage in creative activities on the playground at Pre-K 4 SA North Education Center in San Antonio, Texas. Another challenged an eager student to a building contest at a LEGO table. For example, a family of four making $50,000 per year pays $1,000 per year per student.

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking


As digital devices become more common in classrooms, teachers and students are discovering that what worked in the analog world may not be as effective in the digital one. Parents and teachers already help students get organized and now need to extend that to the digital world.

An alternative to differentiated math centers that’s easier, faster, AND more effective

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Math centers or workstations where kids are all involved in different activities are a fundamental part of many elementary classrooms. Are the activities on an appropriate level for each student? But usually when students are in centers, you the teacher are working with a small group.

How Schools Can Use Life Transitions To Help Students Feel They Belong


Moving from elementary school to middle school, or from middle school to high school, represents a big change in academic expectations, schedules, and social lives. He knew it was important those students feel that they belong in college, that they were valued in the community.

How LA Unified Cultivates Districtwide Digital Citizenship

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In partnering with Common Sense Education since 2014 for our inaugural Digital Citizenship Week (DCW), we have remained committed to cultivating the empowering and collaborative practices of online engagement and technology use throughout our schools. As the nation’s second-largest school district -- with 1,000 schools and more than 550,000 students -- that is no easy task. LA Unified has two separate social media policies: one for employees and one for students.

4 teaching mistakes that drained my energy (and the solutions that changed everything)

The Cornerstone for Teachers

The only time I’d stop talking was to give the evil eye and deadly silence to students who dared to steal my thunder by saying something themselves. So I’d occasionally sit on the side of the classroom or in an absent student’s desk and say, “I need someone to go up and demonstrate for us.”

What Do Sixth Graders Say About Learning With Games? It Works


Each student had been cast for a role-playing game either as a honeybee sent out from the hive or as a plant. This type of simulation creates real empathy, which helps to make abstract concepts more concrete — and boosts engagement as a result. Students roll dice to earn points.

NCLB’s legacy: As the ESSA era begins, have policymakers, educators learned from the past?

The Hechinger Report

President Bush promotes his “No Child Left Behind” education agenda during a visit to Kirkpatrick Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., Indeed, the new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, has been positioned as a significant upgrade in both policy and practice.

The Never-Ending Story: Procedures vs. Understanding in Math

K-12 Schools - Education News

Finding the Balance between Procedural Fluency and Conceptual Understanding in Teaching Early Grade Mathematics to Students with Learning Disabilities. I went to school in the 50’s and 60’s when students first learned how to add and subtract in second grade.