The Ongoing Study of How and When Teachers Should Praise Students – Education Article

    Should teachers praise their students?     It’s a simple question with a multiplicity of answers.     A 2020 study published in the journal Educational Psychology concludes that teachers who use praise see a 30% increase in good behavior from their classes.     Meanwhile, reprimands actually increase misbehavior and unwillingness to comply with instruction.     Researches suggest a 3:1 or 4:1 praise-to-reprimand ratio. So for every one reprimand, a teacher should provide three or four…

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Are snap Ofsted visits a good or bad idea? – Education Article

It probably comes as no great surprise to learn that the Conservative Party’s recent proposals to ‘strengthen’ Ofsted inspections by increasing the length of a standard inspection from two to three days, and to introduce ‘snap’ no-notice inspections, have been met with universal condemnation from headteachers and teaching unions. The proposals have been called ‘draconian’ and concerns have been raised that the move would be potentially damaging, meaning that a school’s focus would be on inspections rather than teaching. The…

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“Why Didn’t Anyone Help Me?” The Truth Behind Abused Teachers Who Took Matters Into Their Own Hands – Education Article

When the articles pop up on my timeline, I’m quick to click the link to each and every article that looks or sounds like this: “Teacher assaults student” “Educator and student fights” “Teacher fired after brawl with student” What I find to be interesting is that many, if not all of the teachers involved in the fight with their students, have reported incidents within their classrooms multiple times.  But where are those articles? Where are the news reports of teachers…

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Do Small Class Sizes Improve Student Achievement? – Education Article

As all school budgets tighten a bit as funding shrinks, a common theme is to eliminate teachers and just make the class sizes larger. While there is no doubt that this strategy can save a good chunk of money, the question is whether it is worth it. Is there an academic benefit to having smaller class sizes? What the Research Shows Research demonstrates that there is a direct correlation between student achievement and class size, especially in the case of…

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Effective Teaching Techniques – The Educator Blog – Education Article

Teaching techniques? It is not what you teach, but the way that you do it. Identifying Sound Technique Whether introducing five-year olds to phonics or telling tales of the Tudors to A Level history students, there is only really one way of measuring our success. Students’ learning. Despite what some ivory towered experts tell us, if our students progress well our teaching techniques must be effective. Remember the terrible traumas of the early two thousands? The time when teaching was…

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Six Problems with a Growth Mindset in Education – Education Article

  Sometimes the truth is not enough.   Especially if you misunderstand its meaning.   That seems to be the main problem with a growth mindset.   It’s one of the trendiest concepts in education today, and – though it’s based on an authentic insight into how kids learn – it’s been shackled and monetized into an excuse to support a sterile status quo.   The basic idea goes like this: academic ability isn’t something students have or do not…

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The Best Mind Mapping Software For Classrooms in 2019 – Education Article

During the Roman Empire In the 3rd century, Porphyry from Tyre mapped Aristotle’s Categories in what became known as the Porphyrian Tree. The Porphyrian Tree was possibly the first mind map.  (#1) Many famous philosophers and scholars throughout history used mind maps for notetaking: Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Madame Curie, Michelangelo, and Thomas Edison. Tony Bunzan, however, made mind mapping popular. In his BBC TV series, Bunzan coined the term “mind map” and showed the audience how to create…

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13 Examples Of Great Class Blogs – Education Article

Have you ever felt completely inspired and rejuvenated after visiting another school? Stepping out of the bubble of your own environment can be so powerful to get new ideas and perspectives. How often do you get to actually visit other schools? Perhaps not nearly as often as you’d like. Fortunately, you can take a virtual peek at class blogs and savor the benefits of school visits. Many educators enjoy using a blog to have an online space that complements their…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Urban Education Mixtape – Education Article

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time of year that falls between the holiday season and spring break. It’s that time of the year where the prescribed off days are few. It’s that time of the year where children begin to feel restless, the calendar seems to stand still and the adults are starting to lose their patience. It’s that time of the year where the realization of the end of year failures for specific students grows stronger.…

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Getting Started with Digital Storytelling In The Classroom – Education Article

Everybody remembers a good story.  When a teacher tells a story, they immediately have the attention of their students. Storytelling can change learning dull linear topics into a positive experience. In the 21st century, this art of ancient storytelling is enhanced with digital storytelling. A good story can almost tell itself, but a good storyteller transforms a mundane story into an unforgettable experience to the listeners. Digital storytelling boosts the involvement of the listeners even more by appealing to other…

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The essentials of lesson planning – Education Article

There’s no shortage of advice and guidance out there on lesson planning. Much of that advice is very useful, and some people make a living out of delivering courses or writing books on the topic. Of course, there is no single, completely fool-proof method or formula to follow that guarantees a successful or ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ lesson every single time – anything that claims to do so is a downright lie. There are a whole host of factors that will ultimately…

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How to Help Your Children Achieve Success in the Classroom with Balance – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS – Education Article

If you want your child to become successful in life, it’s up to you to set the foundation. As a parent, it’s your job to do all you can to set them up for success. When you’re able to do this, you won’t have to worry about guilt concerning whether or not you did all you could. In fact, as long as you regularly educate yourself on how you can become a better parent, it’ll shine through. In order to…

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Winter Bulletin Board Ideas – Education Article

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9 New Teacher Survival Tips – Education Article

Because you asked. I occasionally get emails from followers, readers, and conference audience members asking for advice. It’s lovely! And flattering! And OK, a lot of work sometimes. But, I always try to answer and help. Recently, I spent so much time answering, linking to past posts, and giving paragraphs and paragraphs of advice I thought – Hey! This would be a good blog post! Some of these topics, I’ve blogged about before. I’m kind of passionate about being a…

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Best Education Apps to Use In and Out of the Classroom – Education Article

As more and more classrooms are joining the 1:1 technology initiative (a computer device for every student), education is finally changing its look in schools across the globe. Textbooks are no longer considered the must-have item that they used to be in the classroom. After all, you can find much more content online on any subject than could ever be fit into a textbook. On top of that, it is much less expensive! Textbooks are not cheap and being able…

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Makerspace Starter Kit Updated – Education Article

Three years ago I shared my Makerspace Starter Kit with you or what I was buying to boost our Makerspace area using four empty Library study carrels that no longer held desktop Macs.  That post has consistently been one of the most viewed posts every week for years and years – with more than 83 THOUSAND views, gee whiz! (Crazy, right?) So, I thought maybe it was time to update it!*  Since then, I’ve had some major Makerspace successes and…

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