effective teaching

How Your Hobbies Can Make You A Better Teacher – Education Article

In David Epstein’s recent book Range, he makes the case that most breakthroughs in science, art, technology, medicine, music, and sports come from those with a wide range of interests and abilities. For example, Nobel laureates in science are 22 times more likely than their peers to have hobbies outside of their field. The ability to draw on knowledge gleaned from dabbling in several areas—regardless of what they are—arms you with broad, integrative skills that can give you a distinct…

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How Social Media Can Make You Feel Like The Worst Teacher – Education Article

When I was a new teacher, I got wind of a “stellar” teacher who taught at a nearby school. He and I were at the same grade level, so one afternoon I swung by to check out his classroom. His room was immaculate and the most kid-friendly learning environment I’ve ever seen. It was bright and colorful, with interactive learning centers, math labs, and science experiments set up around the perimeter. There was a solar system suspended from the ceiling…

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The Sham Of High Expectations – Education Article

Every school talks about high expectations. Only a small few actually live it. The truth is, for the most part, it’s a sham. Expectations for student behavior in this day and age are knee-high to a five year old. And getting lower by the year. The trend is being driven by an educational culture that no longer feels comfortable with consequences. But seems obsessed with making students feel good at any cost—including their very future. Timeout is becoming a bad…

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Engagement Doesn’t Often Mean Effectiveness – Education Article

A few weeks ago I asked a group of teachers to describe a lesson where technology was used effectively to impact learning. After some thinking, one of the teachers described a lesson where students were using Google Maps to take a tour of different parts of the world. They were to visit some predetermined places, go into street view and answer a few questions. The teacher finished the story by saying the students were really engaged, the most he had…

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Three Categories Of Teachers – Smart Classroom Management – Education Article

I may ruffle some feathers with this week’s article. But it’s a critical topic, and thus worth taking the heat. Last week, I detailed how to not quit teaching. If you haven’t yet read the article, I recommend doing so before continuing. In that article, I mentioned the importance of becoming an expert in classroom management. Given the comments both here on the site and via email, however, I don’t think I emphasized it enough. The truth is, it’s everything…

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The 6 Truths Of Effective Educators – Education Article

In all the work I have done with countless educators from across the world I believe we can break them down into two groups. Good Teachers and Great Teachers. What separates the two is effectiveness. Effective Educators are those that have a set of truths that they live by. It’s what they wake up everyday thinking about and striving for. It doesn’t mean they aren’t human. Quite the contrary. They know they have limits yet are constantly seeking minute improvements…

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A Little-Known Secret To Effective Teaching – Education Article

There is a secret to effective teaching very few teachers are aware of. It’s so secret, in fact, that I’ve never heard anyone speak of it. As far as I know, it’s never been written about. It’s never been touted by instructional coaches or been the subject of professional development trainings. It’s as if it doesn’t exist. In fact, the most common advice is its polar opposite. I’ve mentioned it myself in a few previous articles. But only in passing.…

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