Student Centered Learning

The Pandemic Educator – Retooling Education (Weekly Live Webcast, Resources, Guest Appearance) – Education Article

Tips for taking your instructional show online and reflections from our experience at The College of Westchester On Friday, April 17th it was my pleasure to be a guest on my friend David Mahaley’s new weekly webcast delivered on LearningRevolution.com. LearningRevolution is a daily online education conference site that educators can sign up for free. Every day they offer multiple different live sessions online. David and I have known each other since back in 2012 when, as Head of School…

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The Fundamental Five: A Framework for Improving Communication Processes – Education Article

Over the past weeks, we’ve been talking with school and district leaders as they continue to navigate these new challenges we’re all facing. As students adapt to a new way of learning, it’s important to recognize that the pressure to succeed remains, now amplified without their usual means of support. In addition, parents are struggling to understand the best way to support their children and are desperately seeking guidance and structure from the educators leading this change. Here at the…

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5 Reasons Students Today Need Innovative Learning Spaces – Education Article

When we get through this pandemic, and we will get through it, we’ll be thinking differently about how, and where, we educate our students. – KW “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” – John Dewey, American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer That the future of learning and development requires around technology and innovation is a simple reality. Today, students need creative learning spaces to help them build knowledge and think like creators. With…

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How to Get Your Students to Perform Better – the Scientific Approach (Pygmalion Effect) – Education Article

Teaching can be extremely challenging. Often you find yourself faced with a classroom made up of a diverse student body. Catering to each student’s individual needs can be difficult, if not impossible. As a result, many teachers are looking for research-backed study methods to encourage their students to perform well regardless of ability. The Pygmalion effect is one such method. Here are some ways to get your students to perform better in classes: What is the Pygmalion effect? The Pygmalion effect is…

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The Bright Side of Remote Teaching and Administration – When Preparation Pays Off – Education Article

Image Source As a small, nimble, proprietary college, we’ve been able to stay ahead of the curve and ease the transition to virtual teaching, support, and administration for our students, staff, and faculty so far. In these challenging times, it’s hard not to be proud of our students, staff, and faculty here at The College of Westchester. As soon as things started go sideways early the week of March 2nd, President Del Balzo and our management team stepped up and…

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6 Research-Backed Study Techniques | Emerging Education Technologies – Education Article

Study Wisely. Use Techniques that are Proven. Being in academia is no easy task. Whether you’re a student or an educator, managing your time to study or plan classes can be difficult. Developing time management skills is an essential part of being a student (or a teacher). Knowing how best to use your time can make all of the difference. Being aware of what works can position you to use your time more efficiently. That’s where these research based study…

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Higher Ed Faculty: Your Students Need To Know Their Grades and Get Feedback – Education Article

Can Your Students See all of Their Grades and the Feedback You’ve Provided (you did provide feedback, right)? Are You Sure? If you are a teacher in higher education and you regularly provide feedback to your students when you grade their work, and you make sure they know what their grades are (on assignments and overall), then I say, “Thank You” on behalf of your students. Of course, you probably just see this as a part of your job, but…

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5 Successful Traits to Achieve a Positive Culture of Assessment – Education Article

Changing our perspective on assessments can take them from a time-consuming necessity to a useful resource to provide pathways to a better future in academia. Scary evaluations are a thing of the past. In a school atmosphere where evaluations are seen as roadmaps for successful learning, teachers and students both win. Building a positive culture of assessment is the key to success for both students and teachers. Tech tools alone cannot transform your data culture, but the right knowledge and…

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Uncovering a Dilemma About Active Learning vs. Direct Instruction – Education Article

Are Active Learning and Direct Instruction Mutually Exclusive? I’ve been a big fan of active learning in its many potential forms for years. For example, in this piece from 2013, I dug into how flipped learning facilitates active learning whether it be experiential, project based, inquiry based, constructivist, etc. Recently I stumbled across a reference to “discovery learning” which quickly piqued my interest and led me to google the term. It also led me to a realize there is this…

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Middle School Students Thrive on Place-Based Learning – Education Article

By Sarah K. Anderson As eleven-year-olds, my friend Tammy and I decided to follow the river behind my house downstream about a mile towards town. By the time we hauled ourselves up the riverbanks and into the general store to buy candy, we came to see ourselves as adventurers who understood the river in a way that no one else did. Around this time, my friend Kristen and I wrote and published a town newspaper, which we sold at the…

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Making Learning Spaces That Inspire and Engage – Education Article

Educator and thought leader, Dr. Jennifer Jones is the founder of Green Ivy Schools. She is a thought leader in education innovation. One of Jennifer’s key innovations is her classroom design. She recognizes the importance that architecture and design can play in enhancing the learning experience. Dr. Jones feels that surroundings make a huge difference in children’s engagement. Dr. Jennifer Jones Dr. Jones has designed her schools with bright, beautiful colors and many communal areas to engage and inspire her students (photos…

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Exploring “Tech With Heart” With Stacey Roshan – Education Article

Inspiring new book helps educators discover ways in which technology can help to humanize the classroom and empower student success Stacey Roshan is Director of Innovation and Educational Technology at Bullis School, an independent K-12 school in Potomac, Maryland. Stacey assumed this position after a number of years teaching and she continues to teach math classes. Stacey has long been a frequent contributor to the online edtech world through Twitter (@buddyxo), her blog (techiemusings.com), and other endeavors . This year is…

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7 Things That Can Spoil Your Relationships With Your Students – Education Article

Teaching should be about guiding and inspiring your students, not punishing them Has something like this ever happened to you? You’re about to start a new course at university. You’re excited and ready to invest your whole reservoir of productivity to do your absolute best. But, after a few lectures, you realize that you hate it, you don’t want anything to do with it, and you’re absolutely turned off. Why? Your professor absolutely murdered your motivation. According to the stats,…

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The Importance of Parental Involvement for Student Success – Education Article

There is robust research about the different factors that influence student achievement. While teacher skill and communication is important, there are a number of influential factors for student success that happen outside of school. In fact, research shows that supportive behavior from parents or guardians correlates with student achievement. The link between parental support and student achievement is so robust that districts often have policies to encourage it, and various funding sources for schools have been tied to it, but…

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