teaching strategies

Continued Professional Development for Learning CPDfL: Making an Impact – Education Article

What school structures can support the implementation of these approaches? There is no magic recipe. However, being a research-informed and evidence-based leader with careful application to context is everything. Taking advantage of technology platforms, such as Blue Sky Education, can assist schools give educators ownership of their training and professional development pathways. It is our thinking, actions and reflections that enable us to tailor opportunities and create the conditions to build quality learning experiences that meet the needs of educators…

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Four Research-Based Strategies Every Teacher Should be Using – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Pooja Agarwal and Patrice Bain (transcript): Sponsored by Pear Deck and Kiddom This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   If you’ve opened this post hoping to read something brand-new, you might be disappointed. There will be no fancy bells or whistles here. That’s because a lot of the strategies we’re going…

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To Boost Learning, Just Add Movement – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Pear Deck and NewseumED This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   If you were to start singing “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” right now, I bet you’d have a hard time keeping your hands still. That’s because most of us who know the song learned it with gestures, and…

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A Simple Trick for Success with One-Pagers – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Betsy Potash (transcript): Sponsored by Chill Expeditions and Kiddom   Have you heard the whispers about one-pagers in the online teacher hallways? The concept of a one-pager, in which students share their most important takeaways on a single piece of blank paper, has really taken off recently.   The one-pagers I see on Instagram draw me in like a slice of double chocolate mousse cake. The artistry students bring to representing their texts on a…

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Aligning a Concept-Based Curriculum from Planning to Practice – Education Article

For students to validate conceptual connections in generalization statements provide opportunity for stress testing as learning progresses. Through this process of continual reflection, embedded in teaching approaches as determined by educator expertise, we can actively develop mastery learning, drive student agency, challenge student thinking, provoke debate, deepen transferable understanding and support CBC alignment from planning to practice. Key Read: Marschall, C., & French, R., Concept-based Inquiry in Action: Strategies to Promote Transferable Understanding, 2018 Further Reads: Erickson, L. H., Lanning,…

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Is That Higher-Order Task Really Higher Order? – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Chill Expeditions and Kiddom This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   The mobiles hang from the ceiling like jewelry, filling Ms. Jackson’s language arts classroom with bright, twirling colors. They make a pretty canopy over the room, and if you look closer at the individual dangly bits…

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On Diets, Politics, and Faculty Development – Faculty Focus – Education Article

In the world of diets, movements are the thing that sells…Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, Keto, and, now, Carnivore (…seriously, it’s a thing). Yet, upon closer inspection, many of these diets perform similarly in the long run, which is to say they perform underwhelmingly. When a dieter fails to get the pseudoscientific benefits promised, they are likely to blame themselves. They relapsed, cheated, or otherwise failed to follow instructions (succumbing to the fate of being an imperfect human being). It is…

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Teachers Teaching Teachers Tech (T4): Technology Integration is a Mindset, Not a Skillset – Education Article

By Wagner Pierre Dalian American International School From many years as a teacher, I found cooperative learning and collaboration to be the best teaching and learning strategies, because it combines the intellectual and socio-emotional benefits as students work together towards a common agenda and learn how to work with other people. The same is true for teachers. I believe it is awesome when classroom teachers are teaching each other (peer coaching) about how to integrate technology, since they can share…

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Obsessed with Fantasy Football – Education Article

By Scott Habeeb Salem High School I have to confess something: I care way too much about Fantasy Football. Throughout the fall, I’m constantly checking my Yahoo Fantasy app, plotting my next waiver wire strategy, or looking online for updates about player injuries. I am addicted to Fantasy Football. This year I was the champion of my Fantasy Football league. Actually, that’s an understatement. I smashed the competition! Players in our league can win in 3 categories: Regular Season Champ:…

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How Technology and Teacher Websites in Language Classrooms Can Increase Engagement and Access – Education Article

By Xiao “Wendy” Liu, Tower Hill School Digital Age and Learning We are now in the Digital Age, which continues to evolve and grow at a dizzying pace, with new tools and online resources to support language learning and teaching. Language skills can be acquired and practiced in the most authentic way via technology. Computer use and the online world have had a tremendous impact on language learning, providing students with instantaneous access to authentic materials and native-speaking language partners.…

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Assessing Your Assessment Methods | Atlas – Education Article

By Megan Davenport, Professional Development Specialist How often do you take a moment to reflect on the different types of assessments your students experience? Everyone has their go-to assessments, and busy teaching days don’t offer much time (or mental capacity) to step back and reflect. However, when we do have time to think strategically about our curriculum, we want relevant and helpful information to make the most of our conversations. The reports in Atlas can serve as a conversation starter…

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Teaching with Urgency – Education Article

Types of Communication—Be truthful, but know what your individual students can handle. Communicating truthfully with students is a key facet of teaching with urgency. I have found there are several ways in which teachers (perhaps unknowingly) communicate with students. The most significant part of teaching with urgency is conveying to the students that they are not on their own in your class. Verbal CommunicationI have found that communication with students should be clear and direct. It surprises me how they…

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Strategies for Embedding Formative Assessment – Education Article

True formative assessment is messy. It’s not a quiz or a mini summative assessment. It is a “constantly occurring process, a verb, a series of events in action, not a single tool or a static noun” (NCTE Executive Board, 2013). Providing feedback that fortifies is extremely rewarding because “as teachers are seeking information about how students are learning, students are also engaging in self-reflection about their reading, writing, and thinking processes” (Ryan, 2014). Below are some strategies for embedding formative…

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STEAM UP Your Curriculum – Education Article

Defining STEAM and Developing the Philosophy STEAM in the district is not about adding additional lessons or activities to the already full curriculum. STEAM is about creating authentic problem solving experiences focused on an authentic audience that require research. Thus, they are not additional activities but a redesigned curriculum focused on problems that have been aligned to the PA Core Standards with a larger purpose for students to be able to productively and meaningfully become socially empowered. Along with the…

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The Relational Bank Account – Education Article

Sara Mangat is the manager of training and operations for the Center for Supportive Relationships, on-site in Upper Darby, PA. In addition to working with teachers in the classroom to develop positive relationships with their students through real-time relational coaching, she leads the relational coach training program in the Upper Darby School District. Sara received her MA in Communication from the University of Washington and BA in English from Vassar College. Her passion for the power of relationships in education began while teaching…

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Be a Concept-based Curriculum Hacker – Education Article

By Sarah Plews, Senior Education Leader CLIP – Oporto International School Hack into concept-based curriculum. Collaborate with a team and have a go. Maybe you are wondering what exactly it means to “hack into curriculum.” And the buzz around concept-based curriculum. Here are some of the reasons we do both at Oporto International School. Design learning experiences so that your students use their minds, ask questions, think critically, apply their thinking and solve problems. Watch the light bulbs go on…

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