teaching strategies

Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by World101 and Listenwise   Disclaimer 1: This post was written in the Spring of 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, so a lot of the information here is discussed through the lens of distance learning launched by a global pandemic. I have attempted to broaden the lens beyond our current situation to take other distance-learning situations into account. Disclaimer 2: I recommend quite a few tech tools in this…

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Kick the IDK Bucket: How to Rid Your Classroom of “I Don’t Know” – Education Article

Listen to the interview with Connie Hamilton: Sponsored by World101 and Listenwise 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.   We have all experienced it: Your lesson is rockin’ and you pause to check for understanding. Expecting to hear an elaborate student articulation of the deep learning occurring, you are jolted by three words: I don’t know.…

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What is Constructivism and How Does it Fit Your Class? – Education Article

Constructivism is a student-centered philosophy that emphasizes hands-on learning and active participation in lessons. Constructivists believe that learning is an active process so the most effective way to learn is through discovery. With hands-on activities, learners actively create their own subjective representation of objective reality. Because new information is blended into prior knowledge, the result is – of course – subjective, heavily dependent upon the personal lens of each learner. That, in turn, is dependent upon their society, culture, past…

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The Surprising Benefits of Student-Created Graphic Novels – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Shveta Miller (transcript): Sponsored by Learners Edge 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.   There is no shortage of ways we all can benefit from teaching graphic novels. They engage reluctant or struggling readers, they are gateway texts for more complex literature, they build necessary background knowledge, and they develop visual…

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The Best Ways to Inspire Your Students to Learn Science – Education Article

Isaac Newton first conceptualized the idea of gravity when an apple fell on his head. This moment was simple, but inspirational—with a huge impact on scientific progress to come. Answers of great importance such as this can originate in the simplest of questions: why, what, when and where? These questions are what begin a student’s journey into the complicated world of scientific discovery. But what are the best ways to inspire a student to learn science? Get Creative Do you…

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When You Get Nothing But Crickets – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Learners Edge and Microsoft Inclusive Classroom 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.   You know that thing where you’re talking to a group of people and you ask them a question and no one answers? And you wait a few more seconds, awkwardly, and nothing happens? It’s…

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Let’s Discuss Agency in the PYP – Education Article

By Ali Ezzeddine, 4 Generations 4 Education One year ago, when the enhanced PYP was published, all PYP teachers were discussing the word Agency by asking the following questions: What will it look like? How do we implement it? How do we measure it? Why is it important? How do we discuss it with the parent community? How will it impact our daily planning? Which PD do we need to attend to understand it? As a PYP educator, the word…

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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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