What is personalized learning? My school district is embracing a personalized learning initiative, and I’ve been doing some research on the concept as I try to consider ways to integrate more personalized options into my classroom. I’m finding that personalized learning is … [Read more...] about What is personalized learning?
The pros and cons of joining a teachers' union You’ve probably been there — a teacher’s union representative comes around and makes a pitch to you about why you should join the teacher’s union. Then, you look at the cost and hesitate, wondering, “Do I really need to join?” … [Read more...] about Should I join the teachers’ union?
Maybe you’ve encountered these scenarios before — you have some students ready to work ahead so they start multitasking on their device, waiting for the lesson to move on. Or, maybe you notice a student frantically scribbling notes, trying to keep up with the information you’re … [Read more...] about Flipped Classrooms 101: A Beginner’s Guide
Don’t get me wrong -- I love candy. And, a jolly rancher, a tootsie roll, or a starburst can work wonders in the classroom for student motivation and enthusiasm. So can pizza parties, and cupcake days, and brunch, and...I’ve had so many types of food parties I can’t even keep … [Read more...] about 31 Whole-Class Incentives and Rewards That Aren’t Food
Imagine this: you walk into a classroom and instead of rows of desks, you see a variety of couches, cozy chairs, high top tables, bean bags, stools, string lights, clipboards, learning nooks, and more. Flexible seating classrooms, like the classroom described above, are … [Read more...] about Flexible Seating 101: A Beginner’s Guide