Classroom Management

Classroom management is a first teachers’ biggest worry! Although classroom management is something that is trial and error, I have listed a few tips given to me by fellow educators below: Use a normal or natural voice – Raising your voice and yelling at students is not a great decision for you or students. It is not worth the stress it will cause you and your voice or even the bad tone it will set in the classroom for the students. You can avoid this by using differentiate in your tone of voice. You do not want to use the same tone … Continue reading Classroom Management

Different learner, different lesson?

Many educators will experience of not being able to reach some students when presenting new information. They try presenting the information in a completely different way or providing new options for student expression; nothing has worked. It is because of this theory of multiple intelligence. Multiple intelligences theory is “a theory of intelligence that differentiates it into specific modalities, rather than seeing intelligence as dominated by a single general ability.” Howard Garner proposed that there are eight different types of intelligences. Verbal-linguistic intelligence: an individual’s ability to analyze information and produce work that involves oral and written language, such as speeches, books, and emails. … Continue reading Different learner, different lesson?

Lets Talk Diversity!

How would you describe diversity to your elementary class? How can you transform your adult talk to a second grader version to describe what stereotypes, bias, discrimination are? What about social justice? What do you tell them at that age when they are just learning to piece words together to create sentences? In elementary school is the best time to begin these types of discussions; which lays the groundwork for better understanding when they move into the pre-teen and teen years. Here are a few tips to teachers: Use children’s literature – This is the most common way and easiest way to address … Continue reading Lets Talk Diversity!

Group projects gone right!

As we all know, collaborating in groups does not always go the way we would want them to. When collaboration goes wrong, it can be toxic for learning and classroom culture. Facilitating collaborative work requires skillful planning, great awareness, and spontaneous decision-making. Even with the best preparation, life still happens and  unforeseen challenges may emerge. Below are five strategies that can help nurture successful collaborations: Model Feedback – This can be done on days when students are to work on projects outside of classroom. When they get to class, the teacher can call on students to share their projects. After each presentation, ask peers for … Continue reading Group projects gone right!

The effects of Common Core

Common Core is said to be the change education was looking for. Although many factors were taken into consideration by many states when  the Common Core’s swift adoption occurred, the states did have one shared verdict. That shared verdict was that No Child Left Behind demanded accountability without offering any educational vision. Most states opted the theory of “what gets tested is what is being taught in the classroom”. Having this mindset is leaving schools that contain narrow and shallow curriculum to teach the students. The problem with this is that students need to learn content and basic test taking skills along with achieving … Continue reading The effects of Common Core

Response to intervention

What is response to intervention (RTI)?  Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. A few things are important for RTI implementation to work well: 1) High-quality, scientifically based classroom instruction 2) Ongoing student assessment 3) Tiered instruction 4) Parent involvement. The Three-Tier Model: Tier 1: High-Quality Classroom Instruction, Screening, and Group Interventions In this tier, all students are receive high-quality, scientifically based instruction provided by qualified personnel. This ensures that their difficulties are not due to … Continue reading Response to intervention

Ending Bullying

While bullying in schools has been reduced tremendously in the recent year, the problem persists in too many others. One of the biggest problems school practice while dealing with bullying is bringing together children bullied and those who hurt them in order to work out their difficulties. This practice is very problematic. It is like telling a victim of sexual abuse to sit down and talk to their rapist about what happened and work it out. Bullying is not a communication problem and will not be solved by communicating to the person doing the bullying. This practice also implies that both children bear equal … Continue reading Ending Bullying