The word "advice" can get peoples' hackles up in a hurry. It's human nature to enjoy giving it and to loathe receiving it. However, Terry Heick at TeachThought has a few pieces of teaching advice here that you're going to want to listen to. Terry is...
Getting our learners to begin thinking independently is one of the many goals of education. “Teach students so that they don’t need the teacher.” But what if that wasn’t the case? What if there were something higher than independence? After all,...
What exactly do we mean by self-directed learning practices? Whoever heard of learners teaching themselves?Let’s start with considering a few real-life examples. In sports, when a player plays a bad game, he or she knows what they need to work on in...
At the heart of every collaborative learning experience you'll find lively and passionate discussions on the topics at hand. What kind of real-world discussion topics for learners will engage and inspire them to have such conversations?In our work...read more
Every teacher knows our classroom environments are meant to be places of learning and support. After all, both you and your students should feel safe and nurtured in this space. Teachers also know the lasting power of words. Ultimately, creating...read more
Students come in all shapes and sizes, ages, cultures, and demographics. However, like any other person they can sometimes be difficult to reach for any number of reasons. Whether it be a learning disability, hardship, or trauma, they require extra...read more
Checking understanding is a critical ongoing aspect of instructional guidance. Teachers ask questions of students because they want to discover two things: what they know and what they have yet to learn. However, they also use guiding questions to...read more
Independent critical thinking skills are among the top skills educators strive to give to their students. That's because when we succeed at getting learners thinking independently, we've given them a gift for life. Once school is over they can then...read more
When it comes to teaching effective listening skills, it’s not so much about the ears as it is about being observant. “Listen” is a single word with such big implications. A good listener receives information, processes it, gives feedback for...read more
Plenty of educators have a specific classroom management strategy they swear by. Both they and their learners benefit from it because it works for learning. But how can there possibly be a “one size fits all” method to improve your teaching? Can one...read more
Words have power—the power to heal and to hurt, to build and to destroy. As a teacher, you always want to help your learners build and progress as much as possible. So you must make your words matter as much as you can.Our inner self is expressed...read more
The Internet is a swelling ocean of information, and navigating through its steady flow can often be challenging. This is certainly true for a student who is not information fluent, so what are some smart online research strategies? Luckily this...read more