Whether you want them to try poetry writing or activities to adopt a growth mindset or even a new way of signing out the bathroom pass, it is not always easy to get students to try something new. I’ve tried some crazy ideas on my students—some that flopped, and some that I have stayed with for years. But it isn't enough to just have an inspired idea. You’ll have a little work to do if you want to get students to change the status quo, but innovation is worth the risk.
When a couple decides to divorce, their children must face some harsh realities about the world. Sometimes people fall out of love, sometimes we have no control over our lives and sometimes the worst thing we can imagine, actually happens. A recent article in Time magazine shows that although divorce rates are at a 40 year low, marriages still only have a 50/50 chance of survival. When children are involved, those breakups can have serious consequences for their mental wellbeing and their education.
Getting students to write a first draft might be one of the biggest hurdles to jump as a writing instructor, but I believe that a lot of that difficulty stems from misunderstandings about what a first draft really is. Students often have the idea that other writers sit down at their computer and write a perfect piece of writing, starting with the first word in their essay, finishing with the last. But of course, they couldn’t be further from the truth.
Preparing to become a teacher is an intense experience. There are classes, student teaching and even fingerprint checks sent to the FBI. With so much to do, it is easy to forget that an aspiring teacher’s road to the classroom makes a pit stop at one or more teacher certification exams. For aspiring teachers in 29 states, they must slay the beast known as the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Exam. In this article you will learn about the Praxis PLT Exam, its format, and most importantly, how to prepare for a successful exam day.
One of the key components in effective differentiated instruction is providing students with the opportunity to make the decisions that guide their learning. When teachers differentiate based upon their students’ various skill levels or interests, the impact on student learning can be remarkable. However, when teachers empower their students to make those learning decisions for themselves, the results can be transformative.