Supporting the Feedback Cycle in the Classroom

Research shows us that when feedback is given in the right way, it can improve student achievement. Of course, teachers don’t take classes in how to give feedback and so we often fall back on praise comments like “Great job!” or “You did it!” Unfortunately, these accolades don’t impact achievement. Instead, we know now that feedback should be immediate, specific, and purposeful. We also know that feedback does not need to come from just teachers. In fact, student to student feedback can produce a great learning results especially because students feel less nervous or self-conscious getting peer reviews.  Let’s take a look at how to support and nurture feedback in the classroom by understanding that feedback should be a never-ending cycle.

The Growing Impact of Homeschooling in America

President Theodore Roosevelt said, "To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." This is just one of many possible reasons why homeschooling families choose to take their children’s education into their own hands.

6 Teaching Myths to Stop Believing

I have slowly let go of many expectations and impossible standards over the years—and if you are hoping to survive as a teacher, you’ll probably have to let go of a lot as well. How and why these teaching myths are spread I don’t know, but you’ll be a much happier educator as soon as you stop believing these common myths.

National Board Certification: Is It Worth It?

Whether it was last year or last decade, your experience of earning your initial teacher certification is probably still fresh in your mind. In many states, the process is long, complicated, and costly. Even if your experience was relatively easy, you probably breathed a big sigh of relief when it was over, because you never had to do it again.

Learning to Expect the Unexpected as a New Teacher

No one said that teaching was going to be easy. Every day brings new challenges. A lot will not go to plan. These words were easy for me to write, but for new teachers like you, they can be awfully frustrating to experience EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. These constant surprises can grind down a new teacher’s morale, leading to a quick burn out.

Business Ideas that Work in the Classroom

Businesses run like well-oiled machines. In many cases, this is because they have people and processes in place to be productive and efficient. While there are sometimes when you want your classroom to be an open environment full of organic learning processes, there are other times when efficiency is best. Not surprisingly, there are some ideas from different business models that work well in classrooms. They are fun and they expose your students to different ways of completing projects.