Posts tagged classroom
Pear-ing Down Your Classroom

Sometimes you don’t have a lot to work with. Maybe you have no budget for nice furnishings or maybe your classroom is small with limited natural light. That’s OK. Start small. Focus on one or two of our tips and think about how a little change to the arrangement, or a little addition to the flow of your lesson, can help create a vibrant but comfortable learning space.

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Frame It Up

As educators, we know that the we need to make class time count. When everything clicks, you’re connecting with your students, seeing the sparks fly and the watching eureka moments cross their faces. Here are three ways I’ve found to light a spark in the first and last few minutes of class.

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6 Ways to Make Democracy a Daily Practice

Participating in a discussion isn’t easy, especially when a student is shy, is new to a group, or feels like an outsider. Even for gregarious students, contributing to a welcoming discussion on important problems is likely a foreign past time. So how do we teach students to be the kinds of people who can reach toward consensus rather than polarization?

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Power Struggles in the Classroom

As the teacher, we are automatically in a position of power. When faced with a student who is exhibiting this kind of mentality, it can lead to a real butting of heads, especially if we try to cling tightly to that power. If we play the power card to force the student to do something, or cut them down in some way, we might win the game — but not the tournament. This doesn’t mean we have to let students walk all over us. Instead of “winning,” let’s think about “defusing” and giving the student agency.

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Ahhhh! Emotions in My Classroom

Just like learning styles, different emotions and personalities are less of a challenge when students and teachers understand them better. To help students understand their own learning process so they can learn better, we ask students metacognitive questions. So, let’s ask meta-emotional questions to help them understand how their emotions impact them and those around them.

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