Posts tagged learning
Making Your Own Teaching Luck

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it’s a cute time to talk about luck and to let ourselves dream about pots of gold at the end of proverbial rainbows. But I’d rather start thinking about luck as something we make for ourselves. Not only will it change the way we approach our students every day and every year — no matter who’s on the roster — but it will also model a mindset for our students that will allow them to recognize the circumstances they can control.

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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. We know that the first few moments of class present a critical opportunity to awaken our students’ curiosity and get them hooked and paying attention for the duration of class. Equally important are the last minutes of class when you help your students bring it all together.

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Introducing Pear Deck Vocabulary and Flashcard Factory

Today, there are dozens of ways to make flashcards quickly and share them with your class. But we thought, ya know, there was some important learning in those humorous example sentences. What if we could find a way to infuse that humor and collaboration, into the whole endeavor? What if we could find a way to make studying vocabulary an Active, Social, Deeper learning experience?

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#BackToSchool With Pear Deck

Summer is over and we’re all gearing up for the new school year. Here at Pear Deck we’re very lucky, the new school year means even more opportunities to support our amazing community of passionate and inspired educators. Our goal is to give you the tools to achieve 100% student engagement every day. We’ve been hard at work this summer to create a ton of new features that make Pear Deck even better! As we all ramp up for the new school year, here are some of my favorite new additions and things to look forward to this Fall.

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Combining Memorization With Critical Thinking

If you search for information on the pros and cons of memorization in learning, you’ll easily find a trove of vehement arguments at either end of the spectrum. That’s not altogether too surprising, as you can find articles to support almost any opinion.However, as with most things, there is a both/and. There is a grey area. The extremes are rarely the resting point of a good conclusion. Extremes help us challenge our own viewpoint or help us test the edges of a problem, but they are rarely the answer.

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Productive Faculty Meetings

Of course we come to meetings with our own perspectives and biases. That can make it difficult or slow to figure out the best way forward when we are all pushing and pulling in different directions. Instead, if we approach a meeting saying “together we want to draw the map and then figure out the best path through it,” that can change the dynamic and make meetings more efficient.

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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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