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10 Dos & Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping

10 Dos And Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping by Jennifer Rita Nichols Educators have learned much about the benefits of using projects for learning, and collaboration is easily recognized as an important skill for students to build. There are very few arguments against having students work together in class and on assignments. However, […]

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10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching

10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching by Terry Heick My first year of teaching was a blur. At the time, it didn’t feel like a blur. It felt a joyous, adrenaline-fueled rush of lessons, meetings, and new relationships. But in hindsight, it was definitely a blur. And now, years later, I can […]

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning process–teaching strategies, writing pieces, etc. Which is what makes the following chart from Kathleen Cushman’s Fires in the Mind compelling. Rather than simply a list of alternatives to homework, it instead contextualizes the need for work […]

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A Process For Responding To Your Most Challenging Students

A Process For Responding To Your Most Challenging Students By Jeffrey Benson ed note: this has been republished from a previous post Hanging In is about making a difference in the lives of significantly challenging special needs students.  A number of mainstream teachers, who find themselves with a challenging student, have told me that their […]

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What Works In Education And How Do We Know?

What Do We Mean When We Say Something Works In Education? by Terry Heick When measuring success, effectiveness, and performance in education, what are we measuring exactly? Schools, curriculum, teachers, #edtech–when we say these things work or don’t, what do we mean? Grades? Test performance? Literacy levels? Student curiosity? Graduation rates? Enrollment rates? Parental satisfaction? Career readiness? Understanding? The habits that lead […]

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From The Classroom To Your PLN: 10 Collaboration Tips For 21st Century Teachers

From The Classroom To Your PLN: 10 Collaboration Tips For 21st Century Teachers by Terry Heick Summer is a make-it-or-break-it time for educators. The non-stop, brutal schedule that is a school year starts with all the finesse of trampling elephants, and doesn’t relent for the next nine months (not coincidentally, the same amount of time […]

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Should Colleges Judge Social Media Presence for Admissions?

Should Colleges Judge Social Media Presence for Admissions? by Paul Barnwell, Teacher of English & Digital Media This post has been updated and republished from a previous publishing Pretend for a moment you are a college admissions officer at a prestigious institution. Facing a large stack of applications, the shuffle of papers and pecking of keyboards resonates […]

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