Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try

15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try

by TeachThought Staff

What are the latest emerging and popular trends in education?

As trends to do, these are changing almost yearly. Consider how quiet iPads in the classroom have been recently, whereas three years ago they were going to replace teachers and were (unsarcastically) compared to magic. While mobile devices like the iPad can indeed parallel a kind of magic in the learning process, it obviously has to ‘fit’ into a progressive supporting ecology of assessment, curriculum, and instruction.

With that in mind, we’ve created a list of 15 (the graphic plus 3 bonus items below) new ideas every teacher should try. Not all will fit or work–again, it depends on the ecology of the classroom, school, and so on. But each of these ideas below–some learning models, some concepts, and some technologies–can be transformational for students, and your teaching.

A suggestion? Maybe pick 8-10 that seem like they might be the best fit for what and who you teach, and spend the next year or two trying one per unit. In that way, this can be a kind of ‘to-do’ list as you seek out new and innovative ideas for your teaching.

Note that we’ve also created a pdf version which has some links embedded to help you as you look for information on some of these ideas. If you hover over some of the terms, you’ll see which are active and which are not. Feel free to print and share the graphic however you see fit to support teachers and students around you.

Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try

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13. Grading Backward

Consider: This approach.

14. Use Prevailaing Social Media Trends

Consider: Help students use facebook video to publish their ideas

15. 3D Printing

Consider: Thingiverse (also referenced above under ‘Maker Tinkering’) is an excellent place to start–especially if you don’t have a 3D printer.

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