Say YES to Better Teaching

If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you are questioning some things related to your teaching practices. You might be asking some of the following: Can my teaching really improve? Will it be worth the time and effort I invest? Will my students benefit from my improvement? The answer to each of these … Continue reading Say YES to Better Teaching

Kids Today!

In the hit musical Bye Bye Birdie, written in 1963, the adult members of the cast express their exasperation with the teenagers by singing, “Kids! I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today.” The opening lyrics portray the youngsters as being inarticulate, disobedient, disorganized, and lazy. As the lyrics develop, the annoyed adults begin … Continue reading Kids Today!

Making Reflection Meaningful

  Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, provides the following guidelines for helping ensure that reflection is meaningful and leads to successful outcomes (114-123): Put reflection first. Reflection first involves thinking about the content and establishing goals for the activity or project to be undertaken. … Continue reading Making Reflection Meaningful

Three Qualities of Successful Student Collaboration

A classroom environment that allows for collaborative grouping produces significant learning gains. Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, identifies the following three qualities of successful student collaboration (pp. 64-68). Successful collaborations are: Documented: Successful collaborations require that the contributions of each member be documented. Far … Continue reading Three Qualities of Successful Student Collaboration