We’ve taken a brief look at the “what” and the “why” of UDL; now, how do educators start incorporating this model as a foundation of their classroom and instruction? Here are six best practices to keep in mind.
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We recently featured a blog post that sought to help teachers get started in inquiry-based learning (IBL), including some concepts that, when implemented, can help squeeze more curiosity out of students. But, as any veteran teacher will tell you, that is often easier said than done. It can help to employ specific strategies right away that both guide students in the methods of inquiry-based learning and allow their interests and passions to fuel their curiosity.
As an experienced educator, you may know that adult learners are completely different from younger students. While younger students accept whatever teaching style is thrown their way, it can be more difficult to engage an adult learner. View these learners as consumers—they are typically in your class voluntarily, and they want to make sure that they get the most out of learning for their time and money. How can you keep this unique and diverse group of learners engaged?
As a former 3rd grade and kindergarten teacher myself, I quickly saw the error of my ways whenever I didn’t effectively teach and uphold my expectations for classroom management. And, at the end of some particularly exhausting days, I carefully strategized and calculated my next moves to elicit real change. It’s in that reflection that I quickly discovered even my fiercest rulebreakers would sit still and listen carefully to a good read-aloud. So, read aloud we did! I’ve since searched far and wide for my favorite books to teach rules, expectations, and build a strong classroom community, and here is a list of my top 10 picks!
Greeting and welcoming your students on the first day of school (and as they enter your classroom for the rest of year) is more than just a friendly gesture—it’s the perfect way to practice preventative discipline and build a positive classroom culture where students are engaged, focused, and friendly. Check out these eight reasons that show why welcoming your students each day is the perfect way to set up your classroom for success.