For educators, learning games do more than help learners learn in a fun way. They also offer helpful ways to assess whether lessons are making sense to your class and to tweak your approach accordingly. And, of course, you’re reminding your adult learners that it’s all right to have a bit a fun in the classroom!
A new school year always brings the promise of new lessons to be learned, new experiences, and new adventures --no matter how many years a teacher has spent in the classroom. That’s why it’s important to stay informed on what’s new with the ever-changing landscape of education. Check out five things to keep an eye on in education this year, read up on advice for first-year principals, and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up.
While you might not see it reported in school accountability reports, it’s not uncommon for teachers to leave the profession because of a negative school culture where they don’t feel supported or valued. We decided to ask our community of readers on our blog their thoughts on what their school culture currently does well and what could be improved.
The recently published PDK poll revealed that the general public, including parents, are in support of higher teacher pay, more funding for public schools, and more a greater teacher voice when deciding a school’s academic policies. The poll, which has been tracking public opinion of school since 1969, also included educator responses for the first time ever. Read all about this story and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up.
As humans, we are conditioned to avoid struggle and to help others avoid it as well, so it can be difficult for a teacher to watch a student stick on a problem while the rest of the class moves on. But, cognitively, it’s the struggling student who is developing the most. Here’s how to get more of that struggle into your lessons.
Have you ever noticed that, during certain times of the day, your classroom is buzzing, students are working diligently, and everyone is getting along, while during other times of the day, things are a bit chaotic, and you find yourself having to constantly correct behavior and refocus attention? Turns out, there are scientific reasons behind why this happens.