Do you flex?

Loved this post from passion4theprofession about using flexible groupings and active learning structures in the classroom. You will find a few ideas for encouraging student engagement in this post along with a printable handout that can be used to create quick groupings and partnerships.

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A guide to differentiating

Does effectively teaching 30 students in one classroom require teachers to develop 30 lessons, one tailor-made for each student? Or should teachers “aim for the middle” and hope to reach most students in a given lesson? The answer is not simple, but an article on Education.com examines the characteristics of differentiation and offers suggestions for how teachers […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: On-line collages

If you are looking for a quick formative assessment or a way to let your artistic students shine, you have to visit Photovisi. Students simply select a template, drop the photos into place, and print to create their product. Photo collages can be quick alternatives (or supplements) to an essay or quiz. Or for a […]

Teach the whole brain

Check out the video demonstrating Whole Brain Teaching on Elementary Matters. In the video that the instructor (Coach B from WBT) keeps the students totally engaged by talking, using emotions, visuals, movement, teaching chunks of information, and giving immediate feedback. Sally DeCost, creator of the blog, also shares her impressions of using WBT in her second-grade classroom. WBT […]

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of comprehension

Give your students the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Declaration of Independence with this activity from Mr. Kulikowski at Mr. K’s Time and Relative Dimension in School. Rather than simply presenting it to learners to study, Mr. K has his students read it and then translate it into modern language. Students […]

Self-regulation a key to success?

Interested in student motivation? Hop over to the Free Spirit Publishing website to read this article by Richard Cash. It is fantastic and will be of interest to anyone invested in differentiation.

Who am I?

You all know that I love to share active learning techniques as much as any other type of lesson on this blog. Today is a treat because I not only get to feature a fun “guess who” getting-to-know-you game, but a free download that comes along with it. Over at Inspiring Teaching Now, you can […]

FUN FRIDAY: Tax collection in the classroom

What better way to learn about the American Revolution than to experience it first hand? This is essentially what the drama-focused teacher at Classroom Magic did with her fourth graders. To teach about taxation in the colonies, one student became the king, two students became tax collectors, and the rest were taxpaying citizens. Everyone received […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Get smart!

We are recommending not one single idea or link today but an entire website/blog of great content. Even if you don’t have a SMART Board in your school or classroom, you will find fun tech ideas on Teachers Love SMART Boards. Most of the posts are directly related to interactive boards but if you go […]