By Teachers, For Teachers
We have all been there...sitting in the classroom of a professional development workshop or in the audience at a conference, listening to someone talk about engaged, student-centered, action-based, personalized, differentiated learning. It is a rare treat when we are actually thrown into such learning in those experiences.
I've been working with teachers at our school to further personalize the learning for each student, and this prompted me to attempt a differentiated model PD lesson on differentiated instruction. I think this way, we can experience it as a learner and gain tools to use in our classrooms.
In TeachHUB's Creative teacher blog, Myree shares her take and tips regarding using manipulatives to further math instruction.
She strikes a balance between engaging students with hands-on activities without losing the abstract thinking skills they'll need to truly understand math concepts.
“I’d love to do some professional development, but it’s just so expensive!”
If that sounds familiar, take heart: here are some activities that are low cost, but high impact – guaranteed to make you a more effective teacher next fall.
When people think of assessment, pencils and bubble sheets may be the first things that come to mind. Assessment does not always have to involve paper and pencil, but can instead be a project, an observation, or a task that shows a student has learned the material.
With this creative list of 40 alternative assessments ideas, your students can prove their knowledge and skills in a way that makes learning fun and engaging.
I am often asked about helping struggling and reluctant readers. They are tons of them out there in our classrooms.
According to NAEP data, over 60% of our students are not proficient readers by the time that they start high school. These statistics are staggering since much of what we learn about content areas like social studies and science is through reading.