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By: Hannah DeRusha. Breaking down big ideas into bite-sized applications can help introduce young learners to a new way of thinking. My kindergarten and first-grade students are learning about human nature this year through experimental play using robots.
By: Jen Schneider. Genius Hour means students use at least one hour of their class time each week to explore their own questions, create projects and share with others. Here's how implementing it in my classroom turned it into a community.
When I was a teacher my classroom looked different and, if you don’t know what to look for, appeared completely unorganized. So here are three things I’d recommend observers look for to identify 21st-century learning is happening in a seemingly chaotic classroom.
By: Jenny Pieratt. As educators, we know that in order to develop the next generation with the skills to innovate and improve our world we can no longer teach students what to think. We must teach them how to think.
Today's students need classrooms that prepare them to think, build, create and collaborate to gain skills necessary for future success. Here are my plans for this year to help my students work on year-round passion projects that build these skills.
As educators, we must teach students skills to solve problems we’ve never seen before and won’t see for years. Teaching students to ask questions enables them to gain many of the skills they'll need for success in the 21st Century.
By: Dr. Julie Marshall. After almost three decades of teaching, I’m overjoyed to see my students achieving at unprecedented levels and finding their voice after my classroom changed from a traditional environment to an active learning center.
By: Andrea Friend and Stacey Ryan. Here are four tips to ensure your newest edtech purchase is something educators can and actually will use in the classroom this year.
Nothing is more crucial than creating a positive learning environment where respect and all of its verbal disciples are always present. So as we embark on a new school year, let’s review what R.E.S.P.E.C.T. looks like in a successful classroom means.