Project-based learning goes beyond covering content, asserts Melissa Seideman, a 12th-grade teacher in New York. In this blog post, she writes that a PBL classroom provides students with the skills they need to become successful lifelong learners.
The upcoming Academy Awards and the Super Bowl offer opportunities for classroom teachers and librarians to use the popular events to teach media literacy, asserts high-school teacher-librarian Joyce Valenza. In this blog post, she offers tips and resources to help teachers integrate the events into the classroom.
Educators need space and time to collaborate, design, reflect and grow in their learning practices, educator Rebecca Rufo-Tepper and game designer Shula Ehrlich write in this blog post. Based on experience, they share eight practices to promote collaboration among peers, educators and game designers.
Online quizzes are effective ways to assess students' understanding while not overwhelming them, Michael Adams writes in this blog post. Adams, who works for the website quizpoo.com, suggests quizzing students on what happened during certain time periods, well-known quotes and town history, as well as helping students remember plot, characters and other details from literature lessons.
In the transition to the Common Core State Standards, teachers in some New York schools say the enhanced curriculum is too demanding for kindergarten students. Under the standards, young students are expected to demonstrate algebraic thinking, write reports and use diagrams in completing math equations. Some educators say the challenging curriculum has eliminated some time for puzzles, games, coloring and other play.