Teachers should establish clear guidelines about cellphones in their classroom, asserts Ben Johnson, an administrator, author and educator. In this blog post, he suggests several tips to help teachers decide on an effective policy -- whether they want to ban devices or embrace bring-your-own-technology programs.
Asking parents questions about their child and taking time to listen can help educators build a rapport with parents, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. She shares seven questions for parents that educators can use during phone calls, surveys or parent nights.
There are many different approaches of learning -- everything from case-based learning to zombie-based learning, according to John Larmer, editor-in-chief at the Buck Institute for Education. In this blog post, Larmer explores different teaching strategies and differentiates between two PBLs -- project-based learning and problem-based learning, which he describes as two sides of the same coin to engage and teach students.
Cultural responsiveness is more than introducing novels and texts written by nonwhite male authors, Washington state English teacher Robert Wood writes in this blog post. Wood writes that in a problem-based learning lesson on racism, in which high-school students studied U.S. Supreme Court decisions and texts about affirmative-action programs, he modeled a collaborative debating style called Interest-Based Negotiation to help students argue the issues without trying to "win" the debate. "In short, it centers around people of different positions working together instead of against each other," he writes.
Educator Nick Grantham writes in this blog post about five future technologies that he says will revolutionize the learning space and "shape the minds of our children's children." Can you imagine teaching with holographs or augmented-reality glasses or routinely evaluating students using biometrics or electroencephalography? Grantham can.