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7 Simple Ways You Can Help Students Pay Attention In A Traditional Classroom

7 Simple Ways You Can Help Students Pay Attention by TeachThought Staff For many teachers, helping students “pay attention” is probably the wrong way to help improve what you’re probably trying to improve. Listless students. Apathetic responses. Uninspired work. Talking. Texting. Behavior issues. “Off-taskedness.” Daydreaming.

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44 Alternatives To What’d You Learn In School Today?

25 Alternatives To “What’d You Learn In School Today?” by Terry Heick This post has been updated and republished from a previous post You try to fake it, but it limps right out of your mouth, barely alive. “What’d you learn in school today?” In a single sentence, all that is wrong with “school.” First, the […]

How To Scaffold Learning Through Station Teaching

How To Scaffold Learning Through Station Teaching by TeachThought Staff Teaching through stations—or ‘station teaching’—is a flexible and underrated teaching and learning strategy that can add versatility to your craft. This approach requires unique classroom management strategies, precise time management, and a clear relationship between the design of each station and the learning objective itself. […]

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8 Things Teachers Can Do To Improve Their Bedside Manner

8 Things Teachers Can Do To Improve Their Bedside Manner by TeachThought Staff Ed note: Though the word ‘parents’ is used, the premise of the article is really about how schools communicate with communities at large. Whether the communication is intended for a grandparent raising a child, a local organization that works with schools, or […]

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4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders

4 Characteristics Of A Learning Leader by Stewart Hase, Heutagogy of Community Practice Writing is always a learning experience for me. Writing forces greater clarity. In addition, the tranquility of the unique Australian bush setting in which I am currently sitting, miles from anywhere, provides a perfect environment for learning. I’ve been working on a chapter for […]

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How To Teach Empathy

How To Teach Empathy by Terry Heick Right near the core of education, just past tolerance and just short of affectionate connectivity, is the idea of empathy. University of California at Berkley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life explains empathy. “The term “empathy” is used to describe a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers […]
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What Is A Student Responsible For?

What Is A Student Responsible For? by Terry Heick What are you doing to engage the students? How are you making sure they ‘pay attention’? What are you doing to make them care? How are you sparking their curiosity? Drawing their attention away from one another? Minimizing distractions? If a classroom was like a living […]
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Teaching Evaluation Is Ineffective & Outdated. Let’s Try Something New

Teaching Evaluation Is Ineffective & Outdated. Let’s Try Something New by Viktor Nordmark, Hubert.ai Student evaluations of teaching have looked pretty much the same since they were first introduced, close to a hundred years ago. To summarize what most think about them is pretty easy: Nobody likes them. They can’t accurately measure how effective a […]

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Knowledge Is Power And Teaching Is The Fuel

  Knowledge Is Power And Teaching Is The Fuel by Terry Heick That knowledge = power isn’t a new idea. ’Knowledge is power’ is a common refrain in the education community, at least in spirit. Everything we do as educators has the idea that knowledge changes lives underpinning it. And that teachers are important is, […]
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5 Easy Ways To Engage Students In Learning

  5 Easy Ways To Engage Students In Learning by Rachelle Dene Poth As a teacher, I am always looking out for new ideas, tools, and innovative methods to engage more students in learning. Here are five ideas that I tried during the past few weeks as I sought different ways to have students connect, […]
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