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Shifting the Mindset of Teachers from Themselves to Students

 

Shifting the Mindset of Teachers from Themselves to Students

There are times when a student might “fall off the boat.” And when they do, what do you think is more productive: thinking about how the situation affects you or helping the student get back on the boat?

At Mont Harmon Middle School, one simple shift in mindset for administrators and teachers helped make it so that all students are “on deck.” Watch this 1:40 long video to hear their story.

Mont Harmon Middle School

Share out: How do you show students that they are an important part of the school?

Peer Guidance for Student Misconceptions – 4th Grade

Teaching Strategies – Peer Guidance for Student Misconceptions – Elementary

Ms. Shannon Washburn, a 4th grade teacher at Kerrick Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky, guides her students to help their peers clarify misconceptions about representing fractions on a number line.

 

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Teaching Strategies – Warm-Ups: Letters to the Class

Teaching Strategies – Warm-Ups: Letters to the Class – Elementary

In this segment, two elementary school teachers use mail, or letters to the class, to introduce the learning target of a math lesson. The letters appeal to the students’ imagination and create a setting for problem-based math instruction.

 

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Whole Brain Teaching: Mirror

Teaching Strategies – Whole Brain Teaching: Mirror – Elementary

Teachers engage students in direct instruction and review using “mirror,” a Whole Brain Teaching method. The mirror strategy requires students to imitate the teacher’s actions and/or words. As they do so, students engage their motor memory and are better able to retain important information.

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Formative Assessment: Three-Sentence Essay

Teaching Strategies – Formative Assessment: Three-Sentence Essay

Ms. Christy Reasons, a 12th grade ELA teacher in Shelby County, Tennessee, uses three-sentence essays on an exit ticket to formatively assess student understanding of lesson content.

 

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Formative Assessment: Whiteboards

Teaching Strategies – Formative Assessment: Whiteboards – Secondary

Secondary teachers from around the United States formatively assess student learning using whiteboards. Whiteboards are an effective, informal way to determine each student’s level of mastery and provides an opportunity for teachers to clarify any breakdowns in student understanding.

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Using Songs to Reinforce Math Content

Using Songs to Reinforce Math Content – Elementary

Teachers can use songs to activate and reinforce math content. In this segment, kindergarten students learn to decompose the number five. Songs remind them how to spell, add, and subtract the number five, as well as define the word “decompose.”

 

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Classroom Meetings Eight Building Blocks for Success

Classroom Meetings Eight Building Blocks for Success

Classroom meetings have been around for a long time—as you can tell by this video above!

So the question is: how relevant are they in today’s schools?

Educational approaches come and go, especially those associated with the “traditional” model. Which strategies stand both the test of time and the shift from schooling in an industrial-based to a knowledge-based economy?

As more teachers and schools create increasingly personalized, learner-centered environments, the need for student self-management and responsibility increases. Can a classroom democratized by choice and voice regarding curriculum, pacing, and even workspaces be governed by a teacher-centric approach?

Classroom meetings may well be more relevant today than when this video was filmed. (Anyone want to try guessing the year?)

Apart from its entertainment value and throwback to 4:3 aspect ratio, the video outlines eight “building blocks” of effective class meetings. If you’ve never done a class meeting before, the end of the school year might be the perfect opportunity to take half an hour and give one a try. More information can be found in the guidebook to this segment.

Teach us: What old-school, tried-and-true learning do you stand by? Let us know by commenting.

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Learning Through Music, Rhythm, Rhyme, & Rap

Learning Through Music, Rhythm, Rhyme, & Rap

This week’s strategy wraps up Music In Our Schools month! For our final thoughts, we are featuring strategies outlined by Marcia Tate in her book, Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain. Her 11th strategy focuses on using music, rhythm, rhyme, and rap strategically in the classroom to promote student engagement and learning.

Tune in to Edivate’s exclusive video featuring Ms. Tate discussing principles for using music strategically below.

Teaching in Action

This video segment, Music, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rap, features Marcia Tate as she describes strategies for using music to meaningfully engage students in the classroom.

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