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Flexible Seating: 11 Awesome Ideas for Your Classroom

As a teacher, you can’t always choose your classroom.

But you can always choose how you arrange it.

That choice — as differentiated instruction research has shown — can have a deep impact on how your students learn.

But even if you’re ready to bring flexible seating into your classroom, visualizing the change can be daunting.

So, what are some actual, easy ways to deploy flexible seating in your very own space?

Find some inspiration in this collection of 11 of our favorite flexible seating ideas. (more…)

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7 Experiential Learning Activities to Engage Students

“Is disengaged.”

“Is easily distracted.”

“Shows no interest in learning.”

No teacher wants to use these phrases to describe a student, but disengagement in schools is a persistent problem — making descriptions such as these all too common in classrooms today.

Experiential learning activities can help students
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Teaching Media Literacy - Importance and 10 Engaging Activities

Teaching Media Literacy: Its Importance and 10 Engaging Activities [+ Downloadable List]

They learn from it every day, but most young students don’t understand its inner-workings nor the effects it has on them.

That’s why educating them about mass media is an important, albeit challenging, task. The challenge lies in the fact that each distinct medium is complex and many curricula don’t dedicate fleshed-out units to teaching media literacy.

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10 Mental Math Practices

10 Practices to Improve Students’ Mental Math + Downloadable List

Mental math isn’t explicitly part of most curricula, but students who can’t answer relatively-simple equations in their heads with speed or automaticity will likely struggle with harder content.

For example, an oft-cited study of a 1st grade class found that students who quickly recall addition facts had more cognitive resources to learn other skills and concepts.

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15 Culturally-Responsive Teaching Strategies and Examples

15 Culturally-Responsive Teaching Strategies and Examples + Downloadable List

No single teaching approach will engage each student at once, but building a strategy to consistently deliver culturally-responsive lessons will help you appeal to diverse learners with distinct backgrounds.

Rooted in differentiated instruction principles, culturally-responsive pedagogy aims to link content — from delivery to assessment — with students’ ancestral and contemporary cultures.

To augment their understanding and responsiveness, this involves:

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How to Apply Webb’s Depth of Knowledge: Questions, Examples, Activities and Strategies

You may have learned about Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DoK) from a theoretical standpoint, but many teachers feel they’re missing a puzzle piece.

That’s because there are hurdles to consistently applying each of the pedagogy’s four levels in your classroom, from recall and reproduction to extended critical thinking. Above all, it demands creativity and calculated preparation to deliver engaging tasks that range in complexity, while providing scaffolding.

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The Big Resource of Math Word Problems: 120 Examples and Tips for 1st to 8th Grade Teachers

The Big Resource of Math Word Problems: 120 Examples and Tips for 1st to 8th Grade Teachers

You sit at your desk, ready to put a math quiz, test or activity together. The questions flow onto the document until you hit a section for word problems.

A jolt of creativity would help. But it doesn’t come.

This resource is your jolt of creativity. It provides examples and templates of math word problems for 1st to 8th grade classes.

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