5 Ways To Make Teacher Professional Development Effective [With Examples]

Every educator has at least one tale of a teacher professional development session gone wrong. But how can you avoid those mistakes?

It’s difficult to plan and execute creative opportunities for teachers to continue to build their skills. Many school leaders will admit that professional development is the last thing on their mind in the middle of a busy school day.

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7 Ways to Support Diversity in the Classroom [With Examples]

Why do children go to school?

Most people would say it’s to learn the three R’s: reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. But a school culture that promotes diversity in the classroom teaches students something that’s more important: how to live and work in a society where every individual is unique.

In an increasingly fragmented society, the ability to connect with peers, coworkers and neighbours with diverse backgrounds and abilities is invaluable. Diversity improves critical-thinking skills, builds empathy and encourages students to think differently.

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37 Classroom Rules for Student Success

For many students (and teachers), the idea of classroom rules feels oppressive, stifling and sometimes just downright unfair.

It’s difficult to balance the need for order and structure with the desire to build a collaborative, fun environment for learning. But proper classroom management techniques include developing rules that guide student learning and set expectations around classroom behavior.

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Data Driven Instruction: Definition and 11 Strategies

It’s all about the data.

In your school, there is a lot of data to be managed. There’s information about staff, curriculum, students and their families, tests, exams, regulations, budget, payments, teacher evaluations, events…

Getting a headache just thinking about it?

With all that data floating around your school, the idea of data driven instruction may seem overwhelming.

After all, capturing, understanding, and putting to work information about your students takes time.

The idea of data driven instruction isn’t new. But, how exactly does it work? What actionable steps can you take to make sure teachers are working well with data driven instruction?

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36 Teaching Strategies to Try in 2019

One of the best qualities a teacher can have is a willingness to try new teaching strategies.

In Effective Teaching and Learning, educational researcher Naga Subramani argues that an effective teacher:

“Constantly renews himself [or herself] as a professional on his [or her] quest to provide students with the highest quality of education possible. This teacher has no fear of learning new teaching strategies or incorporating new technologies into lessons.

Is that you?

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20 Math Puzzles to Engage Your Students

It’s time for math class, and your students are bored.

It might sound harsh, but it’s true — only about half of students report being engaged at school, and engagement levels only drop as students get older.

Math puzzles are one of the best — and oldest — ways to encourage student engagement. Brain teasers, logic puzzles and math riddles give students challenges that encourage problem-solving and logical thinking. They can be used in classroom gamification, and to inspire students to tackle problems they might have previously seen as too difficult.

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