Bullying prevention: 5 best practices to keep kids safe

Bullying. It’s one of the few words that trigger alarm in students, parents, teachers, and school leaders alike.

School safety is the right of all your students — and it’s up to you to put a bullying prevention plan in place to ensure your students feel safe, comfortable, and confident. With the right plan, you, your staff, and your community will be ready to take on bullying when it arises in your school.

Creating an entire bullying prevention plan seems like a tall order, but with this guide, you’ll be ready to take on bullying wherever it appears.

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How Attitude Towards Math Impacts Student Achievement

As an educator, you know how much of your time and resources get dedicated to exploring the following question: How can we improve the student learning experience?

One way to tackle this issue —  often overlooked — is to consider students’ attitudes towards math.

Whether positive or negative, attitude towards math often reflects a student’s value, self-confidence, enjoyment, motivation and anxiety levels when it comes to the subject. 

17% of Americans suffer from high levels of math anxiety.

As early as 1st grade, students can start displaying negative attitudes towards math. 

80% of surveyed students enjoyed learning activities more when they used tablets.

 

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How Progress Monitoring Enhances Mathematical Learning

Progress monitoring is a crucial tool for improving the academic outcomes of students with and without disabilities.

40+ years of progress monitoring research conducted Progress monitoring has value when used across all students 14% learning gains in students who received immediate feedback on their performance

Key takeaways

  • Diverse student populations and limited resources make it difficult to improve overall student achievement. It’s critical to systematically and cost-effectively gather informative data on individual performance and progress — that is, progress monitoring.
  • Teachers can use the information collected on a frequent basis to be aware of every student’s performance and facilitate changes in instruction for students encountering roadblocks in their learning.
  • Coupled with progress monitoring, research shows differentiated instruction — something which digital technologies could greatly enhance — is key to meeting the learning needs of and achieving optimal learning outcomes for the diverse student population in today’s classrooms.

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9 Powerful Ways to Lead a Successful IEP Meeting

As a school leader, you take on the (rather lofty) responsibility of ensuring your students have enough support to learn, grow, and succeed in their education.

One way to achieve this growth — and promote a positive school culture — is to make sure individualized education plans (IEPs) are effective and useful for every student that needs them. 

To keep things running smoothly, you need to create an IEP that actually works. One of the best ways to do this is to run a successful IEP meeting.

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7 Effective Ways to Use Distributed Practice at Your School

You dedicate endless resources to make sure students learn curriculum essentials, in preparation for standardized tests and new grade levels.

But as soon as they’ve learned the material and written the test, it seems like their memories are completely wiped clean. Students are left confused and teachers become frustrated.

Sound familiar?

This scenario is extremely common, yet highly preventable. Students and teachers tend to cram information into their brains as quickly as possible. But in the long run, retention falls flat.

Distributed practice is proven to be the best studying method for effective learning that lasts. And if you want students to study this way, distributed practice should become a schoolwide teaching strategy.

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35 Multimodal Learning Strategies and Examples

Even the most confident educational leaders can find themselves asking the same questions, over and over.

Are students listening?

Are they engaged?

Are they learning the way they should?

All kids learn differently, and sometimes it can feel nearly impossible to find a curriculum or plan that works for an entire school. That’s where multimodal learning comes in.

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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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Competency Based Education: What is it, And How Your School Can Use it

The search for better teaching strategies will never end. As a school leader, you probably spend too much of your time thinking about how to improve the learning experience of the students that pass through your school throughout the years.

After all, what they learn (and how they learn it) will become a part of these students as they grow, hopefully helping them become successful adults.

This is the main goal of competency based education: giving each student equal opportunity to master necessary skills and become successful adults.

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