10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students

Growth mindset is uncharted territory in many education settings, but understanding it and effectively building it in students has become a teaching priority.

It’s clear why, given that the relatively-new pedagogy focuses on helping students understand the values of effort, persistence and trying new learning methods to cultivate their talents and abilities.

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5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Problem-Based Learning [+ Activity Design Steps]

Used since the 1960s, many teachers express concerns about the effectiveness of problem-based learning (PBL) in certain classroom settings.

Whether you introduce the student-centred pedagogy as a one-time activity or mainstay exercise, grouping students together to solve open-ended problems can present pros and cons.

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How to Put the Six Blended Learning Models into Action [+ Examples & Download]

Having a limited amount of class time, many teachers cannot always satisfy the learning needs and speeds of all students — whether they be gifted, struggling or anywhere between.

Administrators can introduce blended learning to address this issue. The practice is divided into six models, which each combine traditional teaching methods with different ways of using computerized instruction.

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Adaptive Learning: 11 Great Tips for School Leaders in 2018

As the popularity of adaptive learning technology booms, a growing number of school leaders face unique challenges when introducing a given adaptive learning program at the school or district level.

For the savvy school admin, questions about adaptive learning technology abound: how should teachers be trained? How much does it cost? And, of course, how should a tool be selected — with the huge variety of games, products, and software vying for your attention?

To address such questions, below is a guide to adaptive learning technology that provides implementation strategies. It also includes a definition, benefits, examples and a downloadable list of implementation tips.

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5 Steps to Implementing Game-Based Learning

5 Steps to Implementing Game-Based Learning in the Classroom [+ Game Examples & Downloadable Guide]

Many teachers struggle to smoothly incorporate games into lessons due to time and logistical issues, yet see game-based learning (GBL) as a way to engage students and appeal to diverse learning styles.

Research has continuously shown such advantages. For example, video games stimulate an increase in midbrain dopamine to help store and recall information, according to a 2014 article in the journal of Learning, Media and Technology.

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How to Implement New Educational Technology in the Classroom - Monica Burns

How to Implement New EdTech in the Classroom [Monica Burns Interview]

As educators look to teach and engage students using EdTech (educational technology), many turn to Monica Burns.

The Apple Distinguished Educator and founder of Class Tech Tips left teaching in New York to become a technology and curriculum consultant.

It’s been three years since she started her new career.

In that time, she has consulted at schools across the world and presented at conferences such as SXSWedu and EduTech. She also became a published author, writing about how to use QR codes and scannable technology in the classroom.

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20 Differentiated Instruction Strategies & Examples + Downloadable List

20 Differentiated Instruction Strategies and Examples [+ Downloadable List]

As students with diverse learning styles fill the classroom, many teachers don’t always have the time to plan lessons that use differentiated instruction (DI) to suit their distinct aptitudes.

This can involve adjusting:

  • Content The media and methods teachers use to impart and instruct skills, ideas and information
  • Processes The exercises and practices students perform to better understand content
  • Products The materials, such as tests and projects, students complete to demonstrate understanding

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Teacher Success Story: Jennifer Harder

Jennifer Harder, 6th Grade Special Education Teacher

Bourbonnais Elementary School, District #53, Illinois
Prodigy use: 2 years
Questions answered: 55,000

 

Jennifer teaches 15 students on a daily basis with a variety of learning disabilities. Needless to say, her classroom is both demanding and rewarding. One of her biggest challenges is engagement and catering to the needs of each and every student.

“I started using Prodigy because I was looking for a creative way to motivate my students and encourage them to practice curriculum-aligned (Common Core) math skills. In addition I was looking for program that I could individualize to meet my students’ needs.”

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