The 6 Qualities of a Good Teacher (+25 Ways to Show them)

Should the qualities of a good teacher be defined solely by student achievement?

Or should they encompass traits more difficult to measure — such as the capacity to connect emotionally with children?

Among the sea of advice, tips, and quotes on teaching, the best solution is to turn to the research.

We pored through hundreds of pages of scholarship, studies, and firsthand accounts about what defines great teaching.

We discovered 6 key behaviours that make a great teacher — and defined 25 specific, actionable ways to apply those behaviours in the classroom. Start testing them with your students to stimulate a more exciting, dynamic, and engaging experience in your coming lessons!

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The Definitive Guide to Project-Based Learning: Definition, Debates, Ideas and Examples

For some teachers, it’s classroom bliss.

Students work together to investigate an authentic and nuanced problem. They build curriculum-aligned skills in the process. They’re rewarded with enhanced communication and problem-solving abilities.

But organizing and running suitable project-based learning (PBL) activities isn’t always easy, as the pedagogy is surrounded by debate and takes form in a range of exercises.

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8 Active Learning Strategies and Examples [+ Downloadable List]

As a teacher, one of your biggest challenges is to plan lessons that inspire your students to stay actively involved in the learning process.

But you’ve probably noticed that traditional, teacher-centered learning plans aren’t always conducive to achieving that inspiration.

That’s where active learning strategies come into play. You can use them to empower, engage, and stimulate a classroom by putting students at the center of the learning process.

Get inspired by these 8 strategies that will help students talk more openly, think more creatively and — ultimately — become more engaged in the process of learning.

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Flexible Seating: 21 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 21 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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