Spotlight: Learning and Teaching in Violence

The Peace Of Wild Things – Poem by Wendell Berry When despair grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood…

Teaching Practice: The Power of Feedback

Feedback improves student academic achievement. But then, pretty much everything does. If you pay attention to it, it gets better. This is called the Hawthorne Effect. Feedback is a very powerful tool for students and teachers to use. However, it is clear that feedback composed…

Teaching Practice: Social Emotional Learning – The Student Side

There are five elements of social-emotional learning, according to The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. They are: Self-awareness Self-management Social awareness Relationship skills Responsible decision-making This is the second of two articles to explore this dynamic. The first one looked at the responsibility…

Teaching Practice: Pacing

Much of the following is taken from Teach Like a Champion 2.0 (Doug Lemov 2015). In Chapter 6 titled Pacing, Lemov talks about the ways in which a lesson can move quickly or drag slowly. Interestingly, either is possible irrespective of the amount of material…

Spotlight: Haim Ginott

We want to introduce you to Haim Ginott today. He is, sadly, no longer with us but over 50 years after his death in 1973, his wisdom can still startle us with its insight, humor, and clarity. He was a clinical psychologist who began his…

Teaching Practice: Grades and Comments

How do you improve writing without “Purposeful practice”, review, and renewal? This applies to all forms of writing, of course, not just literature essays. We all know the routine: student hands in essay / piece of writing; teacher carefully reads and annotates it over the…

Teaching Practice: Social Emotional Learning – The Teacher Side

There are five elements of social-emotional learning, according to The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. They are: Self-awareness Self-management Social awareness Relationship skills Responsible decision-making Many faculty tend to be shy when it comes to incorporating social-emotional learning into their curriculum. After all,…

Students: What is the Well-Rounded Student?

We all talk about the well-rounded student. But do we have any idea what it means? From a student’s point of view, it seems to mean that adults think they should be perfect at everything from the moment they hit kindergarten and are expected to…

Spotlight: Bruce Johnson – Inspiration to Really Support Each Student

Bruce Johnson is a physics professor at Arkansas State University. This picture went viral in 2018 when one of his students, Kristen Black, posted the picture on social media. The student had a daycare conflict and Bruce just told her to bring the child to…

Teaching Practice – What is an Authentic Task or Authentic Assessment?

The word authentic is thrown around a lot. What does it really mean? The main point of an authentic task might be to get the students to a point where they are finding ways to solve problems themselves within a real-world context. The difference between…

Teaching Practice – Why Shadowing a Student Should be Compulsory

Teachers and students live in two realities. There is overlap but there is no real knowledge and little understanding. Let me illustrate. When teachers give homework, do they have any idea as to the context of that homework for the student? Do they know: The…

Teachers as Leaders: Five Lessons in Teacher Leadership

As teachers, it is hard to set yourself up as an expert amongst your peers. We don’t want to feel “better than” others. We don’t want to appear to be arrogant. We might also occasionally have a colleague who has been around a long time…

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