Dec 5, 2011
Teaching 4371 Views
During a teacher interview, you will more than likely be asked the question: How do you motivate your students? Of course, we know that motivating students and piquing their interest in learning is a key factor in their success in the classroom, so what methods have proven successful in capturing their attention and driving successful mastery of the material?
by Katherine Bradley, M.ED, ED.S.
Dec 9, 2009
Learning Methodology 4367 Views
Imagine a classroom tailored in accordance with the likes and dislikes of your child. In your son’s class competition, physical activity and choice activities dominate the learning environment—even for math and language arts!! In your daughter’s class, she and her friends sit in groups; they collaborate and have the opportunity to be creative and inquisitive without the distraction of rambunctious little boys. These are the characteristics of the single-gender learning environment.
Jun 8, 2009
Pronunciation/Phonics 4363 Views
English is not an easy language to learn. Even ESL students who have a background of two or more languages often find English to be rather confusing and difficult to learn. However, it is the pronunciation that trips most students up.
Oct 25, 2015
Classroom Management 4362 Views
According to Education Week, a 2013 Gallup Poll found that high schools engaged only 55% of the students. That means nearly half of all students (45%) are not engaged. Gallup defines "engagement" as involvement and enthusiasm for school. Another Gallup Study found that engagement relates to achievement. In 2009, Gallup looked at 78,000 students in 80 schools. A 1% increase in engagement translated into a 6-point increase in reading ability. That same 1% increase resulted in an 8-point increase in math scores. Clearly, we have a large learning problem. But we also have a big chance to improve achievement.
Teachers must take steps to overcome student inertia. They can reclaim the attention of reluctant students with simple practices. None of these are enough singly. But together they form a powerful system. They can reverse student disengagement. I know that there are school reforms to combat disengagement. But here I only deal with classroom practices. I focus on what one teacher can ...
Aug 6, 2010
Learning Methodology 4359 Views
Tutors, learning centers, medication, and special resources have been used to help students with learning disabilities advance through school. Using brain research, a new learning technique can permanently solve learning problems so outside help will no longer be necessary to succeed academically.
Abstract: How to assist in getting English language learners help by building strategies into your lessons, and using these tools to create vocabulary and increase fluency.
Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners
As in any good building, if you want to begin properly, you need to build a solid foundation that will support it through the construction process. Similarly, if you want a student to build a foundation of knowledge, you need to construct a base of learning that will see that person through to understanding of the material. In both cases, this is where scaffolding comes into the picture. Whether you are using verbal scaffolding to model how to pronounce a new word, to instructional scaffolding to intentionally use graphic organizers to prepare students for the content of a new chapter, or building strategies into a lesson is critical for ELL/ESL students. One solution to a student not being able to pronounce a new word correctly, even after several attempts, ...
Have you ever read a note or letter that contained words, words, and more words but no punctuation? Well, I'm glad to say that I have, and I'm certain I used to before I learned English Grammar and Punctuation. While working with an English Language Learner (ELL) student some years back I remember asking the student to write a paragraph in English, the handwriting was beautiful and legible, however, there was not a single punctuation mark.
Aug 28, 2010
Learning Methodology 4349 Views
There are three well-documented parts of the brain: (1) reptilian; (2) mid-brain; and (3) forebrain. They are like the layers of an onion, with the reptilian brain being at the center.
May 15, 2011
Classroom Management 4346 Views
Many of the classroom management strategies that we discuss have a more general application. Let's take a look at some strategies for students who need to move around during class time. The first thing we need to determine is what need is the behavior attempting to satisfy. Our best guess of the top three possibilities is a good starter. Monitor the student's behavior and his response to your actions and words. That is the best way to discover which of your explanations is correct and decide how to respond.
Jun 27, 2009
Lesson Planning 4340 Views
One of the more common complaints about differentiating instruction is the amount of prep-time that is involved. Let's face it, teachers simply don't have enough time to prepare that many different lessons for each one of their classes. However, there are many low-prep differentiated instruction activities that teachers can use that will help teachers meet the needs of all of their students.