Where are we now?: Teachers Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted on March 25, 2020

Where are we now?: Teachers Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Due to the effects of the coronavirus, schools everywhere are being forced to shut down because of the real and present danger of spreading the virus. Although school closures have proven effective in the past, every teacher knows that there is nothing that hinders education more than missing a day much less half a semester or the rest of the school year! Even though schools are converting to online learning, not all are prepared to encounter the obstacles that it presents. Even then, some children don't have access to computers, devices, or the internet within their homes to participate in such learning. 


10 Questions to Ask Students to Encourage A Growth Mindset

Posted on March 18, 2020

10 Questions to Ask Students to Encourage A Growth Mindset

Everyone may have times when they get in the way of their own success and become their own worst enemy. When they are able to change their mindset they can unlock a whole new world that stops the block that keeps their thinking trapped. A growth mindset is one way that fosters positive development and healthy forward-thinking and refers to how an individual responds to challenges and setbacks. It takes more than motivation or resilience to face challenges in today’s society. 

Tags : Student Engagement, Student HOTS


What is Restorative Discipline?

Posted on March 11, 2020

What is Restorative Discipline?

Restorative Justice, also known as Restorative Discipline, in education is a movement that is beginning to gain momentum in School Districts throughout our Country.  Educational Institutions have for many years used a zero-tolerance policy where students were disciplined according to the policy of the School District which had an ideology that “zero-tolerance” was the way to discipline students for infractions rather than changing the behavior of the student. Restorative Discipline helps to create an environment where students make better choices rather than punishing students for their infractions. Restorative school discipline is people-focused. It is based on accepting that positive and supportive relationships are crucial for learning to occur in schools. With restorative discipline, conflicts are addressed by having the students make amends for their infractions. Restorative school discipline utilizes strategies that were developed and validated through decades of behavior management intervention research. It differs from a  behavior management approach because it starts with relationships and interaction perspectives where the focus is on the whole-school organization and culture.

Tags : Cultural Responsive Teaching, Discipline


3 Ways to Elevate Your Students’ Thinking Using Higher Order Thinking Skills

Posted on March 04, 2020

3 Ways to Elevate Your Students’ Thinking Using Higher Order Thinking Skills

Discovering new ways to stretch and connect students thinking in the classroom is key in preparing students for success in the real world. Whether you are teaching students how to infer information, understand facts, or connect them to different concepts, students using Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) are understanding concepts on more advanced levels rather than just memorizing them. This distinguishes critical thinking skills from low-order learning outcomes such as those attained by mere memorization. By doing so, not only are connections made but the material is understood in a way that students can experience a sense of ownership.

Tags : Student HOTS