What is Genius Hour? Let's Talk About Self Directed Learning

Posted on May 20, 2020

What is Genius Hour? Let's Talk About Self Directed Learning

Without a doubt personal and meaningful learning has the ability to create lasting impressions in education. Beyond the rigid test-driven climate of most schools today, Genius hour gives students space to learn and achieve knowledge with little influence, rules, or boundaries. This type of less organized, less formal, and definitely far from organized learning is very different from what we are often accustomed to. In fact, organized learning is the opposite of what Genius hour is. Genius hour is a planned period of time where students are allotted the space, resources, and the audience to create and imagine freely while learning. It is characterized by its lack of specific rules and dependence on students’ intrinsic motivators. It is learning that is centered around the students and their interests. This blog will explore Genius hour and the assumption that if given time and space students will achieve mastery through self-directed learning while creating purposeful and personal connections to their own creations. 

Tags : Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management


Servicing Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on April 22, 2020

Servicing Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

 

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What is Blended Learning?: The Online Learning Approach

Posted on April 15, 2020

What is Blended Learning?: The Online Learning Approach

New teaching methods have evolved to keep up with the times and have adapted by integrating technology to remain current with new learning models. Blended learning is a product of our rapidly changing learning environment. While technology shows no sign of letting up, it is all-the-more reason to embrace it for the advantages it brings! Blended Learning is a mixture of learning methods that incorporate multiple teaching modals–most frequently eLearning and traditional face-to-face learning according to the way that it is defined on TeachThought. While education experts continue to debate the efficacy of this hybrid learning, its very existence has challenged them to re-evaluate not just technology’s place in (and out of) the classroom, but also how to reach and teach students more effectively.

Tags : Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management, Discipline


10 WAYS TO BE EFFECTIVE WITH DISTANCE TEACHING DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Posted on April 08, 2020

10 WAYS TO BE EFFECTIVE WITH DISTANCE TEACHING DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

The Global COVID-19 Pandemic has led the world to change rapidly and make adaptations quickly. Protective and cautious measures have been instituted, causing life as we knew it to come to a staggering halt. Out of an abundance of care, schools across the United States remain close and are modifying instruction on a dime. Many, however, are not as prepared as they would like to be to transition into uncharted waters with large scale distance learning and online classrooms.  Today’s blog will discuss 10 tips to help educators be effective and prepared for teaching online or teaching from a distance to combat necessary extended school closures. 

Tags : Student Engagement, Classroom Management


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


5 Ways to Cultivate Student Engagement

Posted on October 09, 2019

5 Ways to Cultivate Student Engagement

Let's face it. There are a plethora of variables to consider during lesson planning. In a perfect world, each lesson would engage the entire classroom and encourage learning for ALL students. In reality, sometimes cultivating engagement feels like it takes some magical spell. Finding new ways to engage students can take each student's growth to the next level and create a positive learning environment in the classroom. In this post, we'll provide 5 ways to cultivate engagement, which you can use next time you are lesson planning.

Tags : Student Engagement