Category: classroom activities

Building Rigor and Engagement Into Academic Vocabulary

Building Rigor and Engagement Into Academic Vocabulary

Six tips to get students excited about acquiring new words. By Kristin DeJong Remember the days when a teacher would hand us a spelling book and tell us to complete exercises in it? We would memorize each word and then take a dictation quiz at the end of the unit.

Did They Forget Everything? When Students Return From Vacation

By Jennifer Cleary, co-author of Classroom Techniques for Creating Conditions for Rigorous Instruction We’ve all seen, chuckled at, and likely shared memes and other social media posts describing how educators experience the holiday season. “Stay strong!” “Brace yourselves.” “December lesson plans: scrape students off the ceiling.” They are quite amusing, but many

6 Classroom Activities to Help Students Express Gratitude

Thanksgiving might be the best holiday to harvest for learning opportunities (no pun intended), but many teachers default to having the students draw turkeys using their hands or making pilgrim hats out of construction paper. That’s a waste. The theme of Thanksgiving is, of course, gratitude. That falls clearly within

Integrating 3D Printers Into Your Curriculum

By Scott Sterling When adopting a STEM approach or creating a makerspace, acquiring a 3D printer is high on the wish list. They tend to be the most popular efforts on education crowdfunding sites, especially as prices come down. The problem is that not too many people understand a 3D

To Exist or Not Exist? How Student Autonomy Changes the Classroom: Part 2

By Kristin DeJong Last time around, we introduced you to the idea of implementing a few new strategies to lighten your teaching load and promote more student-centered learning in the process. Today, we round out that list with a few more ideas you’ll be doing in no time. Establish Team Roles

To Exist or Not Exist? How Student Autonomy Changes the Classroom: Part 1

By Kristin DeJong The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” As a new school year begins, I’m reminded of this quotation from the famed physician and educator, Maria Montessori, and I often