Category: classroom activities

Find Your Space; Own your space!

To be effective and happy, we need to be ourselves. The start of a new year, a big term ahead, it’s reflection time.  My message to teachers and leaders is to navigate the turbulence and try to do what you can to make your job your own; to carve out

Top 10: Most Popular Articles of 2018

The New Year is around the corner and while we’re all getting ready to set our New Year’s goals and start 2019 feeling fresh and motivated, we want to pause to highlight the 10 most popular and shared blog posts of the year. These posts come from a variety of

Growth Mindsets: 5 Strategies for Creating a Culture of Rigor

The following is an edited excerpt from Mike Gershon’s new book How to Develop Growth Mindsets in the Classroom: The Complete Guide. One of the challenges teachers can face is getting some students to believe they can do better. Repetitive bad grades or the inability to keep up with a

The Power of We: An Interview with Ron Nash

Author Ron Nash talks about his new book The Power of We: Creating Positive and Collaborative Classroom Communities and its supplemental guide And What About You? Getting Started with Interactive Pairs and Small Groups. (This transcription has been edited for clarity) I’m Ron Nash and in 2007, after 46 years,

Strategies, Activities, and Techniques to Teach Students Who Are Learning English as an Additional Language

By Mike Gershon, author of How to Teach EAL Students in the Classroom: The Complete Guide When I first started teaching, I worked in a school where our students came from a huge range of different backgrounds. This was in central London, close to the Houses of Parliament and the River

8 Listening Strategies Students Can Use for Better Communication

(FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE BELOW) By Ron Nash, author of The Power of We and And What About You? When I ask how many participants in one of my workshops have taken a speech class at some point, most of the hands go up. I follow that with, “How many have taken a

Student Teaming: 3 Strategies for Turning Students into Teachers

By: Sara Croll, author of Student Teaming: You Got This! A Teacher’s Survival Guide If we want students to be successful working in truly rigorous, autonomous academic teams, we need to give them tools to help them work through the challenges that might occur. Students don’t usually come equipped with strategies

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy in the Classroom: Tips for Teachers

By Mike Gershon, author of How to use Bloom’s Taxonomy in the Classroom: The Complete Guide I have a confession to make. I love Bloom’s Taxonomy. I think it is one of the most useful teaching tools out there – and one that is too often overlooked, forgotten or not used

Exploring Literacy Leadership Goals for the Coming School Year: A Summer Conversation for Coaches and Principals

By Jacy Ippolito and Rita Bean, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets and Unpacking Coaching Mindsets. As we enter into the dog days of summer, principals and instructional coaches may want to carve out a bit of time to talk about the upcoming school year. Oftentimes, effective principal-coach pairs meet toward