Supporting the Feedback Cycle in the Classroom

Research shows us that when feedback is given in the right way, it can improve student achievement. Of course, teachers don’t take classes in how to give feedback and so we often fall back on praise comments like “Great job!” or “You did it!” Unfortunately, these accolades don’t impact achievement. Instead, we know now that feedback should be immediate, specific, and purposeful. We also know that feedback does not need to come from just teachers. In fact, student to student feedback can produce a great learning results especially because students feel less nervous or self-conscious getting peer reviews.  Let’s take a look at how to support and nurture feedback in the classroom by understanding that feedback should be a never-ending cycle.

6 Teaching Myths to Stop Believing

I have slowly let go of many expectations and impossible standards over the years—and if you are hoping to survive as a teacher, you’ll probably have to let go of a lot as well. How and why these teaching myths are spread I don’t know, but you’ll be a much happier educator as soon as you stop believing these common myths.

National Board Certification: Is It Worth It?

Whether it was last year or last decade, your experience of earning your initial teacher certification is probably still fresh in your mind. In many states, the process is long, complicated, and costly. Even if your experience was relatively easy, you probably breathed a big sigh of relief when it was over, because you never had to do it again.

Why Poetry Is More Relevant Than Ever

I have been thinking a lot recently about why people think what they do, and how we have created such a divided country filled with people who refuse to see the point of view of anyone who does not already agree with them. I have also been thinking about how educators can work to stop this trend of ears shut, eyes closed, minds shut off from dialogue. I know that empathy is key, and I also think that constantly questioning what we believe is essential to bridging that gap.

Preparing for the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam

Preparing to become a teacher is an intense experience. There are classes, student teaching and even fingerprint checks sent to the FBI. With so much to do, it is easy to forget that an aspiring teacher’s road to the classroom makes a pit stop at one or more teacher certification exams. For aspiring teachers in 29 states, they must slay the beast known as the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Exam. In this article you will learn about the Praxis PLT Exam, its format, and most importantly, how to prepare for a successful exam day.  

Using Activity Lists to Differentiate Instruction

One of the key components in effective differentiated instruction is providing students with the opportunity to make the decisions that guide their learning. When teachers differentiate based upon their students’ various skill levels or interests, the impact on student learning can be remarkable. However, when teachers empower their students to make those learning decisions for themselves, the results can be transformative.