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Can competency-based learning reverse the trend of below-grade-level work?

What do assignments tell students about teacher expectations? More than we think. As a former senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas, one of my goals was to challenge my computer science...

10 Amazing ideas for celebrating World Teachers' Day 2022

Adopted after the 1966 International Labor Organization and UNESCO's Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, World Teachers' Day 2022 is celebrated on the 5th of October and emphasizes teach...

What’s the point of NFT in education and why should teachers care?

Most everyone has likely heard about NFTs but may not necessarily know what they are or how they can be used, especially in education. The creation and use of NFTs or (non-fungible tokens) are popular...

What is culturally responsive teaching and how to implement it in your classroom?

Being a teacher has never been only about teaching students things like math, science, and history. A teacher is a mentor, a counselor, an influencer, and even a therapist. In addition to teaching stu...

Data literacy skills: what they are and how do we teach them to our students?

We have access to more information than ever before. As the world has dealt with transitions in how we live, learn, and work, everyone has had to adapt in one way or another. Technology continues to e...

Positive student-teacher relationships: 8 Ways to build stronger connections in the classroom

Every teacher was once a student. When remembering those years on the other side of the teacher’s desk, we know that students don’t learn when they don’t like their teachers. Positive student-teacher ...

How to build a classroom escape room to spark curiosity in learning

Are you looking for a new activity to challenge students to learn in a new way?  ​Students spend a large amount of their school day sitting in their seats and may have few opportunities to move and in...

4 Online museums you can bring in the classroom

A few weeks ago, I watched the movie “Night at the Museum” with my family again, and I realized that one of the fondest memories I have from school years is a visit to the museum. I remember being mes...

Focus on 21st-century skills: 3 Digital trends in K-12 education

With technology so widespread at work, at school, and at home, being able to efficiently interact with it is an essential skill for everyone — adults, teenagers, and children. To a certain extent, the...

3 Great ideas on how to teach empathy to K-12 students

A few weeks ago, the New York Times published “An Adult’s Guide to Social Skills, for Those Who Were Never Taught”, an interesting read for all educators who want to go beyond the mere teaching of a g...

Can you teach K-12 students to become entrepreneurs?

Quick: What’s the first name that comes to mind when I say: entrepreneur? I’ll wait. Got it? For an overwhelming majority of us, an entrepreneur is a famous business person who probably has a very com...

Classroom collaboration: Learning together

In most classrooms today, students are seen working together in small groups, perhaps in learning stations in the classroom, and taking a more active role in learning. When I was in elementary school,...

6 Steps towards successful off-task behavior management

Disengagement during class is a major problem as it affects learning. All teachers know how frustrating it is to deal with disruptions. In fact, off-task behavior can take away a few hours each month,...

Digital humanities in the K-12 classroom

In my previous post we explored the origins and definitions of digital humanities and covered a few examples of how the techniques are being applied in higher education. Today, I’d like to look at way...

Promoting student well-being through serious games

Let’s play: what comes to mind when you think of the word “game”? Some people will think of their childhood. Others, of board games and fun evenings with friends. Most probably, the majority of us wil...

Integrating ed-tech in the classroom one step at a time with the SAMR Model

Today’s students are truly digital natives. Not only were they born and raised surrounded by technology, but that technology was in advanced stages of development. If teachers and even university stud...

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