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Does your students' poor performance on class tests keep you up at night? Do you find yourself wracking your brain, trying to figure out how the same students who seemed to understand what you taught yesterday now can't seem to remember any of it? Do you stress for months prior to a large-scale standardized test that your students have to take because you fear that they will perform poorly on it? If any of these experiences sound familiar, you're not alone. These are s
Overcoming negativity in a classroom in regards to achievement and behaviour can often be a problem that has many strands. For many years I struggled on the rung of being a good teacher, sometimes dipping into the holy waters of being an outstanding practitioner with no great consistency. One of the Eureka moments that improved my teaching and ability to influence a class was to understand Assessment for Learning (AFL). Too many times, buried in the back of a University lecture hall, I had been washed over by the myriad of equally intangible ways to assess a child; never really understanding t
In the first part of this series, we discussed how teachers and administrators struggle to apply new techniques and up-to-date processes to address the motivational challenges that block students from engaging in the learning process. As we continue, we'll look at the complexities in students lives that impact their engagement in the classroom.
The cooperative learning model certainly had its heyday in recent educational history. The term cooperative learning describes a classroom setting in which the students are put into groups and formally work on a specific assignment in a formal group setting. The cooperative learning training that swept the nation in the early to mid 1990s was a helpful early step in the effort to keep students engaged in classroom instruction.
It's amusing now to think back to the 1960s and early 1970s when there was so much talk about replacing teachers with televised learning, computers and programmed learning systems. I remember reading articles titled, "Will teachers become obsolete?" Times have changed!
Your students are deathly afraid of making mistakes and looking stupid in front of their peers. Failure hurts...especially at school...especially in front of their friends. Were you ever humiliated in front of your classmates? I was. It still hurts!