“The district set up model classrooms so teachers could observe brain-friendly lesson styles and strategies like using an “adult voice,” which is supportive and nurturing, rather than a “parent voice,” which is loud and directive and can cause resistance.”
by Shaun Fagan
In today’s videocentric world, it’s easy to get caught up in the importance of the visual aspect of teaching. In the classroom, though, the primary channel for learning is something that can’t be seen: listening. Interactive whiteboards and projectors are useful tools, but if you take away the audio—or, more crucially, the ability to understand that audio— you get maybe half the story, probably less.
If you analyze the word “education,” you will find that our English word derives from the past participle of the Latin word educare, similar to educere (or, “to lead out,” which is the source of our word “educe.”). In other words, one of the purposes of education is to bring forth from a student that which is innately in them: their talent and passion in life.
By Robin Glugatch
The most essential part of establishing a makerspace is instilling a "maker mindset" with the students and staff. In 2015, I attended a makerspace-focused workshop. Upon my return, I suggested devoting half our library to the makerspace, and our administration didn’t bat an eye.
by Shaun Fagan
As educators shift their focus to teaching 21st-century skills, they are not just standing at the front of the room, addressing the whole class. In the new collaborative classroom, students work together in small groups, so learning is going on at many places at once. As a result, classroom communication has become more dynamic, complex, and challenging.
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