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 Gene Tognetti
During my days as an administrator, I often visited a second-grade teacher’s classroom at my school. Being a middle-school teacher in addition to vice principal, I really needed to get more grounded in effective ways to teach the younger kids. What I discovered over time was that many of the techniques employed in Primary grades were really universal in nature, and not just applicable to the little guys. For instance, use of audio and sound to assist in teaching—and more generally to develop a calm, peaceful, and inviting learning environment—turned out to be a universal tool that can help all students.
by Karen Larson
Once you’re confident that you’re reaching your audience, how can you provide small-group professional learning opportunities that support all of them and takes into consideration those aspects that make adult learners unique? How do you respect their time and allow them to work at their own pace? How do you make sure the learning is relevant to their grade level and subject matter? That’s a tall order, and what you are about to do may not fit that bill. Consider a blended approach to professional learning.
by Carolyn Hollowell
Stop to consider the positive and negative impact group activities can have on students. When conducting small-group learning sessions, your struggling students can feel more disconnected to you and the material. In turn, they can fall farther behind or act out more significantly. If you, divide students into groups and don't plan for how you will keep engaged with all students the learning will be impacted. If you want to create inspiring moments, learn how to build successful small-group learning activities. Darcie is amazing at creating group learning that is both rewarding for her as well as the students and she is sharing her top tips.
by Carolyn Hollowell
Millions of students around the world struggle to pay attention in classrooms. These children and their teachers often feel frustrated by the end of the school day. Why? Research suggests that 5 to 11 percent of children, ages of 4 to 17, have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The students diagnosed with ADD or ADHD tend to fall behind in class or act out due to their inability to focus on activities in the classroom. They generally can’t focus on tasks as long as their peers, and this inability to focus can lead to stigmatizing students as discipline problems.
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