High-school teachers should limit the amount of time they are talking during teaching, suggests Wendy James, coordinator of Collegiate Renewal and Curriculum for Saskatoon Public Schools in Canada. In this blog post, she shares how she replaces some direct instruction with "generative processes, formative assessment and written step-by-steps."
Some English teachers in Canada are replacing some traditional texts, such as Shakespearean works, with the writing of indigenous authors. Teacher Kim Bruton said her decision allows students to see the "lighter side" of indigenous culture, rather than focusing on the mostly negative experiences indigenous people have had throughout history.
Making science stick Hands-on learning in the science classroom sets objects and concepts within a real-world context. Students connect theory to experience and learning sticks. Get more insights on effective science instruction from the Smithsonian's Carol O'Donnell in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
Teachers would benefit from more personalised professional development, writes Desiree Alexander, an educator and consultant. In this article, she shares a guide to fostering more "aha" moments in PD sessions.
The #StatusofMind survey indicates that overuse of Instagram and Snapchat is affecting the mental health of young people. The platforms may be fostering feelings of inadequacy and anxiety among youths who engage often with them, says Shirley Cramer of the Royal Society for Public Health.
Language learning is largely a subconscious activity, writes Steve Kaufmann, co-founder of the online language learning platform LingQ. In this commentary, he writes about his experiences learning languages and why he believes research supporting the theory that language is learned subconsciously.
Life is what we make it -- always has been, always will be.
Grandma Moses, folk artist
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