Category Archives for Innovative Classroom Strategies

Future of the Classroom report: Thinking, connecting, innovating

To research the current state of K-12 education, to do it globally, and to create a thoughtful and fact-based prediction of what the future holds would take a lot of resources. But if there’s one thing

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Mindfulness in the classroom: Does it work?

The teacher writes numbers on the white board in front of the class, preparing a lesson on fractions and decimals. Two girls are passing notes. A couple of kids in the back row are laughing about a secret

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Why and How to Create a Makerspace in Your School

Think about the elementary school library of your childhood: shelves, books, table, and a librarian who focused a lot of her time keeping kids quiet! Now, imagine if a corner of that library had been set

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When Standardized Tests Change the Classroom Climate

Photo credit: Siaath via iStockphoto Five years ago, researchers for the National Education Association (NEA) surveyed 1,500 teachers from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 about standardized testing. The results

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First-year teacher? 7 tips from the veterans

(Photo credit: Monkey Business Images, via iStock)   Articles aimed at new teachers can sometimes seem ominous: “5 Vital Tips for First-Year Teachers to Make it Out Alive” “6 Tips for Surviving

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Teaching with Video: A Classroom Tool that Works

(Photo Credit © Highwaystarz via iStock) Teaching with video can be controversial. Decisions about whether a video is appropriate for the classroom can be subjective. And arguments for and against the

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STEM teaching: The key to the future can be a challenge for teachers

(Photo Credit © Kerkez via iStock) It’s hard to have any conversation about education today in which STEM teaching doesn’t come up. The acronym, used to refer to “science, technology, engineering,

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What’s So Fine About Art?

Art is a collaborative effort. Teaching art to children starts with an understanding of fine art with the goal of learning the skills necessary to teach and impart to students a love and understanding

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Core Strategies for Teaching ELL Students

Teaching English Language Learner (ELL) students is not an easy task in the realm of the regular classroom.  Incorporating the needs of English learners while trying to keep the classroom pace going and

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