It’s a necessary evil based in scientific research. Tedious, time-consuming, and difficult are among the most common words used to describe the process. Yet, whether you’re anxiously typing away with excitement or it’s something you loathe entirely, lesson planning continues to be a gold standard in today’s teaching industry (and for good reason). Small businesses that have a plan in place are proven to be twice as likely Continue reading “Standout with these 5 Lesson Improvement Tips”
Sharpen those pencils, folks. A new school year is upon us.
What that means for every teacher may be a little different, but one thing remains the same: among those crisp spiral notebooks, sparkly new folders and updated wardrobes is a group of young minds prepared to learn. Right? Wrong.
Since OER came onto the map in the early 2000s, the pool of available resources has grown into a vast ocean. With a wide array of OER materials at our fingertips, the trick now is not so much in finding OER, but on identifying high quality OER that can be used and transformed for our classroom needs. So how can we recognize the pearls, and avoid the sharks?
They say that no two teachers are alike. Each one has a teaching style that creates a unique classroom experience. Some prefer project-based learning, while others use interactive assessments to measure student growth. No matter whether young or old, urban or rural, Math or English, there are several traits that the best teachers have in common. Continue reading “6 Things the Best Teachers Do”
Did you ever wonder what your teachers did over the summer as a kid? It’s rather mysterious from a child’s perspective. They spend half their waking hours ten months of the year in the same building, the same classroom, with their teacher. Then, from one day to the next, life gets flipped on its rear for the both of them. It’s tough for kids to understand that their teacher has a life outside of the four walls of their classroom, but many adults don’t understand what goes on during the average teacher’s summer break either. Continue reading “What Do Teachers REALLY Do Over Summer Break?”
There is a heavy focus on the importance of students learning how to learn and how to lead. Multiple guess questions are becoming a thing of the past, as we educators seek to challenge students to apply what they’re learning instead of simply memorizing and regurgitating it. As technology continues to evolve and the way we communicate changes as a result, lifelong learning has never been more important.
That’s why most teachers know summer is not a vacation. The work doesn’t stop for teachers when that last bell chimes on the highly anticipated final day of school.
This month we sat down with our “remotest” employee, Joel Webb. By the time we make it into the Baltimore or McLean offices, he’s already put in a day’s work—all the way from Madrid, Spain. Joel works his magic from across the globe, transforming educational products into masterpieces with flair. Continue reading “Meet Joel: Globetrotting Learning Editor”