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”
By Brandi Marcene, Wisewire Contributor
How many times as a teacher have you witnessed the dreaded “summer slide” in students after their return from summer break? Students who previously showed tremendous progress at the end of the school year are suddenly unable to demonstrate previously mastered skills?
Students can often miss out on opportunities that are both learning and entertaining to keep their brains engaged over the summer when there is an absence of ideas, activities, and support at home. Teachers can help students and parents to make the most out of their summer holidays by designing a list of activities with ample opportunities to exercise brain power and to have fun.
It’s unlikely that you experience a dearth of options when you go online to search for tools and resources to supplement your curriculum, instruction, and assessment materials. Instead, you quite likely experience the opposite—there are so many options to choose from that it soon becomes overwhelming and difficult to parse which are worthwhile and which are better left behind. How do you know if a tool is high quality and truly germane to your purposes? The next time you go online in search of learning materials for your classroom, ask yourself these questions before making a decision about a shiny new offering: Continue reading “8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Evaluating EdTech”