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”
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.
“You have to prepare students not to live in the world of 1950….The jobs of the future are not middleman jobs. The jobs of the future will require creativity, will require imagination, experience.”
-Dr. Michio Kaku, ISTE 2016 Conference
Educators and innovators like Dr. Kaku are touting skills that can’t be automated, such as critical thinking, creativity, and leadership, as the those that will make students successful as they enter college and the workforce. However, since these 21st century skills, also called “soft skills,” are less quantifiable than “hard skills” (such as the ability to perform mathematical computations or write a report), they’re more easily overlooked. Continue reading “Infusing 21st Century Skills into Your Classroom”