Movement and exercise can help transform the brain and improve student learning, according to neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. She says research shows that recess and movement
Best Practice: Grow Executive Function
Pappafotopoulos, D. (2019, May 20). Why I use student-driven ideas in my curriculum. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
Using student-driven ideas in lessons can help learners overcome distractions and stay on task, high-school teacher Dianne Pappafotopoulos writes. Pappafotopoulos shares how students’ interest in
Many teachers stop reading aloud to students once they reach middle school, but research shows the practice continues to have benefits for students, including improved
DeWitt, P. (2019, May 12). How Can Mindfulness Teach Surface, Deep, and Transfer Learning? Retrieved May 15, 2019.
Transfer-level learning is the ultimate goal for any teacher. The idea that we can inspire students to find connections in their learning to their greater
Draw on the classroom environment to turn teens’ natural wiring for novelty, risk taking, and social rewards into cognitive assets.
Mathewson, T. (2019, May 08). Project-based learning boosts student engagement, understanding. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
A public middle school in Massachusetts expanded a project-based learning program to seventh-grade students after a pilot program for sixth-graders showed increased engagement and motivation.
When students are struggling, teachers can strengthen students’ resilience by using “Habits of Mind” such as cultivating wonder and awe as well as remaining open
Play-based learning is an approach that supports students’ development and well-being while building skills such as collaboration, writes kindergarten teacher Jessica Arrow. In this blog
Schwartz, K. (2019, April 14). How Do We Get Middle School Students Excited About Science? Make It Hands-On. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
An alternative school in New York state uses hands-on, collaborative learning to engage middle-schoolers in science lessons. Rather than prepackaged experiments, students engage in challenges
Minkel, J. (2019, April 08). 4 Things Teachers Shouldn’t Be Asking Their Students to Do. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
Spiderman’s Uncle Ben could have been speaking directly to teachers when he said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” As teachers, we can make kids