Educational trends seem to change almost yearly. One year ‘this method’ is the best thing ever invented. The next year ‘this method’ has lost its appeal, and a new idea is a must-try. However, the one trend that has remained constant year after year is higher-order thinking skills (HOTS). HOTS encourages learners to go far beyond the memorization of facts. Students analyze, evaluate, and create. So, where do you begin? First, help students understand what HOTS is.
Are you looking for some creative ways to display things in your classroom? Word cards, teaching standards, and even student work can clutter up a classroom in no time flat. These classroom displays will have you thinking ‘out of the box.’
Classroom Displays Idea #1 – Pocket Charts
Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and cardboard is quick and easy. Make individual pocket charts for students, a series of matching charts for a bulletin board, or even a large one to hang on the wall. Be sure to check out the bottom end of Idea #1 to see some ideas for using these pocket charts. Continue Reading
Classroom discussions are an important part of learning. The Common Core State Standards, address discussions under the Speaking & Listening strands. This list shows the main standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.Continue Reading
Are your students having difficulty memorizing information for tests? Learning steps in a process, lists, or simple facts can be a challenge for most students. Try some of these memorization techniques. They will make a difference.
Some facts must be memorized in a specific order. Name mnemonics and acrostics as well as using the Method of Loci help students recall details in a specific sequence.Continue Reading
Teaching students to listen carefully to instructions can be a real challenge. Below you will find some procedures for following directions that require practice for students to understand and know what is expected.
Following the procedures is a list of activities including printables to use to help improve following instructions skills. Continue Reading
Carol Dweck is a psychologist working at Stanford University. Over 30 years ago, she became interested in the attitudes versus achievement of students. She studied the success of individuals and compared it to mindset. Her findings are extremely important in the area of education. Dweck divides people into two different groups: fixed mindset and growth mindset.
The Snowball Technique is a way for students to teach each other important concepts and information. Students begin by working alone. Next, they collaborate with a partner. Partners form groups of four. Groups of four join together to form groups of eight. This snowballing effect continues until the entire class is working together as one large group.