Education Trends

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.

Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Podcasts for Learning

Author: Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)
Intrigued by the world of podcasting? This Five-Minute Film Festival features videos, resources, and articles to help any educator get started using podcasts in the classroom as a learning tool.

In Australia, a School Designed to Excite and Engage

Author: Suzie Boss
Check out this Australian elementary school that lives up to its vision of being "a place of optimism, excitement, and challenge."

Reel Character: Using Film to Enhance Social and Emotional Learning

Author: Christina Wright
By viewing films through the filter of character development, students can understand how traits and mindsets so often influence the choices that people make.

Increasing Student Voice in Local Schools and Districts

Author: Mark Phillips
Students deserve a say in running their schools and districts, and board members could easily make room for student representatives to share their wisdom and insight.

Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative

Author: Alice Keeler
Gamify a classroom by introducing a fun narrative, reframing assignments to fit into that narrative, and making students care about the outcome.

Hangouts on Air: Connecting Teachers With Content Experts

Author: Jenny Grabiec
Google Hangouts can be an accessible, low-cost tool for teaching educators about technology or turning snow days into PD sessions -- among many other possibilities.

A PBL Unit: Critiquing the Value of Daylight Saving Time

Author: Heather Wolpert-Gawron
Using project-based learning, a middle-school teacher proposes tackling with students the antiquated practice of Daylight Saving Time.

Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

Author: Patrick Cook Deegan
Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses. He shares six easy steps to help your class appreciate their natural surroundings.

Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

Author: Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien
Students learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.

Writing Strategies for Students With ADHD

Author: Tracy Collins
Here are six challenges and solutions, based on task simplicity and clear instruction, for helping students with ADHD develop their essay-writing skills.

Going Beyond Teacher Appreciation Day

Author: Elena Aguilar
School improvement coach Elena Aguilar explains why Teacher Appreciation Day is not enough when it comes to giving gratitude to educators.

The Dances of Student Discipline

Author: Ben Johnson
Teachers, when it comes to student discipline: Do you do the foxtrot, the tango, or swing dance?

Emphasize Real Problems to Boost STEM Learning

Author: Suzie Boss
Interested in creating more student-driven learning experiences, especially in the STEM? Check out these resources and ideas.

Weekly Update: Educational Webinars, Unconferences, and Conferences

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Coding in the Classroom: A Long-Overdue Inclusion

Author: Merle Huerta
By promoting code literacy, schools could improve education equity, offer inclusion for students with ASD, improve STEM proficiency, and build neuroplasticity associated with multilingual education.

What I Learned From Teachers Who Inspired Me

Author: David Cutler
Inspired by his colleagues, one teacher learned to differentiate instruction, foster a flexible learning environment, avoid harshly penalizing failure, and encourage problem solving and innovation.

Administrators: How to Get Out of the Office and Into Classrooms

Author: Ben Johnson
As an administrator, I think about the most enjoyable times I have had at school. Frankly, none of them include sitting in my office doing paperwork, disciplining, or attending meetings. The most enjoyable and productive times I have experienced are...

Don't Quit: 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day Teaching

Author: Johanna Rauhala
To recover from your worst day of teaching, cry on a friendly shoulder, breathe, plan for community, prioritize, get perspective -- and please don't quit!

Feeling the Power of Oral Communication

Author: Gai Jones
While most people fear public speaking, children can learn from a young age to recognize and embrace the empathy of the people listening to them.