Creating a Rockin’ Classroom Environment

Jeremy RinkelBlog, Class Management, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning

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In This Post: Creating a rockin’ classroom environment is about creating an environment students love walking into. Using music to create an experience for students can be power. Music calms us, creates focus, and inspires us. Which teacher’s class did you anticipate and love walking into everyday? For me, it was my high school history teacher’s class. He always had … Read More

Lose The Levels – Reconsidering Leveled Libraries

Molly NessBlog, Innovation, Lesson Planning

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In This Post: Leveled libraries in classrooms is a good idea taken way too far. The level system was created to match readers to texts that best met their reading levels. It has become a rigid system that hinders text choice. The level system is often applied to inappropriate instructional times. The text level-creators themselves – Fountas and Pinnell – … Read More

Moving to Dynamic Learning

Matthew JosephBlog, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Technology

Moving to Dynamic Learning

In This Post: We need to create classrooms where students are the ones defending and explaining their ideas, rather than regurgitating facts. We need to make projects, and classrooms in general, more dynamic. Tech tools, such as Seesaw, Flipgrid, and others, can be used to make ordinary experiences more dynamic. This only works when combined with the endless creativity and … Read More

The 5 Senses behind Classroom Management

Rae HughartAdministration, Blog, Class Management, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning

In This Post: Classroom management blogs are filled to the brim with strategies and techniques to help students operate at their highest potential within the classroom environment. One idea often not discussed – the element of how a classroom’s physical space adds to classroom management success. Think of your favorite place to work; what makes it your favorite? How it … Read More

5 Ways to DESTROY Intrinsic Motivation in your Students

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Class Management, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Mastery Learning, Self-Paced Learning

5 Ways to DESTROY Intrinsic Motivation in Your Students

In this post: Intrinsic motivation is a powerful tool. Intrinsically motivated students are typically more able to overcome challenges Here are a few ways you can destroy intrinsic motivation in your classroom: Not providing students with ownership Not removing fear from your classroom Not being authentic Not building relationships Not focusing on learning Intrinsic motivation is a powerful tool that, … Read More