EDWORDS: Latest Blog Posts

  • Power of Our Words

    The Power of Encouragement vs. Praise in Teaching and Learning

      Over the years I’ve conducted multiple interviews and written multiple pieces on the topic of praising kids. Or, more precisely, the perils of praising kids. Many experts and a great deal of research point to the pitfalls of offering children too much praise (“Good job!”), empty praise (“Good job!”), or false praise (“Good job!”). Still, the practice persists. It appears that offering praise – regardless of the specific words used – is a tough habit to break. The problem, I believe, is ...

    by Rae Pica
    Monday, 24 August 2015
  • Anxiety Doesn't Bleed

    He arrived at my school a disheveled first grader. Severely disabled with mental illness, devoid of emotion or affect, like an automaton, and lacking any semblance of a moral compass. If you are an educator, you undoubtedly have taught one or two students at some point in your career who were difficult to reach, but who profoundly touched you. Jonathan was that student for me.  I recently learned that Jonathan had taken his own life at the age of 16. Hearing of his passing, I immediately th ...

    by Jim Detwiler
    Sunday, 23 August 2015
  • A Response to Professors Banning Laptops

    Banning Laptops in The Lecture Hall I've been hearing about big changes in education since I started teaching nearly 20 years ago. In recent years, I've actually been seeing some real innovation that has challenged teachers to move beyond the same model of instruction that we have been using for centuries.  My optimism faded a bit, however, after reading an article from The Globe and Mail, "Professors Push Back Against Laptops in the Lecture Hall."  The article provides another exampl ...

    by Nick LaFave
    Saturday, 22 August 2015
  • relationships

    Creating Trust and Personal Connection with Students

    More and more research indicates that relationships matter in classrooms. Relationships between you and the students and among the students themselves. They foster more academic success and can change the way kids feel about coming to school every day – for the better. I hope you’ll listen to the wonderful discussion I had with Dawn Casey-Rowe, Mike Anderson, and Dan Brown on this topic. It’s chock-full of ideas for how you can create trust and personal connection with students at the beginni ...

    by Rae Pica
    Friday, 21 August 2015
  • Student Autonomy in Assessment for Learning

    Education is no longer a practice that happens to a student, but one that happens with a student (Bayse, 2014). Promoting student autonomy continues to be an important aspect of preparing students for the future. Previously, I have investigated the benefits of student autonomy in project-based learning, digital tool selection, and the troubleshooting of technology. With a lense on ISTE Teaching Standard 2, I am once again investigating student autonomy; this time as an important aspect of assess ...

    by Annie Tremonte
    Wednesday, 19 August 2015
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