EDWORDS: Latest Blog Posts

  • Should We Allow Our Students to Cheat?

    The answer is a resounding, yes!  We should absolutely allow our students to cheat. Bear with me while I explain. As teachers we've all experienced the "class" discussion during which our five top students are engaged and contributing, while the others are slumped in their desk, playing with their pencil,doodling on their notebook or dreaming out the window.  So how can we engage all our students in the discussion? Well, first we have to set all students up for success by giving them ...

    by Sharon Skretting
    Saturday, 28 March 2015
  • Buddies

    The Buddy System Overcomes The Bully System! Buddy Up Those Classrooms!

      There is nothing like your very own buddy. We can also have many buddies. Classrooms can be filled with buddies. Teachers, you can make this happen especially in the younger grades so that it becomes the “new normal” in our upper grades. It’s not too late in the upper grades but it is easier when it begins when children are basically color blind until they learn differently. Each child has a new buddy each week until every child has experienced each child in his classroom as his buddy. ...

    by Karen Stone
    Friday, 27 March 2015
  • It's All About the Driving Question!

    It was a graduate course called "Technology-Assisted Project Based Learning" where I learned this phrase - the Driving Question. But should a driving question exclusively belong to Project-Based Learning or should it be embedded into any kind of learning? And, if yes, perhaps there are even more components that can be "borrowed" as well? Let's review Project-Based Learning first. Question 1: Define Project-Based Learning Answer: The key words for PBL are: innovative, intrinsic motivation ...

    by Tsisana Palmer
    Friday, 27 March 2015
  • The Invisible People in Your School

    Right now, there are invisible people in your school. No, not some sort of ghosts like those who haunt people in books and movies; in your school are students who are “invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see” them for who they are (not unlike the unnamed narrator in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man who’s self-description is quoted here). They’re largely unnoticed, many are compliant, and all are disconnected. Some of them think this is the only way they’ll e ...

    by Aaron Hogan
    Thursday, 26 March 2015
  • Technology Resources for Busy Teachers

    After 17 years in the classroom, I understand how difficult it can be for teachers to keep up on the rapidly changing world of educational technology on top of all of the other responsibilities that come their way. That's why I’m excited to join EDWords to exchange ideas with fellow educators.  My goal is to share resources with everyone from the novice to the tech enthusiast.  I’ll share classroom tested technology resources that are intended to solve problems and make your life ...

    by Nick LaFave
    Wednesday, 25 March 2015
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