How Furniture Can Affect Learning

How Furniture Can Affect Learning

Educators are beginning to show more interest in furniture and how classroom setup may impact learning. In some schools, traditional individual desks have been replaced with rectangular tables and chairs. In other schools, teachers are introducing non-traditional...
Real-World Walkabout: Quiz, Quiz, Trade

Real-World Walkabout: Quiz, Quiz, Trade

This Real-World Walkabout asks students to move around the classroom and quiz each other on vocabulary words that have previously been covered in class. Quiz, Quiz, Trade is a fantastic game for reviewing any type of material and can even be adjusted to focus on a...
Active Learning and ADHD

Active Learning and ADHD

In a previous post on the executive function hypothesis, we highlighted the executive function of the brain and how ADHD is essentially a deficit disorder of that function. However, when ADD or ADHD is diagnosed early, teachers and caretakers can help children develop...
Is Technology Beneficial for My Classroom?

Is Technology Beneficial for My Classroom?

When evaluating whether to use technology in the classroom, educators should ask, “Will this tech benefit my students and me?” The driving factor behind any decision to use technology in the classroom should hinge upon the answer to that question. For many teachers,...
Teacher Benefits from Technology in the Classroom

Teacher Benefits from Technology in the Classroom

When we discuss technology, we are referring not only to programs that students can use but also to programs that help teachers do their jobs behind-the-scenes more quickly and efficiently. In our previous post on digital equity in education, we discussed the...
The Executive Function Hypothesis

The Executive Function Hypothesis

The Executive Function Hypothesis was developed in the 1970s by Karl Pribram and other experts in psychology and psychiatry. Russell Barkley, Ph.D., defines executive function as “the cognitive or mental abilities that people need to actively pursue goals,” and it is...
Whole Brain Teaching

Whole Brain Teaching

In recent years, whole brain teaching (WBT) has sparked many conversations across the country — and even some controversy. The movement began in 1999 and has grown ever since. Whole Brain Teaching has become widely-known primarily due to the dynamic and engaging...
Active Learning for the Holidays

Active Learning for the Holidays

Even though the winter chill may keep your students inside during recess, there are plenty of ways to expend excess energy during the school day. The holiday season is a treasure trove of creative active learning ideas to help you reinforce key concepts with your...
Active Learning for Thanksgiving

Active Learning for Thanksgiving

Use the Thanksgiving holiday to help refresh key educational concepts for your students. Thanksgiving Spelling Bee Select Thanksgiving-oriented words, and host a spelling bee. Ask all students to stand. Start on the left side of the room. Call out a grade-appropriate...