Monthly Archives: April 2014

ProTip Wednesday: 10 Activities to Get to Know Your Students Better

As we close out our month on student engagement strategies, let’s leave with the number one secret weapon your teacher arsenal: getting to know your students. We’ve touched upon this very important subject before: 5 Differentiation Strategies to Increase Engagement 8 Ways to Make Students Care Getting to know students it not just for the…

Teachers, the Education Technology Industry Needs Your Help

In March, EdSurge published an article about their experience at the SXSW conference in Texas. Educational technology (edtech) entrepreneurs came from far and wide to discuss the latest in edtech, but if you check the advisory board, only a handful identify themselves as K-12 educators. The SXSW competition for new companies, LAUNCHedu, was geared toward…

Friday Bulletin Board: Laughter is an Instant Vacation

  For this week’s bulletin board, we’ve rounded up some things to make you smile, in hopes of extending your vacation a little bit. Animals on vacation Q: Where do math teachers go on vacation? A: To Times Square. 27 things worse than going back to school #7: Justin Bieber’s mustache http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/things-worse-than-going-back-to-school You’re almost there!…

We Asked Students, ‘What Makes a Good Teacher?’ Here’s What They Said

As our student engagement month comes to a close, we asked students what they thought made a good teacher. The answers we got confirmed what we thought: a good teacher is enthusiastic, passionate, and able to connect with different types of students. Here are some more thoughts students had on teachers and school: Who is…

ProTip Wednesday: 5 Differentiation Strategies to Increase Engagement

We, as teachers, know better than most that all students are not made the same. From the eternal pencil clicker to the creative doodler, our students need us to meet them where they are, otherwise known as differentiation. But how do you differentiate for 30 students? 100 students? There is barely enough time for a…

Daniel Pink and the Truth About What Motivates Students

For those of you who haven’t read Daniel Pink’s Drive, it’s an eye-opener that debunks the belief that the best way to motivate ourselves is through external rewards like money (or straight As, in our case). Rather, the secret to true, sustained motivation and satisfaction is a internal human need to control their own lives,…

Revere Superintendent Dr. Dakin on the Four Rs, Edtech, and Engagement

Revere High School is in an urban high school in Massachusetts with nearly 77% of students at a low income status. In addition, English is not the first language for more than 50% of its students and 14% of students are English Language Learners. I sat down to speak with Dr. Paul Dakin, Revere’s superintendent…