Classroom Ideas

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…

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…