by  | Sep 27, 2018 | Classroom Management

1. Write Down the Rules

Many teachers hand out a syllabus at the start of the year detailing what students are responsible for and when. It specifies tests and quizzes, and tells students how their grades will be determined. In today’s age of technology, it also outlines acceptable use of both school tech and, in the case of BYOD, personal technology.

Consider drafting up and handing out a two- or three-page “student handbook” that details what students are allowed and not allowed to do and when. You can also download our Global Digital Citizenship Agreements for a streamlined acceptable use policy, no matter what year level you teach.

2. Let Students Help

Your learners are much more apt to follow guidelines they helped create. Rather than hand out the behaviour syllabus on the first day of class, spend time discussing these potential rules with the students. You will be surprised how many of them will want stricter rules than you do. It’s important that the rules are mutually fair and practical as well as constructive. Consequently, you must make sure there is a majority consensus on whatever the class adopts.

Guide the class discussion so there are no rules that will cause too many class disruptions or too much undisciplined behaviour. It’s also important to be consistent with the guidelines once they are put into practice. This kind of consistency results in students who are generally content as they know everyone is being treated fairly.

3. Encourage Questioning

Make it crystal clear that students can, and should, ask questions at any time. As a teacher, you should not be so focused on your lecture that questions aren’t encouraged. The printed rules should specify what students need to do to ask questions. Generally, students need to raise their hands.

Additionally, invest in finding ways of getting the students interested in the subject matter by offering relevance to their interests. Ask the students questions and invite them to ask follow-up questions that steer the discussion in the direction of critical thinking skills development. You’ll find our Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet to be a big help if your learners are looking for discussion prompts.

Of course, all the questions should be answered but not necessarily by you. Encourage students to volunteer answers to their classmates’ questions. Students often learn better when the information is explained to them by another student.

4. Let Students Lead

All students aren’t the same, so why have them read Chapter 1 this week, Chapter 2 next week, etc.? Ask your students who is interested in writing a short paper about a subject that is mentioned in the chapter. You may be surprised how many of them will take up the challenge.

What about encouraging your learners to step into your shoes for a bit? Letting them tell you and their classmates what they have learned can be an effective teaching tool for these student “teachers” and their classmates. Let students who are interested make a 5-minute presentation on the subject matter. This is also a terrific quick formative assessment tool for checking understanding.

5. Encourage Group Projects

In every teacher’s toolbox for effective classroom management, there should exist lessons and tasks for building teamwork and leadership skills. Today’s digital students love working in groups; it’s in their nature.

They work, game, and connect online constantly and in school it’s no different. They look to their peers to collaborate and share ideas. They’re just as likely to work with students across the world as they are in their classroom. Collaboration Fluency skills are a huge asset for life after school. The working world is being affected by new communication technology. As a result, one’s ability to function in teams that are both real and virtual is important.

Students who work with each other inside and outside the classroom also might develop more respect for each other. Some students will develop leadership skills while others will learn to be more responsible about completing assignments when there is a group grade involved. You can get some help with how to use collaboration by downloading the free Collaboration Fluency QuickStart Guide as a reference.

16 Δεκ 2018

Multiple Intelligences

Συντάκτης: Irene Manidaki | Κάτω από: Education, Useful articles for teachers

Howard Gardner of Harvard has identified seven distinct intelligences. This theory has emerged from recent cognitive research and «documents the extent to which students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways,» according to Gardner (1991). 

The learning styles are as follows:

Visual-Spatial – think in terms of physical space, as do architects and sailors. Very aware of their environments. They like to draw, do jigsaw puzzles, read maps, daydream. They can be taught through drawings, verbal and physical imagery. Tools include models, graphics, charts, photographs, drawings, 3-D modeling, video, videoconferencing, television, multimedia, texts with pictures/charts/graphs.

Bodily-kinesthetic – use the body effectively, like a dancer or a surgeon. Keen sense of body awareness. They like movement, making things, touching. They communicate well through body language and be taught through physical activity, hands-on learning, acting out, role playing. Tools include equipment and real objects.

Musical – show sensitivity to rhythm and sound. They love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments. They may study better with music in the background. They can be taught by turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, tapping out time. Tools include musical instruments, music, radio, stereo, CD-ROM, multimedia.

Interpersonal – understanding, interacting with others. These students learn through interaction. They have many friends, empathy for others, street smarts. They can be taught through group activities, seminars, dialogues. Tools include the telephone, audio conferencing, time and attention from the instructor, video conferencing, writing, computer conferencing, E-mail.

Intrapersonal – understanding one’s own interests, goals. These learners tend to shy away from others. They’re in tune with their inner feelings; they have wisdom, intuition and motivation, as well as a strong will, confidence and opinions. They can be taught through independent study and introspection. Tools include books, creative materials, diaries, privacy and time. They are the most independent of the learners.

Linguistic – using words effectively. These learners have highly developed auditory skills and often think in words. They like reading, playing word games, making up poetry or stories. They can be taught by encouraging them to say and see words, read books together. Tools include computers, games, multimedia, books, tape recorders, and lecture.

Logical -Mathematical – reasoning, calculating. Think conceptually, abstractly and are able to see and explore patterns and relationships. They like to experiment, solve puzzles, ask cosmic questions. They can be taught through logic games, investigations, mysteries. They need to learn and form concepts before they can deal with details.

from «The Distance Learning Technology Resource Guide,» by Carla Lane


The holidays are a magical time not only for kids but the grown-ups, too – full of delicious smells coming from the kitchen, the sound of Christmas carols on the radio, and crafting fun DIY projects to keep and remember from year to year. This year make mini Christmas trees  getting help from the following YouTube video: 

Since it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, get some ideas….

15 Heart Healthy New Year's Resolutions from Eason Chan


9 Δεκ 2018

Reading stories in class

Συντάκτης: Irene Manidaki | Κάτω από: Classroom activites, Education

Ways to make your students love reading


Depending on the age of your students, you can incorporate drawing in different ways. You can read a story with them and then have them draw their favourite part of the story. For older students, you can stop in the middle of a story, and ask them to draw a picture of what they think will happen next.

Books Online

Search for your students’ favorite stories online. There are several websites and YouTube videos that have videos of books being read aloud. This is a great way to mix things up.  But be careful!!! Always review the content and sit next to your students when watching videos online.

A classic Christmas story for 6th graders A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 

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