How to manage cellphones in your classroom?

There are two sides to this topic. On the one hand, it’s a behavioral and disciplinary problem. If students are using phones recreationally when they should be learning, you need tactics to stop them. But also, phones are an opportunity to make learning appeal even more to students. If they’re encouraged to use their own, familiar device for educational purposes, …

Theories of Learning

For centuries, philosophers and psychologists have tried to understand the nature of learning. How does it happen? What determines its success – and failure? How can one person (such as a teacher) influence the learning of another (ie a student)? While all agree that there isn’t one single answer, there are then various theories as to what the possible answers …

How to design your classroom layout

Can you still remember where you sat in class? Who was next to you? It’s amazing how many of us can. A classroom layout from decades ago can linger long in the memory – which just goes to show how important is to a teacher to get it right. For this, there are countless factors to juggle. Dividing disruptive groups. …

How to increase family involvement in your class

Several studies have proved it: when parents are actively involved in their children’s education, the child benefits. They’re more likely to earn higher grades, perform better on tests, enrol in more advanced courses and even continue into tertiary education. In addition, having parents be part of the classroom also improves student behaviour. That’s why this week’s blog rounds up five …

35 student rewards that don’t cost a thing

Praise. Encouragement. Compliments. It’s free, but it’s fundamental to teaching. And while nothing beats a genuine face-to-face compliment, there are also countless ways to incorporate rewarding students into your classroom management techniques. This blog piece, quite simply, fires 35 of our favourites at you… Certificates for good behaviour. Certificates for perfect attendance. Certificates for most improved. Certificates for helping others. …

The advantages of a flipped classroom

Flipping the classroom does exactly what it sounds like. It reverses the traditional learning dynamics, completely. With this method, students don’t learn new content in the classroom, by having a teacher instruct them. Instead, they learn it from video and online sources in their own time and place. Meanwhile, problems and assignments that once might have been treated as homework …

How can you talk to parents who don’t seem to care?

As every trainee teacher knows, motivating students who seem disengaged from learning is a fundamental classroom skill. To many practising teachers, it’s actually among the most rewarding aspects of the profession. Less expected: disengaged parents. In fact, meeting a parent who doesn’t seem to care about their child’s educational progress can be one of the most dispiriting experiences a teacher …

10 techniques to try with students who struggle to stay attentive

Paying attention in class. It’s absolutely fundamental, yes? Surely students only learn when they listen to the teacher and follow the lesson closely? Actually, maybe not. Today’s digital world presents students with a plethora of demands for their attention – far more than we experienced as children. Some see this as a worry, fearing that we face raising a generation …

Engaged and disengaged learners: what’s the difference?

Making sure that your students are engaged with learning is fundamental to teaching. Yet it’s often one of the most challenging aspects to achieve. That’s always been the case. Attendance, behavior, discipline – factors like these have been part of classroom dynamics since the earliest schools. What is new? The impact of the digital age. The contemporary student is used …