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10 Virtual Field Trip Ideas for Students of all Ages

Virtual field trips allow students to experience new and exciting learning opportunities that they would not be able to otherwise. These interesting field trip ideas will be sure to keep your kids engaged. Go on a Virtual Field Trip to The White House What better way to introduce your students to US History, Politics, or… Continue reading 10 Virtual Field Trip Ideas for Students of all Ages

Early Education Enrollment Rising, Still Not Good Enough

Early education enrollment has been increasing consistently over the last two decades. Researchers are emphasizing the importance of early learning as we learn more about human development. The human brain grows most during the first five years of life. A child experiences rapid cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and motor development during these years. These years are a… Continue reading Early Education Enrollment Rising, Still Not Good Enough

The Flipped Classroom Model Praise & Criticism

With technology and educational ideologies advancing at an unprecedented pace, many new theories and methodologies are being implemented worldwide. The flipped classroom is one of the hottest topics in education these days. This instructional strategy has received both praise and criticism. Will we see this methodology make its way into our students’ curriculum? Or is… Continue reading The Flipped Classroom Model Praise & Criticism

Traditional Grading Scale: Pros, Cons & Alternatives

The traditional grading scale (whether letters, numbers, or percentages) has been around for so long; it’s hard to imagine an education system without it. Here is an example of a typical grading scale in American schools: A = 90-100% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = 0-59% I = Incomplete U… Continue reading Traditional Grading Scale: Pros, Cons & Alternatives

Maker Education Basic Info

Maker education is a modern approach to problem-based and project-based learning. It relies heavily on collaborative, hands-on learning experiences to solve authentic problems. This type of education can take place outside of the classroom in “makerspaces” or schools. Maker education emphasizes learner-driven experience, interdisciplinary learning, p2p teaching, and mistake-based learning. Maker culture Maker culture is a contemporary, technology-based… Continue reading Maker Education Basic Info

The Rise of Micro-Credentials

What are micro-credentials? Micro-credentials are certifications that prove your mastery of a specific topic. They’re often referred to as micro-certifications, digital badges, nano-degrees, web badges, or mini degrees. You can typically obtain them by completing a course that resembles a college class. Some are available exclusively online, others in the classroom, and some can be obtained… Continue reading The Rise of Micro-Credentials

What is Social-Emotional Learning?

Social-emotional learning (SEL), as defined by The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), is “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” It is a framework that guides the teacher and student… Continue reading What is Social-Emotional Learning?

The Class Size Debate

The class size debate has been raging for years. Common sense leads people to believe that the more students are in a class, the more difficult it is to teach. Therefore smaller class sizes mean better learning environments for students, right? A Study Finds that Smaller Classes Outperform Peers This evidence is supported by a… Continue reading The Class Size Debate

Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing

Standardized testing is a controversial topic among teachers, parents, voters, and students. Many people claim that standardized testing allows an accurate measurement of student progress and teacher effectiveness. Simultaneously, the other side believes that a one-size-fits-all approach to student evaluation can be uncompromising and even biased. Both sides have valid points. Along with these arguments, several other… Continue reading Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing

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