Classroom Spaces

Holly StuartBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Students respond better to classroom spaces that are interactive and encourage exploration, movement, and collaboration. Students learn science better through instruction that allows them to have access to the entire classroom space when inspiration strikes. Consider taking the time to honestly reflect on your classroom space to make it more engaging to your students. How are you using your … Read More

28. Engage Your Students with REAL Connections

Michele Schmidt MooreDesign Lessons Podcast

Hey Designers, In episode 27 we looked at how to use Design Thinking to level up your life.  In this episode, I’m sharing with you the REAL Instructional Framework that employs design thinking to create a strategic learning pathway that is anchored in a real world opportunity. This episode was originally a presentation I did for the Association of Middle … Read More

Engage Students with Magic Glasses & Table Dancing

Bobbie FrenchBlog, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Reimagine your lessons to make them more engaging for students. Some ways to engage students with your lessons include magic glasses and table dancing. Other ways to increase engagement in your lessons include finding ways to infuse movement, friendly competition, student conversations, and sometimes a little whimsy.  Bueller? Bueller? Bueller…anyone? Anyone?  Are you teaching to an ‘empty’ room? If … Read More

Ham It Up to Build Relationships with Your Students

Jason LimBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Build relationships with students by not being afraid to look goofy or silly in front of them. Some strategies to build relationships with students include using movie quotes or current popular songs, telling jokes, dancing, and more. When I graduated from college, I did not know what I was going to do.  To be honest, I wanted to be … Read More

Blended Learning: My Fear for the Future

Jenn BreisacherBlog, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: It is important that educators don’t mistake the model of learning in the past year as true blended learning. When blended learning is implemented properly, educator stress levels will decrease and student success levels will increase. I began teaching with a blended learning approach before anybody really knew what it was. I had always been intrigued by flipping my … Read More