Jun 30

The Importance of Goal Setting for Students’ Learning

Goal setting is an essential component of personal and academic growth. It gives students direction, motivation, and a sense of purpose in their educational journey. By setting clear and achievable goals, students can enhance their learning experiences, develop key skills, and experience improved outcomes. Let's explore some benefits that underscore... read more →
Jun 28

Helping Your Class With Student Learning Goals

Setting and striving toward learning goals—both as a collective classroom and individual learners—empowers students to be active participants and take some control in their education process. Setting goals from an early age helps lay a foundation and promotes a sense of autonomy and independence. It develops decision-making, time-management, and organizational... read more →
Jun 14
Jun 14
Jun 01

5 Interactive Activities to Teach Classroom Rules and Procedures

Getting genuine buy-in and actively engaging students during the classroom rule-making process is critical to creating a positive and welcoming learning environment. When involved in the classroom rules ideation, refinement, and establishment process, students are more likely to respect behavioral boundaries and adhere to organized procedures daily. They'll be more... read more →
May 26
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May 10

4 Tips for Implementing Direct Instruction Strategies

Hundreds of studies over decades of research show Direct Instruction (DI), with its clear and explicit, teacher-focused, incremental learning, is highly beneficial for broad ranges of students. Let's briefly define Direct Instruction and discuss some implementation tips to ensure your DI strategies engage your students and successfully impart essential knowledge.... read more →
May 05

When is Direct Instruction Most Effective?

Decades of research—many included in a comprehensive meta-analysis for the Review of Educational Research—document strong positive results for the Direct Instruction model. That isn't to say it's the only successful pedagogy approach. There's ample evidence that student-centered experimental, inquiry-based, and non-directive learning encourages students to think critically, foster genuine curiosity,... read more →
Apr 21

Effective Classroom Rules and Procedures for a Positive Learning Environment

In a study conducted to determine the effects of a classroom management program (Consistency Management & Cooperative Discipline®) on student achievement, researchers determined that "Classroom management becomes the gatekeeper to student learning by either supporting a consistent and predictable classroom or allowing a disruptive, chaotic, and random learning environment to... read more →