Required reading is a drag that can easily be fixed

Most students hate required reading. Hacking Literacy author Gerard Dawson explains how to improve this issue with the 80/20 Analysis, in the Hack Learning Podcast episode above. Here are the highlights:

The Problem: Required reading is a drag

Many literacy teachers face a conundrum:...

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Do you have a Shelly or Juan in your classroom?

 Juan and Shelly are walking home from school, both looking down and kicking an empty, crushed soda can. Finally, Juan breaks the silence.

"Shelly, did you ask any questions in class today?"

"No," she says quietly. "The teachers hate me, and when they do call on me, the kids all laugh."...

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5 simple Hacks to improve questions and answers in your classroom

Asking questions is one of the best ways to get students thinking about a topic. However, not all questions are created equal. Some questions are simply factual recitations or closed questions that can be easily answered with a yes or no.

To increase student engagement and understanding, ask...

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5 educator must-do's during winter break

Dear educator, winter break is finally here! It's time to relax and recharge before the new year. Here are five fun and healthy must-do's during your time away from the classroom:

1. Catch up on sleep.

Most educators could use more sleep. Likely you're nodding your head in agreement....

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3 simple hacks for teaching resilience to students

As educators, we know that one of our most important responsibilities is to help our students develop the skills they need to be successful in life. One such skill is resilience—the ability to bounce back from setbacks and difficulties.

Teaching resilience is not difficult; it does,...

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The surprising truth about classroom management

For years, classroom management has been a huge part of the teacher training process. While this is an extremely important area to master, one fact that many new teachers don't realize when they're in their classrooms for the first time is that classroom management isn't really about...

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Four ways to improve project-based learning in your classroom

When students enter the classroom, project-based learning is probably the last thing on their minds. They're more interested in what they'll be doing that day and who they'll be sitting next to.

But in many effective and engaging classrooms, project-based learning is the first thing on the...

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Discover the power of going gradeless

Ungrading is a growing movement in K–12 classrooms. It means that teachers don't give students letter or number grades for their work; instead, they give feedback that helps students understand what is being taught and what they know.

Proponents of...

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Improving the focus of today's school leaders

School leaders are expected to be the driving force in education, inspiring their teams to give students their best. However, they face roadblocks as they enter their school buildings each day.

Unfortunately, school leaders, teachers, and staff often deal with the same problems:

  • low funding...
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How to modernize your teaching, build rapport, and help anxious students succeed

Teaching is hard. The learning process for students has changed drastically in the past 10 years, and it's changing even faster now. Students are more anxious than ever before, but also better equipped to handle this anxiety through technology and improved rapport with teachers and peers. 

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