What if you could tailor each lecture for your students’ needs? The twin challenge of the teacher is to know the content and know the student. Spencer describes practices of individualized instruction that, though born out of his work in a small school, suggest principles that can enhance the effectiveness of instruction in classrooms of any size. View or download… READ MORE
What do eggs, bubbles, and two sharp pencils have in common? They’re all connected to success in achievement tests! Allen Troyer has helped schools improve their testing experience for more than twenty years. In this video, he models best practices in preparing your students to be at their best for achievement tests. View or download on Vimeo or download audio… READ MORE
What do you do if your students won’t sing? If they don’t sing well? Anthony describes three principles to keep music practice enjoyable and effective: Invest in a positive school culture. Be patient. Sing in small segments. Stay positive. Make singing a special event. Compliment students for their work. Use programs as motivators. View or download on Vimeo or download… READ MORE
No matter how valuable the lesson you’re teaching, some students will struggle to stay focused. From calling on students to hooks that provoke reflection, Andrea explains the simple activities she incorporates throughout class time to keep students connecting to the material. View or download on Vimeo or download audio only
The effects of the texts and reading material in your school are obvious; they shape your students. But what about the less obvious curriculum, the one that hides in plain sight? Gerald addresses the importance of facility maintenance, teacher development, school policy, and other aspects of the hidden curriculum.
What is the value of teaching the children classic literature? Jonas explains that with literature, students connect to reality in a way they might not through other disciplines–and offers extended selections from poems and stories to reinforce his thesis.
This recording includes four presentations: Grade 1: Ready or Not? When and How to Dismiss a Teacher The Manipulative Parent The Dress Code Questions regarding these topics were dealt with in the panel discussion: Dealing with Dilemmas Panel Discussion
Rebecca hoped to train her students in art technique while introducing them to art history and concepts—but she didn’t want to create every lesson from scratch. In this video, she talks about the way she incorporates ARTiculations curriculum across the grades, and describes rules that enable art classes to be peaceful and productive. View or download on Vimeo or download… READ MORE
How do you decide what you will require students to learn? In English and math, these decisions are usually made by your curriculum, says Anthony. But there are so many things to learn in science class that the teacher must choose where to focus. First, says Anthony, teach to the test. The assessment you use should reflect what you asked the students to master. Second, Anthony demonstrates learning maps, a simple and flexible method for outlining the content you expect students to focus on.
Some students speed through their work. Others need extra coaching. How do you keep the faster students motivated while preserving the time you need to help others? Shannon and Cheri describe a simple practice that keeps everyone busy—and learning. View or download on Vimeo or download audio only
How do you train 6-year-olds to sing well? How do you train high school students? While students’ voices mature as they grow older, Jeff encourages teachers to use the same techniques—and expect similar performance—at all levels. In this video, he discusses the value of regular practices that incorporate music theory, vocal training, and singing technique. View or download on Vimeo… READ MORE
If your classroom has a projector, you can display PowerPoint and pictures. But does your projector get in the way of real, interactive teaching? Amy describes a tool that allows her the flexibility of writing, presenting, and demonstrating more naturally than most touch computers and much cheaper than a smart board. View or download on Vimeo or download audio only
As a teacher or parent, you are concerned with your children’s manners and conduct. How would the conversations about behavior change if the children were actively involved in reflecting on their own habits? Meghan shares the power of the self-evaluation tool she recently began to use, and offers guidance in applying it in your classroom or home. View or download… READ MORE
“I can’t do this. This is dumb.” If your students keep getting stuck and needing the teacher’s help, they are at risk of negative attitudes about themselves or their learning. But Spencer encourages teachers not to simply provide the answers to students’ questions. Instead, teacher and students can journey together, learning to identify the specific gaps in their understanding and… READ MORE
With paper, rock, and a football galaxy, Wanda demonstrates visual and sensory activities for engaging students. Today’s students live in an immersion of media. From glossy picture books to digital media, they have grown accustomed to learning visually. Wanda reminds us of the importance of engaging all of our students’ senses in the learning experience—and offers examples from her own… READ MORE
If you teach algebra using the Cartesian plane method, your students are familiar with graphing paper. That is perfect for work at their desk, but how can you practice and check work together as a class? In this demonstration, Jason shows how he uses free web-based tools to keep everyone involved in class. View or download on Vimeo or download… READ MORE
You’ve taught the lesson. Your students have learned the parts of speech, the parts of government, or the parts of a tooth. But have they learned? Will they use the information? Do they want to know more? Deana believes that, unless children are excited about learning, the teacher’s job is not complete. In this video, she describes tools to communicate… READ MORE
Checking: It’s one thing you can save for after school. But should you? Javon Miller believes the immediate feedback of checking student work in class is worth the time it takes. He explains the benefits of checking in class, and offers guidance or avoiding potential problems. View or download on Vimeo or download audio only
What is your task as a teacher? The responsibilities you bear may seem overwhelming, but Gerald reminds us that our purpose is to humbly apply our learning and effort to serving the church. View or download on Vimeo or download audio only