A week of sitting in a teaching seminar has left Sarah Cooper inspired but also thoughtful about how students experience daily classroom life. “I felt new empathy for having to follow teachers’ instructions all day long.” Read her 10 takeaways.
Tagged: student engagement
Teachers who fail to actively involve students in learning experiences are mired in mediocrity, says educator Barbara Blackburn. The author of Rigor Is Not a 4-Letter Word shares five rules for student engagement she’s discovered, with examples from her own teaching and consulting.
The Best-Kept Teaching Secret “will be a book that I’ll refer to often,” says MiddleWeb reviewer Sandy Wisneski. Smokey and Elaine Daniels offer ideas that are both powerful and simple to implement, she writes, showing teachers how to bring life to “written conversations.”
“What does student engagement look like?” is just one of 14 questions Larry Ferlazzo & other experts answer in this new eBook reviewed by Julie Dermody.
Kevin Hodgson recommends The Global School: Connecting Classrooms and Students Around the World, William Kist’s how-to & why-to approach to connected global learning & praises its broad focus.
California teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo is the Internet’s impresario of education resources. He tells us the story behind Websites of the Day, his great act of curation, and more.
Overcoming Textbook Fatigue: 21st Century Tools to Revitalize Teaching and Learning benefits teachers who feel an urgency to abandon textbook dependency and create more relevant and engaging lessons, says reviewer Susan Shaver.
Teacher Mark A. Domeier likes the concept behind Teri Lesesne’s reading ladders in Reading Ladders: Leading Students from Where They Are to Where We’d Like Them to Be, but he says they’ll have to be adapted to the realities of middle school class size.
Reviewer Catharine Pierce says the well organized fun found in Shelley S. Connell’s Family Science Night: Fun Tips, Activities, and Ideas can enrich after-school clubs and classroom teaching.
Here are a few of our favorite MiddleWeb posts from 2012. Our thanks to the educators who have contributed articles, MW blogs, interviews, & book reviews!