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6 Tips for Assessing Student Writing
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler
Assigning grades to personal narratives and argument essays is a tricky and slightly subjective process that may not honor the development and vulnerability of the student who wrote them. It can be hard to put aside a focus on the technical elements of writing in favor of style, content, and storytelling, especially when each student details widely different experiences than his or her peers. But there are a few ways to assign and respond to student work that respect their creativity and openness while still furthering their development as effective communicators. read more...
Revisiting Recess: The Benefits of Outdoor Activity in Schools
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler
A hot topic for many years, recess and outdoor play time in school is still being widely debated across the country. Parents, students, and teachers are pushing back against schools that have eliminated recess, arguing that students need at least 20–30 minutes a day to get their energy out and “recharge” their brains. Some are actually breaking ground in this arena—in at least 5 states, recess in elementary schools is required by law. And in other states, elementary schools must allot time for physical activity, though it is up to the school’s discretion how it allocates its time. read more...
5 Foundations for Fostering Student Engagement
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler
One of the toughest challenges for educators is not only capturing, but also keeping the attention of their students throughout an entire lesson. Fun activities or new units can spark curiosity, but some students find it hard to continue being interested in a subject, especially if they are being lectured at and told to take notes. This doesn’t have to be the case—there are plenty of everyday strategies teachers can implement to boost student engagement. Of course, every classroom, student, and teacher is different, so trying out a few different methods may be the best way to find ones that stick! read more...
7 Tips for Raising Confident Kids
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler
Starting from an early age, kids are faced with competition, high expectations, and constant quantitative evaluations of their skills—all of which can hinder their self-confidence if they are not supported by the adults in their lives. The comparisons kids draw between themselves and their peers can lead to defensiveness, envy, a need for constant validation, and indifference to the future. Helping kids set realistic goals and affirming their efforts can lead to healthier views of themselves and their self-worth, without setting them up for a cycle of failure and low confidence. Raising confident kids is no easy task, but remembering a few of these ideas can make it a bit more approachable: read more...
The Alluring Power of Graphic Novels
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler
Graphic novels have been criticized by both parents and educators for being an “easier” alternative to reading text-heavy, traditional material—but that’s far from the case. Visual learners, reluctant readers, and students who don’t often see themselves represented in literature find solace in graphic novels, which are engaging and relevant to today’s young learners. They help students develop deeper literacy by providing differing methods of communicating information, which allow students to begin interpreting multiple forms of media at once. Graphic novels tackle elements of text and film to help students visualize complex themes and find an appreciation for multimodal forms of storytelling. read more...
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