The Flipped Classroom
June 1, 2020 written by PDCAs the name suggests, a flipped (or flipped mastery) classroom takes the traditional teaching approach used for countless generations and turns it on its head. Instead of teachers lecturing in class, students receive lecture content outside of school on the nights before the actual lessons. Instead of doing homework and bringing it to class the next day, they show up ready to actively participate in the discussion and hands-on activities related to what they reviewed in the videos they watched at home.
Certificate in Integrating Technology into the Classroom
May 25, 2020 written by PDCWe know our students are proficient at using tech for entertainment and social purposes. So now is the perfect time to leverage their skills and put this technology to work in learning environments. Doing so can help students discover new ways of engaging with educational material, sharing content, and collaborating on creative activities from a distance. For students, and for teachers, too, it makes the learning process less traditional and more fun, boosts teamwork and confidence, and builds competence using apps and devices in constructive manners, instead of merely using them to pass the time.
Personal Motivation and Maintaining a Positive Attitude
May 18, 2020 written by PDCMotivation is contagious. To motivate others, one clearly must be motivated themself. The trick, as any experienced teacher can tell you, is keeping that positive energy flowing even when you don’t “feel” very positive. For a teacher to be effective, it is critical to know how to meet that challenge and overcome it.
I Am So Stressed I Could Scream
May 11, 2020 written by PDCManaging stress is something that we all must learn to do, yet sometimes trying to calm ourselves down leads to even more pressure. We all have methods that we’ve developed over the years, but even still, everyone has their breaking point. But what if there was a way to taper down the stress before you reached your limit?
Introducing Technology into the Classroom
May 4, 2020 written by PDCPencils, textbooks, and college-ruled notebooks may never go away completely, but teachers should take advantage of the myriad of tech tools available for use in their classrooms. The students themselves are not only used to engaging with devices, but they are adept at connecting through technology, too. These days, it is commonplace for a young person to share media or play online games with people living on entirely different continents. Therefore, it is important to start exploring technology that will allow students to develop deeper thinking and create learning environments that will allow them to be ready for the future.
Creating Mindfulness in the Classroom
April 27, 2020 written by PDCThese days we regularly hear about fostering mindfulness in our daily lives. But what about introducing that concept into our classrooms? Imagine a learning environment where every student is objective and non-judgmental, and they are able to cultivate and maintain a sense of genuine receptiveness to new ideas and information. Does this sound like an ideal teaching situation?
Motivating Students Who Don't Care
April 20, 2020 written by PDCMotivating students who don’t care is one of the biggest problems faced by today’s educators, but it doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. When students show little interest in their subjects, they cannot lay the foundations they need to progress. This lack of engagement can dramatically impact their futures in many ways. Therefore, it is vital teachers understand the concept of motivation in order to keep those students fully engaged! With the right tools, attitude, and models, teachers can reach even the most difficult student.
Give Your Class a Google Apps Makeover
April 13, 2020 written by PDCTechnology evolves so fast that K-12 teachers must work hard every day to keep on top of all the changes. We offer a tremendous service to our students when we stay ahead of the curve. After all, they are counting on us to prepare them for the future! To do that, we should strive to use all of the technological tools of today. One of the most powerful of these tools is Google Apps, so if you are ready to start using it in your classroom, then let's get started!