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21st Century Engagement Tools

Students today have advertisers, social media, friends, parents, and other teachers, all bidding for their attention. As a teacher, if you can keep them focused for an entire class period, you are doing very well! Keeping students engaged is not a 21st century problem, but it can be addressed with ...

Carrotmob's Free Curriculum

Ever since the whole concept of sustainability and environment-conscious living came to popularity, a lot of protests and boycotts have been seen against organizations that use materials and policies that are harmful to the environment. Sometimes it works, but most of the time nothing beneficial re ...

Should the College Essay Be Abandoned?

There has been some debate arguing that the collegiate system should abandon the essay as a testing and learning instrument. The reasons are simple:With the Internet, plagiarism is much more commonStudents simply go through the motions and do not learn from the essay, more specifically they skim ov ...

The Case for Food in the Curriculum

Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body. - Marcus Tullius CiceroWhat we eat makes a huge difference to our lives. Whether it's concentration, energy levels or risk of heart disease, it shapes who we are. But what we eat, the way it's produced and the way we consume ...

Benefits of a Reading Portfolio

Each student learns differently and each student learns at a different pace.  Each student is an individual and a reading portfolio is a way to keep that individuality. The reading portfolio showcases each student’s projects and follows them throughout their school career.The reading por ...
Empathy

Developing Empathy - The Value of a Good Book

Research has shown that reading literary fiction, taking in stories that make you think, that challenge you to understand the thoughts and feelings of others, increases your empathy. I doubt that surprises anyone who's reading this blog. If you've worked with children then you know just how ...

Zombie Based Learning - Making Education Fun

A friend recently showed me a great learning tool for geography. It touches on many of the things I've blogged about - using games, empowering pupils, even mixing more physical activity into the schedule. It's an inspiring example of doing something new and different with the curriculum. It ...

Why all the Reforms?

I often write about government interventions in education. There's two main reasons for this, the first one being that they're easy to care about. But today I want to address the other one, and why actually it all comes back to that first reason.Governments intervene in education all the ti ...