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5 Easy Tips for Making Lesson Plans Great

Teachers come in all shapes and sizes, and the methods they use vary greatly. There are some that plan meticulously, and others that prefer to fly by the seat of their pants. I believe that a mixture of both is the best way to a smooth, stress-free lesson. Here are a few tips:A good lesso ...

Michigan State Governor’s Grand New Reading Plans

The Plan Does Not Address the CausesA conversation started last year on the low literacy rates of third-grade kids in Michigan culminated in Gov. Rick Snyder’s vague proposals to improve literacy levels among children under ten. It is not a new initiative nor is the proposed price tag of ...

Winning Instructional Strategies

Most instructors enjoy students who can sit through a lecture, review all course materials, and apply the concepts without issue. There are not many of these students out there however so we need to consider the instructional strategies we are using in the classroom. The strategies we employ impact ...

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 ...

Motivate Your Students

Think back to your favorite teacher. Did you do more for them and their classes? Do you remember what set them apart? Did they seem to “get you”? This teacher likely made you feel that he or she knew you.  It probably felt like like they knew what mattered to you.Historically, stud ...

Interstellar inspires Lesson Plans

“The science fiction of yesterday is the scientific fact of today” and looks like the internet giant Google and the makers of Interstellar have taken this statement rather seriously.Google has trained and certified teachers to include a lesson plan in the curriculum, which is inspired b ...

Technological Twists to Lesson Plans

When every part of our lives is being touched and made comfortable by technology, then why can’t it be used in our classrooms? This is what Illinois State University has set itself to do by introducing studio “TEaCH” in their campus.In their own words, this concept encourages the ...