We love using project based learning as one teaching strategy to engage students. The challenge with this type of learning is keeping students on track. Nothing is worse than getting to a deadline and discovering none of the students are done. So how do we keep our students accountable during project based learning?[Read more…] about How to Keep Students Accountable During Project Based Learning
Students love role-playing and dramatic play, but many find the pressure of a performance overwhelming. Add some drama to your classroom by using drama circles, role-playing and storytelling in a low risk environment.
Read on to find out all the reasons you should add some drama to your classroom and ways you can add a little bit every day.[Read more…] about Ways to Teach Drama in the Classroom
Sometimes students don’t understand how time is of the essence when doing research. They lack the research skills to use text features, skim materials, and find items quickly. Not only does this slow down their work, it often results in incomplete research and general frustration.
It is a struggle year after year.
However, we have managed to find some activities that help students refine their research skills: scavenger hunts. It turns out that making research fun and game-like can have a positive impact on how students complete research.[Read more…] about Disguise Research Skills as a Scavenger Hunt
In Canada, elementary teachers teach all the subject areas in most schools-except specialties like French or music. This means generalist teachers like us are expected to teach art, even when we aren’t trained artists. Our students have been known to question some of our drawings over the years, so we’ve had to be creative in finding projects we can teach our students that help them learn, but don’t stress us out. We want to share them all with you.[Read more…] about How to Connect Social Studies and Art
If you’ve ever had an amazing teacher who brought history to life for you, then you probably enjoyed learning. A great teacher throws away the social studies textbook. He or she allows students to explore history in real and relevant ways. This teaches about the past, but also how to learn and think critically about the future.
We love teaching social studies, but honestly, we very rarely teach it using the textbook. For one thing, it’s a pretty condensed and cleansed version of the past. The reading level is way above our students’ comprehension skills. We use the textbooks as reference materials only.
That means we need to have a way to bring social studies alive for our students.[Read more…] about How to Bring Social Studies to Life