Motivating Students Through Increased Engagement

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Class Management, Mastery Learning

Motivating Students Through Increased Engagement

Motivating Students Is Always A Challenge. Motivating students is one of the most elusive and commonly discussed topics during my work with teachers. Many times, the conversation starts with a statement like, “They just won’t do the work,”or, ”I can’t get them motivated.” I’ve said these things myself, and I’m sure you have, too. The common theme in both of … Read More

5 Ways to Use Padlet in Your Classroom

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Class Management, Innovation, Mastery Learning, Technology

5 Ways to Use Padlet in Your Classroom

What is Padlet? Padlet, in case you aren’t aware, is a fantastic live posting board you can utilize with your students or colleagues to collect, curate, interact, and comment on anything from documents, posts, ideas, or web links.  All this collaboration happens in real-time, and anyone can access it from anywhere as long as they have the link to your … Read More

Spark Curiosity and Provide Opportunity for Students

Kristen NanBlog, Class Management, Innovation

Spark Curiosity and Provide Opportunity for Students

Do you provide opportunity for students? That is my new class buzzword… OPPORTUNITY!  It is one word that creates such excitement among my 3rd graders.  One word that speaks to every child.  One word with so many meanings that I cannot possibly stop smiling when I hear the chit chat that surrounds this one topic. Let’s get something straight… I’m not … Read More

Getting Started with Classcraft

Tiffany OttBlog, Class Management, Innovation, Technology

Getting Started with Classcraft

We talk a lot about the growing trends in education around gamification and game-based learning. Just a few weeks ago, we published a blog post about getting started with gamification with 4 AWESOME resources. Now, let’s dive a little bit deeper into one of the four resources: Classcraft. The Basics I first heard about Classcraft from Stella Pollard on one of the … Read More

7 Ways to Make Learning Impossible in Your Classroom

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Class Management, Mastery Learning, Start Here, Survival

7 Ways to Make Learning Impossible in Your Classroom

We talk a lot about how to increase student achievement and improve learning in our classrooms. A lot of these conversations are centered around what needs to be added or changed in a classroom, NOT what should be removed. Many of the practices that still exist in classrooms across the country are not only outdated, but they are making progress … Read More