4 Ways to Cultivate Motivation in Your Students

How to Become a Master at Student Motivation

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Student self-motivation is, perhaps, the Holy Grail of teaching.  In fact, the hardest days of teaching are when your students don’t care. In those circumstances, we start to wonder if we should care either. For example, have you heard some teachers complaining when student motivation is missing: “My students never study.” “My students just don’t […]

4 Key Factors for Fantastic Formative Assessment

Practical Advice from Research to Classroom

Too many times the research is completely disconnected from the classroom. But in today’s show, we talk about some very practical issues for teachers. First of all, we talk about the characteristics that make effective formative assessment. This includes some important tips for adjusting your instruction based upon formative assessment. Secondly, we also discussed standards […]

How to Teach Students Who Struggle with Self Control

Research Spotlight

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Misbehavior happens in the classroom. From time to time, it happens to every teacher or principal. You can get angry, or you can make progress. With this in mind, Dr. Reggie Melrose explains a reason for some of the most difficult behavior. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, emotional dysregulation occurs in around […]

What Does Supportive Teacher Centered Professional Development Look Like?

Research Spotlight with Dr. Matthew Kraft

When a teacher first starts teaching, we know that their learning improves dramatically. Learning to be a good teacher will happen in just about any school during those first few years. But, over time there are schools where teachers keep learning. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen in most schools. In this episode, we will study some […]

Why Do We Ask Kids to Sit Down and Learn When the Research Says…

How Sedentary Education Hurts Kids

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Many kids may not have ADD or ADHD but have those symptoms because their school is requiring them to sit for such long periods of time, according to Dr. Brad Johnson. Today’s guest shares the latest research about physical activity and school performance. Not surprisingly, Brad speaks against “sedentary education” and the negative impact it […]

3 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Student Learning

Research on classroom design with Peter Barrett

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Peter Barrett gives us an overview of his classroom design research in today’s show. Peter and his co-authors found a 16% impact of classroom design on the learning of 3766 primary school students in the UK. Peter breaks down the study into individual factors like light, air quality, and nature. But, perhaps the most astounding […]

3 Ways to Teach the Way the Brain Wants to Learn

A best selling neurologist shares how the brain really works

How do exercise, sleep, and the unique composition of the human brain impact learning? Today’s guest, neuroscientist John Medina, shares his views on where schools are falling short. Today’s show is a thought-provoking and edgy discussion sure to evoke a lively discussion in your PLC. If you love Brain Rules, listen to today’s show.   […]

Why You Shouldn’t Babysit Kids with Tablets! (And What to Do Instead)

Advice about Tablets and Young Children: What Works and Warnings from an Expert.

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You’ve seen it. Young children engrossed in tablet devices. But how much is too much? Today’s expert, Diane Levin, gives technology guidance to the parents and teachers of young children. Parents and teachers need to interact with students. Kids need the real world. Hands-on manipulatives help them learn, as well. Today’s guest helps us with balancing the physical […]

How to Turn off Blue Light on Your iPhone/ Ipad at Night

Keep Your Phone from Waking You Up

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Not sleeping? You might need to turn off blue light on your phone. This week, I was interviewing John Medina, author of Brain Rules, for a future episode of Every Classroom Matters. He made the offhand comment, “blue light wreaks havoc with your brain.” We’ve known this since 2006, This Psychology Today article can help […]

What Makes a Good Assessment?

Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned

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Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals. Thomas Guskey reflects today on what makes a good assessment. He also shares the four kinds of data that are most valuable to teachers in year-end assessment. This is a must listen for any educator working with assessment. Thomas shares the problems with many […]