Academic Use of Wikipedia: Infographic

Any student that’s taken classes during the Internet era has both been told to never use Wikipedia for research papers and used it anyway. With a treasure trove of information available on virtually any topic, person or event one could think of, Wikipedia can be used as a valuable tool when used properly. Legal Morning came up with a great infographic about proper academic use of the every growing, ever changing online encyclopedia to help sort out when it's appropriate to use--and when you're better off citing a more permanent source. Here are some of the highlights from the infographic and scroll down to see it in full. Feel free to share with students!

  • Wikipedia has more than 30 million articles and is available in more than 285 languages
  • Read the outside sources referenced in the body of the Wikipedia article and use those as citations and for information about the topic
  • Wikipedia Projects can be a great way of finding authoritative sources…

Infographic: Why Classroom Design Matters More Than You Think

We could describe the seating formations that are best for group discussions vs. test-taking, but it's a lot easier to show you. This infographic takes a look at the way your classroom's look and feel could be affecting your students' learning. Did you know more exposure to daylight can lead to 26% higher test scores? We didn't either. (We'll wait while you take an axe to your walls).

Scroll on to learn about light, color, and even wall decor choices that can create the best possible environment for learning in your classroom.


Growth Mindset: Tips for Motivating a Struggling Student

Lacking motivation, trouble staying focussed, difficulty taking direction and general withdrawal – all teachers will recognise the signs of a struggling student.

Seeing a student encounter difficulty can be upsetting, especially if you have a large class size and feel unable to spend the necessary time with them. However, there are some growth mindset activities you can integrate into your classroom, and some ways in which you can utilise this way of thinking yourself as a teacher, to provide some much-needed support and motivation.

"Growth Mindset" is a theory pioneered by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D, and it outlines that all brains can be “trained” or developed over time.



Interactive Learning for Student Engagement and Success

New and effective teaching strategies are something today’s educators are constantly on the lookout for. Finding strategies that also meet the Common Core requirements as well as keep students engaged can be especially difficult to discover. However, many of the most successful teachers out there have found a way to do both with profound success.

These education professionals are using interactive learning strategies to engage their students. They are taking real-world problems, bringing them into the classroom and allowing students to dig into them and develop their own solutions.

Studies published by Northeastern University have shown that teachers who actively engage the classroom by developing interactive projects and then lead class discussion about the topic increase


Easy Learning This Summer with Toys

Many children look forward to going to school and are excited by learning new things. When it comes to summer, kids are ready to head outdoors and get in some serious play time. It can be difficult to maintain the same level of attention from children around summer time, but that is when you get to put on your own thinking cap and get creative! Every child loves to play with toys, so if you can incorporate learning with playing, you have a recipe for success.

Go with the Flow and Head Outdoors

If you are able to, enjoy the warm weather and take your lessons outside, or bring the outdoors into your classroom. Introduce your young students to a kid-friendly microscope and let them investigate everyday objects up close. Set up an “exploration station” for students to use on their own through…


Five Ways To Create a Healthy School Climate

When children feel cared for by the adults in their school, it creates a sense of belonging and trust. Collaborative and caring interactions boost self-esteem. In turn, self-esteem boosts academic achievement and decreases problem behavior like bullying.

Here are five ways to create a healthy school climate:

  1. Create a school-wide plan.
  2. Get everybody on board. All teachers, staff, students and parents need to feel like they have an investment in creating a positive school climate. Why? Positive and safe schools are necessary in order for students to learn and thrive, for teachers to enjoy and continue their work and for parents to feel like they have a connection to their child’s academic world. 

  3. Teach behavior expectations.
  4. If …

3 Tips for Great Question Writing

[caption id="attachment_9141" align="alignleft" width="300"] Figure 1. Tower of Hanoi Puzzle[/caption]

Count the number of moves required to duplicate the exact arrangement of disks on the first tower and the last tower.

Rules: Only move one disk at a time. You may never place a larger disk on top of a smaller disk.

Hint: Sketch out your strategy versus trying to walk through the steps in your head.

Possible answers: 5, 7, 9 or 11 moves

Most blog posts don’t open with an assignment for the reader. Why have I chosen to do so? And do you even care why, or are you hoping that in the next few lines I will reveal the correct answer? Chances are, if you actually tried out the puzzle above, you want to know the sol…

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