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What Is Balanced Literacy ?

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Title : What Is Balanced Literacy ?
Keywords : Teaching, Literacy

All schoolchildren are taught to read and write, and balanced literacy is the framework we use to makes sure this is as successful and productive as possible. The idea behind the concept is that all students can be literate and begin to enjoy literacy - whatever their ability or age. By finding the correct balance between work and rest, as well as the balance between reading and writing, practitioners of this teaching approach insist they can make any student fulfill their reading and writing potential. So, how can we apply balanced literacy in the classroom environment, and what does it demand?
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How To Develop Great Teaching Skills

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Title : How To Develop Great Teaching Skills
Keywords :Teaching, Skills

Teaching a class of students is much harder than most people imagine. Not only do you need the knowledge of different subjects in order to pass it on, but a wide range of other skills is also necessary to keep control over a large group, and engage them - even when the topic isn't the most exciting. This can provide you with a real challenge, but as we are about to find out, it becomes far easier when you begin to develop new teaching skills and techniques.

5 Steps to Raising an Optimistic Child

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Title : 5 Steps to Raising an Optimistic Child
Author : Dr. Tony Fiore
Keywords : Teaching, Psychology, Optimistic, Child

I had just completed a session with 17-year old Julie who suffered from severe depression. Julie believed she was a total failure and would never be able to change anything in her life. Julie also felt all her shortcomings were her own fault.

Where, I ask myself, did such a young person acquire this negative and fatalistic thinking?

The answer soon became apparent when I invited her parents into the session. They began discussing numerous life events and explaining them in ways that their children were learning. The car, for example, got dented because you can't trust anybody these days; Mom yelled at brother because she was in a bad mood; you can't get ahead in this world unless you know somebody, etc.

What are Rubrics?

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Title : What are Rubrics?
Keywords :Assesment, Teaching, Rubrics

Why Rubrics?
What's All the Hype?

The role of assessment in teaching happens to be a hot issue in education today. This has led to an increasing interest in "performance-based education." Performance-based education poses a challenge for teachers to design instruction that is task oriented. The trend is based on the premise that learning needs to be connected to the lives of the students through relevant tasks that focus on students' ability to use their knowledge and skills in meaningful ways. In this case, performance-based tasks require performance-based assessments in which the actual student performance is assessed through a product, such as a completed project or work that demonstrates levels of task achievement. At times, performance-based assessment has been used interchangeably with "authentic assessment" and "alternative assessment." In all cases, performance-ba…

10 Habits of Highly Effective Students

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Title : 10 Habits of Highly Effective Students
Keywords : Student, Learner, Habbit, Teaching, 

Being an effective student isn't usually something that comes down to chance. In the majority of circumstances, it is the individual learner who can have the largest impact on the effectiveness of their studies. In this article, we take a look at some of the most important traits and techniques that can help people to reach their full potential as a learner.

Perhaps the most important trait of all amongst effective learners is the ability to set realistic and achievable goals, before working hard to reach these over a set period of time. Having something to work towards can provide students with a great deal of motivation to succeed, and this is vital to keep them engaged in their studies.

5 Things All Great Teachers Have In Common

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Title : 5 Things All Great Teachers Have In Common
Keywords : Teaching, Teacher, Greatness

The quality of someone's teaching does not just refer to how much information they manage to get into their student's heads or the results that they produce. It also refers to their technique and presentation. Many teachers have a fantastic amount of knowledge that would be greatly useful to students, but they have no idea of how to express it. Great teaching often has less to do with wisdom and skills, but more to do with their attitude to their student, their subject and their work. This article explains the top five characteristics of great teachers, and how to incorporate them into your own lessons.

5 Reasons Kids Need Homework and 5 Reasons They Don't

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Title : 5 Reasons Kids Need Homework and 5 Reasons They Don't
Keywords : Teaching, Homework, Pro's and Con's

The benefits of homework has been debated by teachers and parents for years as the very word evokes very negative connotations to every involved, students, parents and teachers. Although many people think of homework as doing more harm than good by causing copious amounts of unnecessary stress to everyone, others believe that it has great advantages for children by encouraging them to think more independently outside the classroom.