Using TED Talks to Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset

Hi everyone! In today's post, I am going to be talking about one of my favourite things to watch/listen to: TED Talks! I love TED talks as a means of acquiring new information and ideas, hearing new perspectives, and inspiring change in my own life, even in small ways. Recently however, I have discovered that … Continue reading Using TED Talks to Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset

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Using Partner Work and Conferencing in Math

A few months ago during my volunteering, my supervisor introduced me to the idea of Math Sharing Conferences in the classroom, and so far, it is one of my favourite ideas I've seen being used during Math. In a nutshell, the activity begins with the students being introduced to a new Math concept in the … Continue reading Using Partner Work and Conferencing in Math

How else can I incoroporate the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model?

Aside from the GRR model itself, there are a number of related techniques that you can use in the classroom, as you assume the role of the More Knowledeable Other. They include: Scaffolding: This is a crucial componet in helping students develop more responsibility for their learning. It involves starting off with simple tasks, modelling … Continue reading How else can I incoroporate the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model?

Mindset and Resilience: Some Strategies to try with Students

As I've mentioned in a previous post, Resiliency Theory and Carol Dweck's work on Mindset has really resonated with me as a future educator. I believe wholeheartedly that resiliency is one of the key ingredients in overcoming any risk factor, and teachers can play a significant role in helping children to develop this trait over … Continue reading Mindset and Resilience: Some Strategies to try with Students

Using Self-Regulated Learning Theory in the Classroom

In my opinion, one of the most helpful components of my At-Risk concentration courses were our discussions of theory-related teaching strategies. While I do find educational theory to be incredibly interesting (and I can see the merits in many of them), I personally find it more useful to not discuss a variety of theoretical perspectives, … Continue reading Using Self-Regulated Learning Theory in the Classroom