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Pedagogy

4 Must-Have High School Classroom Systems

Hi, my name is Rebecca, and I am addicted to The Home Edit. If you spend more than 5 seconds with me, you will hear me talking about Joanna and Clea like they are my next-door neighbors. Why do I love them so much? Because they love systems and I

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How to Engage Students in Discussion

My favorite classes in high school and college were the ones where teachers really talked to us and allowed us to share our thoughts and questions freely. Because of this, I have made it a priority to engage students in discussions from the very beginning of my teaching career. Even in my student teaching experience, it has been a critical component of my classroom culture. I’ve been in 3 different schools since then, all with a variety of student populations, and have been able to see their effectiveness in these very diverse environments. This has led me to think of them as even more important than I once did. Why??⁣

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It can be challenging to determine a classroom management strategy in the high school setting. Secondary students care much less about impressing their teacher than elementary do. This is one of my favorite tips for classroom management that I found success with over and over again with my high school students.

My Favorite Classroom Management Strategy

I learned MANY important lessons from this group, but one that really stands out to me that I held on to for years after was to ask for help. One afternoon after a particularly rough period I approached a veteran teacher in my hall and she taught me about using Board Points. Over the years her tip has grown to be my favorite whole-class classroom management strategy.

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Why You Should Be Using YouTube in Your Secondary Classroom

Travel to any classroom across the world and you will find teachers with mixed opinions about the use of technology in the education of their students. But nowadays it really isn’t avoidable anymore, and thus the questions have evolved from, “Should we use technology?” to “How much should we use it? What are the most effective tools for use? Are students really engaging with these methods?”

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RADAR: A Problem Solving Technique for Students

  “I don’t even know where to begin.” “I don’t know what the question is asking.” “I don’t know what I am even looking for.” There is nothing more frustrating for a student (and a teacher) than looking at a question or problem and having no idea what to do

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