Growth versus Fixed: Mindsets Matter

Think of yourself as a learner.  How did you get to where you are right now?  What belief system helped you get there?  Or what belief system adversely impacted your journey in getting where you want to be? In 2006, Carol Dweck, an American psychologist, author and professor at Stanford University, published a book called …

“There’s a tool for that!”

As a teacher, the words optimal, effective, most suitable, best, efficient, maximum and greatest often catch my attention.  I have discovered early in my career that time is of the essence. Time is something that I always need, and most often, not have enough of. It is something I want to redeem and not waste. …

Promoting Student Agency Using Technology

In the year 2014-15, the US Department of Education reports that there were 4.8 million English language learners (ELLs) in the K-12 population across the country (https://www2.ed.gov/datastory/el-characteristics/index.html#intro). Students identified as English language learners can participate in language assistance programs that public schools offer to help these students achieve English proficiency and meet educational standards and …

Culturally responsive pedagogy

Culturally responsive pedagogy is a teaching principle that calls for teachers to respond to the cultures that are represented in their classrooms. This sense of cultural responsiveness is both a theoretical framework that guides teachers in their daily decision-making processes, as well as a pedagogical approach that teachers need to commit to integrate into the …

The Value of Reflection: Looking Back as a Way to Move Forward

Community Engagement Project Reflection Time is a priceless commodity in the teaching and learning arena.  If you ask any educator, there’s never enough time to do something, to teach something, to learn something, to create something.  The lack of time is a ubiquitous reality in many professions, but I feel it is especially true in …

What is the role of service learning in developing global collaborator skills?

Service Learning Service-learning is an approach to teaching that connects students to their communities (Fitzgerald, 1997) with the purpose of making a positive contribution. Vanderbilt University defines service learning as “a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students seek to achieve real objectives for the community …

How can innovative design skills and computational thinking impact the writing of elementary students?

Change is inevitable in education. Every aspect of education is dynamic, subject to change to reflect the ever-shifting trends in curriculum, political climate, funding, organizational structures, teaching and learning, culture, demographics, and in the last several decades, technology.  Technological innovations have reconfigured our patterns of living, working and learning (Neumann, Dion & Snap, 2021). Consequently, …

Inquiry-based Learning and Digital Literacy

Inquiry-based Learning “Inquiry-based learning is an approach to teaching and learning that places students’ questions, ideas and observations at the center of the learning experience” (Boiko & Nastas, 2017). Instilling curiosity or the eagerness to learn is the bedrock of inquiry-based learning. In an inquiry classroom, students are the ones who do the ‘heavy lifting’ …

How can we develop reading fluency using digital tools?

Reading fluency is one of the building blocks in developing successful readers. It is the link, or the bridge, between decoding and comprehension (Reading Rockets, n.d., Rasinski, 2019, 41:39). Rasinski (2014) defines reading fluency as having two main components:  automaticity in  word recognition and expression in oral reading, which is also known as prosody. As …

Our Well-being as Digital Citizens

Digital Well-being: Technology and our Daily Lives “Technology is, not so much as a necessary evil, it’s a necessary good that can go either way.” www.wellbeing.google   The Pew Research Center’s report called “The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World” (Anderson & Rainie, 2018) presents interesting perspectives on how digital technology has impacted humanity and …

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