Category Archives: Positive Learning Environments

Here’s the answers to all the big questions

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams Also referred to as the Last Lecture, this is a lecture x Randy Pausch wrote so his kids would remember him. A computer science prof, a husband and a father, Randy had … Continue reading

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Instructional Strategy – Amber Donovan’s Poker Chip Question Technique

Amber Donovan contributed this questioning technique. “I learned this technique in another course and tried it out the last time I taught and it worked so well, I was shocked and excited at the results: I gave each student 3 … Continue reading

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Building a Culture of Inquiry

If you want students to ask questions, the culture in your classroom has to support them in that.  Building a culture of inquiry means fostering an atmosphere where asking and answering questions is safe. Here are some articles to get … Continue reading

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Effective Classroom Management

There are many approaches to Classroom Management. Here are some that we discussed:   Three Simple Keys to Effective Classroom Management  In this article, Monique Perry talks about the three steps she follows for effective Classroom Management: Set the Tone … Continue reading

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Really Big Resource – Solve a Teaching Problem

Solve a Teaching Problem by Carnegie Mellon University Here’s a valuable site from Carnegie Mellon University that provides practical strategies to address common teaching problems. It has you identify a teaching problem and possible causes and then provides you with … Continue reading

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Introverts, Extroverts and Groups

This article provides practical advice about how to distinguish between introverts and extroverts and how to facilitate groups that include both. How to Facilitate Introverts and Extroverts in Your Group or Class

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The shy guy in the room isn’t always an introvert!

Here’s a really good article about introverts, extroverts, the shy and the outspoken. Too often we assume that someone who is an introvert is also shy – not always the case. (Okay, maybe I assume that because I think of … Continue reading

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Learning doesn’t have to always be so serious, nor do we.

In this article, the author discusses ways to keep your classroom a safe, open, and inviting place to learn. She recommends you humanize yourself – laugh, smile, have some fun. Edutopia Staff. (2011).Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment. … Continue reading

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Using the cell phone in the classroom

In this article, Jennifer Carey discusses some productive ways to use cell phones in the classroom. Carey, J. (2012, Nov 29). 4 Smart Ways to Use Cell Phones In Class. MindShift Retrieved from http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/11/four-smart-ways-to-use-cell-phones-in-class/

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How to arrange the desks – best practices

This article discusses the factors you’ll want to consider – classroom environment, floor space, traffic patterns, ability to monitor the students – when arranging the desks in your classroom. The author provides a comprehensive discussion of all the factors to … Continue reading

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