How to Help SPED Students

About Writer of this Post: Cynthia Mathews is a Doctor of Education per Curriculum and Instruction and Education Leadership. She is a school teacher of English secondary education, and she spends her time creating and conducting professional development workshops for educators. Mathews creates and promotes education forums, stage plays, and directs students in leadership. SheContinue reading “How to Help SPED Students”

How to Manage Student Learning

As a teacher, you must apply the best management techniques that will help motivate your students to both behave and to learn during classroom instruction. While there are many teaching and learning techniques to choose from, the withitness and the ripple effect approaches are among the best classroom practices to follow. These technique work becauseContinue reading “How to Manage Student Learning”

Bonus Points versus Academic Support

“It’s me again, Doc. Got a few minutes?” “Sure, Vivian. How are you?” “Grading papers: grades not so good.” “Thinking about reteaching?” “Of course, if necessary. I believe, though, students have knowledge of the standards.” “Perhaps that is the problem: Students have knowledge but not comprehension. Students usually must understand content well-enough to make B’sContinue reading “Bonus Points versus Academic Support”

Mathews 9 Learning Strategies

Mathews 9 Learning Strategies Dear Student, You are a special commodity. You makeup over 300 million people in America alone, and that makes you essencial to a special population, filled with a great number of people with unique minds and talents. Your personal gift is your own, and you can apply your gift to produceContinue reading “Mathews 9 Learning Strategies”

How to Frame the Lesson: A Review of Fundamental Five

Frame A Lesson: Insights from Fundamental Five It’s the beginning. It shall be good. It’s the ending: Was it good? If the beginning of a lesson is setup with a clear understanding of ideas to be taught and why the ideas are important to learn, the teacher has done a fairly good job in settingContinue reading “How to Frame the Lesson: A Review of Fundamental Five”

The Power Zone: Reference to Fundamental Five

Teachers must work the room. Before I begin with the tenets of “The Power Zone,” coined by Cain and Laird (2011), authors of Fundamental Five, allow me to intercept my thoughts on the power zone, which I relate as “working the room.” Teachers must be proactive in engaging their students from beginning of class instructionContinue reading “The Power Zone: Reference to Fundamental Five”

How to Learn on Purpose: Fundamental Five

How to Learn on Purpose: Fundamental Five Below are the Key Components of FSGPT (frequent small group purposeful talk): FSGPT frequent small group purposeful talk is a practice that allows up to four students to talk about an assignment after the teacher has provided instruction on the topic of assignment. Some research stipulates many studentsContinue reading “How to Learn on Purpose: Fundamental Five”

How to Write Critically: Fundamental Five

Let’s be honest. Many students do not understand how to write. Many students shun writing. Many students despise school because of writing. The research is proof. Look for it. The experience in the classroom is also the proof: Ask any teacher. Authors of Fundamental Five—Sean Cain and Mike Laird (2011)—argue that teachers do not allowContinue reading “How to Write Critically: Fundamental Five”

How to Recognize Academics and Reinforce Behavior: Fundamental Five

How Recognition and Reinforcement Make Sense Recognize and Reinforce, as it posits in the Fundamental Five, a book written by Sean Cain and Mike Laird (2011), is essential to student achievement. The authors reveal that there are two sides of learning, and the sides are academic issues and behavior issues. As a teacher, I agreeContinue reading “How to Recognize Academics and Reinforce Behavior: Fundamental Five”

How to Apply Performance Based Learning to Instruction

How to Apply Performance Based Learning to Instruction It’s time for students to realize that they can take control of their own learning. No longer must they be spoon fed every step of the way by their teachers before they can successfully complete a particular assignment. Instead, students may receive only a general idea about aContinue reading “How to Apply Performance Based Learning to Instruction”