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The BP Challenge is a fun event between teams, challenging them to design and develop 'solutions' to problems. The BP Challenge is a valid and useful learning activity on its own because of the personal and team skills that can be developed, as w . . . more
A survey of 124,000 students in 315 schools, conducted by Robert Bills, showed that the 'first and most critical recommendation was that the quality of relationships at school must be improved'.
Building rapport with your students should be your primary focus. When the teacher-student relationships are strong, content is easier to teach and learn. Think about some of your best teachers when yo . . . more
Barbara Robinson considers herself something of a brain plasterer - it?s her job to ``plug?? the learning gaps in young minds.
Mrs Robinson is a teacher aide at Te Puna Primary School near Tauranga. It?s a school that remains under the state system but has taken a very different approach to learning.
At Te Puna the emphasis is on brain-compatible learning and nowhere is it more intense than . . . more
Bully-Proof Your ClassroomSay No to Bullying from Day One
More than ever, teachers and administrators must be proactive in providing a physically and emotionally safe environment for learners. As the world watches the tragedy of school violence, bullying and teasing are important issues to tackle head-on.
Many schools have adopted formal plans to resist bullying. By having a blueprint for how . . . more
During a National Public Radio broadcast in the United States in March 1999, a sixth grader explained what she was learning from playing the Stock Market Game, an activity designed to help children become familiar with how the stock market functions. She said, "This game makes me think how to think" (Prakash, 1999). What this statement reveals is that this young learner was beginning to understand . . . more
Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour or "RTLB" as they are usually called, work within schools around the country to provide advice and guidance to teachers of students who are at risk of low achievement due to learning and/or behaviour difficulties. This may include direct teaching, demonstrating practice, and providing teaching strategies so that students receive appropriate learning progra . . . more
Developing Minds: An Interview with Art Costa
Alexandria, VA (2/12/02)--ASCD recently released the 3rd edition of Developing Minds: A Resource Book for Teaching Thinking, edited by Arthur L. Costa. Developing Minds explores how the teaching of thinking is evolving as we strive to better understand how the brain learns, effectively use technology in the classroom, and focus on assessment . . . more