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Innovative Teachers' First Day of Fall Digest

Posted by Deanna Zaucha on September 22, 2016

It is the first day of fall, and that means that the new school year is in full swing. While there are many resources out there for how to approach your new classrooms, Chalkable thought we would provide a list of amazing bloggers that have shared exciting and innovative teaching methods this year.

Below you will find thought-provoking articles that could present new perspective, encourage new teaching techniques, or pose questions for reflection while tackling the new school year.

Start reading now, or bookmark these for later reading. But either way, we hope you enjoy!

  1. NPR Ed – The Importance of Getting Things Wrong
    “Sadler says that cognitive science tells us that if you don’t understand the flaws in students’ reasoning, you’re not going to be able to dislodge their misconceptions and replace them with correct concepts...The next step is to give students exposure to the information and experience that will enable them to reason their way to the right answer.”
  2. Lisa Nielsen, The Innovative Educator – Moving From Lecture to Learning
    “Dr. Mazur uses a technique where students aren't just listening to the instructor to take in information. Instead, they become knowledge seekers trying to uncover answers to important questions that will help them unlock key concepts needed to understand an area of study. As a result, unlike the traditional lecture hall where all eyes are on the professor, his students are engaged in numerous, simultaneous conversations making meaning of what they’ve heard.”
  3. TeachThought – What College Never Taught Me About Teaching
    “After the very first week of school, I asked one of my first year teachers to write down some of her biggest takeaways. What things did you least expect? What did your 3rd grade students teach you?  While your time in college prepared you for much, what things came as a surprise?”
  4. Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog – 3 Ways Teachers Can Say to Parents, We Want To Be On the Same Team
    A podcast discusses how, “Parents and teachers should be partners in student progress. At the end of the day it comes back to communication. Communicate early. Communicate often. Communicate in ways that are convenient for parents. Give the parents and students respect that you also want to receive from them.”
  5. Educational Advancement – Finding and Cultivating Your Voice
    “In a culture that has become image-obsessed, where we often exist behind a meticulously crafted social media identity, and where many personal interactions have been replaced with digital ones (my social media mask meets yours), finding our real voices, understanding who we are and what we have to offer unto the world, is essential.”
  6. Parachutes – Beauty of Mathematics [VIDEO]
    "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music."
  7. ELearnSpace – Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning
    “This is where adaptive learning fails today: the future of work is about process attributes whereas the focus of adaptive learning is on product skills and low-level memorizable knowledge.”
  8. Beth Knittle – Learning, Schools and a Great Big World
    “Learning is a constant process that is not set to a particular time or place, learning is irregular. There is a great big world out there with lots to learn. There must be a better way to connect the learning that takes place in school, with the learning that takes place outside of school and a way to recognize the learning outside of school as valuable and important.”
  9. Dangerously Irrelevant – Are Our Definitions of ‘College Readiness’ Too High?
    With many stats from the College Board, they ask “But, nonetheless, perhaps these definitions of ‘college readiness’ from SAT and ACT are too stringent?”
  10. National Education Policy Center – What Does it Mean to Study Teachers’ Learning from a Sociocultural Perspective
    “Using linguistics, anthropology, and sociology, learning researchers wanted to account for how concepts stretched beyond individual minds and into the world. Deeply influenced by Soviet psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, researchers working in this sociocultural tradition examined learning as it happened in interactions in the world, requiring new units of analysis. That is, instead of studying individuals as they learned, researchers sought ways to study individuals in context.”

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Deanna Zaucha

Written by Deanna Zaucha

Deanna Zaucha is the Content Marketing Specialist at Chalkable, and also manages their social media presence. In her free time, she can be found on the dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with the latest trends in education, marketing, and technology. Read more from Deanna on Twitter.