Keeping students captivated and ready to learn throughout the year is no small task. Here's a list of articles, videos, links, and other resources that offer strategies and advice for retaining their attention.
The Olympics get underway on February 7 -- and there are plenty of ways they can be used as a teaching tool. Here, blogger Matt Davis shares some great Winter Olympics-themed STEM resources for teachers.
Guest blogger Lori Desautels draws on the tradition of the birth song from Namibia's Himba tribe for a heartfelt examination of how we can encourage our students to reflect on and share their core identities.
Edutopia blogger Todd Finley examines the controversy over whether lectures are helpful or harmful for conveying information, and then offers six strategies for crafting lectures that will keep students engaged and learning.
Science evangelist and Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez shares stories from her Science Saturdays program to illustrate how STEM subjects, when presented in fun, engaging ways, are capable of capturing kids' imaginations and changing their lives.
Guest blogger Petra Claflin, Digital Media Manager for YES Prep Public Schools, shares four ways that she's introduced her students to and engaged them in academically rigorous discussion as a regular classroom activity.
Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler shares three methods for connecting students with the relevance of what they're learning: getting them to accept the unknown, getting them to laugh, and connecting the information to their life goals.
Edutopia blogger Judy Willis, suggesting that effective assessment is built on students' strengths and interests, offers five forms of assessment that will help students retain content rather than forgetting material they no longer need.
Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis asks her students for professional development help, ending the year with in-class focus groups, a survey, and a call for anonymous notes that will guide her in improving her practice next year.