Mobile Learning

Mobile learning refers to the use of mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, or other similar devices for instructional purposes. Mobile learning is a very new development in the field of education, and there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the issue of how (and how much) mobile learning should be used in … More Mobile Learning

A Brief History of Schools as Institutions and Armenian Schools in Particular in Turkey

For this element, as I laid out in my plan for how I would give evidence for Standards 9 and 10 back in Unit 3, I conducted some research on the history of schools in Turkey, especially looking at minority schools and how they are managed by the state. I found many useful sources for … More A Brief History of Schools as Institutions and Armenian Schools in Particular in Turkey

Classroom Management

Classroom management is probably the most crucial, but also often the most difficult aspect of teaching. While my approach to classroom management has constantly evolved and improved each year since I began teaching, I still struggle with it on a daily basis. I find classroom management especially difficult with my youngest students, who are true beginner … More Classroom Management

Teacher Evaluations

The methods of evaluating teachers and the decisions that are made based on results are a matter of great contention in the arena of education. School reform movements have called for increased accountability of school and teacher effectiveness. This has led to many states mandating teacher evaluation models or systems that schools must use to … More Teacher Evaluations

Pre-Assessment for Differentiation

In this blog post, I will share the pre-assessments I will use before beginning my Comparing and Contrasting Folktales unit. Pre-assessment is important because without determining what students already know about a topic, teachers can make the mistake of leaving some students behind while wasting time teaching other students things they already know. Determining students’ prior … More Pre-Assessment for Differentiation

High Stakes Assessment

What does “High Stakes” mean, exactly? above, source: http://edglossary.org/high-stakes-testing/ The amount of standardized tests students are required to take is a huge arena of controversy today. In particular, “high stakes” testing has been hotly debated. Many students, teachers and parents, as well as state and local departments of education have spoken out about the increased amount of … More High Stakes Assessment