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How Do You Maximize Social Media in the Classroom?

Posted by Lori Reese on Nov 9, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Let’s say, as academic dean, department chair or head of school, you’re persuaded that introducing social media in the classroom has undeniable advantages. You know your students’ lives are brimming with online interaction. You want to bring that enthusiasm to school. You want to ensure skills and ethics students develop under your roof also apply to the virtual world.

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Easy Ways for Teachers to Save Time

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 8, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Feeling like there aren't enough hours in the day is always frustrating. It typically means that you're busy and stressed out, which can lead to you being less productive, even when there's so much on your plate. So how can teachers, already operating in a more restrictive time period than the majority of us, cut down on some of the unnessary time-wasters? Lisa Neilson of The Innovative Educator has some ideas:

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How Emotions Make It Easier — or Harder — For Students to Learn

Posted by Dean Asher on Jun 1, 2016 4:30:00 AM

You don't need a blog like Direct Network to tell you that your students' learning process is not perfectly smooth or consistent from day to day or moment to moment. Many things can cause these varieties of subtle or drastic shifts in how receptive to learning your students are, but one factor may have a bigger impact than you think: their emotions. By helping students find a positive emotional connection to their subject matter, students can take a more immediate and personal liking to topics or whole areas of learning that they had never cared for previously.

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Tips to Help Teachers Maximize Their Classroom Management Skills

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Apr 13, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Learning how to manage your work is an important skill in any field, but it's especially true for teachers in charge of leading a classroom. For educators, an especially helpful method is dividing the strategies you plan to use day-to-day into categories. 

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Using Thinking Dispositions in the Classroom

Posted by Kate Seat on Feb 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

How often do you take stock of how you think?

While it’s likely that many of us rarely take much time to examine our thought process — after all, it’s instinctive for a reason — by becoming aware of your own tendencies, you can become a more effective thinker.

This also translates to the classroom. Because your students have their own predispositions, identifying these traits will not only help them learn, but may also result in a more productive learning experience.

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