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5 Tips to Consider in Designing Your Classroom

It’s the start of a new school year and that means you have a blank slate in terms of setting up your classroom. This is a great opportunity to reflect on what worked well and what you want to change. Well-run classrooms begin with the room’s physical layout. Keep these teacher-tested tips in mind as you work on this year's classroom design.

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Topics: Classroom Management

How to Understand and Empower Teens

Successfully managing a classroom, especially if you are a secondary teacher, requires more than knowledge of content and teaching strategies, insight into adolescent culture also plays a critical role in classroom success. Adolescence is a difficult time in development - students often lack motivation, and may be confused about their place in the world. So how can you help students transition through adolescence and succeed academically? After taking Learners Edge Course 693: Fully Wired: Understanding & Empowering Adolescents, a secondary teacher outlines the effects, causes and adaptations you can utilize to help better understand & empower teens.

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Topics: Classroom Management

Homework: How Much is Too Much?

Students and homework-a dilemma every teacher faces. Have you ever asked yourself or a colleague any of the following questions?

  • I’ve got a nagging sense that some of the homework I assign is busy work. Is that a good thing?
  • What exactly does the research show on the effects of homework?
  • Is the battle over homework really one I should be fighting with students, parents and other teachers?
  • What are the best ways to integrate homework into the mix?
  • Should students have homework?
  • How much homework is too much?
  • How do I get my students to do their homework?

You are not alone. These are questions that each and every teacher asks themselves and depending on who you ask, the answers to these questions varies. At Learners Edge, we will try to make sense of it all and provide you with some solid take-a ways that you can bring back to your classroom to implement with your students in terms of homework.

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Topics: Classroom Management

Gender Matters in the Classroom

Second grade teacher Candace Craven, from Syracuse, NY, enrolled in Course 738: Gender Matters with Learners Edge. 

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Topics: Classroom Management

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