As a member of the administrative team at your school, you work hard to empower your teachers and grow student success. That might mean organizing professional development sessions, working to stay up-to-date on the latest standards, and keeping on top of current assessment methods. But you probably ask yourself, “are these efforts effective without a targeted curriculum mapping process?”
Design is a fascinating, and incredibly powerful tool, applicable in many different scenarios and situations. Design has many facets, and we often think about design as the form, function, brand, or even an experience we’ve had. These are all forms of design, and it expands even further into solving problems through design thinking. Everywhere we go we’re surrounded by design, both good and bad.
A classroom is an energetic place full of learners that each have unique ways of receiving and interpreting the information presented to them. That’s one of the joys of being a teacher! One thing we are often told is each year teachers are flabbergasted by how much their students to teach them year after year. Celebrating this diversity in learning by moving towards personalised education is one of the ways create lifelong learners. Formative assessment can help in this endeavour. We have gathered four hands-on ways of learning that can use formative assessment.
Spring has sprung and summer is peeking its rays out. We’re feeling fresh and thought Chalk should feel that way, too! 2017 has been an exciting year already, and we’re not even half-way to the end! With that in mind, we’ve been working to create ways to keep you in the loop so you can share in the excitement with us. After all, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for amazing teachers and our supporters.
From enhancing sensory processing to positively directing the seemingly unlimited energy students have, music can be a handy tool to improve and inspire learning in the classroom. We have pulled together some classic tunes to keep your students (and you!) bopping away first thing in the morning before class starts or when you have set aside collaborative downtime for your learners. If you have not already made music a part of your teaching process, look no further, #ChalkJams is here.
You may have heard of colleagues making their websites for their classes. What’s with all the hype? What’s the benefit for my students? Do these teachers spend their already limited free time learning how to do web coding? We want to debunk the myth that building a useful and beautiful website is impossible. With a little bit of planning, you can be on your way to having your site that makes other teachers ask, “how do they do it?”