Monthly Archives : July 2014

Games enables students to better solve problems in the real world as well as exams in school.


Critical thinking is an important skill that moves a student from concrete ideas to abstract and inferred concepts. Critical thinking allows us to analyze outcomes, compare ideas, identify parallels, sequence events, synthesize information and draw conclusions from a given body of knowledge.

Whether it is the proof behind a mathematics formula or an implied tone in an essay, critical thinking skills enable students to solve problems in the real world and on exams in school. Students can try the following five tools students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success on every high school or college ​test and assignment.

  • Brain Games
  • Logic puzzles

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The concept of homework as we have known it in the past is changing rapidly, since it often distorts the overall picture of learning. Flipped classrooms, the ability to use the same technology and tools both in and out of the classroom, and personalized learning are making ripples in the education world. And while most of us think about these things and how they apply to the classroom and what we do there, we don’t always talk about how that changes what we have our students doing at home (aside from perhaps discussions on flipped classrooms).

Here are a few questions to ask yourself about your students and homework:

  • If a student does their homework, does that make them a ‘better’ student than one that does not?
  • Does completed homework assignment indicate that a student has learned the material?

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How To Build Your Professional Learning Community

  • Don’t be afraid to do some hard work and make some mistakes
  • Figure out what you want to learn about, and join discussions on these topics
  • Participate in the discussions! Show you are a thought leader
  • Talk to your colleagues who are interested in collaborating

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