Students lacking motivation is a problem every teacher has to face. But there’s a way out. These 14 motivating techniques will help make studying more engaging for all students.
Today’s typical classroom presents teachers with an assortment of diverse abilities, differing rates of learning, a racial mix, a multi-age mix and other differences. Group work can be very effective in using the varied skills and abilities of the participants, but can also pose its own dilemmas. There has been plenty of noted success in cross-age tutoring, using grouping to break down socio-economic differences and to allow for styles of learning that can be enhanced through peer interactions.
Plagiarism is not a subject people want to talk about because of its negative connotations – after all, it is stealing. But with technology and information so readily available, plagiarism is something that is real and is a part of our lives. Although the topic has not made it into the presidential debates it has slipped on the silver screen. If only the publishing houses in these five movies had used a plagiarism checker then maybe a few of the characters could have avoided trouble.
As good and effective educators, we always want to improve. Improvement is something we instill in our students and it would be hypocritical to not expect the same from ourselves. Students are the center of our classroom and they are where we can find the most relevant information about how to be better at our jobs. If we are not delivering effectively to the “customer” how can we ever expect them to leave our courses satisfied, and hopefully, better.
In my previous article, I presented 8 KIS principles to keep in mind for greater clarity in your writing. Now it’s time to translate those into specific, concrete tactics for making sentences and paragraphs as clear as possible. This article will focus on 6 tactics for clearer writing. They are as follows:
Plagiarism has not reached “water cooler hot topic” status, but it is a subject that is not going away in 2015. In fact it has been linked to a U.S. presidential candidate, an award winning South Korean author, a news director, and even a TV show contestant.
Reading and writing form the backbone to just about every other type of course, including math, science, and social studies. Without learning how to read, comprehend and express ideas, students cannot excel at any other subject, because fundamentally, the purpose of knowledge isn’t just to regurgitate information, it’s to assimilate that information, process it and express ideas based on that information.