Caution to be professional at all times as well as ever mindful of confidentiality laws has always been a top priority of school districts. However, in our digital age, this issue has taken on a new meaning and has escalated caution to another level.
Portable software runs from a USB flash drive or SD card and is completely independent of the system that it Technology Tools for Teachers runs on. This allows you, the user, to use the programs that you need without installing anything on the host system. The tools below are a few of the tools that we've found that support Susan's brain-based teaching strategies with free, portable, and web-based software solutions.
When dealing with creativity, remember that there are no wrong answers! Helping our students develop problem solving and listening skills increases their self-confidence and promotes creative thinking in the classroom.
There is an argument for the exam as the final assessment: if students don't have the knowledge by the time they're tested, that's unfortunate, but it's time to move on - there's only so much time to teach the material. "What about a surgeon? Do they 'test' their learning on a genuine patient?" Guskey asked. "Or do they get to check their learning on a cadaver to make sure they've got it worked out?" You wouldn't show a surgeon a heart bypass in a textbook and then send him or her straight into the operating room!
One of the best ways to engage and motivate students is to apply learning to real-world situations or to associate the learning with something that students can identify with. The examples that follow have been used successfully in classrooms around the country and can be adapted for your subject and situation.