What The Research Shows: Student Engagement’s Impact On Lifelong Achievement

What the Research Shows: Student Engagement’s Impact on Lifelong Achievement

Student engagement is something we greatly value at Flocabulary. We know that student engagement can help students better learn and remember in the classroom. But did you know that it can also have a long-lasting influence on students’ educational and occupational achievement in the long run? A study in the BERJ (British Educational Research Journal) showed a connection between engagement in school and overall achievement several years later.

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Learn About Culturally Responsive Teaching From These 19 Educators

Learn About Culturally Responsive Teaching from These 19 Educators

Culturally responsive teaching (sometimes called culturally relevant teaching), or CRT, is a pedagogy and process focused on teaching with a cross-cultural or multicultural framework. Culture influences how we learn, and creating an environment that recognizes the importance each student's culture, embraces new perspectives, encourages acceptance, and empowers student voice gives children ownership of—and a deeper investment in—their learning. Twitter is a great place to start if you're looking to learn more about CRT from other educators. It's a wildly popular platform for teachers, administrators, non-profits and education organizations to communicate, collaborate, learn and grow. Learn more about CRT from these 19 educators and organizations…

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There’s No Such Thing As Being Good Or Bad At Science

There’s No Such Thing As Being Good Or Bad At Science

While I enjoyed studying the different biology courses in high school and college, I would never have admitted to anyone that I was good in science. However, when you’re a poor college graduate looking for a paycheck, and they offer you a science teaching position, you take it or starve! Thus, my first few years of teaching were in math and science. The amazing thing is how I learned to teach it effectively through the lens of a kid who struggled--yes, that kid was me! Do you sometimes feel stuck when teaching science? Can I be of any help? Here…

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Classroom Design And Student Engagement

Classroom Design and Student Engagement

Engaging learning spaces are as much about physical and interior design as it is instructional: one study found that the physical space of schools can positively (or negatively) affect a student’s academic performance by as much as 25% in one school year. Businesses are moving away from the Office Space days of cubicles and fluorescent lighting, opting instead for couches, standing desks, bean bags and other methods of creating comfortable environments. (In fact, I’m writing this sprawled out on a couch tucked away in a cosy corner of Flocab HQ.)  The same should go for classrooms, and yet it has…

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