Professional Development Resources: PODCAST/VIDEO

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Report Cards

Report Cards – 014 – Report cards can either be a nuisance or a motivating force and educational tool. Here are some reflections on how... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Teaching Thinking Skills

Teaching Thinking Skills – 013 – For students to be fully engaged in learning, they need to be challenged with tasks that go beyond remembering... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction – 012 – Do all students learn in the same way? Of course not. So why should we teach them all in the... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Motivating Students

Motivating Students – 011 – When your students just want to be doing something else – anything else – how can you pull them in... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Varying Learning Modes

Varying Learning Modes – 010 – Here’s one way to put some variety into your lessons in order to grab more students’ interest and attention... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Talking to Parents

Talking to Parents – 009 – Parents should be your allies in helping your students grow and develop. Here’s a “top ten” list of guidelines... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: When a Kid Fails a Test

When a Kid Fails a Test – 008 – What do you do when your student fails a test? Whose problem is it? What should... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: The Role of the Teacher

The Role of the Teacher – 007 – You can’t be everything for everyone, so, as a teacher, what exactly are you and for whom?... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: Norms Versus Rules

Norms Versus Rules – 006 – An alternative to rules, norms help to create a culture of learning in the class and teach kids that... Read more

Classroom Teaching with Mark Smilowitz: The Three Ingredients of Learning

The Three Ingredients of Learning – 005 – For effective learning to happen, a unit should include three main ingredients: facts, skills, and concepts. Here’s... Read more
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