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Teacher Tip: Intellectual Risk Taking

Posted by Brian Whitney on March 12, 2019

As educators, we are aware that our current students will be redefining knowledge and possibilities in the future, in ways we cannot even imagine! It is our job to create and foster a learning environment where student failures and intellectual risk taking are anticipated and welcomed as vehicles to growth and innovation.  

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Topics: Teacher Tips, comprehension and motivation

All Students Are Created Equally and Differently: Addressing Diverse Learning Styles in the Science Classroom

Posted by Perry Scopes on October 12, 2018

Imagine you are a middle school student challenged with the phenomenon, “What causes rainbows?” in your science classroom.

Your preferred learning style might be to watch a video depicting the dispersion of colors within a prism. Your friend would rather read an explanation; another classmate prefers to draw a diagram, while another would like to learn through experimentation with the frequency of light and refraction.

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Topics: Neil Fleming, learning styles, VARK, diverse learning styles, VARK model, positive student learning and behavior, comprehension and motivation, science classroom