Author: Sensory Edge

What is Circle Time?

Circle Time is an activity performed in elementary schools to promote positive relationships between the children, and solve problems affecting the class. It encourages unity, respect, turn-taking, and working together toward a shared vision, and help children work on key skills like thinking, looking, listening, speaking, and concentrating. It takes place weekly for 20-30 minutes. Children and the teacher sit in a circle, and an object is passed around. When a child has the object, they may speak, and they may play games, too. Key Takeaways: Circle Time is a new and improved way of developing children during primary school. It is a way to promote positive relationships and behavior between students and teacher. Circle time is mostly in the primary grades. It is about 20-50 minutes of the students’ day depending on their age. The benefits of this time is to promote positive student/ teacher and student/ peer relationships, self-esteem, listening and speaking skills, and problem solving strategies. “Circle Time is a popular activity that’s used in many primary schools to help develop positive relationships between children. It aims to give them tools to engage with and listen to each other.” Read more:...

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Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers

Questions are important because they help us create a framework for understanding and discovery, whereas answers are (at most) temporary fixes to our problems. Both questions and answers must be updated over time as things change. Formulating good questions is the best tool for learning and applies across all fields, and questions can do a lot of things, such as cause someone to rethink their position or to look more closely at a problem. Good questions are clear where bad questions are unclear. Bad questions are misleading in style and content, and require learners to guess what instructors are thinking. Also, a question might be poorly timed. A good question is timed well and is succinct and clear. It is open-ended and encourages further thinking and creativity. Make sure to carefully revise your questions until it is saying exactly what you want it to say and provoking the correct response, which is further thought and learning rather than spitting out the “right” answer that the teacher wants to hear. Hopefully your question will provoke further questions and learning in the students’ minds. Key Takeaways: Answers that are correct in the present may not be correct in the future, whereas questions can be timeless. Questions, like answers, can also be bad, but a bad question can be challenging and difficult to answer. A truly bad question is one where the...

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6 Ways We Kill Students’ Motivation

Motivation is a foundation block that often gets pushed aside because it doesn’t mesh with our teacher’s or supervisor’s vision of management. In his new blog post, Chase Mielke focuses on 6 ways we all contribute to a breakdown in motivation for students. By providing a reasonable scale of performance measurement, opportunities to revive their grades and ensuring that your content is both interactive and useful for real world living, this post will make you feel more confident as a teacher and more equipped to handle the incoming class. Key Takeaways: Students hate it when they are doing well in class in general, but then they bomb a big, important test. Students wish they could have more opportunities to revise their work and fix mistakes. Students get bored when what they are learning in school has no relevance to their present lives, or to how they envision their future lives. “Many themes arose—themes worth sharing with you because change begins with understanding.” Read more:...

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Probiotics and Kids: What You Need to Know

Many people now take probiotics in an effort to balance the critically important mixture of bacteria living in their bodies. Probiotics are generally safe for children, and usually have few side effects, although there are a handful of serious immune system problems which can sometimes cause a bad reaction. Probiotics may help control the symptoms of kids with allergy problems, recurring digestive issues like diarrhea and bloating, autoimmune disorders and asthma. Look for supplements with multiple different strains of bacteria and a minimum of one billion colony-forming units (CFU). Key Takeaways: When we were all kids what we were taught was that bacteria was bad for our body and we need to take antibiotics to remove them. Most of the research being done by scientists on human bacteria has shown that it is not all bacteria that are bad for us. Our bodies have trillions upon trillions of bacteria that are living in them that their number could be equal to the number of our cells. “Most strains of bacteria in our bodies cause no harm whatsoever, and some, in fact, are downright important to our overall health.” Read more:...

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One Thing You Must Ask Yourself Before Next School Year

Teachers often conduct a self-inventory as one school year ends and before another one begins. An important question they should ask themselves is what their weakest area of classroom management was over the past school year. Some examples include inconsistency, taking the students’ misbehavior personally, and not having clear rules and consequences. It is helpful to make a list of the negative consequences of being weak in that one particular area. Then the teacher can work toward fixing it before the new school year begins. Key Takeaways: The author states that she coaches teachers a lot at this time of the year and that she will share her experiences in the blog. The results for most of the misbehavior in the classroom might probably come from an area of weakness that the teacher has. Every teacher should identify the one weakness they have and write it down then try to bullet point the consequences of that weakness. “You see, I discovered that if you’re not getting the well-behaved classroom you want, the reason often comes down to one thing.” Read more:...

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