Category Archives: Teaching Strategies

The Magnetic Debate

The Magnetic Debate is a discussion strategy in which participants are given an opportunity to influence others through persuasive speeches, sincere advice, and education so an informed decision can be made on a controversial issue.  Teachers become coaches as they … Continue reading

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Stix Discussion

The Stix Discussion (Stix 1999) is a discussion strategy that has four distinct viewpoints as well as an inner circle and an outer circle that equally participate in a discussion. This strategy is a modification of the inner-outer circle or … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Cultivate Creative Thinking

The recent article in the Pacific Standard (Nov 4th, 2013) discussed how standardized testing is killing our youth’s creative potential in the United States.  So, let’s counteract national demands and discuss how to harness and cultivate creativity in our children. … Continue reading

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House of Representatives Water Down Senate Bill for Serving Gifted Youth

ESEA Bill Recognition of Need for Teacher Training to Support High-Ability Students; Lack of Focus on Accountability Remains a Concern According to the NAGC: The House of Representatives passed its overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) recently. The … Continue reading

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Inspiring Creativity: Think Outside the Bowl

Join Our Movement: Show that you are a supporter of Inspiring Creativity in our schools. To get your free decal, scroll down for ordering information. So what’s going on? With the resurgence of testing nationwide, many teachers report that they … Continue reading

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Reinforcing Vocabulary in All Content Areas

Learning new words and developing an extended vocabulary, with accompanying compatible definitions, is a common task throughout all disciplines and at all levels of school. Teachers are always looking for new ways to motivate their students, but when the work … Continue reading

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Certified Coaches Can Help At-Risk or New Teachers

New York State’s teacher evaluation system has finally arrived and we all recognize that this is a time of transition and a time of opportunity. New York, like other states, is beginning to roll out assessments of teachers. Therefore, it … Continue reading

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Learnist: The Pinterest for Educators

The most popular bulletin board in social media today is Pinterest. But now, Grockit! is launching its own version called Learnist (http://learni.st) for educators. While both follow a scrapbook styled interface designed for communicative sharing, the focal points of each … Continue reading

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Role-Play in the Classroom with Delicious.com

© 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D. Delicious.com is an online social bookmarking platform that stores and categorizes photos, videos, and articles that teachers can use to motivate and engage students. It is part of social media because teachers can see each other’s … Continue reading

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Imagery Walk

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D The Imagery Walk is an exercise that allows students to visually bring content alive by utilizing their imaginations. It is based on meditative practices, but allows for scenes in English Language Arts, historical periods in … Continue reading

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Carousel Brainstorming

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D The Carousel Brainstorming strategy is easy to implement. Each cooperative group walks up to an open-ended question posted on chart paper, discusses it, brainstorms answers or solutions, and writes down responses within a given amount … Continue reading

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Kinds of Writing

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D Do you want to spicen up the styles of writing that you assign to your class? Do you want to give your students a list of choices from which they can choose? Here’s a fabulous … Continue reading

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Open-Ended Questions

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D Research has shown time and time again that if we pose a close-ended question, our students will elicit a minimal amount of answers. However, we can draft the same question using the following question starters … Continue reading

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Essential and Guiding Questions

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D. Using essential and guiding questions certainly binds a unit of study together, bringing a clearer focus to the lesson. Originally introduced by Heidi Hayes Jacobs, we modified the practice and infused it into our Exploring History series … Continue reading

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Heaping Pennies

by Andi Stix, Ed.D. This experiment portrays the idea that group cohesion is stronger than the individual members who form the group. Essential Question: What is group cohesion? What is a team?   Guiding Questions: For what reasons do people form … Continue reading

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