The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking

This blog series was authored by our own A.J. Juliani, Head of Learning & Growth.

I remember the first time I heard the phrase “student-centered classroom” and I almost chuckled.

I had always believed my classroom was about the students, they were the reason we taught and my focus was always on their learning.

This new terminology sounded like another buzzword and I didn’t pay much attention to the presentation until I heard this:

Whoever is doing the talking is doing the majority of the learning. In your classroom what is the ratio of teacher-talk to student-talk?

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Teaching Character Traits with Perspective

When I first started teaching, I knew that understanding character and character traits would open up the deeper meaning in a story. It would give students the chance to see themselves and others in a different light if I guided them expertly. We could discover the author’s intent or message and this would, well, change our lives. 

Armed with good intent, I asked my sixth-grade students to thoughtfully make a list of the character traits they saw in a partner.  DANGER, Will Robinson! Imagine a room of 11-year-olds attempting this and, of course, it turned into an exercise where students gave compliments to each other. She’s “funny, smart, kind…” and, you get the picture.  We are all funny and smart.

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Real Ways WE Can Help Inspire a Generation of Innovators

This blog series was authored by our own A.J. Juliani, Head of Learning & Growth.

Screen Shot 2020-02-10 at 2.46.55 PMIt seems after all this research I’ve done on the current state of education and all the reading I’ve done on the future of learning, that one piece of information keeps coming back to get me again and again. It’s basically screaming at me when I look at past innovations, past movements and reforms, and current changes in education.

My opinion on the future of education (and learning) doesn’t matter.

Does that seem harsh? Give me a minute to explain.

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