Classroom Management: Giving Students Time in Class to Work

Although doing homework during actual class time might seem like a contradiction, it can actually be helpful. Today on, frequent contributing writer Jordan Catapano, himself a seasoned educator based in the Chicago suburbs, takes a look at three reasons why working on assignments in class is beneficial:

  • All students have a chance to get started
  • The teachers is on standby as coach
  • Less stress and more confidence 

Jordan ends his piece like this: “So consider how allowing more time in class to work on assignments may benefit your students. This isn’t about giving them an easy way out of homework or about trying to “Lighten up” on student expectations. It’s about helping students succeed by reducing the amount of work we do instructing and increasing the amount of time students get to apply these skills in a comfortable, supportive setting.”

How much time do you allow students to complete work in your classroom? What methods for supporting this have worked best for you? Share your experiences with our TeachHUB community!

Technology in the Classroom: 50 Ways to Use Twitter

We’re always on the lookout for new ways that technology in the classroom can be leverages to maximize student involvement, and Twitter continues to evolve as a worthwhile tool in a teacher’s arsenal to further engage kids.

At first glance, it might seem as though Twitter, with its 140-character limitation, is too shallow to be used by teachers in a meaningful way.

However, one of the consistently most popular articles on recently has been our rundown of 50 ways to successfully use Twitter in an academic setting. Some examples:

    Track a hash tag
    Write a story
    Write a poem
    Engage parents
    And more!

Using technology in the classroom like Twitter can create a nurturing environment for students of all ages.

Do you know how to use twitter in the classroom?