Multimedia Podcast: A Visual History of Pi Day

This week, we look at the colorful history of Pi Day, a yearly celebration of mathematics if there ever was one.
Learn more in this week’s podcast, from the always-free TeachHUB Magazine.

Teaching Strategies for Facilitating Collaboration, Change

The constant state of change is indeed one of the constants in education. It’s no accident that one of these days, you’ll find yourself in a grouop setting with your esteemed colleagues, trying to conduct a productive and actionable discussion around change.

Today on, veteran writer and contributor Jordan Catapano, himself an English teacher in the Chicago suburbs, offers up ways to assist your teaching team to facilitate a productive, actionable discussion, using some discussion tools and teaching strategies that help teams visualize the elements they’re working with.

Jordan’s ideas include:
  • Force-field analysis
  • Go for the green
  • Decision matrix
  • And more!

Jordan sums up his article with the following paragraph: “So when it comes to collaborating with fellow professionals, consider how you might use any of these seven tools for visually depicting your conversation. Education is a complex topic with an often-overwhelming array of problems, consequences, root issues, objectives, techniques, and resources. Sometimes using one of these tools may help your team work together and better understand the multiple facets of your conversation.”
What are your favorite tools listed in this article? What others have you used that you could share with us, too!

Teaching Strategies: How to Teach Social Skills

It’s not just about reading, writing and arithmetic these days. Now, educators are expected to instruct students on topics like how to interact with their peers, how to listen, and how to resolve conflicts, among other things.

Indeed, it can be a challenge to teach kids concepts such as encouraging others, following directions, and listening actively.

In today’s centerpiece article, author Janelle Cox outlines some teaching strategies that educators can use to alter their curriculum to address these fundamental skills.

Three key foundational elements Janelle lays out include teaching the social skill, practicing it, and reviewing it. She also gives distinct classroom examples on how to carry out each of those elements.

By following the teaching strategies mentioned, 21st-century educators will be better equipped to instruct their classes on the social skills they’ll need to succeed not just in the classroom, but in the workplace following graduation.