At an educational conference I attended several years ago, the speaker, Pat Wolf, shared information about brain research and mentioned that, as a field, we should learn more about how the brain works. She pointed out that the brain is the largest consumer of oxygen and glucose in the human body, and as such, the brain needs oxygen and glucose-rich blood to function more effectively and efficiently.
One way we can help provide students with oxygenated and glucose rich blood is through movemen
Cultivating awareness, clarifying thinking, and improving focus and concentration are just three of the benefits of having a “mindful” approach in the classroom. Many schools today are opting out of detention and opting into mindfulness to develop strategies and techniques that will help students build lifelong strategies for responding to frustration, distraction, and problems by refocusing on the present.
Mindfulness is “…the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and
Welcome to Teacher Created Materials’ official blog! We started this blog in 2013 as The Red Bench—a place for educators to come together to share ideas, learn new strategies, and bond over the joys and challenges of this unique and inspiring profession.
We love the educators we have met along the way and have truly enjoyed sharing this space with all of you. But like any good wardrobe, a blog needs a “stylish spring update” every once in awhile. So, it is with great anticipation and excitement
Now more than ever, it has become important for teachers to help students practice Critical Thinking skills in the classroom. As educators, we hear lots of talk about the importance of Critical Thinking, but many of us experience uncertainty about when to teach it, and what teaching these skills look like. We may like the idea of encouraging Critical Thinking but shy away when the time comes to help students navigate through sticky issues. Here are some suggestions for how you can begin building
Four Great Tips for Your Balanced Literacy Instruction
Balanced literacy instruction brings real world reading and writing to our students. Literacy skills develop in a parallel manner, where one area (such as word study) informs the others (such as sounding out words when reading or writing). But, how can we help students see the relationship among their word study, reading, and writing to strengthen their knowledge and independence in their work? Here are four great tips for getting the job d
It's that time of year‚ back-to-school shopping, classroom decorating, organizing, planning, planning, planning, and... coming to terms with the fact that our days of Summer fun are numbered. However, Back to School shouldn't be synonymous with the end of fun! As teachers, the end of Summer can act as a springboard to catapult us positively into a new year. It's our chance to let the adrenalin from vacations carry us through to an amazing new school year! For me, the beginning of a new school ye