Tag Archives: Classroom Discussions

Combatting a Culture of Learned Helplessness

I led a training last week on blended learning and asked teachers to brainstorm the biggest challenges they face in the classroom. One answer resonated with me. “Learned helplessness.” On my drive home, I kept mentally returning to this phrase. … Continue reading

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New Year Opportunities

2011 promises to be an exciting year! I will be speaking at a variety of events and education conferences that will give me the opportunity to discuss topics I am passionate about. Next week begins a whirlwind of speaking events … Continue reading

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Blended Learning Model: Gives Students Time to Think

In her article, “Effective Classroom Discussions,” Selma Wassermann identifies a key conflict in the classroom: the race against the clock to cover curriculum versus to desire to give students a voice in class discussions. She accurately depicts the frustration, impatience and fear that many teachers face when attempting to incorporate dynamic discussions into their classrooms. Continue reading

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