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Top 10 Most Popular Teaching Resources of 2015

December 16, 2015   |   By Alicia Barnes

2015 was an exciting year for the BloomBoard Marketplace! We saw educators viewing, sharing, and reviewing resources like never before. This collaboration is at the heart of BloomBoard's mission to empower educators through personalized professional development.

To recap a successful year and encourage more meaningful collaboration in 2016, we've pulled together a list of the 10 most popular resources of the year. If you haven't already, check out these resources, share them with your colleagues, and continue your collaboration into the new year. 

10. Developing Relationships with Difficult Students

Developing meaningful relationships with students, particularly those that are the most challenging, is important for every educator. Lori Rakes and Audra Parker share four simple strategies that can help forge a positive teacher-student relationship.

9. Involving Families in School Events

Diverse communities need our attention today. In order to improve school programs with family involvement, one must take into consideration the following: climate, collaboration, and communication. By using the strategies presented in this paper, educators can produce positive parental involvement. 

8. Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers: Take Your Classroom Back

This webinar covers ways to create and maintain an effective classroom, strategies to help you set high expectations, methods for averting classroom power struggles, and responses to off-task questions and behavior, all of which will lower your stress level and allow you to teach effectively. 

7. Inquiry-Based Teaching: Asking Effective Questions

How do open-ended questions lead to more rigorous discussion? How do you balance what you let students discover themselves and what you draw their attention to in your questioning? Watch this video and learn how to ask effective questions during inquiry-based lessons to support student growth.

6. Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

What strategy can double student learning gains? According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as the "frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust appropriately." Todd Finley discusses important considerations when implementing alternative formative assessments in the classroom.

5. Questioning the Questions

The most common instructional strategy used by teachers is questioning. The authors of this research report describe the types of questions that teachers use in the classroom and their relative frequency, then focus on several strategies to improve your questioning practices.

4. Fisher & Frey: Asking Questions that Prompt Discussion

When asked a series of recall questions, students focus their reading on details that allow them to respond to questions about facts. Alternatively, when asked questions that require evaluation or synthesis, students' reading changes and they focus their attention on global issues and compare those issues with their own thinking. Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey explore how different types of questions can change how students respond.

3. It's Not Polite to Interrupt, and Other Rules of Classroom Etiquette

This Kappa Delta Pi article explains how to manage student behavior through verbal and non-verbal response, so the student behavior is consistent, respectful, proactive, and includes redirection, feedback, or positive reinforcement to specific students.

2. C-V-C Phonemic Awareness

This Teaching Channel video explores how to teach phonemics by acting out single-syllable words. Notice the progression from whole group, to guided practice, and then individual assessment. How does acting out words help with both vocabulary development and engagement?

1. How to Develop Positive Classroom Management

How do busy and often under-supported teachers go about building strong relationships with students and developing positive methods of conflict resolution? In the interest of igniting a dialog about what works in classroom management, this Edutopia article gathers some discipline tips from educators. 

These are just a few of the thousands of high-quality professional development resources we have in the BlomBoard Marketplace! 

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