Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Build a culture of cooperative learning

“Cooperative learning is an unusually strong psychological success story.” In their article from Educational Researcher, University of Minnesota professors David Johnson & Roger Johnson cite more than 1,200 studies comparing cooperative, competitive, and individualistic learning structures, with cooperation emerging the clear winner. The average person in a cooperative learning situation performs two-thirds of a standard… Continue reading Build a culture of cooperative learning

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

3 key resources to help with joy and efficiency

Yesterday we set you up with a simple tool for reflecting on your past attempts to create a strong culture of learning in your school. Today, we offer the words of three experts in creating joyful, efficient classrooms. Take a few minutes to read the following excerpts and then a few more to plan for joy and efficiency… Continue reading 3 key resources to help with joy and efficiency

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

3 keys to a culture of learning

A new school year is just around the corner, which means that most of us are trading in sunshine and travel for lesson plans and class rosters. Yes, it's a bit sad to leave summer behind, to set our morning alarms and gear up for another first day. But it's also exciting. And it's what makes our profession… Continue reading 3 keys to a culture of learning

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Throwback Thursday: Joy is a key ingredient in efficiency

Around this time of year kids (and teachers) get antsy. It's cold outside and spring break is not yet in sight. Classroom procedures start to slip and students fall behind on homework. So, I'm reaching into the Ed2Save vault for a little inspiration to keep up the joy and efficiency of the classroom. It's always… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Joy is a key ingredient in efficiency

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

3 Ways to Build a More Joyful, Efficient Classroom

Most of us are just about a month into the school year, which means the honeymoon phase is over. Grades are in and students have started to feel successful or unsuccessful in the context of our classes. Their "best behavior" has transitioned into limit testing. What happens if I show up late? Will he notice… Continue reading 3 Ways to Build a More Joyful, Efficient Classroom