Methods and Curriculum

Students working through a maze moment in the classroom

Every teacher has seen students get frustrated and give up. Struggle is a healthy experience for students, but they don’t always realize that it’s an integral part of the learning process. One teacher in New York City has found a way to connect productive struggle to something very familiar to students, and is using this… Read More

Many educators and school leaders try to address the needs associated with at-risk students, but it is a complex issue. While there have been some studies that show how the arts can positively impact at-risk students’ academic performance, Oscar Houchins, III, EdD, could not find any in which researchers show how an art-related program utilizing… Read More

Literacy Strategies: Q&A with Expert Jennifer Serravallo

By Jennifer Gunn December 26, 2018

The state of literacy in the U.S. is undoubtedly alarming with over 36 million adults unable to read, write, or do math above a third-grade level. But with the advent and expansion of technology, literacy instruction is certainly evolving. Literacy expert Jennifer Serravallo is the author of such bestsellers as The Reading Strategies Book and she helps educators navigate this… Read More

Understanding Culturally Responsive Teaching

By Jennifer Gunn December 3, 2018

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) is so much more than a trendy education term, but many educators struggle to define it. They are unsure of how it’s different from other equitable teaching practices and they can’t explain how to utilize it in their classrooms. Zaretta Hammond’s popular book Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic… Read More

“Students will be future-ready if you give them time.” That’s the philosophy behind the 20TimeProject for schools. As a company, Google encourages employees to spend 20% of their time on passion projects that they design. The 20TimeProject, detailed in a book by Kevin Brookhouser, promotes the same philosophy for our students. The goal is to provide time… Read More

There is a unique interplay between English and Spanish fluency, but how does the heritage language impact second-generation Hispanic students? Camille Schuler, EdD, explored this topic in her dissertation and took it even further, examining how the heritage language influences the way in which second-generation Hispanic adolescents integrate into their community and how they see… Read More

A Framework for Teaching Tomorrow’s Innovators Today

By Jennifer Gunn October 22, 2018

It’s said that today’s teachers are educating students for a job market that doesn’t yet exist. Foundational skills are still important, but how should this generation’s educators teach tomorrow’s workers and innovators? 21st-century learning is at the heart of a movement preparing students to work in a very different world. But the concept of 21st-century… Read More

Re-imagining What School Looks Like

By Jennifer Gunn September 24, 2018

A growing number of schools are changing the education game by experimenting with new ideas, innovating and redesigning the ways in which students learn, what they learn, and how they demonstrate that learning. Let’s take a look at a few of these schools and consider ideas from education experts. Education is about growing, and how… Read More

8 Classroom Management Strategies for the New School Year

By Jennifer Gunn August 30, 2018

It’s a brand new school year and new students will soon enter your classroom. How will you keep things running smoothly so that you can maximize student learning? We collected some education experts’ excellent classroom management strategies so that you can start the year off in the best way possible. 1. Relationships, relationships, relationships One… Read More

Schools across the nation are doing some amazing interdisciplinary project-based learning. There are tons of impactful ways to meld skills and content-areas together in unique pairings. Novels in math class? Experiments in English? Poems in history? Why not? Who says that subjects have to stay separate? Here are some fun ways to mix it up… Read More

Professional Development vs. Piloting New Initiatives

By Nicole Mace, MEd August 17, 2018

Professional development (PD) is usually welcomed by educators who are looking to hone their craft, but the implementation of professional development trainings can get a bad reputation in education. After hours of learning about a new strategy or teaching method, educators are expected to return to their classrooms and implement their new knowledge. But many… Read More

Jargon-Free Instructional Design

By Zachary Fruhling July 20, 2018

Instructional design (ID) can sometimes be an overly complicated and diverse field with various instructional design models and complicated terminology. But I’ve always found that instructional design can be simplified if you stick to a few important principles and ask yourself a small number of intuitive questions. Instructional design: What does it mean? Simply put:… Read More

Larry Newby expanded his way of thinking about teaching in his MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Methods and Curriculum program at Concordia, and it changed how he taught and spoke to students. It’s helped him focus more on teaching to the differences in how individual students learn to be more effective overall. What inspired you… Read More

Schools may still have desks and students may still have notebooks, but a lot has changed in classrooms over the last 50 years! With “innovation” being a word we take very seriously here at Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education, we decided to take a trip down Memory Lane. Here’s a look at some of the… Read More

Competitive Classrooms vs. Cooperative Classrooms: Pros and Cons

By The Room 241 Team November 1, 2013

This post has been updated as of December 2017. Educators often debate the merits of the cooperative classroom against those of the competitive classroom. These two teaching strategies are quite different—even oppositional—and advocates on both sides of the debate passionately defend the benefits of their preferred classroom style. What is the difference between a cooperative… Read More