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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

The beginning and end of a class are crucial moments. They provide opportunities to engage students and ensure that learning sticks. But class openers and closers can also be super fun! Here are 15 student-friendly, impactful, and entertaining ways to open and close any class. Class openers Solve it A great way to get kids… Read More

Teacher Memes That Nail What It’s Really Like to Teach

By The Room 241 Team October 12, 2018

Many people don’t really get what it means to be a teacher and how challenging yet rewarding this profession can be. Don’t worry. We’ve got your back with a host of new memes that we’ve created just for you. So ignore the mountain of ungraded papers for a moment and take a well-deserved meme break.

When working in education, it’s easy to get caught up in student challenges and successes and our very long to-do lists. Carving out time to stop and reflect is a key component of professional growth. In Concordia University-Portland’s MEd programs, all candidates complete a capstone research experience and one option is EDGR 696: Practitioner Inquiry. This… Read More

15 Tips for Leading Productive Parent-Teacher Conferences

By Jennifer Gunn October 2, 2018

As teachers, we have to work hard to prepare for parent-teacher conferences. In a matter of minutes, we have to find a way to genuinely connect with parents, discuss their student’s academic progress, and how they can improve. It’s also important to explain current curriculum goals and our teaching strategies in hopes that they support… Read More

Proof that Teachers’ Donation Dreams Can Come True

By Nicole Mace, MEd September 25, 2018

Sometimes as teachers we feel alone when trying to find ways to give students everything they need and deserve. After all, we are but one passionate person to many young minds. While we all wish a lack of resources and supplies wasn’t an ongoing issue, we can at least ask for donations from parents and… Read More

Serving over 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 public schools, the New York City Department of Education is the largest school district in the nation! With nearly 93,000 educators serving the city’s youth, and a constant flow of new teachers entering the district, New York City has built an impressive mentoring program that ensures that… Read More

Saying No Can Make You a Better Teacher

By Sarah Knutson September 19, 2018

Saying no is the best choice I have ever made for my teaching career. I entered the teaching profession after a career in public libraries. In the beginning, I told my principal that I would probably stay late on campus since I was used to, and I quote, “working until 6 p.m. most days.” I started… Read More

While it’s fun to see photos of kids on their first day of school, let’s not forget that it’s also another first day for our dedicated teachers and staff members. Your years of service should be celebrated! Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education set out to do that through a social media campaign, and we’re happy… Read More

Stepping off the Scale: Rethinking the Idea of Work-Life Balance

By Tom Armbrecht, PhD August 31, 2018

Editor’s note: In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, we’re able to work almost anywhere at any time. But how does being so connected affect our lives and the way we view work-life balance? Here to share his insight and expertise is Tom Armbrecht, PhD, a former professor of French studies who is now an online learning… 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

Building a Growth Mindset for Teachers

By Jennifer Gunn August 26, 2018

Fostering a growth mindset in students is a priority for most educators, but sometimes teachers themselves operate with a fixed mindset. Stanford University professor of psychology Carol Dweck, author of the very popular Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, made these terms part of our pedagogical vocabulary. Growth Mindset is the belief that one’s abilities,… Read More

Picture it: Hoards of parents line the hallway, waiting for their five precious minutes with you, their child’s teacher. Inside the classrooms, you go over grades and discuss how their child is doing as quickly as you can, and are disappointed by the no-shows. On Back-to-School Night, you try to make connections but time flies… Read More

Your Guide to Education Lingo

By The Room 241 Team

Educational terminology can be overwhelming with so many acronyms and buzzwords to remember. So we’ve created a must-know list of education lingo for your reference. 1:1: One laptop or device for each student in a class or school. For more on this, check out 8 Strategies to Manage the 21st Century Classroom. 21st Century Skills:… Read More

Rethinking PD: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers

By The Room 241 Team August 14, 2018

Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education and WeAreTeachers hosted an awesome Facebook Live professional development session: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers. Did you miss it? No worries! We’ve got you covered with some key takeaways. You can also watch the full video anytime to catch all of the details. Mindfulness for students Hosts Kayla Dessert and… Read More