Pros and Cons

Two kid students using a tablet inside a differentiated classroom.

Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, every student has an individual learning style. Chances are, not all of your students grasp a subject in the same way or share the same level of ability. So how can you better deliver your lessons to reach everyone in class? Consider differentiated instruction—a method you may have… Read More

More and more educators are turning to social media to connect with colleagues near and far. In fact, approximately 82 percent of K-12 teachers, principals and school librarians engage in some sort of social networking, according to a 2012 survey by EdWeb and MMS Education. Along with a rise in personal use, teachers are also… Read More

Flipped Classroom: Promise and Peril

By Brian Gatens December 5, 2013

With over 20 years in education, I’ve learned that we’re a faddish lot. Like most industries, we latch onto the “next great thing” in hopes that it may be the silver bullet that solves all our problems. Now it’s time for the “flipped classroom” to respond to our need for better student achievement and higher-performing schools…. Read More

Ending the Homework Debate: Expert Advice on What Works

By Monica Fuglei November 28, 2013

After exploring the case against homework as well as the ways homework benefits students, it’s clear that both sides have valid arguments. After examining the evidence, we’ve come up with recommendations for both teachers and parents for homework that contributes to students’ academic growth. What kind of homework is beneficial? While some research points to… Read More

The Homework Debate: How Homework Benefits Students

By Monica Fuglei November 21, 2013

This post has been updated as of December 2017. In another of our blog posts, The Case Against Homework, we articulated several points of view against homework as standard practice for teachers. However, a variety of lessons, content-related and beyond, can be taught or reinforced through homework and are worth exploring. Read on! Four ways homework… Read More

The Homework Debate: The Case Against Homework

By Monica Fuglei November 14, 2013

This post has been updated as of December 2017. It’s not uncommon to hear students, parents, and even some teachers always complaining about homework. Why, then, is homework an inescapable part of the student experience? Worksheets, busy work, and reading assignments continue to be a mainstay of students’ evenings. Whether from habit or comparison with… 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

School Uniforms — Potential and Problems

By Brian Gatens October 10, 2013

Many school leaders see school uniforms as a way to build on their overall goal of creating safe and structured school environments. I strongly support these kinds of environments and I can definitely see the benefit of using uniforms to improve the quality of a school, but I do suggest schools make certain that the… Read More

Google Glass Offers Promise and Peril for Teachers

By Brian Gatens April 9, 2013

I am unashamed early adopter of new technology, so I see why Google Glass — the search giant’s eyewear/video camera combo — has the promise to be an amazing and transformative piece of technology, particularly in the classroom. If it lives up to its potential, Google Glass will create a fully recordable, connected and immersive… Read More

Summative Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know

By The Room 241 Team February 27, 2013

Weeks or months of study in a classroom generally culminate in a summative assessment. This refers to a test that evaluates a student’s comprehension of the material covered thus far. While other measures, such as homework and quizzes, cover potential or progress made, the essence of a summative assessment is more black and white —… Read More

Grading vs. Assessment: What's the Difference?

By The Room 241 Team January 30, 2013

Since the beginning of public education, teachers have recognized the need to have a formalized way to evaluate the progress of their students. After all, how can teachers even know if their teaching methods are effective if there is no way to measure the success or failure of their students? Letter or number grades have… Read More

Is the Montessori Curriculum Model Effective?

By The Room 241 Team January 29, 2013

Many people are critical of the traditional public school system in the United States. Public schools have definitely had their share of problems, and it has lead many to look into alternative education options for their children. One of the options that some are embracing is the Montessori curriculum. What is Montessori? The Montessori educational… Read More

Pros and Cons of Teaching at a Charter School

By The Room 241 Team January 14, 2013

Teachers exploring their employment options may find themselves deciding between a charter school or a more traditional public school. While weighing their options, they might wonder which type of school offers a better combination of environment and opportunity. In the end, the answer depends on what the individual teacher expects, requires and feels comfortable with… Read More

Pros and Cons of Allowing Kids to Use Calculators in Math Class

By The Room 241 Team January 11, 2013

Are calculators a necessary tool in math classes? As a math teacher, it’s your job to know when it’s right to allow your students to use calculators in the classroom or when they should do all of the math themselves. It’s a tricky conundrum because, on the one hand, you want your students to be… Read More

Which is Best: Teacher-Centered or Student-Centered Education?

By The Room 241 Team December 31, 2012

This post has been updated as of December 2017. As a teacher considering how you want to approach your means of instruction, you (of course) want to employ a method that is beneficial for all of your students. You want them to enjoy the learning process, and for your classroom to be orderly and controlled…. Read More