Ryan Veencamp



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Wed May 01, 2019 10:12 PM in Classroom Management Skills
Howdy Caroline! Freedom and on-task are two concepts that are hard to keep at the same level in my classrooms. Some ground rules need to be establish for labs and experiments. Allows them to explore in ways that might seem 'off-task', but students really need to explore and experiement some ideas on their own. At a younger level, we would call this 'playing', and it's so necessary for kids to do ...

Wed May 01, 2019 9:58 PM in Navigating Discussion and Creating Appropriate Questions
Hello Jillian! One thing you can do is give them time to really hash out their ideas. Ensure they have the time and space to support their answers. And even though this should be student based learning, feel free to add ideas to get them thinking about different viewpoints, but make sure not to confuse them in this way. Having them engage in conversation with their peers can also be beneficial. 

Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:26 PM in Motivation
Hey Elizabeth! Getting the students up and around really lightens the mood in my classrooms. One thing talked about in my classes is how play is essential in a child's development, but also for them learning, growing, and becoming engaged in their own learning. I think another general thing is giving them more time. Time to explore concepts, ideas, themes, amongst others, even if it's taking long...