Potential Uses for Chatbots and Instant Messaging Apps in Teaching and Learning

Introduction Instant messaging is already an integral part of the average student’s life, and it can also have many uses to boost their education. Additionally, advances in technology mean chatbots are becoming increasingly versatile, and are now capable of enhancing the classroom experience in many ways. These technologies can compliment each other to support students […]

Changes to the Administration of SAT’s Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

A few months back, the College Board announced that the administration of the SAT tests was being significantly altered to to the COVID-19 pandemic. I recently connected with Sara Roberts, a tutor for Math Nation, who seemed well informed about these changes. I asked her if she would write up a quick overview of these […]

The Fundamental Five: A Framework for Improving Communication Processes

Over the past weeks, we've been talking with school and district leaders as they continue to navigate these new challenges we're all facing. As students adapt to a new way of learning, it’s important to recognize that the pressure to succeed remains, now amplified without their usual means of support. In addition, parents are struggling […]

Top Tech Skills You Can Learn During Quarantine

Photo Credit: https://edubirdie.com/blog/what-to-do-during-quarantine This is a great opportunity for students, especially as some head into slower summer months soon. This is also a good opportunity for those who may have been occupationally displaced due to the pandemic. Practicing social distancing means spending all of your time at home, but this doesn’t have to be an […]

Understanding the Effect Social Media Can Have on Developing Brains

Image source As the events of 2020 continue to unfold, daily life is changing in unprecedented ways. Overarching shelter-in-place and social distancing orders have left the bulk of American families with plenty of free time — too much free time, many would argue. For our children longing for social interaction outside of the immediate family, […]

5 Ideas to Keep Engaged and Learning During The Coronavirus Lockdown

The Corona Virus pandemic has resulted in the majority of students being displaced from schools. The parents’ worries right now are: What will children be doing all day? Many are now scrambling to find ways to engage their kids at home. Students are used to following a routine, so for parents to make everything fall […]

Cybersecurity Skills Shortages Present Exciting Career Advancement Opportunities for Students, IT Professionals

The image above is from KLogixSecurity, who published this informative infographic about the growing cybersecurity skills shortage back in 2017. The shortage continues, and by some forecasts, worsens. This is an incredible opportunity for today's students and IT professionals. While the world is on “Pause” during the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, the need for information security […]

Using Stories in PD to Promote Reflection

In his new book James Dillon takes a unique and potentially powerful approach to professional development, writes Anne Anderson. Dillion replaces the usual data and research with a collection of stories about teaching and learning gathered during his 40+ years’ of education experience.

Talented Young Men Overcoming Tough Times

Thomas P. Hébert looks into what enabled five talented young men to overcome adversity and at the factors that influenced the emergence and sustainability of their resilience. Included in what helped, the young men credit teachers, writes educator Elizabeth OBrien.

Media Literacy: Teaching Kids about Political Ads

Experts predict record ad spending this election season, as much as $6 billion. As we brace for this tidal wave, says media literacy consultant Frank Baker, we need to prepare students to analyze the techniques of persuasion being used to sway votes and gain power.

A Graphic Tale: Remote Teaching with Mr. Fitz

David Lee Finkle teaches English and creative writing in a Florida public school. For 20 years in local newspapers and online, his comic strip Mr. Fitz has shared the realities of teaching and school life with humor, empathy and irony – as you'll see in this selection of recent ‘pandemic strips’.

5 Steps Toward Cultural Competence in Schools

The slow burn of racial injustice has once again erupted in a blaze of protests – illuminating long-standing social, economic, and educational disparities and divisions. Only this time is different, writes Vernita Mayfield. And it demands cultural competency from every educator.

Sharing the Joy of Reading with Students

To motivate students to embrace independent reading, Kasey Short recommends we help them find the right books, use authentic assignments for accountability, and provide the time to read – all to help build a classroom climate where reading is valued, enjoyed and celebrated.

Staging ‘Story in a Bag’ in Your Room or Online

Get kids engaged in narrative writing using Story in a Bag. ELA consultant Lynne Dorfman shows how this hands-on activity enlivens in-class and distance learning as it helps students build their writing fluency and encourages them to learn problem solving on the spot.

Authentic Project-Based Learning in Grades 4-8

Looking through the lens of formative assessment, Dayna Laur shows how project based learning can be used as a way to teach all standards, using her five-stage process. Laur includes examples and many formative assessment tools, writes teacher leader Laura Von Staden.

Hands-On Physical Science in Middle School

Hands-On Physical Science challenges 6th-8th graders to develop ways to solve tasks and answer questions using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach, taking abstract physics and chemistry concepts and make them more concrete and real-world, writes teacher Tracy Albers.

Teaching U.S. History Through a Trauma Lens

How can social studies teachers sufficiently teach about systemic racism and oppression without making this lens the only way students see history and its connections to current events? Sarah Cooper and Lauren Brown continue their chat about teaching U.S. History in 2020.

What does NEP 2020 Mean For Schools & Universities?

On July 30, 2020, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, now the Ministry of Education, released the new and improved National Education Policy 2020. The document is a progressive attempt to reform the existing educational structure. The objective of NEP 2020 is to create universal access to education and achieve 100% youth and adult [...] The post What does NEP 2020 Mean For Schools & Universities? appeared first on Univariety Blog.

How Do You Obtain A Doctor Of Medicine In Just 5 Years?

With the human body being exposed to rarer forms of infections and diseases, the need of the hour is a stronger medical system in the world- one that is driven by innovation, great research and committed medical professionals.  According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, in the U.S. alone there is going to be [...] The post How Do You Obtain A Doctor Of Medicine In Just 5 Years? appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Get The Maximum Benefit Of Extracurricular Activities For Your Child NOW! [Make Them Super-Curricular Activities]

Does this timetable look uncannily similar to your child’s timetable? Diverse activities packed across all day? In today’s day and age, there are so many activities to choose from and there is so much pressure on both parents and students to do more and more!  As a parent, you give in to the pressure, because [...] The post Get The Maximum Benefit Of Extracurricular Activities For Your Child NOW! [Make Them Super-Curricular Activities] appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Changing Curriculum After Grade 10? Ask Your Child These 3 Questions!

Many times, the plans that we envision don’t necessarily turn out the way we imagine. This is especially true in terms of your child’s education, career and curriculum choices.  As a parent, you always want the best for your child. You choose the board that you believed to be right for them. However, during their [...] The post Changing Curriculum After Grade 10? Ask Your Child These 3 Questions! appeared first on Univariety Blog.

An Inflation In Class 12 Marks That’s Unreal! [What Should Your Child Focus On NOW?]

A decade ago, the CBSE class 12 topper, Swati Prusty scored 98%. Now in 2020, the CBSE class 12 topper, Divyanshi Jain scored a whopping 100%. It might seem like just a 2% increase, but the increase of 10 marks means Divyanshi scored 100 marks in every subject.  The recently announced CBSE class 12 results [...] The post An Inflation In Class 12 Marks That’s Unreal! [What Should Your Child Focus On NOW?] appeared first on Univariety Blog.

7 Proven Pillars to Choose the Best Curriculum for Your Child’s Future

What we experienced in school as students, a couple of decades ago, bears little resemblance to what lies in front of us today. It’s a technology-driven and creativity-led education and curriculum that calls for being unique and skilled.  Your education can’t be passed on to your child. Things have changed and you want to provide [...] The post 7 Proven Pillars to Choose the Best Curriculum for Your Child’s Future appeared first on Univariety Blog.

5 Ultimate Powers A Parent Has To Ensure TOP College Admission

First day of school, first pay cheque, marriage, first child and a lot more are the different milestones in your child’s life. Can you guess what surpasses all these milestones for a child among educated parents? It is the milestone of Getting Into A Dream College Clearly, admission in a TOP college means everything to [...] The post 5 Ultimate Powers A Parent Has To Ensure TOP College Admission appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Indian Parent Aspirations, Concerns, and Expectations- What Are They And Why You Need To Know Them?

As educators and school leaders, the need of the hour for us is to understand and support the parents of our students. Right from managing their own work-related stress to improving their own digital literacy, they have had to deal with too many changes in their lives in the last few months. This is when [...] The post Indian Parent Aspirations, Concerns, and Expectations- What Are They And Why You Need To Know Them? appeared first on Univariety Blog.

CBSE vs ICSE: The Big Debate on the Right Curriculum

Here’s a fun fact for you: Did you know that there are over 1.3 million schools in India with about 34.7 million students in high school alone? Source: Times of India & IBEF   India has almost three times the number of schools than China, despite a similar population! Out of these, you wouldn’t be [...] The post CBSE vs ICSE: The Big Debate on the Right Curriculum appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Bring Geography to Life by Tracking Hurricanes

Nearly 20 years ago Jennifer Smith began having her fifth grade social studies students track hurricanes as part of their geography unit. Middle grades kids are excited to learn material that impacts their daily lives and spurs a sense of service and empathy for victims.

Launching a School Year in Uncertain Times

Amid the uncertainty facing teachers and principals this fall, Ronald Williamson and Barbara R. Blackburn offer strategies to keep the safety of students and staff uppermost, to communicate often with your school community, and to sustain your school’s culture.

Our Vulnerable Learners Need Our Best Supports

Every child wants to be successful, but school can be a tough place for vulnerable students. To pull them into the success loop requires both an understanding of their plight and a willingness to fully support them with targeted strategies, writes Suzy Pepper Rollins.

Becoming the Teacher Every Student Deserves

Whatever grade you teach, you will find lots to use in Berit Gordon’s The Joyful Teacher, says reviewer Linda Biondi. Her expertly chosen resources, complete lessons, ideas for class environment, independent practice, assessment and more will help you and your students thrive.

Strategies for Teaching Vulnerable Learners

As they teach vulnerable students, veteran and new teachers will benefit from reading Suzy Pepper Rollins’ well organized and conversationally written book full of data, strategies, and a clear understanding of the real-world struggles we face, writes Laura Von Staden.

Our 16 Most Popular Pandemic Posts

We’ve collected our 16 most-read posts with pandemic themes, from March 15 through today. Each has thousands of visits, retweets and shares. Check out our summaries and explore – there’s plenty here to help with fall planning and teaching. And keep watching for more!

10 Actions That Put Student Writers First

How do we put our young writers first? We seek to develop a mindset and actions that provide opportunity, dignity, and encouragement, says literacy expert Regie Routman. Then we carefully tailor feedback that celebrates strengths and boosts each and every writer’s confidence.

Tap Out! Help Students Self-Assess Fast

For a fresh, fun way to quickly assess student progress, try having them “Tap Out!” in person or online. Kids can think about their efforts toward meeting a learning target, and teachers get ongoing formative assessment data, writes NBCT Rita Platt. Lots of tips and tools!

When Should We Skip the Graphic Organizer?

When it's time to analyze a fiction or nonfiction text, don't let students coast through the lesson by simply filling in a graphic organizer. Author and teaching coach Sunday Cummins has ideas that will help learners think about text structures conceptually and flexibly.

Examining EL Education with an Anti-Racist Lens

Using a questioning format developed by Dr. María Cioè-Peña, teachers of English learners can examine current education policies through an anti-racist lens and resist practices that may demean and segregate students and devalue their cultures, writes educator Tan Huynh.

Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Right School For Your Child [6 Point Checklist]

Did you know that the enrolment of students in private schools has gone up to 8.3 crores in 2017-18? India has more than 1.5 million schools, a number that is increasing year after year. According to World Education Services, our country has the world’s second-largest school system. Hindustan Times states that private schools acquired 17.5 million new students [...] The post Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Right School For Your Child [6 Point Checklist] appeared first on Univariety Blog.

The New NEP & Its Impact On Your Child’s Success [6 Takeaways You DO NOT Want To Miss]

The era of the 34-year old National Education Policy (NEP) came to an end. The new National Education Policy was passed by the Union Government on 29th July, 2020. A lot of academicians and educational institutions came out and spoke about the Policy in detail.  But, as a parent we understand what concerns you the [...] The post The New NEP & Its Impact On Your Child’s Success [6 Takeaways You DO NOT Want To Miss] appeared first on Univariety Blog.

National Education Policy 2020: Major Impact On Your Child’s Curriculum & Future

In a revolutionary move, the Narendra Modi-led central government replaced a 34-year-old National Policy on Education, framed in 1986, with the National Education Policy (NEP) of 2020, on July 29.  Ever since, it has been the talk of the town with parents and students trying to comprehend the impact of the new policy. Bringing a [...] The post National Education Policy 2020: Major Impact On Your Child’s Curriculum & Future appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Parents, Children and Careers- The Big Question [Part II Of The PACE Series]

As per a report, by 2022, 9 percent of India’s workforce is expected to be employed in job roles that don’t exist today while 37 percent is believed to be in new job roles. And 70% of parents of young adults are clueless about this.  How do we know this? We looked through our annual [...] The post Parents, Children and Careers- The Big Question [Part II Of The PACE Series] appeared first on Univariety Blog.

4 Milestones Your Child Should Complete Before Grade 11 [2nd is Most Crucial]

In 2020, a total of 11.9 lakh students appeared for CBSE Class 12 examination. A 14% increase in the last 5 years! This means that the competition is increasing and is going to keep increasing year on year. While marks keep soaring, the acceptance rates of top colleges still remain the same. To choose the [...] The post 4 Milestones Your Child Should Complete Before Grade 11 [2nd is Most Crucial] appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Providing Our Writers with Genre Choices

Matt Glover shows teachers how they can marry genre units with craft and process studies to give students choice and agency throughout the school year. ELA teacher Rebecca Crockett thanks Glover for revealing ways to teach state standards and give writers more autonomy.

The Art and Science of Teaching Art and Music

Robert Marzano and two colleagues have developed what will surely become the go-to resource for planning, designing, implementing, and assessing teaching art and music, using Marzano's New Art and Science of Teaching framework, writes curriculum coordinator Alex Valencic.

Teaching U.S. History in a Fractured America

Lauren Brown and Sarah Cooper conclude their 3-part exploration of what it means to teach U.S. History in 2020. With fall elections just ahead, they consider how to balance historical narrative and current events in classes that frequently reflect our divided nation.

Why Life At IMS Unison University Is A Wholesome One.

Why is IMS Unison University preferred by thousands of students from 125 cities across the country and from 8 different countries around the world?  Apart from being a brand to be reckoned with, IMS also provides the most enriching learning experience to its students. If the mesmerizing surroundings aren’t enough, there is a lot more [...] The post Why Life At IMS Unison University Is A Wholesome One. appeared first on Univariety Blog.

4 Milestones Your Child Should Complete Before Grade 11 [2nd is Most Crucial]

In 2020, a total of 11.9 lakh students appeared for CBSE Class 12 examination. A 14% increase in the last 5 years! This means that the competition is increasing and is going to keep increasing year on year. While marks keep soaring, the acceptance rates of top colleges still remain the same. To choose the [...] The post 4 Milestones Your Child Should Complete Before Grade 11 [2nd is Most Crucial] appeared first on Univariety Blog.

7 Skills Students Need for Distance Learning

Middle grades kids are returning to school from many different developmental places. Distance learning this fall will demand skills students will need to learn effectively but mostly don’t have yet. School leader Jody Passanisi shares strategies to build 7 essential skills.

Keeping Assessment in Social Studies Real

Practical, touching and funny, David Sherrin’s Authentic Assessment in Social Studies: A Guide to Keeping It Real offers a multitude of innovative approaches while reminding us that student potential lies at the heart of everything we teachers do, writes Sarah Cooper.

Becoming a Globally Competent School Leader

Author Ariel Tichnor-Wagner provides school leaders with tools to reflect on curricular programming and to scale these learning experiences for students and staff. Middle School head Michael McLaughlin finds the book's ideas timely and actionable.

Find Out Where Your Learners Are Now

Using the case of Grade 7 teacher ‘Mr. Thomas,’ teacher educator Curtis Chandler walks us through a 3-point strategy that can help teachers detect what kids know, what they missed last spring, and what’s most urgent to learn now. Written with new and veteran teachers in mind!

Supporting Kids Who Are Learning Offline

School closures have made learning more challenging. For students without access to technology, this challenge might seem insurmountable. Tan Huynh looks at some ways teachers are reaching language learners who don’t have regular access to tech tools or the internet.

Kids Need Feel-Good Middle Grades Books

When middle grades kids look back to this time, Megan Kelly wants them to remember finding refuge in books. In this post she highlights graphic novels, short stories, mysteries and more she plans to share with her students to help them feel good and reduce their stress.

5 Elements That Will Make Your College Application Stand Out [Don’t Miss The Last One]

In absolute terms, the student population increased from 3.66 crores to 3.74 crores. This number is increasing every year and only means that the number of college applicants competing with you is increasing exponentially. In such a competitive scenario, how can you make your college application stand out? If your answer is going to be, [...] The post 5 Elements That Will Make Your College Application Stand Out [Don’t Miss The Last One] appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Acceptance of International Curriculum in Indian Universities [Where Can Your Child Apply?]

Kavya, a parent from one of India’s top cities, Mumbai, had chosen an international curriculum school for her child, five years ago. With her son, soon entering high school, she was finding answers to a major question – Do Indian universities accept international curriculum grades and scores?  Kavya is one of the thousands of parents [...] The post Acceptance of International Curriculum in Indian Universities [Where Can Your Child Apply?] appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Problem Based Learning: Med School Lessons

There are as many ways to learn as there are learners in the world. Though several tried and true techniques are emulated or replicated by students worldwide, and while certain curricula or professors require certain areas of focus and/or methodologies when it comes to learning, the method (or rather, combination of methods) that best help […]

Tools to Grow Students’ Science Understanding

The Science Teacher’s Toolbox is written in a practical format with easy-to-follow directions for grades 4-12, says middle level science educator Tracy Albers. She suggests you “have your page marker tabs ready when you read through this treasure trove of valuable strategies!”

The Ups and Downs of Zoom Breakout Rooms

After a spring of Zooming with established classes, Sarah Cooper finds new challenges using virtual breakout rooms this fall. Having to sort groups of unfamiliar students really makes a difference. She shares which breakout strategies still work and what needs extra care.

Find the Bright Spots: A Virtual STEAM Story

Science consultant Kathy Renfrew hopes we can shift our attention away from “remediation” by building on the bright spots we’ve experienced during pandemic teaching. She shares the story of a STEAM engineering design project and how it was adapted for distance learning.

Helpful Teaching Tips for a Hybrid Model

In her 2nd month of hybrid teaching, Kasey Short is still adapting day by day through trial and error. She's learned a lot, as you'll see in this detailed look at her virtual/in-person blending, digital organization, communication, collaboration and feedback – with tips for each!

Personal Connections. Essential Standards.

In a school year when frustration, fatigue and uncertainty make teaching and learning an unprecedented challenge, principal Rita Platt is leading her staff to focus on two top priorities: (1) limit instruction to essential standards, and (2) build personal connections with EVERY student.

Virtual Teaching Ideas: Fisher, Frey and Hattie

Distance learning is uncharted territory for most teachers, but Covid-19 has forced it upon us, says Tan Huynh. The advice in Fisher, Frey & Hattie’s Distance Learning Playbook can help create a virtual environment that looks and feels more like the physical one we’re used to.

A Brain-Based Model for Sticky Learning

In Learning That Sticks, author Bryan Goodwin and colleagues break student learning down into a 6-phase mental model based on what researchers are learning about the brain and the ways it manages information. It's worth the read, writes teacher leader Laura Von Staden.

Concept Mapping Across the Curriculum

Reading Concept-Based Instruction will help teachers use curriculum mapping to identify thematic trends and then pull that information together for effective cross-curricular planning. Social studies teacher Mary Marsh says the book's challenges will be worth the effort.

Use Print and TV Ads as Informational Texts

Whether your ELA, social studies or media literacy students are tracking advertising on Madison Avenue or Capitol Hill, expert Frank W. Baker has the tools and ideas you need to blend this high engagement topic into standards-based lessons on analyzing informational text.

Schools Reopening: What To Expect?

With schools set to reopen from 21st September, a quick look at what you need to know On August 29, 2020, when the government had announced a set of guidelines under Unlock 4.0, it had also given its consent for the partial reopening of schools from Sept 21. The move, however, comes with its own [...] The post Schools Reopening: What To Expect? appeared first on Univariety Blog.

6 Stunning Facts about Yale University

Yale is one of those colleges which is the subject of educational fantasies for many students. Considered as one of the best institutions in the world, Yale is one of the 8 Ivy League colleges in the USA. Facts about Yale University 1. Name matters Yale is named after a businessman Elihu Yale, who was [...] The post 6 Stunning Facts about Yale University appeared first on Univariety Blog.

The 3 BBA Specializations That Can Take You Places!

BBA programs are gaining popularity today because of increased career opportunities across all domains. In its essence, BBA or Bachelor of Business Administration is a professional undergraduate degree structured to give a comprehensive understanding of businesses, build basic managerial and IT skills required in the corporate world, and hone entrepreneurial skills. However, a BBA degree [...] The post The 3 BBA Specializations That Can Take You Places! appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Indian Education: The Past, Present And The Future.

As the National Education Policy makes its way into the Indian education system, we only thought it befitting to ask the next-generation leaders in Indian higher education how they were going to utilize this big change. That’s how the panel discussion ‘Next-Gen Scions Of Indian Higher Ed Share Their Vision Of The Future Of Indian [...] The post Indian Education: The Past, Present And The Future. appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Testing-Optional College Admissions and UC California Ruling

My daughter is in her senior year in high school this year and this “test optional” situation has certainly caused her, and my wife and I, some confusion. I'd been meaning to look into it further and this guest post from Matt Larriva helped me get my head around it, and prompted me to share […]

Here’s Why Video Content and Education are Closer Than Ever

After advocating for video as a tool in the flipped classroom for many years now, I feel like this guest post by Victor Blasco may seem a little redundant. But he covers a lot of ground here, and with the pandemic still upon us, this may be more useful and thought provoking than ever, especially […]

Teaching Math Virtually: Learning as We Go

With all of her math students learning online at least some of the time, Michelle Russell has struggled to “get it right.” Her six lessons learned so far include: Don’t assume they know technology basics. Mix firmness with compassion. Grow their self-sufficiency. Yours?

Don’t Abandon the New Normal for the Old

Teacher collaboration became a lifeline, not a luxury, when Covid-19 interrupted traditional school schedules and forced us to gain new skills and more effective teaching practices. Tan Huynh and Andrea Honigsfeld celebrate the positives of the new normal for ELs and all kids.

How to Be Sure You Are a Caring Teacher

The Caring Teacher asks educators to reexamine how and why they teach the way they do, to record reflections, questions and thoughts toward the goal of reducing bias and increasing student success. Linda Biondi believes every moment spent in reflection will be worth it.

The Awesome Power of Simple Questions

How can we stretch younger students’ excitement for inquiry into the middle school years? After tutoring a 9-year old this summer, MS teacher Mary Beth Nicklaus hopes the power of pursuing their simple questions will energize the quiet kids among her 6th graders this fall.

Teach Math by Diving Deep Into Real Data

Rather than approach math using only a curriculum that follows textbook lessons, we can boost learning by teaching math as a science. Middle grades educator and NBCT Kathleen Palmieri is learning how to incorporate data studies to help students relate math to the real world.

Jen Serravallo: Let Go and Gain Engagement!

The more we try to exert control in the online classroom, the more stressful it can be for us and for students, writes author and literacy expert Jennifer Serravallo. Six shifts will give learners more ownership and flexibility, increase engagement, and boost learning.

Conveying Your High Expectations Remotely

How do teachers’ behaviors reflect our expectations in a remote classroom? For example, teachers tend to probe students more if they have high expectations of the students, writes Barbara Blackburn. She suggests strategies to challenge all students, even at a distance.

Wrong Career Choices: How To Stop A Student From Making Them?

What makes an educator great? The ability to impart knowledge? Or the ability to guide students on the right path? Why is it that we often miss Ms.Braganza’s kind words and not Mr.Shastri’s rude remarks? Well, because nobody likes being told that they are wrong. However, everyone appreciates being guided (read stopped from making wrong [...] The post Wrong Career Choices: How To Stop A Student From Making Them? appeared first on Univariety Blog.

How To Stand Out During College Admissions? 6 Tips To Follow.

College! We loved our time there and now it’s for you to experience it. College admissions is one of most discussed topic in every Indian household. Not only do kids, parents, teachers talk about it, but college admissions have become a topic to start a normal conversation these days.  Surely you want to get into [...] The post How To Stand Out During College Admissions? 6 Tips To Follow. appeared first on Univariety Blog.

UG Courses That Offer More Than Just A Degree

A look at the top undergraduate courses offered by IMS Unison University. Being ranked one of the best private Indian universities is by no means an easy task. It takes years of dedicated effort, planning for the right undergraduate programs, hard work, and more importantly a vision to provide premium education to students. Ever since [...] The post UG Courses That Offer More Than Just A Degree appeared first on Univariety Blog.

6 Things You Must Know About University College London

University College London is the largest higher university in London. It is one of the most highly reputed universities in the world and has produced many famous personalities. As it’s situated in the UK, a land of many prestigious educational institutions and universities, it’s often overlooked and shadowed by several other famous institutions. Some Interesting [...] The post 6 Things You Must Know About University College London appeared first on Univariety Blog.

5 Best Colleges to Study Art and Design in UK

If you want to study art and design, there might be no better place than in the UK. The reason: the UK has an enviable history of art combined with a rich culture. Add this to the highly reputed colleges and universities the country has. Studying art and design in the UK is not merely [...] The post 5 Best Colleges to Study Art and Design in UK appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Top 19 Engineering Colleges in India: Everything You Need To Know

As one of the most common courses among Indian students, the options in terms of engineering colleges are plenty in the country. Various centers for technological education started in India ever since the colonial period and many more are getting established as we speak.  The first-ever engineering college established was Thomason College in Roorkee in the [...] The post Top 19 Engineering Colleges in India: Everything You Need To Know appeared first on Univariety Blog.

7 Questions That Can Make College Selection Easier

Selecting a college is a big decision. There’s lots to think about. For instance, what are your strengths and weaknesses? Can you afford this college? More importantly, will you be comfortable completing your education there and at the same time have the confidence that you will learn what is needed to become successful? Don’t worry, [...] The post 7 Questions That Can Make College Selection Easier appeared first on Univariety Blog.

How to Get Scholarships to Study Abroad? Expert Guide for Indian Students

The multicultural exposure and the excellent education that students get from esteemed colleges across the globe is all that it takes to mould them into global citizens. But with the increasing school fees and competition, many students aim for scholarships to study abroad that will support them in their journey to success.  The total number [...] The post How to Get Scholarships to Study Abroad? Expert Guide for Indian Students appeared first on Univariety Blog.

How To Choose The Right Course For College?

Selecting the right course for college is not simple. Some are lucky to have it all figured, but the majority of students are still confused about the ideal course for them. It is like standing at crossroads and deciding the right path to follow – only the choices are innumerable. One needs to be smart [...] The post How To Choose The Right Course For College? appeared first on Univariety Blog.

[Tips] How to Choose a Career After High School?

“It is time to get serious about your future!” If your parents say this to you after finishing school, you know they really mean it. It is time to put down the stepping stone of your dream future. When you were asked as a kid ‘what do you aspire to be in future’, you had [...] The post [Tips] How to Choose a Career After High School? appeared first on Univariety Blog.

What Does the Future of Career Counseling Look ike?

Hi there! Welcome to the present and future of Career Counseling. Taking a cue from Finland’s robust education system we need to offer autonomy to our teachers and counselors who can then tailor their service to the needs of their students. As per the World Development Report, one of the strong mechanisms to move towards [...] The post What Does the Future of Career Counseling Look ike? appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Genially: A Fun New Tool For Distance Learning Projects

Photo by August de Richelieu from Pexels As distance learning becomes part of our “new normal”, teachers are working harder than ever to implement effective online teaching methods and to make good use of tools for online learning. It can be hard to decide which new tools, if any, are worth investing time in, and […]

How Halloween Can Meet 2020’s Challenges

This fall, with some tweaks and fresh online tools and resources, Halloween can still be fun and packed with learning whether your classes are online, in-person or both. Check out MiddleWeb’s updated resource collection for ideas across the content areas.

An Action Guide to Design Thinking

Making the case to move from best practices to design thinking in schools, Alyssa Gallagher and Kami Thordarson provide a clear, concise guide to the steps of the design thinking process. Teacher leader Laura Von Staden recommends their book to all educators.

Student Choice Is More Than a Buzz Phrase

Kids need the opportunity to make choices about what they learn and how they learn it, writes Alex Valencic. This doesn’t mean education becomes a free-for-all. It’s a call to action for us to know our students and help spark a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Teaching 7th Graders Social Media Literacy

Media Literacy is a new elective course at Jeremy Hyler’s middle school this year, and he’s excited to be teaching it. “Could there be a more urgent time?” Hyler shares some of his 7th grade course design, includes his key resources, and reports on the first five weeks.

How Admin Can Support 2020’s New Teachers

With the topsy-turvy world of the Covid pandemic crowding all of us this fall, we have to be mindful of how teachers new to the classroom are experiencing their unique first year. Assistant Principal DeAnna Miller shares some ways she is working to provide extra support.

Adapting Rigorous Work to Remote Learning

As teachers work to offer SEL support during remote learning, they can also adapt assignments to provide students with academic challenges that engage them in higher order thinking and teamwork. Barbara Blackburn and her colleagues share examples across content areas.

A Vision of Schoolwide Technology Integration

Gilmore and Deos’s Integrating Technology targets teachers in its early chapters and IT leaders later on in its broad messaging. The authors present a useful theoretical model, says reviewer Jeny Randall, short on "how to" examples but long on vision for the future.

Techniques Teachers Use to Reduce Stress

With the stressors of COVID-19 teaching likely to be around for some time to come, educator Curtis Chandler suggests ways he and others can use research-based strategies to reduce teaching stress, hold pandemic angst at bay and bolster our capacity to serve kids well.

How To Guide Students For Better College Admission

College Admission is one of the most critical decision in a student’s life. Career Counselling is a dynamic discipline which finds widespread application in schools. A career counsellor is a guiding force in your school who helps your students in making the right career decisions. But what enables her to make these decisions? Especially during college [...] The post How To Guide Students For Better College Admission appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Psychometric Tests: The Key To a Guided Career For Students

Career Counselling is important to help students to eventually make the right choice. It is a scientific procedure that is very important because a career is linked to it.  The basis for any Career Guidance is identifying the Aptitude, Interest, and Personality of a Student. Then, this mapping lends itself to making career choices.  Psychometric [...] The post Psychometric Tests: The Key To a Guided Career For Students appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Dinesh Used This Career Guidance Tool For His Dream University

Dinesh from DPS, Mathura Road is a highly talented and intelligent student who needed a career guidance tool on how he could shape his profile to get into his dream university in the US. He used ProMap to map out a scientifically-backed path to do so. ProMap is a leading career guidance tool that enables [...] The post Dinesh Used This Career Guidance Tool For His Dream University appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Psychometric Tests: An Easy Guide For Students

MoAlmost 72% of Grade 8 students have already planned out their career paths. That’s a statistic that baffles parents, students, and educators alike. A number of factors have led to this interesting statistic. One of them is the rise of cutting-edge Psychometric Tests. These are tools to gauge a student’s aptitude, interest, and personality type. [...] The post Psychometric Tests: An Easy Guide For Students appeared first on Univariety Blog.

AnantU: Changing the Face Of Indian Higher Education

All you need to know about India’s first sustainable design university in Ahmedabad. India is set to become one of the most powerful economies in the world. But how sustainable is this growth going to be? This rise will bring along a plethora of challenges such as rapid urbanisation and resource depletion. It is likely [...] The post AnantU: Changing the Face Of Indian Higher Education  appeared first on Univariety Blog.

5 Reasons Why Woxsen University Emerged Amongst The Top Ranked Institutions In India

Woxsen University is a unique effort, that has been designed to re-imagine education and learning. Established in 2014, Woxsen University is the flag-bearer of the first private universities of the young state of Telangana.  With a strong belief in creating a highly invigorating knowledge platform that transcends traditional academic boundaries, Woxsen is built on the [...] The post 5 Reasons Why Woxsen University Emerged Amongst The Top Ranked Institutions In India appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Top 10 Engineering Courses in India

All engineering colleges in India will have a few courses which are high in demand. These courses don’t just help students land in good jobs, but also provide ample opportunities for higher education and career options. Some engineering fields stand out from the rest due to the average salary engineers receive right after they graduate [...] The post Top 10 Engineering Courses in India appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Student Career Journey: Meet the Real-Life Iqbals

When opportunity meets preparation, then miracles can happen. Today, we would like to share some student career journey’s of two students coming from underprivileged backgrounds created history in their own right. Let us give them a round of applause for their path-breaking achievements. Career Journey #1 Student Name: Mr. Asharam Chaudhary Feat: Securing an MBBS [...] The post Student Career Journey: Meet the Real-Life Iqbals appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Design As A Career Choice: Is It Meant For You?

Do you speak the language of visuals and images, and want to master the craft of visual poetry? Are you the one who feels a utilitarian angle has to be added to every design If your answer is YES, and you have an artistic eye, then Design could be the right career choice for you. A [...] The post Design As A Career Choice: Is It Meant For You? appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Making Career Counselling a Mainstream Experience in Schools

When I had to address the Elementary school teachers my favourite topic always happened to be “Moulding the clay, the Right Mixture”. Career Counselling is the need of the hour! The topic I fathomed was apt because in early years students usually pick up the direction in which they are driven by the teacher. However, once [...] The post Making Career Counselling a Mainstream Experience in Schools appeared first on Univariety Blog.

3D Printing Gains Momentum in the Online Classroom

The year 2020 has been synonymous with the word change. We've had so many pivotal moments in 2020, including an abrupt and revolutionary change in our corporate and educational landscapes. The institutions that we had come to think of as unchanging, the classroom, the corporate headquarters, in an instant, were changed, possibly forever.  This year, […]

Building Respectful Relationships by Knowing Your Students More

I am proud of maintaining my enthusiasm to teach and inspire students even after 25 years of teaching. In fact, I am comfortable writing that I am enthusiastic to promote a love for learning more than ever.  The majority of my teaching career has centered around teaching Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education. I am […]

Offering Student Choice Using a Menu Strategy

For any educator interested in offering student choice but unsure of how to begin, Laurie Westphal's Differentiating Instruction With Menus approach offers a strategy that will ease fears about loss of control and assure quality work, writes teacher Erin Corrigan-Smith.

Picturing the Pandemic: Helping Kids See More

When we find time in our busy school day to introduce a current event text, like a magazine cover, we’re actually helping students understand how images are used to communicate and even manipulate. Frank Baker shares a resource-rich pandemic media literacy lesson.

Every Student Has an Epic Hero Inside

Focusing on the elements of the epic hero, this activity from author and 2019 PA TOY Marilyn Pryle helps students learn about literary elements while reflecting on their own lives, goals, and obstacles as they consider the hero’s backstory, good qualities, flaw, and quest.

Real World STEM? Try Plastics Pollution.

STEM kids need to ratchet up their know-how about the real-world problem of plastics pollution and work together on sensible solutions. As they tackle this impending global crisis, they’ll grow problem-solving competencies for a lifetime, writes STEM educator Anne Jolly.

SEL & the Brain: Every Student Has a Story

For those with positive stories, social-emotional learning helps reinforce the skills they need to succeed. For those with stories of trauma, SEL can help balance negative experiences with positive ones. Author-educator Marilee Sprenger shows how brain research can help.

Achieving Equity in Gifted Programming

April Wells tackles inequity in gifted education by sharing the story of an urban district that redesigned its gifted programs and took aggressive steps to remedy the lack of racial, economic and language diversity. Teacher educator Sarah Pennington finds the book timely.

Origin Tales, Geniuses, and the Fate of Flames

Dina Strasser shares 'a small bit' about why she changed her blog title to I Will Screw This Up, has some news about a big celebration in the world of awards, and offers some reflection on a book by a Canadian SF/fantasy author you might not yet have in your YA collection.

For All of Us Feeling Like 1st Year Teachers

Recognizing that we are all new to the process of teaching and learning this year, teaching coach and NBCT Elizabeth Stein considers three keys for success as we move forward on our co-teaching journeys: flexibility, communication, and blending academics with SEL.

How to Stop Labeling LTELs and Engage Them

It’s past time to rethink the label “Long-term English Learner,” writes EL teacher Tan Huyhn. He shares Dr. Maneka Brooks’ ideas for involving students designated as LTELs in their own learning, including text sets that relate to their experiences beyond the classroom.

Calling Kids’ Folks to Share Good News

Positive phone calls and texts to students’ families are powerful, writes principal and NBCT Rita Platt. Parents and caregivers enjoy hearing good things and will be more responsive when you get in touch with less happy news. Rita includes several starter scripts and scheduling ideas.

My Univariety Story: Our career counsellor was our omnipresent angel

One of our happy clients, Capt. Vikram Chopra shared wonderful words of appreciation for our career counsellor, Rakhi Toshniwal. She and Capt. Chopra’s son Dhruv, worked together for a little over two years and her timely career guidance and support played an instrumental role in helping Dhruv obtain admission in the highly-reputed Nanyang Technological University, [...] The post My Univariety Story: Our career counsellor was our omnipresent angel appeared first on Univariety Blog.

5 Careers in Humanities you had NO CLUE existed

Humanities offer great scope for study and learning. On the career front, there are many ranging from teaching to pursuing research. However, we look at alternate careers for Humanities majors, where they can use all the learnings and shine in their jobs. Few careers in Humanities are unheard of and few may floor you.  Let’s [...] The post 5 Careers in Humanities you had NO CLUE existed appeared first on Univariety Blog.

A Short Guide To DU Admissions 2020

In 2020, 30 colleges in the highly coveted Delhi University (DU) have a cut-off of more than 99%- a new record for the university. But there is going to be something different this year.  Thanks to the pandemic, the university has kept the admissions window for 2020 open for longer. Adapting to the new normal, [...] The post A Short Guide To DU Admissions 2020 appeared first on Univariety Blog.

How Important Is Subject Selection After Class 10?

Imagine if Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google (now Alphabet) studied Biology instead of Mathematics! The world would have missed out on an engineering genius. What if Barkha Dutt studied Physics instead of English? One of the most well-renowned journalists in India would have been doing a 9-5 job.  What we are arriving at is that [...] The post How Important Is Subject Selection After Class 10? appeared first on Univariety Blog.

4 Careers in Sports [Apart From Cricket]

Do you eat, sleep, drink, walk, talk sports? Can you binge-watch a series of sports such as cricket, football, etc? Have you ever tried to vent your feelings and fondness towards sports in the form of a blog or a video? Then a career in sports can be your true calling. You have to gear [...] The post 4 Careers in Sports [Apart From Cricket] appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Top 10 Colleges of Delhi University & How You Can Get Into Them

102%. That is the percentage increase in the number of Class 12 students applying to Delhi University from 2019 to 2020. Massive increase, isn’t it? This increase in applications can be attributed to the increase in the number of students appearing for Class 12 exams and also the inflation in board exam marks. The top [...] The post Top 10 Colleges of Delhi University & How You Can Get Into Them appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Teaching Critical Thinking with Education Technology

Image Source: Julia M Cameron from Pexels Advanced technology is now available to students at a moment's notice. From smartphones to augmented reality, education is embracing the use of technology at all levels. Though its initial applications were used to reduce pressure on teachers, it has now spread into lesson plans and student activities. The […]

A Craft Tool Approach to Grammar Instruction

As you work with your students on grammar instruction, Sean Ruday recommends emphasizing that grammatical concepts are key parts of writer's craft toolkit. An understanding of the precise purpose of each tool will help them become thoughtful and artful communicators.

Writing Workshop Ideas for the Middle Grades

Writing workshop can be an exciting part of the day for students in the middle, writes author and workshop expert Lynne Dorfman. Even when middle level schedules aren’t a great fit for extended workshop writing, teachers can nurture “writerly” attitudes with daily quickwrites.

Using Edpuzzle to Add Video Pizazz to Lessons

It took the pandemic to convince Lauren Brown to finally check out Edpuzzle as a teaching tool. She’s quickly become a fan. Whether you are teaching live, online or in a hybrid model, Edpuzzle can be a helpful way to engage students in video content that you select or create.

Getting Math Students to Show Their Work

After learning virtually for some weeks, many of Michelle Russell’s math students got in the habit of writing down little or no evidence of how they reached their conclusions. Which got her thinking. “What does it really mean when you tell students to show their work?”

4 Keys to Helping Students Annotate Texts

Are your students’ annotated texts hard to make sense of? Do they underline entire sections of a source and write very few comments? This can be a huge impediment to meaningful learning for some kids. Sunday Cummins offers 4 keys to sharpening their annotation skills.

Practical Wisdom for Scholar-Practitioners

If you are looking for a book that provides a realistic yet hopeful view of what it means to be an educator and a researcher by way of viewing yourself as a Scholar-Practitioner, then this book fits the bill, writes teacher educator/researcher Megan Reister.

How to Teach Content AND Language Skills

You don’t have to be an ELA teacher to teach academic content to English learners. The goal is to guide students in using language “like an expert in a particular field would use it,” writes Tan Huynh, who shares a 4-step process used by international consultant Beth Skelton.

4 Engineering Courses For The Post-Covid World

The pandemic has struck and changed the world. Job security has become a joke, especially for engineering courses. But is that really true?  7 out of the top 10 jobs in India today are those of engineers. And out of these seven, at least six are from new forms of engineering and technology. But how [...] The post 4 Engineering Courses For The Post-Covid World appeared first on Univariety Blog.

All You Need To Know About US Student Visas Post-Covid

After you have successfully cleared all the required examinations for pursuing your education in the US and have received the I-20 form (“Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status”) from the institute, the next important step is to select the relevant visa for your course. There are three types of student visas that are permitted [...] The post All You Need To Know About US Student Visas Post-Covid appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Part I: Career Guidance For Students in Class IX

In a brand new Series, Univariety presents ‘Student Journey’: A Unique milestone approach to making crucial career-related decisions. The process of Career guidance differs for every grade and the student journey is also different. To start off, we explore the journey for Class IX. In Class IX, career guidance is targeted towards self-discovery and an [...] The post Part I: Career Guidance For Students in Class IX appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Part II: Career Guidance for Students in Class X

In a brand new Series, Univariety presents ‘Student Journey’: A Unique milestone approach to making crucial career-related decisions. The process of Career guidance differs for every grade and the student journey is also different. In Part II, we explore the journey for Class X. The last blog, we covered what the student journey is ideally [...] The post Part II: Career Guidance for Students in Class X appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Part III: Career Guidance for Students in Class XI

In a brand new Series, Univariety presents ‘Student Journey’- a unique milestone approach to making crucial career-related decisions. The process of Career guidance differs for every grade and the student journey is also different. In Part IV, we explore the journey for Class XI. In the previous part, we covered what the student journey is [...] The post Part III: Career Guidance for Students in Class XI appeared first on Univariety Blog.

NoRedInk: Meeting Grade Level Writing Skills During Challenging Times

Dr. Anita De La Isla and the Director of Language And Literacy at Coppell Independent School District in Coppell, Texas. CISD uses NoRedInk, an online writing platform designed to build strong writers through interest-based curricula, adaptive exercises, and actionaable data. Dr. De La Isla was kind enough to answer some questions about the challenge students and educators […]

12 Expert Tips for Creating a Successful Learn-from-Home Space

Learn how to create a comfortable and productive learning space at home!  Do you have children at home who engaged in remote learning? Are you worried about how to organize a learning space? If your answers are affirmative then, you are in the right place! The pandemic that began in March this year found many […]

Back in My Classroom, Jamming with Jamboard

When Kathie Palmieri came back to her physical but socially distanced classroom, collaboration was one of her biggest concerns. Drawing on her ‘emergency’ teaching experiences and her new confidence about ed tech, she searched out Google Jamboard “and felt a sense of relief.”

Exploring the Human Impact of Climate Change

Examining the human impact of climate change through texts allows students to connect climate science to the human cost of climate change, develop empathy for communities impacted by climate change, and discover more about climate justice, writes ELA teacher Kasey Short.

PBL Gold: Deciding What’s Appropriate AND Important

Some lessons don’t qualify for Project Based Learning treatment, even in a “wall-to-wall” PBL school or program. Teaching coach Alex Valencic uses two key PBL questions to create a matrix that can help teachers filter out routine tasks, fluff and busy work.

Teacher Self-Care in a Time of Trauma

“Supporting the Wounded Educator” is an insightful and helpful book much needed right now, says teacher educator Linda Biondi. It guides teachers to focus on what they can do to lessen trauma for themselves and their community through wellness and self-care initiatives.

The Day After: How Do We Teach Now?

Here’s how Sarah Cooper taught her 8th grade social studies class today, as the nation went about determining a presidential winner. Unlike the day after the 2016 election, “I’m feeling not so much shock as the need to shore up my teaching and once again dig into difficult topics.”

When the Principal Gets COVID-19

When Principal Rita Platt tested positive for COVID-19 and isolated at home, her staff put pandemic plans into action while she concentrated on self-care. Writing from Wisconsin, Rita shares her coping strategies and praises her staff’s response to going all-virtual again.

Visualizing History Using Timeline Tools

In social studies we want students to visualize the relationships between historical events and be able to think chronologically. Megan Kelly has 6th graders begin with personal timelines. Other teaching tools include videos, a history card game, memes and manipulatives.

Effective Questioning During Virtual Learning

Effective questioning during remote learning doesn’t require new strategies. Consultant Barbara Blackburn suggests building questions with higher order thinking models; including questioning stems; adding cubing for student choice; and having students source their answers.

Anant National University: A Global Platform for Student Success

A campus that’s away from the bustle of the city, with lush green trees lined along the road- that’s Anant National University for you. The campus is vibrant with students from across the country and the globe. Moreover, it boasts world-class infrastructural facilities in the midst of scenic beauty and art in the form of [...] The post Anant National University: A Global Platform for Student Success appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Career Guidance: Why is it Important for Future Planning?

In today’s world of increasing options, career guidance for students is highly important. Choosing the right path that matches a student’s interests, strengths, weaknesses, and personality make the individual ready for the future. Individuals face a variety of career challenges on a day-to-day basis. These challenges may include problems with career changes, redundancy, and resuming [...] The post Career Guidance: Why is it Important for Future Planning? appeared first on Univariety Blog.

My Univariety Story: Webinars Really Helped Us!

2020 has been a year of many firsts. Online lessons, online admissions, online coaching,  online internships- the world has realized the potential of the Internet. Several establishments have resorted to webinars to reach out to clients and customers. So much so that 90% of businesses believe that it is extremely crucial to their success.  Univariety too [...] The post My Univariety Story: Webinars Really Helped Us! appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Top Colleges For Business Studies In India [Don’t Miss Our College List]

5 lakh plus new jobs. That’s what a career in Business Management will create in the next few years. This growth is faster than the growth of any average career.  Not just that, Linkedin – a professional networking platform that has over 62 million members predicted that a degree in Business Management is going to [...] The post Top Colleges For Business Studies In India [Don’t Miss Our College List] appeared first on Univariety Blog.

Careers In Media That No One Talks About [9 Careers To Look Out For]

7 to 8 lakh new jobs over the next five years! That’s right, this is the scope a career in media offers, according to the Economic Survey of India. Just in the digital media space, the number of people to be employed is expected to increase by 200% in the next 2 years. Do careers [...] The post Careers In Media That No One Talks About [9 Careers To Look Out For] appeared first on Univariety Blog.