The 10-month School Calendar: A Vestige of the Past?

It’s that time again! Students are back at school, or heading back soon, after ten to twelve weeks off.  Summer provides a welcome break for most students and teachers, but how does the traditional ten-month school calendar affect student performance? What does the research say? The deficits that occur from “summer fade” most often affect … Continue reading The 10-month School Calendar: A Vestige of the Past?

Student Engagement: Creating Effective Multimedia Content for the Online Learning Environment

Keeping up with the latest technical advancements for use in classrooms has posed numerous challenges for educators to overcome. However, these new approaches have created a seemingly infinite number of new ways for tech-savvy teachers to engage their students. Students have unlimited access to high-quality, engaging online content, whether it be at home or on … Continue reading Student Engagement: Creating Effective Multimedia Content for the Online Learning Environment

Top 5 Blogs on Competency-Based Education

It’s been a full year since Hekademia began producing weekly blog posts on issues relating to education policy, competency-based learning, and ideas for the virtual classroom.  Thank you for reading and commenting along the way!  We’re excited to be a part of the growing community for competency-based education. To mark the occasion, we’ve pulled the top … Continue reading Top 5 Blogs on Competency-Based Education

Critical Pedagogy in the 21st Century: An Introduction

Every educator will agree that teaching is a transformative act. It is not something we sit back and watch happen; it requires us to be highly conscious of our teaching practices. Both physical and digital learning spaces require us to participate in a certain politics of teaching – whether we are aware of it or … Continue reading Critical Pedagogy in the 21st Century: An Introduction

Motivation Matters

The question of how we can motivate students to learn and stay in school is as old as formal education itself. Motivation isn’t just a necessary skill for education, it’s also a character trait that leads to success in later life–professionally in our careers, personally in our relationships with those around us, and generally speaking, … Continue reading Motivation Matters

Competency Education and the Equity Agenda

Equity and social justice are central to my teaching philosophy and have been since my early experiences as a teacher in a low-income school in Ottawa. I had, perhaps naively, believed that I could change the world through teaching, but instead, I was left with lingering doubts about the my school’s ability to address wider … Continue reading Competency Education and the Equity Agenda

Tech Tools to Liven Up Your Classroom: 5 Trends from FETC

Hekademia attended FETC in Orlando a few weeks ago and left inspired to try some new tools in our online courses. As teachers in blended classrooms emphasized at the conference, even if you don’t have computers or tablets available in your classroom, most high school students have smartphones. It’s easier than ever to incorporate technology … Continue reading Tech Tools to Liven Up Your Classroom: 5 Trends from FETC

The Benefits of Mindfulness for Students, Part Two

In last week’s post, I talked about the many stresses high school students face and the growing body of research that is showing the benefits of mindfulness practices for youth. I also discussed exactly what is meant by the term “mindfulness.” See “The Benefits of Mindfulness for Students, Part One” for more. Here, in Part … Continue reading The Benefits of Mindfulness for Students, Part Two

The 4 Guiding Elements of Competency Design at Hekademia

We have discovered that there really isn’t one, single prescribed approach to competency-based education. States, schools, content providers, and many others are interested in developing and implementing competency-based education. Understandably, each of these providers will have unique approaches to the pedagogy. The discrepancies that arise often result in disagreements as to what the process should … Continue reading The 4 Guiding Elements of Competency Design at Hekademia