The Most Interesting Education Techniques of This Decade Reply

One of the most important qualities in a teacher is a willingness to try new things. The instructional methods of yesterday might not be as effective as the teaching tools of tomorrow, so if you’re an educator at a university like College America, you have to be adaptive. In that respect, here are just a few educational techniques that are currently making waves in classrooms throughout the world.

Flipped Classrooms

“Flipped” classrooms are ones where teachers record lessons for students to view at home. Then, during class, the students do their homework. While it might sound strange, flipped classrooms are turning things around for many struggling schools.

One principal in Detroit flipped his entire high school after conducting a successful experiment on the effectiveness of flipped classrooms. The results showed that students who could watch lessons on their smartphones or home computers were more prone to repeat viewings, and furthermore, doing their homework under a teacher’s supervision allowed them to ask questions, clarify concepts and reach a deeper understanding of the subject. They might sound backward, but flipped classrooms are actually taking students forward.

Social Media Integration

Social media has become a driving force for young people, and you can tap into this by turning social media networks into learning platforms. For example, if you’re an art teacher, you can ask your students to upload their artwork to Flickr and Instagram for peer review. If you’re a political science professor, you can use special hashtags on Twitter to create student discussion chains on current events.

Pinterest can be used to collect blog posts on fun science projects, and YouTube can become your new homework helper where you solve math problems step-by-step. There’s no limit to the way that social media can revolutionize your classroom as long as you’re willing to embrace it as a genuine educational technique. Don’t think of it as a fad. Think of it as the future.

The Mastery Method

A favorite of Asian countries like China and Singapore, the “mastery method” was recently brought over to the Western world in an attempt to duplicate the success of Asian students in subjects like math. Instead of explaining a concept and letting everyone scribble notes and figure it out on their own, the mastery method requires that every single student in the classroom understands the concept before the teacher is allowed to move on.

This is achieved by calling on each student in a structured, almost military-like manner and having them repeat what they’ve learned multiple times. It might sound a little Spartan, but the mastery method has already improved test scores in the UK, so expect it to hit other countries and additional schools in the future.

Inside-Outside Circle

Useful in large classrooms where teachers don’t always have time to give students individualized attention, the inside-outside circle allows students to essentially teach themselves through group effort. You start by arranging a large circle of students with a smaller circle of students within them. Then you pose a question or suggest a discussion topic, and the circles rotate in opposite directions as the children engage with a different peer for each “turn.” They pass along information and debate answers as they go. Not only does this teaching method encourage communication and cooperation between students who might not normally talk to one another, but it’s also a great way to ensure that no one is being forgotten at the back of the classroom. Everyone gets to talk and share ideas.

These are just a few educational techniques that you might want to consider for your own classroom. Some are more intriguing than others, but all of them are showing results, so they’re worth looking into as potential teaching methods for your next semester.

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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How To Help Improve Public Education While Earning Your Degree Reply

One of the best ways to prepare for a rewarding career is to complete a degree program in your chosen field. Whether you are planning to pursue a career in education or just have a desire to help people reach their full potential, students can promote higher education in a variety of ways. Consider these helpful tips to advocate higher education as an important necessity in today’s competitive economy.

Higher Education Websites

Creating a website to promote higher education is an excellent way to inform the general public about the advantages of earning a college degree. Students can use website builders such as Weebly or Wix at no additional cost. Many website builders come with templates that makes it easier to create content. It’s important to explain how higher education can help people achieve career goals as well as provide helpful ways to finance the cost of college.

Utilize Social Media

Social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter have gained popularity in recent years. Promoting higher education from your social media websites is a quick and easy way to reach large audiences. Common ways to advocate higher learning include posting articles and links for people interested in continuing their education. Students can also create blogs on various education topics or share personal experiences of how higher education changed their life.

Guest Speaking and Networking

Students can use their communication skills to help promote higher education. It’s important to encourage friends and relatives to continue their education. Education can also be a great conversation topic when meeting new people. Many students volunteer as a guest speaker at a local high school to help young people prepare for college. Common speaking topics include general admission requirements and tuition assistance programs. Students can also attend networking events and career fairs to promote public education.

Higher Education Careers

A career in higher education administration is an excellent occupation for people with a passion to help others succeed. According to the Washington Post, the career outlook for higher education administrators is positive and stable. A masters in higher education administration is offered at colleges such as Abilene Christian University. These degree programs cover topics related to diversity issues, student development, and conflict resolution.

Students can make a difference in their community by promoting higher education. Creating a website or posting to social media is a great way to advocate public education. People can also volunteer as guest speaker at local schools or pursue a professional career in higher education administration.



Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter  or Facebook.

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Your Social Profile and Your Career Reply

Kiev, Ukraine - January 11, 2016: Background of famous social media icons such as: Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Linkedin, Tumblr, Myspace and others, printed on paper.

Repeat after me:

All of social media matters. Facebook. Flickr. Instagram. Pinterest. Medium. Linkedin. Snap Chat. Twitter. Vimeo. YouTube. These sites and others are important in a job search. Without the boring, parental or punitive tone, let’s quickly explore why. Over the last few years social media has become more of a factor in candidates being excluded from consideration.

And even if ones’ profile is password protected, I’ve seen that go south rather quickly. Having supported some of the best brands on the planet, it is not foreign to request login credentials. Worst, there are websites that archive social media traffic and portray your digital contributions and pictures oftentimes unknowingly.  I know that cruel internet.

All things considered, this is a critical time for you. You, your parents and other family members have invested resources and time in this educational journey. All of such so that you might secure a fantastic new role with a promising organization. The last thing you’d want is to be denied consideration based on your social media footprint. Let’s rethink your next post.

So before you fire off that resume or pop up for the next scheduled interview, let’s assume everything can and/or will be seen by the person you are scheduled to meet. As a Recruiter, I put each candidate through a quick social media forensic exercise. Here’s what we look for:


  • Photo should be clean, professional, visible – captured via camera if possible
  • Profile should be complete, include details, and paint a picture of who you are
  • Contact information of some sort should be visible – a social media handle or other


  • Post pictures that are not offensive or frowned upon by the employer
  • Be conscious of who you follow and or whose pictures you “like” in the process
  • Algorithms are always tweaked too the advantage of the host – not you – be mindful


  • Measure your emotion in those 140 characters – don’t always hit send (immediately)
  • Use tools to distribute thoughtful updates and filter questionable content
  • Respect that social recruiting (follows, hashtags, likes, etc) are methods of finding you


  • Record a crisp introduction to be shared via email/social media with employers
  • Briefly cover defining characteristics, an impact example(s) and contact information
  • Separate yourself from the average job seeker that sits at a keyboard and hits enter

I’m not suggesting you can’t have fun, or post incredible pictures from an office party, or holiday weekend. In fact, I encourage that. I’m asking that you reconsider if the post or tweet will have any potential impact on your mission. I’m suggesting to you that as a recruiter, I’m able to uncover more about you with your email address than you might know.

I’m saying think twice – tweet that. Truth is, a part of your brand will be created through your decision to say no. Progress require a critical injection of confidence and an elevated level of awareness beyond these artificial boundaries of acceptance established by others. Try this slogan: I’m comfortable is the old 20!

About Torin Ellis:

Human Capital Strategist // Interview Architect // Diversity Maverick // Engaging and high spirited. Creative, high voltage, ready to pursue results. Author of Rip The Resume available on and where books are sold.

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Social Media and Your MBA Application Reply

SocialMediaToday’s post comes to us from Stacy Blackman, founder and President of Stacy Blackman Consulting ( Founded in 2001, Stacy Blackman Consulting has helped thousands of MBA applicants gain admission to the most selective business schools in the world. Stacy is a highly-respected expert in MBA admissions and her company is regularly featured in publications such as BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. More…

Fear the Book of Faces! …Or not. Reply

iStock_000001927691SmallRyan Hickey points to two articles in his Monday Link Round-up about social media and how it’s being used in the college admissions process. We’ve talked about this on Peterson’s before, too, in an article about how to use social media in your application, and in an article about how to use Facebook carefully and intelligently with regard to admissions. It’s not news that admissions officers are looking at social media when they make their decisions.

So why does it keep coming up? What do you need to know to be safe, really? How worried should you be?