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By Meredith Critchfield, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Education

Most of us know how important it is to use groups in the classroom. Some of us have even tried creative grouping and collaboration strategies like those by Kagan. The world is shrinking more and more every day thanks to technology, making communication and collaboration more important than ever before. Rather than letting technology intimidate us, though, we should embrace tech tools to help improve communication and collaboration in the classroom.

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By Brandon Juarez, MEd
Assistant Professor, College of Education

Recently, in an attempt to attract more individuals from diverse fields into the teaching profession and to keep them teaching, Arizona legislators passed SB1042. Among other things, the bill extends the years between recertification from six years to 12 years and reduces the required number of continuing education units (CEUs) to 90 hours.

But, is this really what is best for the teachers and subsequently for our students?

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By Brandon Juarez, MEd
Assistant Professor, College of Education

On February 25, I had the privilege and honor to be the keynote speaker at the central region AZ TESOL mini-conference hosted at Arizona State University – West Campus. The title of my speech was: “TESOL for the Modern World: Strategies for Student Success: Communication, Social Presence and Instructional Assessments.”

Two major themes/moments were influential and shaped the wonderful experience. First, the chance to speak to over 150 Peruvian K-12 teachers was a true blessing. Many of the visiting Peruvian teachers shared personal stories, educational goals and instructional strategies that each plans to bring back to their schools to implement. It was an honor to be a small part in their professional development and offer several educational technology tools that support pedagogy and rapport building.

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By Bethany Wilson
Elementary Education (Emphasis in English) Major, College of Education

Throughout my time as a student in the College of Education at Grand Canyon University, I have been introduced to the idea of the flipped classroom. This concept was created in order to minimize the amount of assignments that students are required to do on their own, instead allowing them time to work in class with a teacher present.

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By Meredith DeCosta, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Education

By Emily Bergquist, MEd
Full-Time Faculty Manager, College of Education

How many of us remember learning how to write in school?

Surely many of us were taught some grammar and we responded to assigned readings with writing, but how many of us actually learned how to thoughtfully and carefully craft a piece of writing?

Probably not too many of us!

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In today’s society, one of the most prominent and efficient ways to communicate is through social media. People can communicate with others who are hundreds or even thousands of miles away by sending a message online or posting an image or video on a public site.

While teachers or schools may not allow their students to use their phones or devices during class time, there are ways in which social media in the classroom may be beneficial. When used properly, social media can be a useful tool to help students learn on a platform with which they are familiar.

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