I like to say, successful teaching is not difficult and is very NEAR – New , Exciting And Rewarding because those are the keys to keeping dopamine levels high in the brain. And by the way, keeping your teaching New, Exciting and Rewarding does not just increase your students’ dopamine levels, it increases yours as well. Coming up with new fresh ways to present the information, making the content interesting and exciting whenever possible, and rewarding all of your students for their successes in your classroom keeps motivation and attention levels high and promotes retention. Dopamine can be addictive -- our goal as teachers is to get our students addicted to learning.
Rubrics make grading quicker, clearer, and more objective. They are one of the most helpful tools that teachers can have in their bag of tricks. You will find our site to one of the most extensive teacher resources for rubrics on the Internet. You will find tools that help guide you through the process of creating these assessment tools for evaluating student performance. You will also find over five hundred printable rubrics on our web site. If the concept of rubrics is completely new to you, you will want to read this article for a complete explanation.