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Interactive Exercises from @SnapLearning to Practice Close Reading

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Close Reading is a series of interactive exercises that guides students in reflecting on the meaning of words and sentences, the sequence in which these sentences are arranged, and how ideas are developed over the course of the text. Product Review : Close Reading from Snap! Learning - click here to visit their site - What is it? Images taken from SNAP! Learning online.

Grammar Lessons: Video & Writing Exercises from GrammarFlip

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GrammarFlip contains over 50 instructional videos, each followed by practice exercises and writing application activities. Students learn at their own pace from instructional videos, receive instant feedback from interactive practice exercises, and apply their knowledge through writing activities. Chromebook ELA - Reading/Writing iPad/Laptop Use grammar video lessons

Starter Exercises for Interactive Storytelling

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Here are a few exercises that provide playful starting points to making interactive narratives: Interactive Fiction Party Game: Emily Short recently shared the ruleset for a brilliant Interactive Fiction “party game”  she created for a game designer picnic, LudoLunch. Do you have a favorite exercise for getting students started with interactive storytelling? Teaching

A Simple Exercise to Strengthen Emotional Intelligence in Teams

MindShift

That’s where a simple team-building exercise, like the one below, that can help folks get started. Let them know that they’ll be talking about it later in the exercise, so that they select one they feel comfortable sharing. This can be a lighthearted yet focused way to kick off the exercise. By Gayle Allen. Sound familiar? Team members get more feedback and they get it earlier.

Good News for Teachers: Exercise Builds Brain Power, Too

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Photo credit: Tony Alter via flickr (CC BY 2.0) Dr. Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers Teacher Burnout Strength training, regular exercise, better rest, and enjoying all of this activity makes you fit, alert, and positive for the physically demanding job of teaching.

Serious Doodling: 5 Effective and Engaging Classroom Drawing Exercises

Fractus Learning

Here are several ideas for quick, effective, and engaging classroom drawing exercises that can be used in a range of topics by anyone regardless of drawing talent. 1. To the annoyance of many teachers, students cannot help but doodle in class. Also, it seems that leaders of all types have doodled for as long as pen and paper have been available. The photograph below is of John F. John F.

Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

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Patrick Cook Deegan Student Engagement Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses. He shares six easy steps to help your class appreciate their natural surroundings

Merit Pay in Education: An Exercise in Both Manipulation and Futility

The 21st Century Principal

"In the workplace, there is no getting around the fact that "the basic purpose of merit pay is manipulative." Alfie Kohn, Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A''s, Praise, and Other Bribes Merit pay is one of those ideas in education that just won''t die. When budgets get tight, policymakers and politicians both look at the money being spent on educator salaries and the idea of paying educators based on performance starts looking attractive. "If only we identify the best teachers and pay them more, all will be well," they think. Posted with Blogsy.

New Exercises from Happy Numbers: K-2 Math

Class Tech Tips

Happy Numbers has added a handful of new exercises that you’ll want to check out. These new activities build upon the current exercises to help students take their learning to […]. You may have seen my post last year on Happy Numbers, an online learning tool for K-2 students that introduces a variety of math concepts. Math math games web tools

Ten Things to Do Instead of Checking Email

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Productivity Wellness breathing email exercise priorities reading time management wellness writing So, let’s imagine that you’re in your office, and have about 15 minutes before you need to walk out of your building to get to a meeting. What do you do in those 15 minutes? Many readers probably answered “check email.” So, you’ve got a few minutes. Take a walk.

Exercise and Physical Activity Must Be Part of 21st Century Learning

The 21st Century Principal

The first principle he discusses in the book is "Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power." I know from a workshop I attended a few years ago on brain research that exercise has beneficial effects on cognitive functioning. He asks the question, "Is there a relationship between exercise and mental alertness? Medina writes, "A lifetime of exercise can result in a sometimes astonishing elevation in cognitive performance, compared to those who are sedentary. We need to get exercising in order to sharpen our minds. In his book, Medina makes this lesson even more clear.

iPhotography in the Classroom: Some Snappy Tips for Putting It Into Practice

Edudemic

Pairing photography lessons with writing exercises only deepens a student’s aesthetic appreciation, while adding another dimension to her cognitive processing. Articles creative photography tips for teachers writing exercisesThe marriage of images and words seems like a predestined love affair. Afterall, the secret wish of both writing and photography is to stop time and gain an audience. So if the Whys for this […]. The post iPhotography in the Classroom: Some Snappy Tips for Putting It Into Practice appeared first on Edudemic.

Why Self-Publishing May Be the Best Writing Lesson Ever

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Articles Featured featured kindle learning lesson ideas writing writing exercisesBrian South is an English teacher in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb 30 miles west of Chicago. He is also the faculty advisor of the literary magazine at Naperville North. When Brian began taking steps to self-publish his own novel, he did something few teachers feel totally comfortable doing—he invited his students to be part of […]. The post Why Self-Publishing May Be the Best Writing Lesson Ever appeared first on Edudemic.

GoNoodle Kids

Technology Tidbits

brain break exerciseGoNoodle Kids is the free iOS app for students to use GoNoodle at home. GoNoodle is the super popular app that educators everywhere are using to help give students much needed "brain breaks" during classroom time. This is done through interactive fun movement videos such a s: dancing, stretching, jumping, and more.

The Go-To Tablet Activity Starter Kit

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How To digital tools ipad classroom lesson ideas tablets writing exercisesThis is a follow up to my previous tablet-focused article, which aimed to ease the nerves of our generation of teachers who were trained in classical classroom management and are now teaching in a very non-classical, pro-technology world. With your nerves eased, let’s get you started with an arsenal of specific tablet activities that can […]. The post The Go-To Tablet Activity Starter Kit appeared first on Edudemic.

Integrating Mindfulness in Your Classroom Curriculum

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Giselle Shardlow Mindfulness Make mindfulness a part of classroom learning by integrating it into curriculum-themed activities through exercises in breathing, sensory experience, guided imagery, and movement

Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter

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Photo credit: Laura Davis Laura Davis Arts Integration Start class with improv exercises to get students laughing together, demonstrate the rewards of risk-taking and failure, and model a listening, supportive environment

Edueto - Create Original Online Activities - great for formative assessment

Educational Technology Guy

Teachers can create exercises such as quizzes, matching, writing, sorting, equations, sequences and more and assign them to their students to complete. There are also exercises created by other teachers that you can use and even edit. Edueto is a free service that allows teachers to create their own online activities for students. Student progress is tracked. It's easy to use and can be a great way to do formative assessment with your students using different formats. Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for discovering this. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Teaching Good Study Habits, Minute by Minute

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Heather Lambert Parent Partnership With clear goals, timed exercises, and games, parents can help design home-study habits by tailoring them to their students' visual, kinesthetic, musical, or social strengths Photo credit: Thomas Mueller via flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Grammar Lessons, Videos and Activities from GrammarFlip

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GrammarFlip contains over 50 instructional videos, each followed by practice exercises and writing application activities. Students learn at their own pace from instructional videos, receive instant feedback from interactive practice exercises, and apply their knowledge through writing activities. ELA - Reading/Writing

Alternative Classroom Seating Helps Students Concentrate

K-12 Schools - Education News

The Kokomo Tribune reports that Maconaquah School Corporation is using grant money to purchase exercise balls to replace traditional desk chairs in a Pipe Creek Elementary School kindergarten classroom. K-12 Schools exercise physical fitnessJanis Mara of the Marin Independent Journal profiled teacher Ally Mitchell, whose entire class sits on lime-green stability or balance balls.

Unleashing the Power of Positivity in Your School

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School Climate Enhance your practical optimism through focusing on the upside, gratitude, small acts of kindness, emotional mindfulness, brain and body exercise, and positive surroundings Photo credit: University of the Fraser Valley via flickr (CC BY 2.0) Donna Wilson, Ph.D.

27 Reflection Strategies to Improve Your Teaching

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

February 23, 2015 Reflection and reflexivity are two meta-cognitive processes that we constantly need to exercise in order to guarantee an effective and healthy professional and also emotional.read more. infographic

Strengthening Executive Function Development for Students With ADD

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Lori Desautels Mental Health Children with Attention Deficit Disorder can benefit from targeted mindfulness exercises to help make them aware of their reactions, decisions, emotional regulation, and self-control

Engaging Students: From Seatwork to Feetwork

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Book Reviews Engagement collaboration Corwin engagement exercise facilitator feedback Mary Langer Thompson physical movement Ron NashLearning needs to become active and stay that way. Ron Nash's 2nd edition of "From Seatwork to Feetwork" explains how teachers can let go of traditional teaching methods and shift to student-directed classrooms, says educator and writer Mary Langer Thompson.

6 Ways Teachers Can Stay Inspired This Year

MiddleWeb

Taking care of ourselves means finding time to rest, getting enough exercise, and having balance in our lives. It also means being inspired about who we are and what we do. Barbara Blackburn shares six ways she has incorporated inspiration into her teaching life. Articles Teacher Support Barbara Blackburn books heroes memory file movies positive reinforcement self-motivation success journa

The Teenage Brain: Stress, Coping, and Natural Highs

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Matt Bellace, PhD Health and Wellness To help young people cope with stress and a rapidly developing brain, educate them about the "natural highs" of beneficial brain chemistry triggered by exercise and passion Photo credit: Cody Eichelberger via flickr (CC BY 2.0)

3 Ways to Teach the Way the Brain Wants to Learn

The CoolCatTeacher

How do exercise, sleep, and the unique composition of the human brain impact learning? How do exercise and learning relate? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How do exercise, sleep, and the unique composition of the human brain impact learning? If you love Brain Rules , listen to today’s show. Today’s Sponsor: Rustic Pathways. 

How to Create a Student Storytelling Club

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Book Reviews Storytelling clubs exercises festivals implementation Karen Chace Kevin Cordi Parkhurst Brothers storytelling troupes Karen Chace knows storytelling can build literacy as well as joy. In Story by Story she explains in detail how to develop students'' storytelling skills and how to gain support for storyteller festivals.

5 Excellent Drawing Apps for kids

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 26, 2015 Kids’ cognition craves drawing because it provides it with an ample and unrestricted space to exercise its creative performance. With the advance of technology and more.read more. iPad drawing apps

Zientia: Changing the Way We Learn with Augmented Reality

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Students can make exercises and they can be automatically corrected. It also comes with engaging exercises to study and assess learning. www.zientia.com Zientia is out to change the way we learn using interactive augmented reality applications. have had the pleasure of beta testing their apps and recently got to speak with a couple of their representatives.

KidzType Online Keyboarding Practice

Class Tech Tips

KidzType is a website full of keyboarding exercises designed to help children develop typing skills. This site includes animated activities that ask students to complete a series of exercises to move up in level. They can choose from a variety of modules with talking animals guiding them through each level. As students are increasingly expected. Teacher Tools keyboarding typing

Tried and True Tools for Teachers and Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

October 21, 2015 Sometimes it can be helpful to practice and reinforce one's learnings using online exercises. There is a large variety of lessons available on the web, covering all kinds of topics.read more. Edshelf tools

Prioritizing: A Critical Executive Function

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Judy Willis MD Brain-Based Learning Lessons and units that teach students how to prioritize, plan, and persevere will exercise skills that help develop their executive function related to achieving long-term goals

Compliance remains the central goal

Dangerously Irrelevant

… What is so offensive about Skinnerian programs like PBIS or Class Dojo isn’t just their methods, which amount to extended exercises in manipulation, but their goal, which is to elicit mindless obedience. Sure, we stress the virtues of independent thinking and assertiveness, but mostly in the context of getting kids to resist peer pressure. via  [link]. Related Posts.

Hypos: Real Engagement With Unreal Questions

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Sean Cooke Critical Thinking Use hypothetical scenarios to help engage your students, efficiently apply knowledge, provide problem-solving exercises, build conflict-resolution skills, and reinforce study habits Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv via flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

How media literacy is critical to saving our democracy

eSchool News

According to reporting by NPR about the study, “In exercise after exercise, the researchers were ‘shocked’—their word, not ours—by how many students failed to effectively evaluate the credibility of information.”. I am not shocked. Stanford History Education Group, 2016. In fact, it’s not unusual for students to laugh in disdain when asked if they know how to use Google.

9 Reasons to Try Pairprep to Digitize Your Content

Class Tech Tips

Teachers can tag questions quickly, converting a stale paper assignment into interactive exercises for their students. Are you looking for more online activities for students? The folks at Pairprep provide a tool to quickly turns paper assignments into online activities by simply taking a photo or uploading a PDF. Assessment & LMS Chromebook iPad Apps iPad/Laptop Use

4 Good iPad Apps to Help Students Learn How to Read Music

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

They provide exercises, challenging.read more. March 13, 2016 Below are some very good iPad apps for music learners. The apps provide you with good training on how to improve your music reading skills. iPad music apps

Teach Your Monster to Read: Free Phonics Games for Kids

Class Tech Tips

This completely free online resource has over six hours of content for students to explore as they practice phonics skills.  It includes exercises on letters, sounds, and full sentences. Teach Your Monster to Read is a super fun, computer-based phonics game for kids. This website can be used to supplement school instruction at home or […].