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Are Hope and Engagement Key Student Success Indicators?

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Engagement is driven when students know how to apply what they know. Have you seen the 2016 Gallup Student Poll? According to Gallup, the Student Poll will track for 10 years the hope, engagement, and well-being of public school students in … Continue reading → student motivation ASCD Edtech update Gallup Student Poll hope student engagement well-being

It’s not about technology!

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“Write the following on the blackboard 100 times: Schools don’t want technology. Schools want curriculum. Schools don’t want technology. Schools want curriculum. Etc.” From THE Journal, In K-12, the New, New Thing is the Old Old Thing: Currriculum by Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway. Okay, we have certainly gotten past the premise that technology itself holds answers for education.

NY Times article discusses engagement and gamification

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Last week, the New York Times ran an article on Kahoot, an online quiz system from Norway being played in some schools. The article is well worth reading for its smart discussion of “engagement” and “gamification.”. These are two subjects near and dear to my heart.

Intensive Math Intervention Program Gets Even Better

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We consistently ask the teachers and administrators at our Ascend Math partner schools to tell us how to make Ascend better so we can help students have more success.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

The Challenge of Differentiated Instruction

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I was recently asked for a good source on differentiated instruction. I replied that ASCD put out some exceptional publications. You can find them at: [link].

A Decade of Research on Math Instruction

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Education Week just released a highly informative article summarizing what has been learned from a decade of federally funded research into math instruction. I enjoyed reviewing these findings again. The research has been very advantageous.

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Should Learning Be Personalized or Individualized?

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There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding Personalized Learning. What is Personalized Learning? Is it really any different from Individualized Learning? Some people think so. I read an interesting article on the subject of “personalized learning.”

Intrinsic or Extrinsic motivation? Why not both!

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In past articles I’ve written “Interactive engagement, not entertainment, is at the core of a computer game’s ability to motivate. Finding ways to make math more interactive and more engaging is the key to making math software better as well.”.

5 Ways to Create Relevant Cultures of Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Education can seem like a balancing act between what we as adults feel is essential and what interests our learners. The struggle is real as the former is sometimes emphasized as a result of a school or district’s focus.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Restorative Justice and Consequences that Actually Improve Behavior

The CoolCatTeacher

Brad Weinstein and Nathan Maynard on episode 473 Desmond Tutu says, “Restorative justice says “No, the offense affected a relationship” and what you are seeking for is to restore the relationship, to heal the relationship.”

Feedback Should Be a Dialogue, Not a Monologue

A Principal's Reflections

Feedback can bring people together in the pursuit of a shared goal. Criticism , on the other hand, can drive people apart. In many situations going with the former is the better course of action.

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The Pedagogy of Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Blended instruction is what the teacher does with technology. Blended learning is where students use tech to have control over path, place, and pace. Eric Sheninger I remember back in 2012 when we began to implement blended learning strategies at my former high school.

My Kids Hate Their Desks! (And What I Did About It!)

The CoolCatTeacher

Brooke Markle on episode 468 of the 10-Minute Teacher Brooke Markle, a veteran middle-level English educator, realized that her kids hated their desks. They wiggled. They moved. They struggled to pay attention. So, with a limited budget, she decided to change her classroom to give students a choice.

Neuroscience Research: 5 Ways to Superior Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Jared Cooney Horvath on episode 465 of the 10-Minute Teacher Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath, author of Stop Talking, Start Influencing:12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick gives us five ways that recent neuroscience research can help us improve our classroom teaching.

Why Teaching Languages Is Actually Very Important

The CoolCatTeacher

Diego Ojeda on episode 453 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Diego Ojeda talks about why languages are still so important in today’s world. He also advocates for why we all need to learn multiple languages. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

What Happened When I Deleted All My Social Media Apps

The CoolCatTeacher

Productivity and Living an Epic Life When is the last time you watched the sunrise? It is such an amazing experience to watch the Master Artisan spray His graffiti of joy upon the sky and reveal to our heart His vast horizon of hope! How about you?

Choice Boards, Playlists, Pathways.Oh My!

Education Elements

For many districts and schools, choice boards, playlists, and pathways are used interchangeably to describe instructional designs that provide students with a menu of options to guide and own their learning. Yet we ask educators to use these design practices very differently.

Improve Student Behavior Now!

The CoolCatTeacher

Darrian Tanner on Episode 471 of the 10-Minute Teacher I talked to my son, and he says that when a teacher has excellent classroom management, it means he can learn, and when they don’t, it means chaos and stress for everybody.

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5 Ideas for Helping Parents Read with their Kids (No Matter Their Age)

The CoolCatTeacher

Amy Mascott on episode 475 Frederick Douglass said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” ” Reading is important. Today, the show features reading expert, Amy Mascott, about how parents and teachers can help older children develop a love of reading.

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Girls and STEM: The Google 20% Project That Encourages Girls to go Into STEM

The CoolCatTeacher

Komal Singh on episode 474 on the 10-Minute Teacher Girls and people of color need role models who look like them. Today’s show is a team of people at Google who have done just that.

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Tap Into You Full Potential

A Principal's Reflections

" Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny. " - Mahatma Gandhi There are many elements to change.

What Happens When a Statistics Class is Taught with PBL

The CoolCatTeacher

Emma Chiappetta on episode 463 of the 10-Minute Teacher Emma Chiappetta, Utah State Teacher of the Year 2017, uses a project-based learning approach for statistics.

Teaching and reading literature in the digital age

Neo LMS

In an age of digital formats, quick texts (and the associated degradation of spelling and grammar), online content, blogs and posts, many in the education, publishing and library sectors — as well as broader cultural institutions — are wondering and worrying about the future of literature.

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How To Help Kids Ask More Amazing Questions Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Erin Murphy on Episode 459 The Right Question Technique is being used by educators around the world to help children ask better questions. Erin Murphy talks about how we can implement some simple techniques to improve student questions today. Today’s show is sponsored by NetRef.

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How a Little Graphic Novel is Inspiring Teachers to Think

The CoolCatTeacher

Josh Stumpenhorst on Episode 464 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Josh Stumpenhorst has written a graphic novel, Drawn to Teach. Illustrated by, Trevor Guthke, these two educators have worked to simply explain some of the problems and challenges of teaching.

12 Leadership Fundamentals

A Principal's Reflections

Leadership is leadership. The same essential qualities and characteristics that exemplify what great leaders do have pretty much stayed the same. What has changed are the tools, research, and societal shifts that impact the work.

Digital literacy vs. Computer literacy: Students need to develop both

Neo LMS

Computer literacy training: many teachers, and adults, assume this to be a non-critical issue – haven’t students these days more or less grown up in front of screens, and behind computers?

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Celebrating the Future of Learning, One Region at a Time

Digital Promise

Educators, businesses, and researchers agree: today’s students require a new set of skills to thrive as productive citizens.

Kid-Centric Schools: When There's a Will There's a Way

A Principal's Reflections

When I wrote Uncommon Learning back in 2015, the premise was to set the stage as to how we could create schools that work for kids. A good deal of the strategies presented came from what we successfully implemented at New Milford High School where I was the former principal.

5 Things About Effective Digital Citizenship You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Ribble on episode 460 of the 10-Minute Teacher Mike Ribble, a digital citizenship expert, shares five important things every educator should know about digital citizenship. Today’s show is sponsored by NetRef.

How to Teach AI in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Michelle Zimmerman, author of Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning , talks about Artificial Intelligence and what we should be teaching kids in our classrooms today.

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Beware of Time-Wasting Low Level Technology Learning

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Tom Murray reflects on his first 1:1 program seventeen years ago with Palm Pilots. He’s concerned that we often celebrate low-level learning.

15 Ways to Get More Motivated This Week

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Roberts on episode 461 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast If you’re struggling and need some encouragement, today’s show is for you. Mike Roberts, author of Chasing Greatness: 26.2 Ways Teaching is Like Running a Marathon , shares fifteen ways to get motivated this week.

5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology [Free Webinar]

The CoolCatTeacher

Teachers can progress in their use of technology. Even though we’re busy. Even though we’ve got so much to do. We can do it. In this webinar, I’ll be sharing how to help teachers “innovate like a turtle.” This practical, simple way to improve is my personal secret to success.

BETT 2019 in review: The future of education is now!

Neo LMS

It’s hard to imagine what the future of education will be like when you’re already surrounded by it. That was the general feeling I had while attending BETT just last week. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in thinking this way, among other almost 35,000 attendees.

Teacher PD training: Should self-care be part of it?

Neo LMS

Like therapists, nurses, doctors and priests, teachers fall into a special category of professionals whose work is to help others.

Remembering Ned Kirsch

Digital Promise

We are devastated to share the news that our dear friend Ned Kirsch, superintendent of Franklin West Supervisory Union, has passed away suddenly.

Meeting the needs of introverted students with e-learning

Neo LMS

Introversion can be easily misunderstood, especially in social settings that favor the extrovert ideal. Schools are a great example of such a setting, with group papers, oral presentations and participation points being the norm.