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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Resources to Learn More.

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How to Host a Student Media Festival

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Lawrence, a current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival. Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22. It’s up to them.

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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. The courses are all online and self-paced.

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Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Three components to help teach vocabulary. How modeling vocabulary acquisition is important.

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Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Discussing current theories supporting effective math teaching, Kyle helps us understand how to improve math understanding with kids who struggle. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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6 ways to improve PD in STEM for every grade level

eSchool News

Yet, at the elementary school level, many teachers haven’t had any specialized education or training in science, leaving them at a loss for PD in STEM. AMP-STEM has three components: Summer Institutes, STEM Certification Courses, and STEM Writer Academies.

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Be Internet Awesome: Tools to teach online safety

iLearn Technology

What it is: Be Internet Awesome is a fantastic new way to help your students make the most of the Internet by being prepared to make wise decisions as they navigate and interact online. Don’t Fall for Fake- teaching students how to discern real from fake online.

How to make Cleveland ‘great again’

The Hechinger Report

CLEVELAND— Cleveland Metropolitan School District has a countdown clock to Election Day on its website. When city residents head to the polls that day, they’ll be doing more than picking a president. Officials gave themselves till 2016 to show progress.

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). A secondary goal has been facilitating a transition from blended instruction to blended learning.

Swift Playground: Apple’s free app that teaches kids to code!

iLearn Technology

What it is: Swift Playground is an awesome new app from Apple that teaches kids how to code in Swift. This free app for iPads uses games to teach kids Apple’s coding language used to create apps. Students can even post videos of their creation for others to see!

Mathigon: engage, play, and explore math

iLearn Technology

What it is: Today I was working on our inquiry block framework for the 2017/2018 school year and, as often happens with inquiry, fell down a wonderful rabbit hole that led me to this site. How to integrate Mathigon into your classroom: There are several ways to use Mathigon.

How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations.

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How We Got to Now: a student created mini museum

iLearn Technology

In November, I wrote a post about the book/PBS documentary series “How We Got to Now” by Steven Johnson. It reminds us just how interconnected the world is and that innovation doesn’t happen in isolation, but as a result of connection.

StackUp: track self-directed learning online

iLearn Technology

Nick Garvin , the founder of StackUp , was fresh out of school and wanted to apply for a job at Tesla Motors. His traditional resume failed to document the thousands of hours that he spent online in self-taught learning about the automotive industry.

Prodigy: Virtual world of math

iLearn Technology

What it is: Prodigy is a fantastic way to differentiate math in your classroom. In the virtual world, students are wizards who learn magic and spells to defeat over 100 monsters. To learn a new spell or add powers (or adopt pets), students must complete different math challenges.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. The idea is that when people are allowed to work on things they care about, their motivation for the job as a whole will increase. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations. How often to hold Genius Hour.

Wainhouse Research Presents New Findings on LRM

Fidelis Education

Ending the Expectation of Average while Getting Back to Basics. Many educational technological tools have been designed to solve a specific functional requirement, whether meant to support institution, educator / learner, or classroom needs. Want to dive into the data?

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Wainhouse Research Presents New Findings on LRM

Fidelis Education

Ending the Expectation of Average while Getting Back to Basics. Many educational technological tools have been designed to solve a specific functional requirement, whether meant to support institution, educator / learner, or classroom needs. Want to dive into the data?

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Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

edWeb.net

Only 47% of secondary students surveyed reported being engaged, enthusiastic and committed to their learning. The entire school community needs to partner with students to build a culture of student engagement that will result in students learning to their potential.

4 fresh ideas for teaching digital citizenship sooner

eSchool News

So why do digital citizenship courses focus on middle school and above? Recently, I was reflecting on how we as parents and teachers account for all of our children when we are in public areas. Throughout my career, I’ve taught the use of technology to elementary students.

The Sound of Inclusion: Why Teachers’ Words Matter

Digital Promise

There isn’t just one way to sound like a scientist, or to sound like a scholar. No student (or teacher) leaves their language patterns at the door when they enter a classroom – even classes like math and science, where language is often seen as secondary. For the past decade, as professors who study the role of language and culture in education, we’ve been working to help educators understand these dynamics across all subject areas.

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OPINION: College or technical ed? Here’s why students need both

The Hechinger Report

. It’s a powerful advantage for young people: Career and technical education (CTE) prepares graduates with skills to enter the workforce directly after high school. million students participated in secondary-level CTE nationwide in 2016-17, and more than 61,000 of them were in Massachusetts.

What the Fidget is going on? Tales from a Traveling Substitute Teacher

EdNews Daily

What’s all the hype nowadays in elementary and secondary school classrooms? Action-based learning is a brain-based learning theory, which focuses on the structure and workings of the brain in regards to learning. Why think if you don’t have to?

Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out

The Hechinger Report

“It was really looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘Which four in 10 students don’t deserve to learn to read?'” People who struggle with reading are more likely to drop out of high school, to end up in the criminal justice system, and to live in poverty.

Fighting Teacher Stress

The Hechinger Report

I said, ‘OK, I’ll try it, but it’s not going to work,’ ” recalled Lopes, who teaches at the William D’Abate Elementary School. Stress is linked to many physical ailments, including migraines, asthma, and heart disease. I don’t want to leave teaching.

Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Dangerously Irrelevant

Used to live in Kigoma, Tanzania. to move to the U.S. Learned enough English to transition into regular classes in 8th grade, finished all high school coursework by 11th grade, now taking 5 AP classes as a senior. What would we like to see more of in the NW region?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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‘It’s OK to not be OK:’ How One High School Saved Lives with a 34-Question Survey

MindShift

In classrooms around the building, the school’s ninth-graders whizzed through an online mental health survey that would soon deliver real-time data to the group in the conference room. To hear that they weren’t fazed by that … was really refreshing.”. Our job is to help these kids.”.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

Networked Scholars – From K through 12 and to Higher Ed

Improving Education Environments

One of my teacher credential students asked me recently why our course, Teaching in the Age of EdTech , had focused on theoretical concepts through the first third of the course and seemed to ignore the more practical, toolkit uses of technology.

White Fragility in Teaching and Education: An Interview With Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Edsurge

Why are white women prone to crying when discussing this topic (and how can those tears silence women of color)? Why do some leaders feel uncomfortable and reluctant to get feedback on how their actions and behaviors are perceived? If these sound like familiar reactions—or how you respond yourself—to conversations around race, you’re not alone. To begin, can you give us a basic definition of what white fragility is? What would you say to them?

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Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

K-12 Schools - Education News

This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. Now, starting in second grade, students begin to learn how to type.

What I’m Reading: March 2019

Reading By Example

I read this aloud to my son. It was hard for him (us) to put it down. This book would definitely work as a read aloud for upper elementary and invite students to explore more books by Snyder. A staff member recommended this title to me not long ago.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

But in those early days, Fair had no idea how to handle her students with disabilities, whose educational challenges ranged from learning deficits to behavioral disturbance disorders. She was left to figure it out on the job.