How to Get Your Students Out of the Box

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How can you get your students out of the box when you educate them in a box? Check out a revolutionary way to educate with arts, ag, and nature by digging into Chattahoochee Hills Charter School outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Listen to Hear Ideas You Need to Know Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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How to streamline assessment and spend less time grading

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I’ve always thought it would be really cool to get a group of master teachers together to hash out some of their toughest challenges and share what’s working. One of the issues I’m most passionate about is making teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable, so I’ve gathered a group of educators to create a Productivity Roundtable. These are teachers who have completed the full year of the club and are now in year two or three of taking those results to the next level.

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How to Empower Girls Through Art, Activism and Female Friendship

Edsurge

“She goes to school, feels uncertain about who she is, tryin’ to hide behind the curtain so she lashes out, out of fear of bein’ known, inside and out.” These vulnerable lines open the music video “ Jagged ,” an award-winning film written, directed and starred in by elementary school students at Rocketship schools in California. Academic and social-emotional success through QueenHype Program The call to empower I learned the value of education early on.

PROOF POINTS: Survey reveals stark rich-poor divide in how U.S. children were taught remotely during the spring school closures

The Hechinger Report

As the coronavirus pandemic spread through the country, a common (socially distanced) conversation among friends and families compared how many hours of remote learning kids were getting. The number of hours your kids got varied wildly depending on where you happen to live. But the amount of time was not the only difference, according to a recent survey: the type of instruction students received also diverged dramatically.

OPINION: Can Zoom classes keep students excited and engaged? We have found some ways

The Hechinger Report

NEW YORK — When planning an election-year trip to the Southwest border for our undergraduate political reporting class last spring, we imagined reprising an award-winning reporting journey we took to a rural swing district in Maine during the 2018 midterms.

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Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

It’s simple (and free) to get started, just create a grid and add a topic to spark some discussion. The free version of Flipgrid lets you create one grid (this is your classroom or community), unlimited student videos (up to 90seconds), simple individual student feedback, and private video sharing with families. Embed YouTube or Vimeo videos, upload images for your students to discuss, feature a file or a weblink. How do you use Flipgrid in your classroom?

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

TeachThought - Learn better.

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be more important is their ability to ask their own great questions–and more critically, their willingness to do so. ” 8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions. It’s designed to promote “whole” thinking about otherwise discrete or disconnected ideas.

3 things teachers focus on in high poverty classrooms that get real results

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Today I’ve invited two current teachers onto my Truth for Teachers podcast to talk about what they’re doing with their students. This is something that I hope to do on the show more often because it’s just another angle of expertise that I think is important for you to hear as a teacher, rather than just hearing from “experts” like myself and others who aren’t currently doing school-based work. You’ll be able to listen to both segments below. .

The Power of Positive Climate and Culture

EdTechTeam

As a coach assisting teachers with technology integration and personalized learning, I notice patterns arising from teacher to teacher. One pattern that I have noticed is that a teacher, no matter how strong they are, hits a wall when it comes to progressing to the next level.

Why a High-Achieving District Keeps Tinkering With a School Model That Already Works

Edsurge

During the last few years, we’ve been recognized for outstanding performance in everything from academics to the arts to our athletics program. Four of our seven elementary schools are ranked in the top 20 schools in Pennsylvania, and our high school forensics team is recognized as one of the best teams in the nation. If the district’s goal was to be high achieving, then what was the point of tinkering with a formula that was working?

Is strength-based learning a “magic bullet?”

The Hechinger Report

Audrianna Lesieur, age 11, smiles after demonstrating the strength of “Confidence” with encouragement from classmate William Maestas as her teacher Val Seamons moves on to assist Billy Sabo at Lake Canyon Elementary School. With that, she ably defended her original choice, and Seamons bustled down the table to the next student. Terms like “Caring” and “Competing,” as well as “Confidence,” are very familiar to students at Lake Canyon Elementary School.

The Seeds of Innovation

A Principal's Reflections

A few weeks ago, I made a commitment to visit schools that are using social media, smartphones, texting, and other digital technologies, as a vital part of daily classroom instruction. The only criterion that I had was the school had to be entrenched in their use of the above-mentioned technologies. Not enough schools are truly integrating technology into instruction, as well as encouraging students to bring their own technology to school.

7 Steps to Stronger Student Collaborators in Your Classroom

EdTechTeam

Everybody wants to collaborate: songwriters, businesses, school districts, teachers, and now students. According to P21.org , “The ability to work in teams is one of the most sought-after skills among new hires, yet research suggests that students may not be graduating with the level of skills needed to succeed on the job.”. After a while, I started to wonder whether all the work to set up collaboration was really that important. How Can We Fail Forward?

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

It is back to school time 2020 for many of us in the United States and beyond. For educators that may mean working with students in a face to face, elearning, or a blended environment. How do I facilitate PBL in blended learning environment?”. Welcome to the Future!

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The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

Public and private sectors both shape how students are prepared for future jobs and career opportunities. In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. Formed in December 2016 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MESE) and the.

The importance of difficult conversations in U.S. classrooms: Teaching about the migrant crisis

The Hechinger Report

Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham compared them to “summer camps.”. The left and the right are wildly divided on how to think about the separation of children from parents in the current migrant crisis at America’s southern border. There are ways to do better. Jennifer Rich.

California voters poised to gut English-only instruction law

The Hechinger Report

Derrick Fields, 9, works on his assignment during a Spanish-language history lesson at Sherman Elementary School in San Diego, California. A non-partisan voter poll released on Friday found that 68 percent of California voters plan to vote yes on that state’s Proposition 58, known as the Multilingual Education Act. Last spring, Derrick Fields, 9, sat in his social studies classroom at Sherman Elementary School, learning about the creation of the telegraph.

Distinctly Equitable: How This Chicago School Makes Competency-Based Learning Work

Edsurge

Does competency-based education hold the key to providing an equitable learning opportunity to every student? Allowing students to move on when they’re ready—or revisit something when they need support—is giving everyone a fair chance at being successful.”. In this model, students learn at their level and move on to concepts when they have demonstrated mastery. We realized we needed to move from having students as passive learners to active drivers of their learning.

Nearly all the seniors at this charter school went to college. Only 6 out of 52 finished on time

The Hechinger Report

Rinata Williams was an “extraordinary” student, who always wanted to go to college. She watched from the backseat in August 2012 as the city gave way to the causeway, miles and miles of concrete bridge she hoped would ferry her to the future she’d been promised. Before Hurricane Katrina, just half of New Orleans public school students earned a high school diploma , and few went on to succeed at a university. Williams listened to a few lines, then began to sing.

Bilingual battle brewing in California…again

The Hechinger Report

Derrick Fields, 9, works on his assignment during a Spanish-language history lesson at Sherman Elementary School in San Diego, California. Last spring, Derrick Fields, 9, sat in his social studies classroom at Sherman Elementary School, learning about the creation of the telegraph. The machine was invented so that “someone can connect to someone who is far away,” he said. But his parents wanted him to try the dual language program and he likes it “fine.”

The Internet Can Be a Force for Good. Here’s How.

Edsurge

What does it mean to be a good citizen? You can use the internet to donate to charity, stay informed about current events and keep in touch with old friends. The flip side is that you can also use it to harass, bully and intimidate others—to mislead them and misrepresent yourself. All of this amounts to what is essentially a new frontier in society, and it’s often called “digital citizenship.” I was trying to catch up. It needs to be an action.

Week of January 9, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. hope you''ll stay to share your thoughts. Participants will learn how to use Audacity, to record, import and edit sound including filtering and export a sound file in different formats for classroom and web use. Simple sound effects through to complex soundscapes can be created using audacity.

Week of April 11, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. EFACILITATE: HOW DO YOU TEACH OTHERS TO EFACILITATE? There are quite a number of ways in which you can learn to be an online facilitator. How did you learn? What would you share with teachers who are new to the role of e-facilitator? How would you support Let''s explore the strategies, best practice and courses available for learning about efacilitation.

Week of March 6, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. LEARN TO BE AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ( Host Your Own Webinar Series ) Sun 6 Mar 07:00PM New York / Mon 7 Mar 12:00AM GMT / Mon 7 Mar 11:00AM Sydney Maria Droujkova. Learn To Be offers free tutoring online to economically disadvantaged students. Find out how Challenge Based Learning was used with Primary and Middle Years students, by someone who has actually taught it.

Week of February 27, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. Our first dream is to develop a virtual body/atlas with which you could explore, research with and share the results. A way to do science online and remove the ethical, financial and other constraints and just get back to researching ideas, gathering results and sharing them. More information about Learn To Be is available at [link] [link

Week of November 8, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. Do you often feel overwhelmed with all of the new tools and feel you don''t have time to keep up with everything? No homework, no assignments, no cost—just an hour online, once a month to listen, share and discuss technology tools for your classroom, websites and more. We look forward to an exciting and interesting conversation!