Interactive Exercises from @SnapLearning to Practice Close Reading


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!

A Simple Exercise to Strengthen Emotional Intelligence in Teams


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. By Gayle Allen.

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Starter Exercises for Interactive Storytelling


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.

[PL Summit Series] Strengthen Your Core Four: Videos and Exercises from Middletown, NY

Education Elements

For anyone who attended the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit this May, you had a chance to attend a workshop focusing on the Core Four. While districts across the country are using the Core Four of personalized learning to focus instructional habits as they make the shift to personalized learning, some of them are doing it with a bit more fidelity and spirit than others. So we wanted to share with you some of the passion that went into the Core Four session at the Summit.

Good News for Teachers: Exercise Builds Brain Power, Too


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. Photo credit: Tony Alter via flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Exercising with Anker’s Wireless Soundbuds


I still haven’t upgraded my phone since the company made this change, in part for these reasons, but I have since found a pair of affordable, wireless headphones I can recommend for users of any phone, particularly for use while exercising.

Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day


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

Exclusive Interview: Author Teresa Ann Power and The ABCs of Yoga For Kids Around the World

Fractus Learning

Books Educators Parents Preschool Toys and Play exercise interview mindfulness yogaThe following is an exclusive interview with Teresa Anne Power, internationally acclaimed children’s yoga expert and bestselling author, yogi, and advocate for the health benefits of yoga for children.

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.

Ten Things to Do Instead of Checking Email


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?

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


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.

Working memory exercises for students of all ages


A Johns Hopkins study into working memory has demonstrated that groups of college students who engage in regular working memory exercises show 30% better retention in working memory than those who engage in the exercises only once, or not at all. Working memory exercises for students.

Why Self-Publishing May Be the Best Writing Lesson Ever


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 […].

John Hopkins: This Brain Exercise Improves Working Memory

Fractus Learning

Do you wish you had an easier time remembering facts and figures you just learned? Do you have trouble recalling the name of the colleague you were just introduced to? If you are like most people, […]. Educators Parents Resources

A Look Back: Here’s A Reflection Exercise I Did With My Student Teacher

Larry Ferlazzo

I thought readers might be interested in a reflection exercise I did with one of my student teachers this year (I have two). Over the next few days, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing projects.

The Go-To Tablet Activity Starter Kit


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 […].

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.

Integrating Mindfulness in Your Classroom Curriculum


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

Go Noodle is such a fun tech tool!


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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.

Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter


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

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 more. infographic

Teaching Good Study Habits, Minute by Minute


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)

10 Great Chrome Apps for Math Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

These are are meant to help kids develop math skills through a wide variety of exercises, activities, games, more. July 23, 2017 Below are 10 good Chrome extensions to use in your math classes. Repost

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 fitness

Unleashing the Power of Positivity in Your School


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.

Strengthening Executive Function Development for Students With ADD


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


Book Reviews Engagement collaboration Corwin engagement exercise facilitator feedback Mary Langer Thompson physical movement Ron NashLearning needs to become active and stay that way.

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. iPad drawing apps

6 Ways Teachers Can Stay Inspired This Year


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.

How to Create a Student Storytelling Club


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.

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 more. Edshelf tools

Zientia: Changing the Way We Learn with Augmented Reality

Two Guys and Some iPads

Students can make exercises and they can be automatically corrected. It also comes with engaging exercises to study and assess learning. Zientia is out to change the way we learn using interactive augmented reality applications.

The Teenage Brain: Stress, Coping, and Natural Highs


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)

Introducing: The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast

Ditch That Textbook

I’ve listened to hours of them while driving, exercising or cutting the grass. I love listening to podcasts. They’re kind like personalized radio. I can pick shows that I like and listen to them whenever I want.

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.

How to Design a School That Prioritizes Kindness and Caring


Whether through classes on social-emotional learning , mindfulness exercises or reminders about the virtues of gratitude, thousands of students are exposed to messages that deplore cheating and bullying and celebrate kindness and consideration.

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

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

They provide exercises, 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

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? A best selling neurologist shares how the brain really works From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.