Reflections on an Interest Mapping Exercise

ProfHacker

According to Rockefeller Foundation’s useful guidebook “Gather: The Art and Science of Effective Convening” , you can design a more effective convening of people if you conduct some kind of “asset mapping” exercise at the beginning of the event. Student Engagement.

Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

Edutopia

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.

How Flexible Seating Can Transform the Classroom and Improve Student Engagement

MIND Research Institute

In traditional classrooms, students sit at desks or tables, often assigned to them. They may have limited opportunities to move around the room before an official break, but for the most part students stay at their desk or table spot. What is Flexible Seating or Alternative Seating?

A Siri for Higher Ed Aims to Boost Student Engagement

Edsurge

When third-year students in strategy classes at BI Norwegian Business School have a question about their assignments next semester, odds are a robot will provide their answer. A chatbot—a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation—will respond to routine student inquiries and prompt students to complete assignments, mimicking some of the tasks of a teaching assistant. Students have a lot of the same questions over and over again.

3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

Wisewire

Where do students spend their time outside of school? Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? Ask students to write a story or opinion about what they see.

A Teacher’s Insight and a Suite of Apps Revitalized Geography—Boosting Student Engagement and Collaboration

Edsurge

Students didn’t like the traditional textbook-and-worksheet-centric course, and their teachers and district staff were concerned that a lack of engagement was translating into lower grades at Canada’s Ottawa Catholic School Board’s (OCSB) high schools. The Board wanted to help teachers better engage students; to do this effectively, it needed clearer insight into teacher needs. The finished product was a highly personalized and engaging project-based course.

How to Engage Your Students With the 12-Minute Rule and Quizzes They’re Meant to Fail

Edsurge

So are most of the students taking the cultural competency quiz Professor John Branch gives out near the beginning of his MBA-level International Marketing class at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. The average student gets just two of the ten questions right.

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3 Tips to Incorporate Social-Emotional Learning Into Everyday Literacy Instruction

Edsurge

Whether students are reading literature about a character’s challenging journey, or learning to persevere through a difficult word problem, resilience is always relevant to a student’s—and teacher’s—journey. By teaching skills ranging from self-management to responsible decision-making , educators can instill in students the positive mindsets, resilience, and grit they need to succeed in school and in life. Kid President is a perennial favorite of teachers and students alike.

How to Create a Student Storytelling Club

MiddleWeb

In Story by Story she explains in detail how to develop students'' storytelling skills and how to gain support for storyteller festivals. Reviewer Kevin Cordi especially values her reports of student engagement. Karen Chace knows storytelling can build literacy as well as joy.

From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort Is Reimagining Learning

Edsurge

They entered the program with a real desire to focus deeply on what it meant to have a more effective personalized learning experience in math—including everything from curriculum design and the use of technology to the roles of teachers and students in the classroom and the adoption of “passion projects.” And a lot of their focus was on making sure that they listened to their students, teachers, families and their community in an authentic way.

Fostering Powerful Use of Technology Through Instructional Coaching

Digital Promise

While in some cases, technology is used in powerful ways to support students in developing critical thinking and collaboration skills, and to develop a sense of agency, in other situations it is used in things like drill and practice exercises, test prep, and reading online content.

Learning By Doing: Using the Arts to Enhance Reading and Stop Bullying

Reading By Example

At each mention of bullying, students folded their paper hearts until there was nothing left but a tiny, crumpled paper ball in their hands. At the end of the exercise they were asked to uncrumple the paper hearts and smooth them back out, but the evidence was clear: the damage remained.

10 Ways to Improve Metacognition in Students

EdSense

Transformative pedagogies, encourage students to be an equal and active participant in their learning. Students are expected to consciously understand their learning, the thought processes intertwined with it, while questioning, exploring, and discovering new realms of learning.

From Teacher to Student and Back Again

Digital Promise

In each of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools , educator professional development is a major component on the journey to enhance student learning and engagement. Group professional development is a great way to model learning and put teachers back in the role of student.

YouTube Genre Mash-Up Lesson

EdTechTeam

Looking for a 1-hour lesson that can be used in any subject area, engages students in meaningful conversation about course topics and gives students an opportunity to develop collaboration and creativity skills? Put students into groups and 2.

Providing Accessible Math Tasks for All Students

edWeb.net

Math can be made accessible to all students using lessons that start at a low level and finish at a much higher level. Teachers can provide different kinds of math tasks on a monthly, weekly and daily basis for varied levels of challenges for their students, including those who struggle.

KidzType: Free & Fun Online Typing Tutorial

Indiana Jen

As a result, parents, students, and teachers are often looking for resources to help students learn touch typing. Students are presented a variety of typing lessons to help familiarize them with the fundamentals of keyboarding. Students then move on to upper and lower rows.

KidzType: Free & Fun Online Typing Tutorial

Indiana Jen

As a result, parents, students, and teachers are often looking for resources to help students learn touch typing. Students are presented a variety of typing lessons to help familiarize them with the fundamentals of keyboarding. Students then move on to upper and lower rows.

These are “accessible” math tasks for all students

eSchool News

Math can be made accessible to all students using lessons that start at a low level and finish at a much higher level. Teachers can provide different kinds of math tasks on a monthly, weekly and daily basis for varied levels of challenges for their students, including those who struggle.

10 Strategies to Strengthen Instruction and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In his meta-analysis of over 300 research studies, John Hattie found that direct instruction has above average gains when it comes to student results, specifically an effect size of 0.59. To me, instruction is what the adult does whereas learning is what the student does.

The Pivotal Role Movement Plays in Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Then there is the practicality of being able to work with both administrators and teachers at the ground level to improve pedagogy and, in turn, student outcomes. The teacher had the students engaged in a closure activity to demonstrate an understanding of multiplication concepts in math.

Learning.com Joins Google for Education Technology Partner Program

techlearning

EasyTech helps students develop technology and higher order thinking skills through direct instruction, practice and a variety of application opportunities. school districts and serves more than 4 million students each year.

Preventing the Math Summer Slide

Digital Promise

An early stage education technology company, Cignition, is attempting to break that trend through a summer program that keeps students engaged in mathematics through their online virtual world Fog Stone Isle. According to a newsletter from the Harvard Graduate School of Education [2], on average, students lose 2.6 Maker projects can be simple and engaging for kids to do at home, which enhance design-thinking and persistence skills.

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Generation Z’s Are Starting College, But Are Universities Ready For Them?

EdNews Daily

What’s important for higher education to understand, however, is that current students use these digital platforms in more innovative ways than stereotypes would suggest. Today’s students understand the value of applicable, on-the-job training versus passive, theoretical coursework.

Generation Z Is Starting College, But Are Universities Ready For Them?

EdNews Daily

What’s important for higher education to understand, however, is that current students use these digital platforms in more innovative ways than stereotypes would suggest. Today’s students understand the value of applicable, on-the-job training versus passive, theoretical coursework.

Wallingford Public Schools aims high using design thinking in the classroom

Nureva

At Wallingford Public Schools in Connecticut, design thinking helps educators create authentic learning experiences and achieve the ambitious goals they set for student and community engagement. The Wallingford 100 Program is a set of guiding principles that raises the bar for the district’s 12 schools, aiming for 100% in three key areas: community involvement, student engagement and student success in school and beyond.

What YouTube and Hollywood Divas Can Teach You About Active Learning

Edsurge

A tattoo writing exercise. By swapping a sage on the stage model in favor of a guide on the side approach in the classroom, these professors are helping students engage in their learning journey actively and responsibly—finding aha! YouTube videos for extra credit.

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Less Tech, More Talk: Moving To A Discussion-Based Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

And though I may not fall into the “neo-luddite” category, I don’t believe that new technology is the answer to keeping students engaged in their education. Of course therein lies the real question: how do you get students to love learning?

3 New Year's resolutions educators should consider

Kairos EdTech

It’s incorporating technology in your teaching practice to boost student engagement and motivation. When you blog, not only are you exercising self-reflection, but you’re also benefiting the learning community by sharing what you’ve done, what worked and what didn’t work.

8 Ways to Help Older Kids Develop a Sense of Imagination

MindShift

Imagination might be vital to a clear mind, but it’s not something that’s widely taught or understood, especially among older students. ” Researcher Wendy Ostroff , author of Cultivating Curiosity in K-12 Classrooms , is a student of imagination and curiosity.

How Writing Down Specific Goals Can Empower Struggling Students

MindShift

One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be decisive for students. ” Peterson wondered whether writing could be shown to affect student motivation. In it, students complete a set of writing exercises that combine expressive writing with goal-setting.

OPINION: Kicking civics out of class and taking it to the streets

The Hechinger Report

School systems are failing their students with outdated and inconsequential civics education that is only focused on facts and memorization. Today, students have a lot more on their minds than memorizing the three branches of the U.S. Students need to understand their local communities.

Reformatting college: presidents put campus standards up for negotiation

Bryan Alexander

Putting college sports on the spot is risky, given the passionate investment in them held by certain elements of alumni, some current students, some marketing/development professionals, and some donors. Students and families are anxious about debt and employment prospects.

How teachers can go blended (when they’re the only one)

The Christensen Institute

In going blended, many teachers aim to serve students better according to the original definition of performance embraced by their schools. Though students do not have consistent access to digital technology at the school, Machumele realized that nearly all students have access to mobile applications on their smartphones. Students complete gamified learning exercises on Siyavula’s Everything Maths at home.

Multiple Choice

Digital Promise

One of the key elements of the curriculum-design approach known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is student engagement — creating opportunities for students to become engaged and stay motivated, to believe that what they’re learning is important, and to feel capable in their learning. Fostering engagement — knowing your students, knowing how to make the material sing to them — is where the art of teaching is on full display, says author Katie Novak in UDL Now! ,

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New study shows variety in teachers’ influences on kids’ futures, and how poorly we measure that

The Hechinger Report

On the first day of school, Taylor Delhagen directs his ninth-grade students to write “tweets” about Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson based on different depictions of events he posted around the room. Students could be happy because their teacher lets them play video games all day.

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Why Flipped Classrooms Fail

Turn to Your Neighbor

” About flipped learning with videos, “I tried it but my students didn’t watch the videos.” ” And even about the student engagement all-star, project-based learning: “I gave it a shot but my students perform better when I lecture.”

A further 4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement

Neo LMS

Online learning is a terrific way to create stimulating learning environments for students. However, for a number of reasons some students do not adapt easily to learning online. A further 4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement.

A little-known program has lifted 9th grade performance in virtually every type of school

The Hechinger Report

Louis Park High School, just outside of Minneapolis, take time out of their social studies class for a team-building exercise that is part of the school’s Building Assets, Reducing Risks program. The BARR mantra – “Same Students. But these students are hard to reach. “If

Get in the Game(ification) With Five Games

CUE

This year at the CUE 2017 National Conference there were a lot of sessions on the topic of gamification, a strategy for increasing student engagement by applying game design principles to a classroom setting. We do not always have to make students compete against each other.