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Icebreakers that Rock. Tips for Using Breakout EDU - Google Slides. Open Space Technology: Decision by Inclusion. The first time I heard of Open Space Technology was in 2013 at the initial meeting of the Teacher Resistance and Action Network, a group of teachers and education practitioners who had gathered under the guidance of Dr.

Open Space Technology: Decision by Inclusion

Thomas Poetter of Miami University to discuss how to teach responsibly in the age of high-stakes testing. My friend and mentor, Kevin Lydy, had invited me to attend what was billed as a non-conference. It was a life-changing experience, not only because of the great conversations that I had with fellow educators, but also because I learned about a technique that I'd never heard of before: Open Space Technology. Some Edutopia readers may be familiar with Edcamps, which are, in fact, based on (and utilize) OST. Edcamps, however, are geared toward collaborating across schools and districts, while this post will focus on using OST within a school (or even your own classroom) to realize similar benefits. How OST Works One of the keys in utilizing OST is the opening session. Memory Hacks. Sensory Break Ideas for Kids.

Sensory Break Ideas for Kids. 10 Crossing Midline Exercises For Kids - Golden Reflections Blog. Waking the Brain with Morning Stretches. You might remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about my take away from the Kagan training that I attended and how I was planning to Refocus Our Classroom.

Waking the Brain with Morning Stretches

One of the big ideas that I touched on was waking up the brain through big muscle movement. So this month for the Bright Ideas link up I am sharing how it is going. The short version is that it is amazing! The long version isn't all that long, so I will share it with you. Each morning, after our class meeting, we do a series of stretches. To perform this stretch you simply start by reaching your right hand across the midline of your body as far left as you can while simultaneously stepping your right foot back. Then you repeat with the left side and say, "Cookies!

" Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn. When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand.

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn

Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. “We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform,” said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. Consider this word problem: Two hippos and two alligators are at the zoo. 5 Tips for keeping kids active throughout the day. It doesn’t take many weeks into the school year before you start noticing a change in your students.

5 Tips for keeping kids active throughout the day

Gone is the excitement generated at the beginning of the school year when learning is fresh. Now, students are struggling to stay on task. To boost engagement, give your learners ways to stay active throughout the day. According to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, being more physically active offers many benefits to classroom children. Not only does it increase physical activity levels, but it also has the potential to improve on-task behavior and academic performance. Energizing Brain Breaks: Energizing Brain Break Crab. Energizing Brain Breaks: Toe Tapping Energizing Brain Break. Toe Tapping 1.

Energizing Brain Breaks: Toe Tapping Energizing Brain Break

Stand Up.2. Face your partner.3. Both you and your partner put out your right leg and tap your right feet together 1 time and say "1" out loud.4. 20 Three-Minute Brain Breaks. Wednesday's guest post about why kids need to move from pediatric occupational therapist Loren Shlaes was so popular that I decided to follow it up with a list of Brain Breaks you can use with your students.

20 Three-Minute Brain Breaks

These are great to use anytime your students are feeling restless and are struggling to pay attention. Most of these will only take a few minutes, and then you can get back to the lesson with your students ready to focus on the lesson at hand.5-4-3-2-1. In this simple game, students stand up and the teacher (or leader) has them do five different movements in descending order. For example the teacher would say: "Do fivejumping jacks, spin around four times, hop on one foot threetimes, walk all the way around the classroom two times, give your neighbor one high-five (pausing in between each task for students to do it).Trading Places Have students stand behind their pushed-in chairs.

Please note that I did not come up with all of these out of my own head. Icebreakers that Rock. We’re coming up fast on the beginning of another school year.

Icebreakers that Rock

That means a new batch of students to get to know, students who need to be made comfortable in your classroom, and who need to get to know each other. It’s essential to start building relationships with your students right from the start. And how to accomplish this? Icebreakers. I planned to create a nice big post with dozens of icebreaker ideas you could choose from. 16 Teacher Hacks for Making Data Collection a Piece of Cake. This blog is sponsored by Apperson, a company dedicated to making assessment easier for educators.

16 Teacher Hacks for Making Data Collection a Piece of Cake

Click here to learn more about our special, end-of-the-school-year offer, 25% off of your first order for first time customers. Collecting data is not necessarily every teacher’s cup of tea, but in today’s teaching climate, it’s definitely a necessity. Creative Commons. The Best Classroom Cleaning Hacks. A hack a day – for teachers by teachers. What are your favorite teacher-hacks? : Teachers. My Top 5 Organizational Hacks for Teaching High School. I'm not a naturally organized person.

My Top 5 Organizational Hacks for Teaching High School

In July before my first year of teaching, I remember being at the office supply store in the file/tray/organizer aisle, picking up a single black tray and thinking, "Hmm ... this should do it. " Needless to say my first year was a mess both literally and figuratively. Like a lot of things in teaching, I learned how to be organized by trial and error. 10 of Our Favorite Classroom Organization Hacks for Teachers. We’ve always believed that the way our classrooms look and feel is a reflection of our personalities and teaching styles.

10 of Our Favorite Classroom Organization Hacks for Teachers

Teacher HACKS: Innovative Teaching Tips And Strategies. Teachers these days have a tough job (was it ever easy??). So we reached out to dozens of teachers and asked them for their favorite “hacks” that help make their lives easier and their jobs more manageable. So what’s a hack? A hack is an actionable tip or suggestion that doesn’t fit the norm for time and resource management skills. What we’ve put together is a list of our favorite hacks that can instantly breathe new life into old routines that haven’t gotten the attention they might deserve. 17 Insanely Clever Hacks For Teachers, By Teachers.

29 Clever Organization Hacks For Elementary School Teachers. 1000+ ideas about Classroom Hacks on Pinterest. 37 Insanely Smart School Teacher Hacks. 7 Ways to Hack Your Classroom to Include Student Choice. For a long time, when educators discussed differentiating instruction and meeting students’ individual needs, they did so through the framework of Learning Styles. However, in the last few years the idea of student achievement being impacted by lessons taught to their particular learning style has been debunked. No scientific, educational research has proven the validity of teaching for student learning styles; in fact, this blog post collected 10 statements from educational researchers that actually disprove the use of such approaches.

We covered the same topic in The Myth of Learning Styles, where we made the point that, “Instructors should not just take into consideration a learner’s style, but also their background and interests.” This suggestion is based in solid research, which documents the positive relationship between student interest and academic success. Teachers do a lot to maintain student interest. Image via Flickr by US Department of Education In Short.

Hack the Classroom Registration - Microsoft Education. Register Now Online live event Saturday, September 24, 2016 8:00 AM-10:00 AM PST As the world changes and is moving more rapidly, it can feel overwhelming to know what and how to incorporate new technology into your classroom. How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond. Long before Amy Poehler became famous for her comic roles as Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live,” and as indefatigable bureaucrat Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation,” she was a college freshman looking for something to do outside class. During her first week on campus, she auditioned for the school’s improvisational theater group, “My Mother’s Fleabag,” and discovered a passion.

“Everyone was getting to act and be funny and write and direct and edit all at the same time,” she writes in her memoir, Yes, Please. “My college life sort of exploded in happiness,” she adds. Arts integration and steam toolkit. Brain breaks. Grab Your Free e-Booklet: 20 Ways to Cut Your Grading Time in Half. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Breakout EDU. 20 Ways to Keep Your Students' Attention - Minds in Bloom.

If you struggle with making anchor charts, then this post from Sara at Inclusive Insights is for you! ... See MoreSee Less Photo End of the Year Reflection Questions ... See MoreSee Less Video Today a district in my area had a "garage sale" for materials they no longer needed. Help Your Students Focus With These Brain Breaks. The closer to the holiday break we get, the harder it is for our students to focus; they’re either falling asleep or climbing the walls! Brain Breaks Educational Videos. Notpron by David Münnich - The Hardest Riddle Available on the Internet. How to Expertly Organize Your Classroom With Google Sites. Comic Master. Digital Storytelling on Blendspace. Exploratorium: the museum of science. List of Science Fair Project Ideas. Step-by-Step Guide to Science Experiments. Timeline JS - Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use. Room Escape Maker - Create Escape The Room Games For Free. Basic information ROOM ESCAPE MAKER is a free online application to create Escape The Room games. Build challenging casual point and click games with puzzles, hidden objects, safes with combination locks, and much more.

YOU are game designer. Let’s Play! 20+ Sites for Young Learners. Part of the Cool Sites series Sometimes, the teachers of young learners get a bad reputation for playing all day in their classes. Inspiring Teaching Ideas on Pinterest. 10 Best Tools for Teachers and Students to Use in 2014. All teachers have a goal to establish clear, friendly, but authoritative communication with students and their parents. Parent meetings are not the most relaxed environment for the teachers to share their expectations and plans, which is why many educators have started using online tools to make this process easier. The Best Of Classroom Tips, Hacks And Resources. Classroom Hacks: The Rubber Band Control Valve and the Duct Tape Anti-Clicker.

Hack the Classroom Registration - Microsoft Education. Teacher HACKS: Innovative Teaching Tips and Strategies. Classroom Management Hacks. The hardest part of teaching is the thing they don’t cover in teachers’ education programs – classroom management! Classroom Hacks for Teaching in the Trenches. Resources >> Browse Articles >> Curriculum & Instruction. 29 Clever Organization Hacks For Elementary School Teachers. 37 Insanely Smart School Teacher Hacks. Intermittent fasting - Bing.