Video Games Are Not the Enemy. Video games are continuing to grow as a mainstream form of entertainment.
Whether it’s tapping away on a smartphone or mashing the buttons on a controller, kids (…and adults) are increasingly turning to interactive entertainment over more passive activities like watching TV or movies. Along with this rise comes the recurring complaints about the negative impacts video games are having on our society: a lack of social skills, overexposure to violent and mature themes, addictive obsession, general lethargy. While these arguments certainly hold water in certain contexts, at their root they tend to blame video games for larger underlying issues. The fact of the matter is that video games are not the enemy.
In actuality, video games can be the catalyst for meaningful growth and relationship building. Games Can Build Skills Ever since I was a kid, games have played instrumental roles in my education. Most importantly, the process is fun! The Gamification Movement Games Can Form Bonds. An Apple For The Teacher: How to Make Your Word Wall More Effective. Word Walls can be used to improve literacy in all curriculum areas by helping students build vocabulary, improve spelling in written work, and explain ideas through oral communication.
When I first began teaching, I made the assumption that more is better when it came to my Word Wall. I put up EVERY word I could think of, but the students never used it. Then I tried the opposite approach (well, I didn't really try - I just kept forgetting to put words up). Again, not surprisingly, the students didn't use it! Personal Professional Learning Redefines Thinking, Teaching, and Learning. Guest post: Susan Zanti, M.Ed.
Secondary Instructional Coach, Loudoun County Public Schools, VA Education and the way we teach have changed. There is no doubt about it. Are teachers keeping pace with the changes? Is professional learning known historically as professional development (PD), meeting teachers’ needs? Learning Lab Education Radio: Student Centered Learning: Uncovering vs. Covering.
Please Call The Cops 'Cause You're Killing Your Students! - Edwords Blog. Cognitive Overload.
Unfortunately, we do that a lot. We often overwhelm students with information when we present it to them. What's worse, we teach them to do the same to others when they present. We are killing them. Well... More Than My Content. Blue Egg 3. I created this bulletin board last year based on one I had seen on Pinterest.
In my opinion, it was the BEST bulletin board I have ever had in my class! Why you ask? Where sharing mistakes is okay. in fact it's encouraged. Loving Literacy. The Underdog's Advocate – A school leadership guide to success in the modern classroom. Just One Principal's Thoughts. Laura Robb Reading & Writing Resources - Grades 4 to 8 - Author, teacher, coach, speaker. R.E.A.L. – Tara M Martin. Work in Progress. Rachelle Dene Poth. I have been teaching there for 18 years.
I am also the Spanish Club Sponsor, the Foreign Language Department Chair and a Member of the Technology Committee. Rick Jetter Educational Consultant. Taking Flight By Being Grounded. Beyond LiteracyLink. Dr. Mary Howard, Leading Expert in Literacy and Independent Reading Consultant - Reading Connections. Steele Thoughts. Reflections of an educational learner and leader. Teach Like a Pirate. Feed Your Brain Archives - Hack Learning. Focus 2 Achieve Info. Tech Talk. Todd Nesloney. Adam Welcome. Ditch That Textbook. Alex Corbitt. It's All about Leadership - About. Iteacher imother. Leading In Limbo - Leading In Limbo. HOME - Teacher Tech. Mathkaveli – Let Mathematics Tell You a Story. Learning and Leading. The Principal of Change – Stories of learning and leading.
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… Valerie Tilton Instructional Coach Columbia High School - HOME. JasperFoxSR.Com. Welcome - Empowering ELLs. Teaching Tidbits: Small Changes for the Final Stretch of the School Year. 10 Adobe Spark Classroom Ideas – iamclaudius.com. 3 Marketing Skills your teen isn’t being taught in school — Teenection.
I was really good at “doing school” when I was a kid.
I knew all the ins and outs of the academic world and was able to breeze through most of my coursework. I enjoyed the process of learning new things and pushed myself to understand concepts as deeply as possible. Looking back, there is little surprise that I became a teacher. Fast-forward to my early thirties when I found myself entering into the world of entrepreneurship as a writer. For all my successes in the academic sphere, nothing in that experience had prepared me for the world of business. In the 21st century, entrepreneurial skills are crucial to a successful future. New Land, New Opportunity - Inspiring English Language Learners - Linkis.com. Teaching with QR, AR, and VR - EdTechMason. Teaching with QR, AR, and VR Technology allows educators to transform teaching and learning by engaging and empowering students in ways previously inconceivable.
In recent years, software has been advancing exponentially allowing educators to facilitate and inspire creativity, collaboration, communication, and creativity skills. I know whenever I see advancements in technology, the first thing that crosses my mind is how can this be used in the education space. And educators are notorious for hijacking new technologies to improve student outcomes.
Three of those technologies include QR, AR, and VR. Quick Response (QR) Codes are similar to barcodes. Teachers can use QR Codes in station rotations. Augmented Reality (AR) uses the camera on a mobile device or tablet to add an augmented layer on top of the real layer visible on the device's screen. Real Talk Intervention.
What We Ask of Our Students and What We Do – The Principal of Change. Work in Progress. More Than A Lesson: Building Confidence. Project Based Learning. #bowtieboys - Joseph - Teaching for life skills, not test scores. I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien – The ESOL Mentor Teacher. Every time I read I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien, I discover something new I love about it.
First I want to talk about all of the things that the book can teach/remind adults about English Learners (ELs). They are going to go through culture shock when they first arrive in your classroom.Many could read and write in their first language and were thriving as students.Some Els are learning an entirely new alphabet system.ELs may not be talking, but their minds are full of thoughts, ideas, and dreams.They may feel isolated, lonely, sad, confused, and homesick.ELs learn social language first. Teaching in Spain: An Englishman and a Greek. English Language Learners - Elementary English Language Learners. Stories from the Field – ELLstudents. Going Beyond 'Turn & Talk': Academic Conversations for ELLs Posted by Sarah Ottow on A lot of my time as a coach supporting schools is spent observing teachers and providing targeted feedback to help boost language development for their English language learners (ELLs).
I also train and coach school leaders to more effectively evaluate teachers of ELLs. In both cases, educators often wonder why their ELLs' oral language isn't where they want it to be when they are using the infamous strategy of 'turn and talk'. We all know that student talk versus teacher talk is an important starting place for allowing students to practice language more. Newcomers at Grade Level and Beyond. I Am Claudius – Not really, but that is one of my nicknames. Home. The Big Tech Coach Blog. eNewsletter for Tech Integration - Home. Abraham Alarcon's Blog. Teaching Tidbits by Anabel Gonzalez. Erica M Dean, M.Ed, M.A*Educator & Teacher Leader - Welcome.
Vroom. Fueling Education. The One-Room Globe Trotter. Home. A place for us to share ideas. The Art of Teaching and Learning – Roger W. Davis. Somewhere In The Middle - of my teaching journey. Tech ⎋ut Learning. Mrcoacheli. Www.corneroncharacter.com. The Superintendent’s Corner – Innovation in Education.