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Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers. 197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About. 197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About If you don’t have a YouTube channel as an education provider, there’s a good chance you’re behind the times.

197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About

Nearly every major educational institution in the world now hosts its own collection of videos featuring news, lectures, tutorials, and open courseware. Just as many individuals have their own channel, curating their expertise in a series of broadcasted lessons. These channels allow instructors to share information and blend media in unprecedented and exciting new ways. From teaching Mandarin Chinese to busting myths about Astronomy, the educational possibilities are virtually endless pun intended!

Because we can now sift through thousands of resources while navigating a single repository, the potential for inspiration and growth in the field of education has reached a new height. The Daily Scholar: Writing Lessons - Robert Hahn. Guskey_2013_The-Case-Against-Percentage-Grades.pdf. Education Week. Quick & Easy Formative Assessments UPDATED. Sometimes it feels crazy overwhelming to keep assessing students and know exactly what they do/don’t understand.

Quick & Easy Formative Assessments UPDATED

That’s where these quick and easy formative assessment ideas comes in! 6 Factors Of Academic Performance. A Classroom Of Proficiency: 6 Factors To Guide Your Teaching by Terry Heick First, a definition.

6 Factors Of Academic Performance

An academic classroom is one where the primary goal is to promote proficiency of academic standards. Everything else, while appreciated and winked at, comes after. The class, curriculum, and instruction, by design, are built to move students in their academic proficiency. Five-Minute Film Festival: Developing Global Citizens. In our increasingly connected and interdependent world, it’s critically important that young people have opportunities to engage with diverse cultural perspectives, build geographic knowledge, grow global competency, and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to consider and address our shared global challenges.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Developing Global Citizens

At Global Education Day in Atlanta this year, I was inspired by all the ways that educators are bringing these kinds of experiences into the classroom. How do you teach global citizenship? Check out this video playlist for ideas and inspiration. Video Playlist: Developing Global Citizens. Educational Leadership:Instruction That Sticks:A Practice That Works in Your Classroom. —Timothy Dohrer, director, teacher preparation, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois Seamless Differentiation In my math classes, I use a collaborative strategy called trail run.

Educational Leadership:Instruction That Sticks:A Practice That Works in Your Classroom

Partnered students complete a cycle of questions of varying difficulty on content that we've recently studied. Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom. The following passage is about dyslexia.

Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

I want you to assume that I will be asking you a comprehension question or two when you are done. You have one minute. Go! The bottob line it thit it doet exitt, no bitter whit nibe teotle give it (i.e. ttecific leirning ditibility, etc). Engaging English Language Learners in Academic Conversations. In this new series, created in partnership with Oakland Unified School District, we delve into three classrooms where English Language Learners (ELLs) are engaged in academic conversations.

Engaging English Language Learners in Academic Conversations

From talk moves to participation protocols, these teachers share clear structures that encourage students to talk and learn from each other. Inspired by Jeff Zweirs and Marie Crawford’s book Academic Conversations, teachers at OUSD are working on building the oral language skills of all students. It’s clear that academic discussions benefit all students, with particular benefits for ELLs. As Nicole Knight, OUSD’s Executive Director of the English Language Learner and Multilingual Achievement Office says in her blog, “Academic discussion helps all students to develop their reasoning, understand multiple perspectives, and deepen understanding of content.” From these videos, we learn five tips for engaging students in academic conversations:

Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation. Log In - The New York Times. Three lessons from the science of how to teach writing. What’s the best way to teach writing?

Three lessons from the science of how to teach writing

The experts have many answers — and they often contradict each other. In contrast to the thousands of studies on effective methods for teaching reading and mathematics, there are relatively few rigorous studies on writing instruction. Strengthening Lessons with a Student Work Protocol. As the chill in the air gets chillier, and your stacks of student work pile up like fallen leaves, why not pause, take a breath, and take a moment to look at that student work in a new way.

Strengthening Lessons with a Student Work Protocol

Sure, you need to look at the work to assess student progress, provide feedback, and celebrate student successes, but you can also use it to assess, refine, and celebrate your own work. The EQuiP Student Work Protocol is one way to do just that. In part one of our series with, we introduced you to their work with EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products), an initiative designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core. We took a close look at EQuIP’s rubrics and process for evaluating lessons for Common Core alignment, and saw the power of teachers viewing and discussing a lesson together.

In this video, you’ll learn five steps for examining a single instructional task within a lesson or unit in order to assess Common Core alignment. Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment. Providing students with feedback on written work can, at times, feel like a burden. Dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of papers clutter your desk, and commenting on each is nearly impossible. Still, we know, both from our experiences and from research, that feedback is essential. John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, believes that feedback must be timely, relevant, and action-oriented. The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair. A few lesson plans exist for teaching visual arts and self-similarity (objects that have the same pattern) that could be used after showing this lesson.

Shodor has some free lesson plans for students in grades 4 through 8. High school students can learn recursion algorithms to create the Koch curve using Scratch for free. Educational technologist Dylan Ryder has also written about creating fractals. A beautiful app worth checking out is Starry Night Interactive App by media artist Petros Vrellis. Creating Essential Questions. Essential Questions created by Pat Clifford and Sharon Friesen Essential Questions develop foundational understandings. They provide the fundamental organizing principles that bound an inquiry and guide the development of meaningful, authentic tasks.

Essential questions have several key components: Socratic Questioning. Educational Leadership:Instruction That Sticks:Making Cooperative Learning Powerful. Educationjourney: Anchor Charts. I never thought I had a jealous streak until I started seeing all of these amazing anchor charts pop up online. Oh my goodness! Productive Group Work! Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning. Google Docs: Which Workflow Works for You? On Twitter this week I was asked how I manage Google docs with so many students. I realized there are several different answers to this question. Internet Catalogue. Deeper learning. Productive Group Work! Film. National Resources. Geography. Tools of the Historian.

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Fisher_and_Frey_-_Text_Complexity_-_January_2012.pdf. 15 terrific resources for close reading. What Teachers Need to Know about Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Framework. Designing Better Lessons? Stephanie Harvey (Stephharvey49) on Twitter. Screen-Shot-2014-08-05-at-3.06.49-PM. Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better. TERCUsingData (TercUsingData) sur Twitter. Img_20140630_221534.jpg (JPEG Image, 1944 × 2592 pixels) - Scaled (38%) Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies. How To Improve Your Teaching With Video. Assessment Design: A Matrix To Assess Your Assessments. Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding. Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Conferring Best Practices.

Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Setting up the Writer’s Notebook for a Year of Writing. 12 Fresh Ideas for Social Studies. Common Core proficiency rates were selected to match SAT college readiness rates.