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How Dissecting a Pencil Can Ignite Curiosity and Wonderment. Can the act of making or designing something help kids feel like they have agency over the objects and systems in their lives?

How Dissecting a Pencil Can Ignite Curiosity and Wonderment

That’s the main question a group of researchers at Project Zero, a research group out of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, are tackling alongside classroom-based teachers in Oakland, California. Adios, Textbook! 9 Ideas to Teach Science Without a Textbook. 30 Things To Tell Students You'll Never See Again. What To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again by Terry Heick At the end of every school year, you lose dozens of relationships that changed you.

30 Things To Tell Students You'll Never See Again

That’s no small thing. Teaching is a personal act that binds teacher and student together even if that binding isn’t made in mutual affection. 12 Free Online Quiz Makers to Create Online Quizzes. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lecture. Ten Teaching Tweaks for New Teachers. To say that the first year of teaching is challenging would be an understatement.

Ten Teaching Tweaks for New Teachers

There are so many moving parts to manage and so many new things to learn that it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. Keep it simple and start with these small teaching tweaks. 1. Reset and reteach. The beginning of the New Year is the perfect time for a new start. 2. Wait time is the time you give students to think after you’ve asked a question or given a prompt. 3. I read somewhere that it takes at least 28 days of conscious practice to make a new habit stick. 4. A Comparison of 11 Mobile Video Creation Apps. Tomorrow at the NCTIES 2014 conference I am facilitating a workshop on creating videos with mobile apps. I designed the workshop to accommodate users of iOS and Android devices. In preparation for the workshop I created this chart that compares the features and costs of eleven mobile video creation apps. The chart can be viewed as embedded below or you can grab a copy through Google Drive (click "File" the "make copy" to save a copy for yourself).

This is by no means a comprehensive chart of all the mobile apps that your students could use. Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable. 13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About. 3 tips for pedagogy-based coaching. One of the best ways a tech coach can reach teachers is to stop talking about technology.

3 tips for pedagogy-based coaching

It may seem counterintuitive, but focusing on technology can be alienating, especially for the skeptics and reluctant adopters. “Sometimes when tech coaches step in to help, they’ll start with the technology — and they’re not speaking the same language teachers speak when they start talking about technology,” said peer coaching expert Les Foltos, who will present a webinar on “Coaching for Engaging and Active Technology Integration.”

As tech integration specialist Krista Moroder pointed out, most teachers don’t care about technology — nor should they. 10 TED Talks That Can Change The Way You Communicate. Even the most eloquent of public and private speakers could always stand to tweak their communication skills just a little bit.

10 TED Talks That Can Change The Way You Communicate

After all, the ability to convey feelings and facts stands as essential to keeping the human species rolling along. Both the Internet and bookshelves sport advice a-go-go on how to get points across as clearly as possible, and the venerable open source lecture series TED does not disappoint in this regard. Its best offerings regarding human connectivity encourage essentials not always discussed in manuals and textbooks, so give them some consideration and use them to launch more exploration into how to grow into an effective, evocative communicator.

Elizabeth Lesser: Take “the Other” to lunch If communications with people on opposite sides of political, cultural, religious and other common divides so often proves extremely problematic, try Elizabeth Lesser’s simple-but-effective approach. Related posts:


WeVideo - Free Online Video Editor & Maker. How teaching students with special needs makes me a better teacher for everyone. For some parents, the idea of having their child educated in the same classroom as a student with a disability can be off-putting.

How teaching students with special needs makes me a better teacher for everyone

Parents may believe that meeting the needs of students with disabilities requires extra attention and support that detracts from their own child’s learning. But educating children who don’t have special needs in the same classroom as those who do, which happens more and more because of recent special education reforms, can be an opportunity for greater learning for all students—if teachers get creative. How Games Lead Kids to the Good Stuff: Understanding Context. Getty Part 2 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning.

How Games Lead Kids to the Good Stuff: Understanding Context

Those who still think of content as the driving force of education may not be ready for game-based learning. What do we mean by “content”? In this age of digital media, “content” is what web designers, TV producers, and media moguls talk about. Articles, TV shows, YouTube videos, photos — that’s all content. Top 5 Classroom Management Strategies. Strategies for Good Classroom Management My biceps don’t bulge and my hair is blond.

Top 5 Classroom Management Strategies

Intimidation is not my weapon. I am a veteran teacher with 17 years of experience. I have taught senior auto mechanics Shakespeare. In addition to high school students, I have taught middle school students who have had ADHD, students who had parents in jail and students with their own parole officers. In the real world, students come from all walks of life. Of course, students know the classroom rules and school rules. Five Top Strategies to Keep Students Learning in a Calm Classroom Environment Strategy #5 – Keep the lesson moving.If you have a forty-five minute period, plan three different activities. Strategy #4 – Don’t lecture for the whole period.