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Soar | Teaching Ideas. Genre(s): Adventure A young girl helps a tiny boy to fly home before it's too late! Use this delightful animated film in your classroom with our collection of cross-curricular teaching ideas and activities! English The title of this film is 'Soar'. Can you think of synonyms for this word? Science Describe the forces that are involved in the flight of an object.Lucas places a star in the sky at the end of the film. Computing Make a trailer / website / poster to promote the film. Design Technology Design and build (if possible) a new flying machine for Lucas. Art Look at the storyboards and designs shown in the credits.

Music Listen to the soundtrack (without watching the video). History Find out about the history of flight. Retrieval Practice: A Powerful Strategy to Improve Learning — Summary of Recommendations. Use retrieval practice as a learning strategy, not as an assessment tool.Use retrieval practice frequently, as often as possible. Practice makes perfect! Use retrieval practice a few days or weeks after a lesson or study session. Space it out.Use a variety of strategies to implement frequent retrieval practice: clickers, flash cards, online quizzes, quick writing prompts, etc.Use a variety of question types: fact-based, conceptual, and higher order/transfer.Encourage metacognition by including feedback (right/wrong feedback, explanation feedback, etc.).Remain confident that challenging learning (via retrieval practice) is a good thing!

Examine your teaching and studying strategies: Do they focus on getting information “in” or “out? " Is learning challenging, or is learning easy and “fluent? " For more information, please browse additional sections of this website, including Strategies for Educators, FAQs, and Download the Guide. Character Day. Character Day is an annual global day devoted to developing who we are and who we want to be in the world. Character Day 2016 is set for September 22! Sign up your school, classroom, organization, company, congregation, or family to participate. It's completely free! Watch 1 min trailer that explains what Character Day is: - Free award-winning short films about character from different perspectives - Hands-on Discussion Kits with conversation cards and poster - Robust hub of online resources for building character strengths - A global online Q&A to unify all the conversations Create an event that works for you.

These films premiered as part of Character Day 2015 at 6,784 events in 41 countries. The films are available with subtitles in Arabic, Chinese, English Captions, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili. Participants of Character Day also receive hands-on discussion kits (for free!). HIGHLIGHTS FROM CHARACTER DAYS 2014 and 2015: The Choice Explosion. Lansing, W.Va. — A few years ago, the social psychologist Sheena Iyengar asked 100 American and Japanese college students to take a piece of paper.

On one side, she had them write down the decisions in life they would like to make for themselves. On the other, they wrote the decisions they would like to pass on to others. The Americans filled up the side for decisions they want to decide for themselves. Where to live. What job to take. The other side was almost blank. The Japanese filled up the back side of the sheet with things they wanted others to decide: what they wore; what time they woke up; what they did at their job. Americans have always put great emphasis on individual choice. This opening has produced much that is wonderful. It’s becoming incredibly important to learn to decide well, to develop the techniques of self-distancing to counteract the flaws in our own mental machinery.

For example, they mention the maxim, assume positive intent. Continue reading the main story. How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences. It’s helpful to know that the brain is plastic and can adapt to challenges. And when it comes to learning new things, we can build up mental resources through intentional effort. People can get better at realizing self-regulation, executive functions, a sense of perspective or meaning, positive emotions like gratitude, a sense of strength and the feeling of being cared about.

“Any kind of mental activity, including experiences, entails underlying neural activity,” said Rick Hanson, a psychologist and senior fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, at a Learning & the Brain conference. He has developed practices to help people build up their mental capacity for happiness by creating patterns of neural activity that with time and repetition become neural pathways. Hanson calls this process “self-directed neuroplasticity.” “We evolved a brain that routinely scans for bad news, both internally and externally,” Hanson said. “We overreact to unpleasant stimulus,” Hanson said. How to Turn on the Part of Your Brain That Controls Motivation. We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don’t do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you could hack them to motivate yourself?

The researchers stuck 73 people into an fMRI, a scanner that can detect what part of the brain is most active, and focused on that area associated with motivation. When the researchers said “motivate yourself and make this part of your brain light up,” people couldn’t really do it. “They weren’t that reliable when we said, ‘Go! Get psyched. That changed when the participants were allowed to watch a neurofeedback meter that displayed activity in their ventral tegmental area. “Your whole mind is allowed to speak to a specific part of your brain in a way you never imagined before.

Using an fMRI for this kind of brain feedback is more effective than other, older tools like placing electrodes on the skull or EEG, Gabrieli says. Copyright 2016 NPR. Wireless Philosophy | Recently Uploaded Videos | Wi Phi. Mindset Kit - Growth Mindset For Teachers. Brain Science - IAE-Pedia. Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon non-profit corporation created by David Moursund in July, 2007. It works to improve the informal and formal education of people of all ages throughout the world.

A number of people have contributed their time and expertise in developing the materials that are made available free in the various IAE publications. Click here to learn how you can help develop new IAE materials. This Brain Science website contains the complete book, Brain Science for Educators and Parents, written by David Moursund. Please cite this book as: Moursund, D. “Biology gives you a brain. Publication History The initial Brain Science entry in the IAE-pedia was published 12/19/2007, when the IAE-pedia was just getting started. In spite of these shortcomings, the Brain Science page grew in popularity.

In April, 2015, I decided to reorganize and rewrite the IAE-pedia Brain Science document. Overview Here are two important and unifying questions addressed throughout the book: The Marshall Memo Admin - Issues. 1. Making sense of homework 2. Thomas Guskey on the difference between making mistakes and failing 3. Using the retrieval effect to improve vocabulary learning 4. The benefits of looping 5. 6. 7. “I never failed. Thomas Edison on his invention of the light bulb (quoted in item #2) “Some teachers gave a lot of homework, some gave none, some graded homework and those grades counted heavily towards the students’ final grades, while others did not grade homework or gave little or no weight to homework grades… Some teachers were giving some effective assignments that encouraged thinking and others were assigning busywork that promoted very little learning.”

Ross Kasun (see item #1) Ross Kasun (ibid.) “Just because people are busy doesn’t mean they don’t care.” Peter DeWitt (see item #5) “Every time I loop, I see boys who were angry and mean become calm and gentle. Justin Minkel (see item #4) Justin Minkel (ibid.) When Kasun became a superintendent, he had to pay more attention. Back to page one Ed. The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133. §. Twitter SmarterEveryDay Loading... Working... The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133 16,322,571 views 2 years ago Get your own here ⇒ Shirt: Support Link: ⇒ ⇐ ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓READ MORE: ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓Here's the link from the Amsterdam meetup!

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Five psychological findings every history teacher should know. This text is somewhere between what I planned to say and what I did say during my session at the Historical Association’s annual conference in Bristol yesterday, with a few reflections in italics. I’m going to start with a couple of stories from the pillar of the local free press: Hackney Today. As one of only a handful of local authorities still publishing a paper fortnightly, and having recently been instructed to cease doing so by central government, this is not an opportunity to be missed. Particularly with stories like this one, a few months ago: I particularly liked this story: not because the council are doing something about dog fouling – although I’m in favour of that too – but because of the approach they’ve taken.

The posters are waterproof and charge during the day, allowing them to glow for ten hours each night. The result was clear – the (scary) eyes have it: So the logic of the council’s approach is impeccable. 1) Telling stories Let me start with a story. Like this: Mapping Pedagogies For Learning Design. A Mindmap of Learning Models To read more and comment: Mapping Pedagogies For Performance Home: Learning, Instructional Design & Training. Visual Thinking Center. Palincsar Reciprocal Teaching.pdf. Mind Mapping and Visualization. Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices. Digital Tools There’s no doubt that the experience of reading online is different than reading in print, but does it affect comprehension? While several studies have found student comprehension and retention are lower on digital devices, could it be that students just need to learn the right tools to enhance their digital reading?

Maria Konnikova explores the research and theories behind reading in her New Yorker column. She writes: “Wolf is optimistic that we can learn to navigate online reading just as deeply as we once did print—if we go about it with the necessary thoughtfulness. Related Explore: English Language Arts, Reading. The Importance of Not Knowing – Lingua Franca. It’s graduation season, a time when we celebrate the academic accomplishments of students. At this moment when we are celebrating learning, I think it is important to remember the importance of not always knowing—a message I had the opportunity to share a few years ago at a high-school commencement in Cleveland. I wanted to share part of that speech here in hopes that it might be meaningful for some of this spring’s high-school graduates and students already in college.

So, a few thoughts for those starting college: One thing I have learned as I have gotten older is that part of being smart and capable is having the confidence and the wherewithal to say, “I don’t know.” I think there can be a lot of pressure to act like you always know and not nearly enough credit given to the courage it can sometimes take to say you don’t know.

When I say to embrace the idea that there is much you do not know, please note that I am not endorsing this as a test-taking strategy. Return to Top. Read, Kids, Read. Can reading make you smarter? When I was eight years old, I still couldn't read. I remember my teacher Mrs Browning walking over to my desk and asking me to read a few sentences from a Dick and Jane book. She pointed to a word. "Tuh-hee," I said, trying to pronounce it. "The," she said, correcting me, and that's when it clicked – the moment when I learned to read the word "the". Growing up in Teaneck, New Jersey, in the 1960s, I was what Mrs Browning called "slow". And then, a year later, I was rescued by Spider-Man. By age 11, I was getting straight As. In part to answer that question, I spent three years interviewing psychologists and neuroscientists around the world, reviewing their studies and testing new methods they claim can increase intelligence.

That goes for all three meanings of the word "intelligence" widely recognised by psychologists. But all of us know people with little "book knowledge" who are nonetheless sharp and insightful. Character Strengths - Let It Ripple.