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CEI Take a Break Teacher Toolbox. Energizing Brain Breaks. 7 Ways to Increase a Student's Attention Span. Children often struggle to pay attention, but when they are given a task they view as challenging or hard, they are even more likely to give up before truly trying.

7 Ways to Increase a Student's Attention Span

If you notice a child that is regularly losing focus during challenging tasks, here are some strategies that might help increase that attention span and improve the overall outcome of tasks. 1. Include Physical Activity. Note- making video. Note-making mat. The Cornell Method. When presenting new information to students in lessons, how can we best support the retention of this information?

The Cornell Method

This post features a note taking strategy that may be new to many, the Cornell method. In essence, the strategy involves learners dividing their paper into two columns with a row across the bottom (as shown): The learners should then take the following steps in order to take notes on the lesson: Step 1 (right hand column): Take clear and concise notes on lesson content. Sentences should be no longer than 5-10 words long and the notes taken should not be copied verbatim from the presentation, unless a crucial point.

STEM. Khan Academy. Science teaching resources. Science teachers on Twitter. Evidence-Based strategies for effective teaching. The 49 Techniques from Teach Like a Champion. Co-constructing science lessons. Co-construction, here we go again!!

Co-constructing science lessons

Background For the last four years I’ve been trying to develop the process of co-construction as an approach to teaching. After initial explorations in RE, I applied the approach to teaching my IGCSE Physics class over the last two years. At the same time, my colleague Mark has been trying out the system with some of his classes and I’ve learned a lot from how he does things too. See here for a collection of posts. The Pedagogy Postcard Series: All in one place. 15 Mistakes New Teachers Make (and what I learned making them) I’ve had the pleasure of working with a lot of new teachers the past three years, and I’ve seen many of the same mistakes I made during my first year teaching repeated over and over.

15 Mistakes New Teachers Make (and what I learned making them)

Now, this isn’t to say that I thought teaching was extremely difficult during my first year (I actually loved it and was not too overwhelmed)…but I did have my fair share of “rookie” mistakes. I’ve learned that the best way I can help out new teachers is by sharing my story, and what teaching was like for me that first year. The best part of making mistakes is learning from them…so even if you make some of the mistakes listed below, it’s all part of the process!

1. I used to think… After running my first training session of the year for the NQTs in my school today, I shared with them things that I do not remember hearing during my first training session as an NQT. (8 years ago…) After the session I walked over to the classroom of a fellow AST and said… Well that was strange.

I used to think…

I just shared things that I never thought I would. NQT Tips Sourced by @Jon_Brunskill inspired by @pw2tweets – Your Friendly Neighbourhood Teacher. To do list app. The Pomodoro Technique. Khan Academy. Top Tech Tools. I have long since been a fan of learning technologies.

Top Tech Tools

As a creative educator, technology is a magnet for people like me: it has the power to unlock the world of learning for everyone. Beginning my teaching career by being plunged headlong into basic English, maths and ICT classes, technology was a friend- a video clip or animation could do far more for explaining the difference between mean, median and mode than I could. A song could engage adults in remembering what a conjunction is (‘conjunction junction’- just say those two words to these men and I’m almost certain they’d break out into song now!)

Over six years, tablets, apps, Chromebooks and Google appeared- my classroom and many others had been transformed. The learning technologies market is now so flooded with tools that it can be incredibly time-consuming to find the best tool for the job. Riddle. Quizizz. STEM- Managing Behaviour for Learning - Started already! This free online course is for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, focusing mainly on the context of UK schools and colleges.

STEM- Managing Behaviour for Learning - Started already!

It aims to help you learn how to maintain discipline when dealing with unruly students. Although the course draws from examples experienced in the UK, the material covered is relevant to an international audience (and to non-STEM teachers). Understand Managing Behaviour for Learning in theory and practice. Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching - Starts 31 Oct. Top 20 STEM Education Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Now!

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, on the mic for his popular podcast, StarTalk (now a tv show produced by National Geographic).

Top 20 STEM Education Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Now!

Educators craving that end-of-Summer boost to get them back in the zone for the Fall don’t have to look far. While it goes without saying that, over the Summer break, teachers enjoy being inspired by the written word from their ever-growing book lists, there is also incredible information and inspiration to be found through podcasts. While there have been quite a few great listicles on general education podcasts (like 50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out by our friends over at Getting Smart), we’ve compiled twenty of the most informative, thought-provoking, humorous, and mind-blowing podcasts delivering the latest in science, technology, engineering, and math that educators can listen to anywhere (as long as your phone or tablet battery is charged!). 1. Book- The joy of teaching science. As it says in the title, this is a book about the joy of teaching science and the author's delight in his profession leaps off the pages.

Book- The joy of teaching science

It is a joy I recognise and I found myself nodding along with much of what he has to say. I would highly recommend this book to anyone new to science teaching or even thinking about being a science teacher. The book is a useful summary of a wide range of material that I think all science teachers should be aware of, if not actively thinking about regularly - the author covers everything from the philosophy of science to spiralling the curriculum, as well as providing ideas for how to teach particular aspects of the curriculum. It is a short and easy to read book (a bonus for teachers hard-pressed for time) and it's clear that the author is a thoughtful, committed teacher - he comes across as the head of department I wish I'd first had.

Book- 100 ideas for outstanding science teaching. Review Science exists in everything, and is therefore applicable in all teaching subjects.

Book- 100 ideas for outstanding science teaching

Science teacher or not, this book is full of ideas for STEM, ICT, Maths, Geography, English teachers and more. Perfect for conjuring up all sorts of magical experiments in your classroom! -- Ross Morrison McGill @TeacherToolkit The internet is the best, and worst place for teachers to get ideas from. It's great because there are so many great ideas out there. Book- Teach Like a Champion.

Review "If school districts are going to demand so much of teachers, then the least superintendents and schools of education can provide is basic tools. There is more power in effective training than there could ever be in threats. " ( Boston Globe, March 23, 2010) ′Lemov talks of teachers as "artisans" using a range of techniques to take learning to another level.′ (Times Educational Supplement, 26th May).

′Teachers who use this book will not be disappointed– it will assist them to become masters of their craft . eBook- Crowd Wisdom for NQTs.