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6 Ways to Honor the Learning Process in Your Classroom. Roughly put, learning is really just a growth in awareness.

6 Ways to Honor the Learning Process in Your Classroom

The transition from not knowing to knowing is part of it, but that's really too simple because it misses all the degrees of knowing and not knowing. One can't ever really, truly understand something any more than a shrub can stay trimmed. There's always growth or decay, changing contexts or conditions. Understanding is the same way. Projects to Engage Middle School Readers. It's my fault.

Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle school students, whose enthusiasm I quashed, found another way to become passionate about literature. Peanuts raises some interesting questions about the value of reading projects.

Does Lucy clearly articulate her understanding of Peter Rabbit? An Interview with Grant Wiggins: The Power of Backwards Design. When Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe wrote Understanding by Design (UbD) they did what no other educator had ever accomplished.

An Interview with Grant Wiggins: The Power of Backwards Design

They unequivocally cast assessment in the central role of teaching and learning by making the forceful argument that testing should not be the afterthought of instruction, but the central point of instruction. Letting Go in the Classroom. When we consider constructivist teaching, or a constructivist approach to learning, what comes to mind?

Letting Go in the Classroom

For me, I see Socrates standing not in the center, but to the side of his students. I imagine him pondering their comments and questions, and carefully crafting questions of his own, which he contributes -- selectively. Most importantly, he doesn't lead, but follows the line of questioning of the students. Middle School Messenger - Lesson Design. You are not a member of this wiki.

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Making the Most Out of Teacher Collaboration. Nose to the grindstone, I prepared for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday -- what to teach, what to test, and how to learn.

Making the Most Out of Teacher Collaboration

I gave it my best shot, alone. I was the only Spanish teacher. Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup. Resources by Topic: OER, a part of the global open content movement, are shared teaching, learning, and research resources available under legally recognized open licenses -- free for people to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.

Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction. Tips for downloading: PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms -- both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application -- with Adobe's free Acrobat Reader program.

Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader. Click on any title link below to view or download that file. Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning (now available in Spanish!) Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter Edutopia on Twitter Google+ Pinterest Edutopia on Pinterest WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning (now available in Spanish!)

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary. Every Monday my seventh grade English teacher would have us copy a list of 25 words she'd written on the board.

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

We'd then look up the dictionary definitions and copy those down. Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement. LEARN NC. Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom: Differentiating with technology - Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice. In this video, students in a gifted classroom use the multi-user learning environment Quest Atlantis to explore issues related to the creation of a game reserve in Tanzania. Interviews with the teacher and students offer perspectives on the value of using virtual worlds in the classroom . About the videoDownload video (Right-click or option-click) The diversity of the 21st-century classroom creates numerous challenges for teachers who may not have known the same diversity themselves as students.

Among these, teachers must balance the requirements of high-stakes accountability while meeting the needs of diverse students within their classroom. The 26th Annual Report to Congress on IDEA reported that approximately ninety-six percent of general education teachers have students in their classroom with learning disabilities.

Differentiation as effective instruction. Taking Developmental Considerations Into Consideration - Coach G's Teaching Tips. Integrated Studies Research: Evidence-Based Practices and Programs. Evidence points to seven key approaches to integrating curricula that have been shown to be effective. In this section, we describe seven approaches to integrating subjects, along with recommended practices and programs that have been shown to benefit learning: Science and Literacy It's not enough just to know about science; scientists also have to be able to describe their observations, explain what they know, and debate with others, using sound evidence and reasoning.

When science and literacy lessons are integrated, students demonstrate greater skill in all of these areas (Cervetti, Pearson, Barber, Hiebert, and Bravo, 2007). Let Tech Organize Your Teaching. By now, many new and veteran teachers are settling into the routine of the new school year. Hopefully, the back-to-school anxiety levels have subsided and classrooms are alive with learning. Notice that I said "hopefully. " Speaking as someone who spent nine years in the classroom, this was usually the point in the year where I started to feel unorganized and scattered.

7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills. It's hard to imagine a single career that doesn't have a need for someone who can code. Everything that "just works" has some type of code that makes it run. Coding (a.k.a. programming) is all around us. That's why all the cool kids are coding . . . or should be. Teaching Strategies.

Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking. Kipp-criticalthinking-toolsforct-socraticseminarconnectors.pdf. 76534_1.pdf. Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction. Resources and Lesson Plans for Social and Emotional Learning. 11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary. Teaching vocabulary within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an essential component of standards-based curriculum alignment.

Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking. How KIPP educators instruct their colleagues to enhance their classroom practice. Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking. Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary. 8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom. ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning.

Engaged Teaching: "Do Now" Activities for Your Lessons. 7 Tips for Better Classroom Management. The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture. News and Information for Teacher Leaders. Advanced Search April 23, 2014. Teachers: Staying Positive in Trying Times. The Alot is Better Than You at Everything. Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students.