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Teaching Teens in the 21st: Before the School Year Begins... I decided that before I can start posting about what I'm doing this year, I needed to share some of my favorite strategies from last year that went really well with the students. I was completely inspired by Kelly Gallagher after reading devouring all of his books at the beginning of the school year! I had the opportunity to go to a Kelly Gallagher workshop at Judson this spring, and it was absolutely amazing! He was so nice when I went up to him (I was terrified and starstruck), and even wrote "You're Welcome" on this piece of paper, because my students actually asked me to THANK HIM for changing the way we read novels in class.

Students + asked me + to say thank you to an author + about school stuff = UTOPIA! Here are some of my abbreviated notes from the day: About Kelly: He loops with studentsTeaches seniors and tenth gradeMagnolia high schoolHad 195 students this year His TOP Points: Kids should write 4X more than you can physically grade Students suffer from word poverty. 1. 2. Student-engagement-resources?crlt_pid=camp. Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter Edutopia on Twitter Google+ Pinterest Edutopia on Pinterest WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation Tips and Strategies for Keeping Students Engaged Igniting Student Engagement: A Roadmap for Learning, by John McCarthy (2015) McCarthy discusses key strategies to ensure student engagement including being authentic, introducing units with meaningful launch events, and letting students know what outcomes to expect.

Back to Top Engagement Through Projects Integrated Learning: One Project, Several Disciplines, by Edutopia Staff (2015) For any project within a vocational major, High Tech High encourages teachers and students to include relevant content from other subject areas to enhance real-world connections. Engagement Through Technology Engagement Through Social and Emotional Learning Getting (and Keeping) Students Engaged Create experiences so students invest in their learning.

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Teaching strategies and methods. Lesson plan templates. New-teacher-resources?crlt_pid=camp. Teachers: Teaching resources from the BBC. 14 Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers. 14 Brilliant Bloom’s Taxonomy Posters For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Bloom’s Taxonomy is a useful tool for assessment design, but using it only for that function is like using a race car to go to the grocery–a huge waste of potential.

In an upcoming post we’re going to look at better use of Bloom’s taxonomy in the classroom, but during research for that post it became interesting how many variations there are of the original work. While a handful of the charts below only show aesthetic changes compared to others, most are concept maps of sorts–with graphic design that signifies extended function (power verbs), detail (clear explanations), or features of some sort (Bloom’s Taxonomy tasks by level). The follow simple, student-centered Bloom’s graphics were created by helloliteracy!

The following “Bloom’s pinwheel” comes from Kelly Tenkley and ilearntechnology.com: Ideas for Classroom Seating Arrangements. What’s Here Need ideas for seating arrangements in your classroom? On this page, you’ll find tips on arranging student desks in four different formations, complete with photos from My Classroom Tours. You can click on most of the pictures to view the complete tour for that particular room. Whether you’re looking for a classroom seating chart, seating map, or seating plan, you’re sure to find ideas for setting up your classroom in a way that meets your students’ needs. Types of Student Desk Arrangements and Seating Plans There are several basic desk arrangements that I like to rotate between: Stadium Seating (or Angled Rows with Desks Touching)Modified U (or Horseshoe)Groups (or Teams)Combination (desks in various positions) I’ve never had all my students’ desks separated, as that takes up too much space and isn’t conducive to the teaching methods I use, so I can’t give advice on that arrangement.

Stadium Seating (Angled Rows with Desks Touching) Modified U or Horseshoe Desk Arrangements. Classroom Management – Teaching Resources – Teach Starter. Getting Ready for the Start of School Part II: Why Some Teachers Have Smooth Running Classrooms. I have observed many, many teachers in elementary and early childhood classrooms and the ones that have the smoothest-running classrooms all do the same thing: they teach procedures. Now only do they teach the procedures they need the children to follow, but they also have the children practice and they give them positive feedback until they become automatic routines.

They make learning procedures the most important teaching priority in the first few weeks of school, even if it takes time away from other subjects. They more than make up for this time because their classrooms run so effectively. So the first step in getting ready is to plan what procedures to focus on. It’s helpful to think about them in three groups based on when you will teach them: The first day of school, the first week of school, and the first six weeks. First Day of School Quiet Signal Arrival: putting things away and getting started on “do now” work Lining Up Walking in the Hallway Using the Bathroom Morning Meeting. Bloomin' Apps. This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place.Each image has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Android, Google and online tools and applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.I have created a page to allow you to share your favorite online tool, iOS, or Android app with others.

Cogs of the Cognitive Processes I began to think about the triangular shape of Bloom's Taxonomy and realized I thought of it a bit differently.Since the cognitive processes are meant to be used when necessary, and any learner goes in and out of the each level as they acquire new content and turn it into knowledge, I created a different type of image that showcased my thoughts about Bloom's more meaningfully.Here is my visual which showcases the interlocking nature of the cognitive processes or, simply, the "Cogs of the Cognitive Processes".

IPAD APPS TO SUPPORT BLOOM'S REVISED TAXONOMYassembled by Kathy Schrock​ Bloom's and SAMR: My thoughts. 20 Ways To Be A Better English Language Teacher (Part 1) | ELT Experiences. English language teaching can be a challenging and difficult process, especially if you are seeking for new ideas and thoughts on improving your day-to-day teaching. Much of the challenge is learning to develop yourself, especially once you have found your place in this career and feel settled. You must continuously strive to improve your own teaching day in and day out. Here are some ideas to consider when you want to improve and develop your own teaching or if you want to be a better teacher overall. 1. Reflect on your lessons It seems like commonsense but for some teachers that I have observed, they have difficulty reflecting and improving their own lessons. Did the students enjoy the lesson? 2. If you have any difficulty on reflecting your lessons, or you wish to consider studying your lesson in more detail, you could record your own lesson to analyse afterwards. 3.

When you are preparing your lessons, think about the following: “By the end of the lesson, students will be able to …”. The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom. Updated 10/2013 Have you ever thought about how silly we teachers can be? When we get in front of students, we present ourselves to be the ones with all the answers, and then after we talk to the students, we start asking questions as if we don't know anything we just talked about. No wonder students get confused! The Goal of a Question On a more serious note, as teachers, we need to come to grips with the fact that we really do not know everything, and there is no reason to assume that the students know nothing.

There are a number of things to consider in this scenario. What we really end up telling the students when we ask this sort of question is, "Ok, here is your last chance. The fallacy with this thinking is that sometimes the students do not understand that they do not understand, and if they do not know what they do not know, there is no way that they can ask a question about it. How do we then go about appropriately checking for understanding? We ask specific questions! Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Content.

Most classes, starting with about middle school, begin the school year with reviewing the content to be covered, expectations regarding grades, and other academic information provided by the teacher or instructor. The human or social element is often disregarded. What is interesting is that most learners enter the classroom wondering who is in the course. They want to know about the teacher and the people in the class not what material is to be covered. What this says to me as an educator is that it all begins with a social connection – between the educator and the learners, and between the learners themselves. Because of this belief, I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between themselves and me. I want students to learn about one another in a personal way. You are the focus of the class not me.You are important as a learner in this class.You will be expected to engage in the learning activities during class time.

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Top 10 Websites for the Inclusive Classroom. Teachers love a great resource! Especially a resource that is free and at their fingertips - literally. That's why I put together a list of 10 outstanding websites that teachers can use in the inclusive classroom (or any classroom, for that matter!). It was difficult to narrow the list down to 10, given all the websites that are available on the internet! However each site listed was chosen for content that I feel is unique or more substantial than what others had to offer.

And, finally, these sites are in no particular order. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Do you have any to add to this list? 10 Ways to Help Struggling Students Grow. Minds in Bloom is happy to introduce our readers to Jennie of A House Called Home with her inspiring post on helping struggling students. I have three daughters. They were each adopted out of foster care around the age of nine. They all had something in common, they hated to work. I heard the excuses as to why they couldn't do it and I heard the whining that told me they didn't want to. They were professionals at getting out of work, especially in the classroom. Each one of them was academically behind their peers.

Don't get me wrong; teaching twenty-five students at varying levels in one classroom is equivalent to trying to herd seventy cats through a car wash. Ten ways I help keep my struggling students working... Don’t correct a student’s work until he’s explained his answer first. Carry around an extra copy of the worksheet. Write down the directions or list tasks to be completed on the board. Teach your students not to stop when the going gets tough. Keep them reading. No problem. School Psychologist Files. Free Sequences.