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Differentiating Instruction: Meeting Students Where They Are, Teaching Today

Differentiating Instruction: Meeting Students Where They Are No two students enter a classroom with identical abilities, experiences, and needs. Learning style, language proficiency, background knowledge, readiness to learn, and other factors can vary widely within a single class group. Regardless of their individual differences, however, students are expected to master the same concepts, principles, and skills. Differentiating Instruction: Meeting Students Where They Are, Teaching Today
Why teach inductively? - Students get more practice and are more likely to pay attention. - Students show what they understand, giving you something to assess. - Inductive activities can connect the material to students' lives and increase motivation. - Inductive teaching fosters noticing. Jessica Jimenez : Presentation Handout Jessica Jimenez : Presentation Handout
Disruptive Innovation: Higher Education Last week, former Silicon Valley CEO Ben Nelson announced that he has raised $25 million to start an "elite university" which would exist exclusively online. The Minerva Project launch comes at a time when public and private educational institutions are dramatically expanding their online presence. But can an Internet-only school really compete with Stanford, Berkeley and the Ivy League? We talk to some innovators who are challenging the traditional university model. Disruptive Innovation: Higher Education
April 13, 2012 6:18 p.m. ET Most of our high schools and colleges are not preparing students to become innovators. To succeed in the 21st-century economy, students must learn to analyze and solve problems, collaborate, persevere, take calculated risks and learn from failure. How Schools Can Teach Innovation How Schools Can Teach Innovation
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Play and Affect in Language Learning Written by: Joel Bacha MATESOL / International Policy Studies candidate Educational Development Monterey Institute of International Studies Teaching English in Japanese elementary schools for four years allowed me to experiment with a number of music, game, and total physical response (TPR) activities. I found that students were more apt to participate in an activity if it incorporated playfulness and physical movement. The resulting intrinsic motivation seemed to stimulate students' affectively and give them the desire to learn. Play and Affect in Language Learning
“‘Marxist’ psychology ... is developing before our eyes, ... it does not yet have its own methodology and attempts to find it ready-made in the haphazard psychological statements of the founders of Marxism, not to mention the fact that to find a ready-made formula of the mind in the writings of others would mean to demand ‘science before science itself.”. Consciousness as a problem in the psychology of behavior. BiographyObituary by Alexander Luria, 1935 Image Gallery Soviet Psychology: The Vygotsky Internet Archive Soviet Psychology: The Vygotsky Internet Archive
Maria Montessori Maria Tecla Artemesia Montessori (Italian pronunciation: [maˈria montesˈsɔri]; August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. Her educational method is in use today in public and private schools throughout the world. Life and career[edit] Birth and family[edit] Maria Montessori
An Interview with Dr. Stuart Brown, MD Q: How do you know play is important to both adults and children? Dr. Brown: In my career I have reviewed more than 6000 life histories, looking specifically at a person’s play experiences over his or her life. In studying these histories it has become vividly apparent that play is enormously significant for both children and adults. Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul: M.D., Stuart Brown, Christopher Vaughan Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul: M.D., Stuart Brown, Christopher Vaughan
Why Use Games for Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language?
Ersoz - Six Games for the EFL/ESL Classroom The Internet TESL Journal Aydan Ersözaersoz [at] University (Ankara, Turkey) Well-chosen games are invaluable as they give students a break and at the same time allow students to practice language skills. This paper provides some sample games that can be used in the language classroom. Ersoz - Six Games for the EFL/ESL Classroom
Boudreault - The Benefits of Using Drama in the ESL/EFL Classroom The Internet TESL Journal Chris Boudreaultsolartrees [-at-] La Biche, Canada) As an English teacher, I have often been amazed at how effective drama is to capture the attention of the students in the ESL/EFL classroom. Drama activities would sometimes have surprising and unexpected results. ESL/EFL professionals need to use this medium more because the artificial world of the classroom can be transformed into a quasi-real language situation and provides an endless amount of opportunities for student’s personal growth. We cannot only teach grammar and phonetics with drama but also it has the power to transform the actors as well as the audience.
NOTE: This is the first of a three-part series on the value of play, by Robert Hess. The second article is entitled, Play and Learning, and the third article is entitled, Play Broadens and Deepens the Mind. Where did we get the notion that play and learning are incompatible? Consider the following widely held beliefs: “Play is the opposite of work” and “learning takes hard work.” Play’s Unfortunate Reputation | Playborhood
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The term "Flipped Classroom" is being thrown around a lot lately in both positive and negative light. I think the term is a bit ambiguous and does not fully do justice to all that is being done under the guise of the Flipped Classroom. My colleague, Jon Bergmann, and I have a book coming out soon that I hope brings clarity to what most of us mean by "The Flipped Classroom." In the mean time, I hope to shed some light on some of the confusion, critique, and hype. 1. What's in a name? There Is No Such Thing as THE Flipped Class
The Flipped Classroom: Answering Obama’s Call For Creativity In Education As a sophomore and junior at Clintondale High School in suburban Detroit, Dominique Moody was barely squeaking by, getting Ds in geometry and algebra. He was not alone: two years ago, the average failure rate was 61% at the financially disadvantaged school, where three quarters of its 570 students qualify for free lunches. But last fall, everything changed. The school inversed its teaching model, assigning students short, instructional videos to watch before class and then, at school, helping them practice problems that ordinarily would have been assigned as homework. Dominique’s math teacher, Richard Filbey, captured his short, step-by-step advanced algebra lectures on videos for students to watch at their own pace on computers, mobile phones, or tablets. The “flipped classroom” at Clintondale might just be a way to implement President Obama’s call in his recent State of the Union Address to “grant schools flexibility to teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test.”

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Unplugged This past week I had a chance to unplug and disconnect. My college-aged son, Caleb, and I had a chance to go on a canoeing trip along the Wisconsin River for four days.
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