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When Grading Harms Student Learning. There are so many forces at work that make educators grade, and grade frequently.

When Grading Harms Student Learning

For sports eligibility, coaches constantly look at grades to see if a student is at an academic level that will allow him or her to play. Colleges review transcripts to examine what type of courses students took and their corresponding grades. Teachers must follow policy that demands them to enter a certain amount of grades every week, month, or marking period. There's no stopping it. However, we need to reflect upon policies and practices like this -- and possibly consider regulating them. The Dreaded Zero. 48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers. A good majority of northern hemisphere and international schools are winding down the 2011-12 school year, and doors will be closing as the students and teachers take off on their summer adventures.

48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers

Here is a list of great sites for kids and teachers to keep you happily productive and learning this summer. These are in no way in any order of personal preference or coolness. Happy summer! 1) Magic Tree House If your students like The Magic Tree House series (and let's be honest, who doesn't?) 2) Toporopa. EDUWELLS. 10 Motivational Posters for Your Classroom. Posted 08/31/2015 1:01PM | Last Commented 10/07/2015 2:25AM Since back-to-school is in full swing, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite motivational quotes & turned them into posters that you can download & print for your classroom!

10 Motivational Posters for Your Classroom

WARNING: These posters are guaranteed to brighten up your room & inspire minds of all ages. Enjoy! 1.

Cult of Pedagogy 2016

Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges. Pixar senior scientist Tony DeRose was faced with a problem that animators had never solved — how to make the hand of an old man look lifelike.

Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges

It was 1998 and he was working on the experimental short film “Geri’s Game.” DeRose needed to figure out how to make a sculpture hand model with many angular planes look smooth and skin-like on the screen. To do this he developed an algorithm using weighted averages that won him a Scientific and Technical Academy Award in 2006. Pixar is constantly solving new technical challenges that allow its artists, designers and storytellers a broader range of movement and texture in the movies they make.

Now the company is teaming up with Khan Academy to use examples like DeRose’s discovery of surface representation to show students how the math and science they’re learning in school is applied by Pixar animators. “The place we intersected was this need to pull people in,” Cruise said. “They have this more interactive intuition lesson,” Cruise said. Star Wars Crawl Creator. - Lanesend year 3 global. Student Letters Deliver Heightened Engagement. Before each school year begins, I indulge in a back-to-school teacher movie marathon for motivation.

Student Letters Deliver Heightened Engagement

One of my favorites is Freedom Writers, a film based on the real life of Erin Gruwell and her incredible work with teens and writing. While planning for this academic year, my mind kept drifting to the scene in Freedom Writers when Ms. Gruwell sits at her desk on Parent Night. Once she realizes that the parents aren't going to attend, she decides to read her students’ recently turned in journals full of free writes. It's a turning point in the film, because Ms.

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Reporting in plain language / Reporting to parents & whānau / Home. Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don't have one true calling. Historical Investigations for Students to Complete. One of my favorite ways to get students to attempt to connect pieces of historical evidence is to present the with a challenge or "mystery" that must be solved.

Historical Investigations for Students to Complete

I started doing this many years ago when I was teaching about Chinese history. I continued using this method when I began teaching U.S. History. If you want to try the same method, the following two resources will help you get started. HSI: Historical Scene Investigation. Thinking differently. Wouldn’t it be great if every kid could access robotics equipment and make physical objects do stuff?

Thinking differently

15 Books That Will Make You A Better Teacher. 26 Impulses that Sustain Engagement Infographic. Other Infographics.

26 Impulses that Sustain Engagement Infographic

10 Not So Obvious Quotes for Teachers - A Teachable Teacher. Let’s face it…teachers need inspiration!

10 Not So Obvious Quotes for Teachers - A Teachable Teacher

With the craziness that is back-to-school, I thought I would share some not-so-obvious quotes for teachers. Why the not-so-obvious ones? Because they are the ones you haven’t seen a million times on Pinterest and therefore they can truly “inspire” you. Enjoy! Is a student acting out of character? My mom is probably cheering right now. Do you set high expectations for your students? There are so many things we are told to do and sometimes it seems overwhelming. Can you say “first year teaching”?!? Other teachers, students, parents, staff, etc. The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture. "The whole morning meeting not only sets a really good tone for the students, but it sets a tone for me.

The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

" - Teacher in Louisville, Kentucky When I first learned about the Morning Meeting model, I was working as an elementary school principal in Pasadena, California.