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Paper Toys: Flextangles. Today’s paper toys, Flextangles, are the fourth project in our collaborative series STEAM POWER: Empowering kids to explore the world through creative projects.

Paper Toys: Flextangles

Lessons on Getting Adolescents Excited About Reading. The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education. Valid neuroscience research is an increasingly useful resource for guiding interventions in education. But not all "neurocontent" is created equal. With the overall rise in accessible education content has come a rise in the niche of neurological educational content -- content developed for educators based on how the brain works. One of the more common snags here is the advent of "neuromyths," or content purportedly based on neuroscience that, while sounding plausible, is incorrect.

Neuromyths result from unsupported claims about interventions or products supposedly "proven by neuroscience research. " These claims (usually with interventions for sale) are based on research that is either not scientifically valid or not supportive of the specific intervention being promoted. Consider the financial and socioeconomic costs of commercial products falsely claiming neuroscience proof that all learners need what they offer. We study history, in part, to learn from the mistakes of the past. Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup.

Understanding Differentiated Instruction Summer DI Readings List: 150+ Seedlings for Growing Stronger Learners: Browse a bountiful reading list as you plan your garden of differentiated-instruction methods and strategies for the year. (Edutopia, 2015) Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths: Get to the bottom of common misconceptions about differentiated instruction. For a quick reference on what differentiated is -- and what it isn't -- Differentiation Is / Differentiation Is Not, a set of infographics from ASCD, is also worth checking out. There's No Time to Differentiate: Myth-Busting DI, Part 2. The microwave oven is a great timesaver for getting any food on the table.

There's No Time to Differentiate: Myth-Busting DI, Part 2

Yet it's a taste killer. The more I use the grill and oven to cook meals for my family, the more I experience the diversity of tastes that come from grilled or baked salmon, chicken, and burgers, plus sautéed vegetables. A microwave oven dries everything out, and thus limits the tastes. There are days when I get home exhausted with work still to be completed, but I bypass the microwave most times.

I value my family's need for flavorful meals over dried-out, tasteless food that I nuked just to check off a chore. Differentiation Is Just Too Difficult: Myth-Busting DI Part 3. Rubric Template. Deep Thoughts on the Legging. Warning: This really isn’t a story to share or to collect but rather random thoughts on a subject of truly shallow depth that won’t be relevant within two fashion cycles.

Deep Thoughts on the Legging

I know others have ranted long on this topic. Pin by Holly Carpenter on A:***Classroom Ideas. Pin by Hannah Miller on Teaching. Boards by Cary Z. - Project Based Learning. Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying. Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society.

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

This could perhaps be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism. It seems there are good reasons why we can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions, as scientific studies prove there are many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits associated with kindness. As minds and bodies grow, it’s abundantly clear that children require a healthy dose of the warm-and-fuzzies to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals. Patty O'Grady, PhD, an expert in neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology, specializes in education. She reports: Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. A great number of benefits have been reported to support teaching kindness in schools, best summed up by the following.

Happy, Caring Children Greater Sense of Belonging and Improved Self-Esteem. ClipArt ETC: Free Educational Illustrations for Classroom Use. Alphabets The Alphabets ClipArt collection offers 1,193 illustrations arranged in 43 galleries including decorative letters and numerals, complete alphabet sets, and several sign language systems.

ClipArt ETC: Free Educational Illustrations for Classroom Use

If you are looking… American History and Government The American History and Government ClipArt collection offers 2,515 illustrations arranged in 26 galleries. What is school like for a child with learning difficulties? The term “learning difficulties” is the hand grenade of education.

What is school like for a child with learning difficulties?

Throw the terminology around and teachers, students, parents and school community members react widely and, at times, wildly. Some individuals ponder the term, others run frantically for a book to elicit a “definition” or “diagnostic term”, some consult with colleagues and professionals, yet others hide their heads in their hands or behind a desk. What is a ‘learning difficulty’? 20 Quotes From Children's Books Every Adult Should Know - Encurious. Posted on July 7, 2014 It’s interesting how some of life’s greatest lessons can be found in children’s literature.

20 Quotes From Children's Books Every Adult Should Know - Encurious

And chances are that we did not realize this back when we were kids. Sometimes it’s only when we’re older that we learn to fully appreciate and understand the poignant words from our childhood entertainment. The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair. A few lesson plans exist for teaching visual arts and self-similarity (objects that have the same pattern) that could be used after showing this lesson.

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair

Shodor has some free lesson plans for students in grades 4 through 8. High school students can learn recursion algorithms to create the Koch curve using Scratch for free. Educational technologist Dylan Ryder has also written about creating fractals. A beautiful app worth checking out is Starry Night Interactive App by media artist Petros Vrellis. Download it to your tablet and create your own version of Starry Night. Pin by edutopia on DIY Professional Development. 24 Things They Definitely Should Have Taught You In School. Common Core Videos. Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching" "Q & A teaching" is a practice that I was sometimes guilty of, and one that I've frequently seen throw off a lesson in many other teachers' classrooms.

Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching"

This occurs during the direct instruction portion of the lesson -- the instruction turns into a Q & A session instead of the teacher giving a clear model or explanation. Teacher: I'm now going to model how to solve this type of problem. Boards by Cary Z. - Project Based Learning. 4 Sites with Great Community Features for Connected Educators. iNACOL-Blended-Learning-Teacher-Competency-Framework.pdf. How curiosity changes our brains. Participants in the study were asked to rate how curious they were to find out the answer to a specific trivia question, such as: “What does the term ‘dinosaur’ actually mean?”

How curiosity changes our brains

The participants were then placed in an MRI machine that measures brain activity, based on changes in blood flow when the brain is performing certain tasks. The participants saw the trivia question again followed by the image of a person’s face and were asked to make a specific decision about the person. Finally, they were shown the answer to the trivia question, in the dinosaur case “terrible lizard.”

After the MRI scan the participants completed a surprise test on the answers to the trivia questions and also on their ability to recognize the faces shown during the scan. Example trials from screening and study phases Gruber et al., States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit, Neuron (2014) The research revealed three key findings. News. 5 Tips to Stay Positive in Negative Situations.

Negative situations happen all the time. We can’t avoid them, so how can we counteract their negative effect on our lives and our attitudes? Learning the power of positive thinking helps us stay positive even in the midst of tragedy. Learning how to stay positive in negative situations is invaluable in leading a healthy lifestyle. 10 Things Children Will Always Remember. Easy-to-Use Educreations Helps Students Show What They Know. We’re spotlighting an app this week that we think is versatile enough, and easy enough to use, that even the most time-strapped educator can take advantage of it: Educreations. Educreations is a free mini whiteboard for students or teachers.

You can write on it, record a video or just audio, and much more. These mini creations can get kids involved in the lesson in new ways. Teachers can create lessons or a slice of a lesson to share with students. Students can demonstrate what they know. And best of all, it’s very easy to use, which is not surprising given that the creator of “Pieces of Flair” on Facebook, Wade Roberts, is behind the design. As he told Mindshift’s Katrina Schwartz of ed-tech software generally: “If this is the future of learning, there needs to be a platform for the average, non-tech savvy teacher to participate.” To the Teachers, Already Tired. Employers Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives. 100 Things to Do in Northeast Ohio this Fall. If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for family friendly fall fun, this list is for you! How to Get Students to Work Harder. Over the past five years, more than $200 million has gone toward launching the new Common Core standards, with the goal of closing achievement gaps in public schools.

What Makes a Parent Love a Teacher. How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven. Insights & Of-Interests for Education Leaders. Remember Our Calling? Using Data and Evidence to Save One Child a Time — FIP Your School Ohio Blog. In looking at scores from one assessment I gave on the works and schools of thought of the Middle Ages, I discovered an inconsistency that bothered me.

These Practical Tips Will Help Jump-Start Your Year. ODE "Trees" 8 Lessons For Teacher Growth. 8 Lessons For Teacher Growth. Education Week. 10 Engaging Games for Summer Learning. Glogin?mobile=1&URI=http%3A%2F%2Fmobile.nytimes.com%2F2014%2F07%2F27%2Fmagazine%2Fwhy-do-americans-stink-at-math. What an Effective Teacher's Classroom Looks Like. Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths.

15 Best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education. Graphic Organizers. 5 Reasons Why Music Classes are the Best Test Prep for Your Kids - Dads Round Table. News. 9 Top Tips To Engage Your Learners in eLearning. 6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking. How to Revitalize Your Students. Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement. Books. Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen. Differentiate Instruction Using Google Apps - Electronic BrainsElectronic Brains.

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