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8 Tips for Reaching Out to Parents. After eight years in the classroom, I feel I'm in a position to offer some advice for how teachers can build and sustain positive relationships with parents -- as well as appropriately handle difficult circumstances.

8 Tips for Reaching Out to Parents

Following are eight tips that I've learned from experience. 1. Avoid Doing Battle. 5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn. Helping students learn how to learn: That’s what most educators strive for, and that’s the goal of inquiry learning.

5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn

That skill transfers to other academic subject areas and even to the workplace where employers have consistently said that they want creative, innovative and adaptive thinkers. Inquiry learning is an integrated approach that includes kinds of learning: content, literacy, information literacy, learning how to learn, and social or collaborative skills. What makes someone a better questioner? Here are 8 quick tips - Question Day 2014 : Question Day 2014. A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments of Teaching.

The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact — Sonra Oku. Fostering the Power of Introverts. Culture Susan Cain, author of The Power of Introverts, spoke recently at the TED event about the virtues of introverts.

Fostering the Power of Introverts

Though they’re made to feel like outliers and pushed to participate in groups, both in schools and at work, Cain says introverts often produce great, creative, thoughtful work. In schools, specifically, Cain says classes are designed for “extroverts’ need for lots of stimulation.” Kids work in groups on subjects like math that require solitary thought, she says. “Kids who prefer to work on their own are seen as problem cases or outliers,” she says. 6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking. Like magic, the fish turn into birds and then back into fish.

6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking

M.C. Escher's tessellations have a way of grabbing your attention and forcing your mind to make sense of the impossible figures on the paper. The Merriam dictionary describes tessellations as, "a covering of an infinite geometric plane without gaps or overlaps by congruent plane figures of one type or a few types. " A geometry book I have on hand describes tessellations as geometric forms that make use of all available foreground and background space in two dimensions by repeating one or more different shapes in predictable patterns.

To tessellate a single shape it must be able to exactly surround a point, or in other words, the sum of the angles around each point in a tessellation must be 360. Using the six steps listed below, tessellated thinking might be a way to help students make order out of the mental chaos our young learners often experience: Step 1: Routines and Predictable Patterns Step 2: Create Habits of Mind. 5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice. The idea of co-constructing knowledge with students can be a scary thing for many of us teachers.

5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

The age-old role of teacher as orator, director, sage has been handed down for centuries and most of us grew up as students looking to teachers in this way. It's hard to shake. Co-constructing knowledge means giving up the myself and them role of teacher and students and fully embracing the wonder and journey of us. Don’t Listen to Music While Studying. I notice several students listening to music while busy at work.

Don’t Listen to Music While Studying

I have no good reason to ask that they remove their headphones and turn off their devices. As I walk around the room, I admire the elegant, concise prose each produces. I ask one student why music helps her concentrate. "It soothes me and makes me less stressed," she says. "Plus, Ed Sheeran is just awesome.

" As a college student, I spent countless hours studying in a dark corner of the Brandeis University Library. Placing aside the issue of my self-induced exile, for me as well, music offered not only comfort but also increased focus -- or so I thought, at least until coming across the work of Dr. Impaired Performance Perham's 2010 study, "Can preference for background music mediate the irrelevant sound effect? " I recently spoke with Perham, who told me about the "irrelevant sound effect. " What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets.

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindsets has dominated much of the attention around how students can influence their own learning.

What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets

But there are other ways to help students tap into their own motivation, too. Here are a few other important mindsets to consider. Belonging to an academic community: Feeling connected to adults and peers at school intellectually, not just socially, through an academic community, is a strong motivator. You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter by David Sobel. New approaches to kindergarten offer us a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be—the modern re-creation of the children’s garden.

You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter by David Sobel

If we looked to these examples, we might be able to rescue childhood. posted Mar 28, 2014. Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill. By Warren Berger Friday March 14 is the 135th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birthday, a good time to think about the importance of asking questions.

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill

This was a big theme for Einstein, who told us, “The important thing is not to stop questioning,” while also urging us to question everything and “Never lose a holy curiosity.” Einstein understood that questioning is critical to learning and solving problems. Beyond Zero Tolerance: Achieving a Balance in School Discipline. Disruptive behavior continues to be one of the most challenging issues that schools face today. Even one seriously incompliant student can threaten teaching and learning for the rest of the class. And though exceedingly rare given the large number of schools throughout our country, incidents of deadly violence shake our confidence in school safety.

In the 1990s, amidst similar circumstances and fears, schools adopted "get tough" philosophies of discipline: increased suspensions, expulsions, school arrests and zero tolerance. Revisiting if Educational Technology Is Worth the Hype. Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz asks his students how they view the use of technology in education. Photo credit: Veer Each January, I have the opportunity to facilitate a course in Leading and Managing Technology for the Educational Leadership Program at the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary's College of California.

We organize our learning by exploring the question, "Is educational technology worth the hype? " Together we read Michael Fullens' book Stratosphere, interview school leaders, explore educational technology tools and follow and comment on education blogs. 10 Steps to Creativity and Boosting Intuitive Awareness. Living a creative life takes creativity nurturing and intuitive awareness boosting.

By having the right external environment and internal tools for flourishing creativity, you not only notice differences in creative practice, but the effects in all areas of your life. For nurturing creativity and boosting intuitive awareness, here are 10 easy steps to follow. 1. Love, Teach: 16 Things You Can Do While Actively Monitoring during Standardized Testing (or the next time you’re crazy bored) Edutopia - Photos du journal. Edutopia - Photos du journal. Teaching resilience: Reflection - @kdwashburn SmartBlogs. “I’m so stupid.