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Top Cafes By Location In Singapore - Best Cafehopping List. Having put together different articles on the Top Cafes in different parts of Singapore, coming up with this ultimate cafehopping list is like a dream come true to me. With the cafe culture booming in Singapore and dozens of cafes opening up every month, it is close to impossible to promise the most 'accurate' list of best cafes across the island. We will do our best to keep it updated to aid your cafehopping adventures. Have fun and hope you find the list useful.

Central Singapore - City Hall & Jalan Basar 1. Fine Palate Cafe: 51 Waterloo Street, #01-04/05 Singapore 187969 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.Temporium: 72-74 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209400 Click To View Full Cafe Info & Interior Photos Hungry Chimps. Central Singapore - Bugis 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Click To View Full Cafe Info & Interior Photos La Marelle Cafe & Boutique. Central Singapore - Orchard & Dhoby Ghaut 1. Orchard Turn: 2 Orchard Turn #04-14, Singapore 238801 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives. “We’re about to give your fourteen-year-old a computer,” Michael Allen recently told a group of parents attending a new student orientation, “and here’s why it could scare you.” Then Allen, the principal of no-textbook New Tech High School, said he understood their biggest fears — the new sites and technologies that crop up all the time, kids multitasking while doing schoolwork, the reality of parents’ lack of control over what their kids see and how they behave online.

But for Allen and many like him who are integrating technology in schools, guiding the behaviors that accompany a new way of learning is just as important as the content they’ll be covering in school — if not more so. In order to be successful, Allen maintains that students need to learn trust, respect and responsibility for technology. Allen also believes adults should set the boundaries for where and when not to use tech.

He cites a recent example of taking biology students on a field trip to a nearby river. Related. One Teacher Lets Students Prove They’re Trustworthy With Devices. School administrators are looking to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies as a way to bring technology resources in the community to bear in the classroom when there is little funding for classroom devices. In a recent series, MindShift has been examining how three different teachers in three completely different communities — urban, rural, and immigrant — are dealing with BYOD issues, including trust, equity, and what happens when teachers try to put student-centered learning in the hands of students who’ve never experienced it.

Meet a teacher who’s ready to shift responsibility to her students: (Read Part 1: Trust, Equity, and Student-Centered Learning With Fourth-Graders, and Part 2: Access to Technology For Immigrant Students) Part 3: Mutual Trust Helps BYOD Work Marionville High School only has 200 students, but more than half of them qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. The school’s policy around personal devices and cell phones in the classroom is evolving. Related. Guide to the Best Homeschooling and Unschooling Resources. Getty Overwhelming. That’s the word you hear when you ask homeschooling parents about the resources available to them today. The homeschooling and unschooling movements, along with the open-education resource movement, have led to a wealth of free or low-cost and high-quality material available, especially online.

The tough part is finding the time to wade through and evaluate it all. Lisa Nalbone, a “self-directed education” proponent and former schoolteacher in California, helped her son, UnCollege guru Dale J. Nalbone suggests that when it comes to finding resources, unschooling parents should find a community – a support group of like-minded folk who can help – and, as early as possible, involve your child in the process of finding resources.

“Without helping your child learn that underlying skill, you’re missing out,” says Nalbone. It must be noted that unschoolers do distinguish themselves from homeschoolers. These are some of the top sites recommended by home educators. Related. Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist? By Thom Markham As Common Core State Standards are incorporated from school to school across the country, educators are discussing their value. It may seem that educators are arguing over whether the CCSS will roll out as a substitute No Child Left Behind curriculum or as an innovative guide to encourage inquiry rather than rote learning.

In reality, as time will prove, we’re arguing over whether content standards are still appropriate. Everyday there is less standardization of information, making it nearly impossible to decide what a tenth-grader should know. There is only one resolution to the debate. If you’re a teacher in tune with the needs of your students, you sense the disconnect between the curriculum and reality. So how can you, as a teacher, help move the dialogue forward? But PBL is the near-term solution. REDEFINE RIGOR. TEACH INQUIRY SKILLS. MAKE COHORTS AND TEAMS THE PRACTICE, NOT THE EXCEPTION. Team learning. SEE THE BALANCE BETWEEN INQUIRY AND CONTENT AS A DYNAMIC. 8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom.

Editor's Note: Author David Bill is a designer and educator who consulted with The Third Teacher+ on the Remake Your Class project highlighted in the videos below. The tips in this post go along with the companion video. We are excited by the simplicity (and low price tag!) Of this great redesign. Hope you'll share any of your own tips in the comments area below. If you're thinking of completing your own classroom remake project, good for you. I have been helping teachers redesign classroom spaces for the past three years, and have seen this process work for projects of all sizes.

The tips below can be used for smaller scale remakes right way. Whether you are looking to reorganize one corner or redesign the entire room, here are eight tips that may help you throughout the process. 1. Students are your primary users and should be at the center of such a remake process. Create Visual Inspiration Ask parents, colleagues or friends to donate a variety of appropriate magazines. 10x10x10 2. 3. What Students Really Need to Hear | affectiveliving. It’s 4 a.m. I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep. But, I can’t. Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.

Why? Because I am stressed about my students. Really stressed. I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow. This is what students really need to hear: First, you need to know right now that I care about you. Here’s the thing: I lose sleep because of you. Before I tell you why, you should understand the truth about school. The main event is learning how to deal with the harshness of life when it gets difficult — how to overcome problems as simple as a forgotten locker combination, to obnoxious peers, to gossip, to people doubting you, to asking for help in the face of self-doubt, to pushing yourself to concentrate when a million other thoughts and temptations are fingertips away. – C.

Like this: For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters. MartinaK15 By Will Richardson We’re halfway to school when my 14-year-old son remembers a homework assignment he forgot to do for biology class. “Something big?” I ask, fearing the worst. It’s happened before, many times, in fact, that “it doesn’t matter” response when it comes to work both of my kids are doing in school. That’s an especially frustrating reality for me because in my travels to schools around the world I see lots of examples of “work that matters”; high school kids in Philadelphia designing solar panels for hospitals in the African bush; middle school kids in San Diego writing books about their local ecosystems and selling them in local stores; primary school kids designing a new classroom wing being built at their school outside of Melbourne, Australia.

“Work that matters” has significance beyond classroom walls; it’s work that is created for an authentic audience who might enjoy it or benefit from it even in a small way. Are these kids outliers? Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context. Lenny Gonzalez Part 3 in the series Learning In the New Economy of Information. By Shawn McCusker During a recent unit on World War II, Courtney Wilhelm’s U.S. History class conducted a leader’s conference. In classes where students connect ideas from the abstract to real-life events, the role of the teacher — as Wilhelm illustrates — moves from being a distributor of information to one of nurturing students as they collect, evaluate, and process information into unique learning products.

For some, these changing roles might signal the end of an era where the teacher serves as a content expert. It’s here, in these seemingly disjointed moments, that the expertise of the teacher is crucial to uniting the class’s learning. In reality, however, the converse is true. And it’s here, in these seemingly disjointed moments, that the expertise of the teacher is crucial to uniting the class’s learning. Teacher as Conductor in the Classroom Orchestra Related. Engaging our students to the end SmartBlogs. It’s test time! The majority of our students are currently involved in high-stakes, year-end standardized testing. They are going through rigorous reviews and even test-taking practice as if the year’s learning is effectively over.

As a principal of a large, inner-city K-8 school, I was proud that our students were engaged and excited about learning until the very last day of school and even into the holidays. Their teachers challenged them to engage in projects that would make a difference. They wanted to work hard. How can we engage our students to the end?

We must ensure they never believe the test is the end. We cannot let testing shorten the learning time of our students. Carol Hunter is an award-winning, retired elementary-school principal and author of “Real Leadership Real Change.” Related Posts. What Students Really Need to Hear | affectiveliving. 10 things parents should never say to their kids. For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer. Thinkstock In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to gauge comprehension, but it’s a passive model that relies on students to absorb information they need to reproduce on tests.

What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions? That’s the premise of the Right Question Institute and a new book by its co-directors Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana. The book, Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions, documents a step-by-step process to help students formulate and prioritize questions about nearly everything. Coming up with the right question involves vigorously thinking through the problem, investigating it from various angles, turning closed questions into open-ended ones and prioritizing which are the most important questions to get at the heart of the matter.

“We’ve been underestimating how well our kids can think.” How Children Have Become Their Parents’ Bullies. Fulltext/2006_KBTheory.pdf.