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Embedding Formative Assessment: a book that has changed the way I teach & lea... For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K-12 Classrooms.

Embedding Formative Assessment: a book that has changed the way I teach & lea...

It’s one of those education books that really speaks to me, from ‘aha’ moments to moments that I felt comforted as it is validating what I have been doing with my teaching practice for years. I wish I read this book before I became a head teacher. I wish I read this book before I started teaching. Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods – Experiential, Project Based, Problem Based, Inquiry Based, Constructivism, Etc.

In a recent exchange in the media, the USA Today news site sensationalized a study under way at Harvey Mudd College, using the headline “‘Flipped classrooms’ may not have any impact on learning“1.

Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods – Experiential, Project Based, Problem Based, Inquiry Based, Constructivism, Etc.

As the debate rolled out in the media over this, it became apparent that USA Today had taken the study and published information out of context (I know, shocking). In this commentary published the next day by Harvey Mudd teacher and study participant Darryl Yong we learn that, “the article greatly oversimplifies things by portraying our study as an attempt to answer whether flipped classrooms work or not. That kind of research question is too blunt to be useful.”2 I am a firm believer that a key benefit of flipped instruction is that it frees up some time to enable Active Learning in the classroom. Facilitating Active Learning via ‘the Flip’ Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods. Bawling for books: which titles make you cry?

On the Culture desk we have talked about the films that have had us tearing up, and the songs we’ve sniffed along to (which prompted the ever excellent headline “tracks of our tears”).

Bawling for books: which titles make you cry?

Aussie bookshop delivers blind dates with books! Teaching ideas and resources. A professional learning group. 3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers. "Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.

3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers

" - Urie Bronfenbrenner A year and a half ago, I decided that I needed to return to the K-12 classrooms and really experience ground-level teaching, testing, core standards, differentiating, and emotionally connecting with children and adolescents in ways I had not for many years. I have been and still am an assistant professor in the school of education at Marian University, but the environments, experiences, and my own learning have grown and changed immensely from returning to the classroom 18 months ago. I asked the university for a course release, taking the lectures, research, and strategies into the early adolescent grades.

The reading debate: how do we create readers? As a teacher librarian and a mother of two young children, this topic is a passion of mine (along with most teacher librarians in my acquaintance).

The reading debate: how do we create readers?

How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond. Search engines are pretty good at finding what you’re looking for these days, but sometimes they still come up short.

How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond

For those occasions there are a few little known tricks which come in handy. So here are some tips for better googling (as it’s the most popular search engine) but many will work on other search engines too. 1. Exact phrase The simplest and most effective way to search for something specific is to use quote marks around a phrase or name to search for those exact words in that exact order. The power of two: twins in literature. In the final scene of Twelfth Night, when the resemblance between fraternal twins Sebastian and Viola is discovered, Antonio can barely contain his astonishment.

The power of two: twins in literature

“How have you made division of yourself?” He exclaims. 16 Things Teachers Should Try in 2016 Infographic. Teacher Infographics 16 Things Teachers Should Try in 2016 Infographic 16 Things Teachers Should Try in 2016 Infographic What are your goals for 2016?

16 Things Teachers Should Try in 2016 Infographic

There are so many new and exciting things to try both in and out of the classroom. The Author Elizabeth Strout on ‘Lucy Barton’ and How Her Characters Come Into... Knit One. Scientists Pat and Peter Shaw died in a... - The Sydney Morning Herald. How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable: 7 Tips for Having More Productive... George S.

How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable: 7 Tips for Having More Productive...

Patton once said: "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. " In business, stirring the proverbial pot can be a good thing. And while negotiating these matters can be challenging -- especially when they involve our teammates or bosses -- differences in opinion will often lead to progress. The most important thing to remember is that there is a big difference between healthy, productive disagreements and heated arguments. Metaspoon. So I’m not the best when it comes to flossing my teeth which has led to some mild gingivitis, and all that coffee and wine have left me with stains all over my teeth.

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But this year, I’m trying to be better about flossing and I’m going to try to whiten my not-so-pearly whites. David Bowie’s Formative Reading List of 75 Favorite Books. Creativity is a combinatorial force — it rests on our ability to fuse, usually unconsciously, existing concepts, memories, bits of information, pieces of knowledge, and fragmentary impression into novel ideas that we call our own. A mind of exceptional creativity, then, is a mind brimming with vibrantly diverse bits that can be fused together into a boundless array of possible combinations. One way to fully appreciate the power of such cross-disciplinary curiosity is to look at the intellectual diet of those we revere as geniuses, whatever their field of exceptional ability — take, for instance, the reading lists of Carl Sagan, Alan Turing, and Nick Cave.

Naturally, I was thrilled to come across the itemized intellectual diet of one of the most celebrated creative icons in modern history, David Bowie. Here are Bowie’s booktrysts, in reverse chronological order: Rebecca Foster (Reading, The United Kingdom)'s review of Empathy. (3.5) Of Krznaric’s pop-philosophy writing, I would highly recommend The Wonderbox. This survey of empathy, including many historical case studies, doesn’t cover much material that I haven’t read elsewhere, but he does well to synthesize it all into one short, readable text. In our age of narcissism and “empathy deficit” (Obama, 2008), Krznaric insists that we need to prioritize outrospection: making time to understand others. Empathy is something more than just compassion; it’s less of a passive feeling and more of an active outlook. The myth that humans are inherently selfish is one perpetuated through history by four major figures: Hobbes, Adam Smith, Darwin (via Dawkins), and Freud.

University of Adelaide is phasing out lectures. By Tim Dodd Lectures are obsolete, says University of Adelaide vice-chancellor Warren Bebbington. "My view is they're gone; they're never coming back," he said as he described his university's experience in replacing lectures with online learning. If students can get the material online, they are not going to come to lectures, he said. Last year Adelaide began a major shift in its teaching program, beginning to phase out traditional lectures and replacing them with online learning integrated with small-group work. 22 Powerful Closure Activities. Too many university supervisors and administrators criticize the absence of lesson closure, a dubious assessment practice likely caused by the improper use of Madeline Hunter’s lesson plan model (PDF) as a de facto checklist of eight mandatory teaching practices -- anticipatory set, objective and purpose, input, modeling, checking for understanding, guided practice, independent practice, and closure -- a custom that Hunter decried in 1985 (PDF).

Although it offers multiple benefits, please don't view closure as a professional must-do. What Is Closure? Closure is the activity that ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, a phenomenon that Colorado State University professor Rod Lucero calls the recency effect. Teachers use closure to: Check for understanding and inform subsequent instructionEmphasize key informationTie up loose endsCorrect misunderstandings Students find closure helpful for: Creative Closure Activities.

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