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Nadia Lopez: Why open a school? To close a prison. Classroom Management Tips For New Teachers Classroom Management Tips. MOOCs 101 | Playlist - skip to Peter Norvig video. How Teachers Can Motivate Students of Any Age | MindShift | KQED News. Barry Schwartz laughs as he describes the little girl next door who suddenly dove into reading after a substitute teacher took over her elementary school classroom.

For every book they read, recalls the Swarthmore College psychology professor, students received a point, which they later cashed in for prizes. The girl then started to read a book an hour. The only catch was that she picked her books based on the number of pages and type size, and “she couldn’t tell you anything about any of them,” he says. Schwartz shared this story about the binge-reading neighbor during a conference call with Yale University associate professor Amy Wrzesniewski explaining their research on motivation. They assumed that some combination of internal and external motives would lead to the most success, as measured by the officers’ willingness to stay beyond the five-year commitment to the Army and to graduate and become commissioned officers. In Elementary School In Middle School and Beyond Linda Flanagan. 4th Grade Teacher Says Welcome Back to School with Hit YouTube Video.

This year, one 4th grade teacher from Chicago decided to give his students a warm welcome with a (precious, totally age appropriate) back to school rap video. With nearly 200,000 views in just three days, “Welcome to the 4th Grade” has already landed first-year teacher Dwayne Reed (a.k.a. Mr. Reed) coverage via Time, Mashable, and Good Morning America. As a creative approach to his suburban Chicago school’s traditional back to school newsletter, Reed channeled all his fresh enthusiasm into the upbeat, simple song encouraging students to “keep it positive” and “have respect for each other.” The lyrics might be sweet, but Reed is no pushover—he still expects his students to be “Working hard till the bell starts ringing.” Reed wrote the lyrics in one day, collaborating with fellow artists on the musical score and video to bring to the world the following masterpiece. Reed’s creative education career is off to a great start, but this isn’t the last we’ll see from the first-year teacher.

How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn | MindShift | KQED News. By Juli Fraga When mindfulness teacher Laurie Grossman instructed a class at Reach Academy to let their eyes rest and close so they could focus on their breathing, one student’s eyes remained wide open. Instead of following Grossman’s cues, the student refused to close her eyes and stared at her friend.

This kind of response is not unusual for students who come to school after having experienced trauma, such as the death of a parent, emotional neglect and homelessness. Neurological research shows that tragic experiences can affect brain development and impact a child’s ability to concentrate and relax. As a result, students who grow up in these circumstances believe that it’s important to always keep a watchful eye on their surroundings. “The trauma that our children carry affects their ability to learn,” says educator Mason Musumeci, a former literacy teacher at Reach. Then he gave his peers additional instructions, such as, “Sit up straight, remain still and silent. Re-imagining school | Playlist. TV Special: TED Talks Education | Playlist. Big Wings, Bigger Dreams: A Sleepover In The Space Shuttle's Shadow : NPR Ed. The National Air And Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption toggle caption Ariel Zambelich/NPR Visiting a museum full of airplanes and rocket ships is a pretty awesome field trip.

Now imagine camping out for a whole night in Smithsonian's huge hangar outside Washington D.C. You're there with a few other lucky kids, some grownups, and aviation treasures like the space shuttle Discovery. Sean Mclaughlin, 10, is one of those kids. Sean Mclaughlin (top, center) sits with a friend as they pick out their pilot code names. Sean finally settles on the perfect code name: Alpha Whiskey Yankee — the first step in his on boarding as a young pilot on this sleepover adventure at the Smithsonian's massive Udvar-Hazy Center. This was the first year the Smithsonian offered sleepovers at the center, also called the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's annex near the runways of Washington Dulles International Airport. "What would you take to space?

" Bed Time. Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem : NPR Ed. A new study out of Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black boys, expecting trouble. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption toggle caption LA Johnson/NPR A new study out of Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black boys, expecting trouble. First, a story: Late one night, a man searches for something in a parking lot. A woman passes, stops, takes in the scene. "What are you looking for? "My car keys. "You dropped them right around here? " "Oh, no. "Then why are you looking here? " The man pauses to consider the question. "Because this is where the light is. " New research from the Yale Child Study Center suggests that many preschool teachers look for disruptive behavior in much the same way: in just one place, waiting for it to appear.

The problem with this strategy (besides it being inefficient), is that, because of implicit bias, teachers are spending too much time watching black boys and expecting the worst. The study.