Demystifying the Finnish Education System, Part II: Is Finland abolishing school subjects? - Voices in Education. In the months leading up to my move to Finland, friends and family regularly forwarded me any links to news articles about the Finnish education system they came across.
Those articles most often were about one of two things: the lack of testing and homework employed in the Finnish school system, and the rumors that Finland is “abolishing school subjects” in place of phenomenon-based learning. I addressed the first topic in a previous blog post, so I thought it was about time I addressed the the second question: Is Finland getting rid of school subjects? The short answer is no, but to better understand what changes are actually happening in Finland requires better understanding what “phenomenon-based learning”–the hallmark of the policy changes being referenced–means in practice, and in Finnish education policy.
New Tech Network Knowledge and Thinking Rubrics — scientific research. New Tech Network Knowledge and Thinking Rubrics — scientific research August 8, 2016 The ability to reason, problem-solve, develop sound arguments or decisions, and create new ideas by using appropriate sources and applying the knowledge and skills of a discipline.
NTN Knowledge and Thinking Rubric for Scientific Research Grade 12 NTN Knowledge and Thinking Rubric for Scientific Research Grade 10 NTN Knowledge and Thinking Rubric for Scientific Research Grade 8. How to Create a Project Based Learning Lesson. 20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2020 – George Couros. For the last three years, I have shared some of my favorite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject.
I wanted to provide some for this year as well. Have an amazing year and beyond!! Games on Climate Change and the Environment. Via GIPHY.
Kindergarten teacher: 'Why our youngest learners are doomed right out of the gate’ — and a road map to fix it. Kindergarten teacher: 'Why our youngest learners are doomed right out of the gate’ — and a road map to fix it. Rockn' The Boat – Rocking today's classrooms, one teacher, student, and class at a time. Tech Like a PIRATE: Use tech to make learning come alive. Make Meadows, Not Lawns. “The Heart of the Ecosystem: Taking Responsibility for the Extinction of Bees”
A New Take on Traditional Grading System. These are compelling words from a group of experienced and high-performing teachers.
What motivated such profound and positive changes? It wasn’t an expensive professional development program or a conference, a motivational speaker, a transformational change in schedule, or a big investment in technology. Rather, it is the grading reform we have been exploring and implementing over the past two-and-a-half years at Rowland Hall (UT) that is helping teachers feel confident providing necessary and appropriate instruction for their students.
Educational theorists and researchers have debated the limitations associated with traditional grading schemes for decades. Influential writers and thinkers like Ken O’Connor, Thomas Guskey, Douglas Reeves, Rick Wormeli, Robert Marzano, and Cathy Vatterott have pointed out the many flaws of percentage-based, A–F grades.
April 2017: My Favorite NGSS Freebies — Juli Cannon Science. Using Data - Scientific PracticesGet your students to analyze quantitative data and make claims based on evidence by using authentic data provided by Data Nuggets.
These engaging activities show how real scientists complete research by including data and videos of their experiments. CSCS Bird Beak Adaptations Lab/Activity - Meltzer4Science. Fixin' to Teach: Get Your Own Food! A Bird Beak Adaptation Activity. Hi Friends!!!!
Last week my fourth graders experimented with to see which bird beak was best for a particular food type. I have to say that this activity is probably one of my favorites!! I love life science. Heck, that's what I earned my degree in... Not to travel too far down memory lane, but when I taught middle school science, my favorite unit by far was the human body. I set up stations with different 'food' types & various tools that simulated bird beaks. Eighth grade Lesson Build a Thermos. Pathfinder 3rd and 4th Grade. RefdeskNextGen. Lesson Planning Resources NGSS Hub - One of my go-to resources to find lessons and units targeting Next Gen standards!
Also look for their free NGSS app for iPad, Droid, and Windows devices. ACKademic™ REVIEW, REFRESH, and REMIND. August/September - Ms. Poston @ LMS. Ms. Poston's 3rd Grade Class - About. Ms. Poston @ LMS - Home. What are you going to do differently this year? Visible Thinking. Introduction to Thinking Routines Visible Thinking makes extensive use of learning routines that are thinking rich.
These routines are simple structures, for example a set of questions or a short sequence of steps, that can be used across various grade levels and content. What makes them routines, versus merely strategies, is that they get used over and over again in the classroom so that they become part of the fabric of classroom' culture. The routines become the ways in which students go about the process of learning. Thinking routines form the core of the Visible Thinking program.
Is goal oriented in that it targets specific types of thinking Gets used over and over again in the classroom Consists of only a few steps Is easy to learn and teach Is easy to support when students are engaged in the routine Can be used across a variety of context Can be used by the group or by the individual. CC Search.
Adventureblogs. Maker Studio Proposal and Equipment. Mrs. Willyerd's Virtual Classroom: project-based learning. It's been a long time since our last science update, but the seventh graders have been busy working on the Travel Channel Commercial Challenge. Students were challenged to research an assigned biome and create an infomercial that would make Travel Channel viewers want to visit that biome on their next vacation. Students not only had to develop their scientific knowledge with biomes and the biodiversity of plants and animals but they had to use their social studies skills to understand the location of the biomes and language arts skills to create persuasive scripts for their infomercials. KQED Public Media for Northern CA. What’s Wrong with Extra Credit? – Teachers Going Gradeless. Sifting through the #extracredit hashtag on Twitter, it seems there are more extra credit opportunities than learning opportunities.
If the situations I share below look familiar, it’s probably because many teachers are providing similar options for extra credit. Of course I took some liberties: I had to try to make some of it funny, because otherwise writing this post would make my blood pressure rise. Being so far removed from extra credit myself, it’s hard for me to put myself in the shoes of someone who still uses extra credit to motivate students. I write this post with the goal of helping teachers think for themselves, instead of telling them what I believe they should think. Maybe this post will reach reflective educators… Web Tools - Katie Ann Wilson's Resources. Control Alt Achieve. Jesse Stommel. 21 Mistakes you Could be Making on Your Class or Teacher Blog – Primary Tech.
You have the ideas and the content but are you conveying them in the best way possible on your class or education blog? I’ve been visiting many blogs recently and have identified some common “mistakes”. Zombies of AdVENTURE News: class blog. Welcome AdVENTURErs, I am very excited to introduce you to this school year's theme - Zombies of AdVENTURE. TPR (Town's people Rescued) As most of you know, my classes are gamified. That means that, amongst other things, your work will receive a number that represents the Town's People Recovered during your quest. These TPR are always additive, which means that once recovered, your number of TPR will never go down. Blog TPR: The blogs are not going away. As much as possible, I try to run a paperless classroom. Adventureblogs. Typing - Example Technology Curriculum. ‘Making’ Does Not Equal ‘Constructionism’ Matt Renwick – Literacy, School Leadership, Technology. Science Notebooking, Teaching, and Technology: inquiry.
When teaching the scientific method to students I say that all good science starts with a good observation....which in turn often leads to a good testable question. How to Change Education - How to Start, Grow, and Scale a Private Practice. Introduction by Rob Hansen, Headmaster, at the Pathfinder School to the PathFunder Gala. When a child is born into a family, everything changes for the better: KevinHoneycutt.org. How to make Leonardo da Vinci’s self-supporting bridge. Clearing snow from the cables on the Port Mann Bridge The Port Mann Bridge is one of the largest cable stay suspension bridges in the world. To keep traffic flowing during winter storms, teams of Rope Access Technicians hang high over traffic to operate the bridge's snow... Middle School Minds - The Teachers Blog. Sketchnotes: Tools and tactics for visual notetaking.
Educating the Digital Tribe. Tip of the Iceberg. 15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own. Sometimes, we just need some help organizing our thoughts — students AND educators. Re:thinking.