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7 Time Savers for Innovative Educators. The one thing all innovative educators need is more time.

7 Time Savers for Innovative Educators

That’s why I stopped and read this Fast Company article from my Twitter feed: “Seven Effective Shortcuts To A More Productive Workday.” Rather than reading the whole article, I’ll save you time and share some ways this can be applied to the busy lives of innovative educators. Shave time to save time: Consider shaving off ten minutes from staff/team meetings. How to Use Apostrophes (Infographic) – The Visual Communication Guy: Design, Writing, and Teaching Resources All in One Place!

As I passed a billboard this week, telling me the “do’s and dont’s” of something or other–I can’t even recall what the billboard was about because I was so distracted by the error–I was reminded how frequently we see apostrophe errors in all kinds of professional settings.

How to Use Apostrophes (Infographic) – The Visual Communication Guy: Design, Writing, and Teaching Resources All in One Place!

The Hardest Type of Web Search for Students. There are three basic types of searches that students conduct on the Internet.

The Hardest Type of Web Search for Students

Those types of searches are navigational, transactional, and informational. Navigational searches are conducted to find something specific like a website or physical location. Transactional searches are conducted for the purpose of trying to purchase something. 50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning. 50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning.

50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning

8 Strategies To Improve Executive Functions Of The Brain. 8 Strategies To Improve Executive Functions Of The Brain by TeachThought Staff What are the executive functions of the brain, and what can you do as an educator to support their development in students?

8 Strategies To Improve Executive Functions Of The Brain

That’s what the graphic below from understood.org seeks to answer. According to Harvard, “Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport safely manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, the brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses.” Put simply, these are “high order” thinking patterns and skills that allow students to live. 100 Questions That Help Students Think About Thinking. 100 Questions That Help Students Think About Thinking by Terry Heick.

100 Questions That Help Students Think About Thinking

Try the Google Newspaper Archive to Locate Old Articles and Images. You Can Use a Picture If: Guidelines for Image Copyrights – The Visual Communication Guy: Design, Writing, and Teaching Resources All in One Place! A couple years ago, I published a flowchart on image copyright best practices that followed the question, “Can I Use that Picture?”

You Can Use a Picture If: Guidelines for Image Copyrights – The Visual Communication Guy: Design, Writing, and Teaching Resources All in One Place!

While that chart has been widely distributed and used in schools, libraries, and businesses across the country, I have since wondered if it might be clearer to simplify the chart even further. At its most basic level, image usage can be boiled down to four main ideas: copyright, fair use, creative commons, and public domain. If you can wrap your head around around those four concepts, image copyright won’t seem so scary. Literature Map Helps You Find Authors You Might Like. Tech Tip: Create grading shortcuts in Google Documents. More teachers are grading work online these days but many still prefer to grade writing assignments on paper because they can use abbreviations when they edit or quickly write in feedback.

Tech Tip: Create grading shortcuts in Google Documents

My Favorite Internet Search Tips for Teachers & Students. Clear Criteria: A Good Way to Improve Participation  I continue to be impressed by the need for teachers to clarify common aspects of instruction instead of assuming that students’ understanding of what they entail are the same as ours.

Clear Criteria: A Good Way to Improve Participation 

Participation is a good example. How often is it defined in the course syllabus? How often is it characterized beyond the basics when it’s discussed at the beginning of the course or at different times throughout the semester? We do probably agree on the essentials—questions, answers, and comments—but much more than that is needed if classroom interaction is to realize its potential as a student engagement strategy.

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners. Kathy Perez has decades of experience as a classroom educator, with training in special education and teaching English language learners.

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

She also has a dynamic style. Sitting through her workshop presentation was like being a student in her classroom. Help Students Develop Vital Interviewing Skills in Your Classroom. Interviewing subjects isn’t just that thing HR Managers do. In fact, interviewing can be a great form of experiential learning. This is true whether students are the interviewer or the interviewee. In fact, when we encourage students to ask questions of the people they meet, we’re encouraging the development of a wide range of skills, from the social and the emotional to a basic sense of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. Honing interview schools at school will help students thrive not only in the classroom itself, but also in the job market as they interview for jobs, interview others for those positions, and continually ask questions as they settle into their roles.

Here are a few ways to integrate the teaching of these essential, foundational skills into the classroom. Image via Flickr by boellstiftung. How to Create a Progress Chart in Google Sheets. 10 Important Google Search Strategies for Students - A PDF Handout. 18 Epic Productivity Apps to Help You Live Your Dreams. Apps should make you more productive.