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Icebreakers that Rock. We’re coming up fast on the beginning of another school year.

Icebreakers that Rock

That means a new batch of students to get to know, students who need to be made comfortable in your classroom, and who need to get to know each other. It’s essential to start building relationships with your students right from the start. And how to accomplish this? Icebreakers. I planned to create a nice big post with dozens of icebreaker ideas you could choose from. They require students to take massive social risks with people they barely know. So I have scrapped my plan to curate good icebreakers from the Internet. In my own classrooms, with middle school, high school, and college students, I have played all three of these games with great success. 10 Innovative Formative Assessment Examples for Teachers. Innovative formative assessment strategies are part of the heart of any modern classroom.

10 Innovative Formative Assessment Examples for Teachers

They provide crucial information about what students understand and what they don’t. These ungraded assessments are also valuable guides for students. It can help them enhance their performance. Teachers can use them to determine if further instruction is necessary. Using innovative formative assessment consistently and effectively removes the surprises from getting final grades. Formative assessment is assessment for learning and as learning. 1. A great deal of information can be learned from students’ homework, tests, and quizzes. A student’s current knowledge, attitudes, and skills about subject matterStrengths, weaknesses, and learning stylesNeed for further, or special, assistance This approach lets teachers modify their instruction to be more effective in the future.

10 Dos & Don'ts For Teaching Vocabulary In Any Content Area. 5 Alternatives to Think-Pair-Share for Classroom Discussion. Editors Note: Originally this blog featured five alternates to think-pair-share in classroom discussion.

5 Alternatives to Think-Pair-Share for Classroom Discussion

But the post was so popular we've added five more ideas below! Enjoy! All learners need time to process new ideas and information. They especially need time to verbally make sense of and articulate their learning with a community of learners who are also engaged in the same experience and journey. In other words, kids need to talk!! Problem is, sometimes it’s hard to stay on subject without a little guidance. These five techniques (and a little purposeful planning) go beyond the traditional Turn and Talk/Think-Pair-Share to give students an opportunity to deepen their understanding while practicing their verbal skills. 1. Arrange students into pairs (teacher or student choice). 2. Students mix around the room silently as music plays in the background. Resources and Downloads to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning. Discover the Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning 3 Rules to Spark Learning: Watch a short video to understand how student questions seed real learning.

Resources and Downloads to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning

(TED Talks, 2013) Why Curiosity Enhances Learning: Read about a neurological study on how curiosity enhances learning. (Edutopia, 2014) Designing Learning That Matters: Learn about the benefits of inquiry-driven, deep-learning experiences. (Edutopia, 2015) The Research Behind Choice and Inquiry-Based Education: Explore a collection of research and success stories. Strategiesthatdifferentiateinstruction4.12. The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies.

Listen to this article as a podcast episode: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:22 — 53.1MB) When I worked with student teachers on developing effective lesson plans, one thing I always asked them to revise was the phrase “We will discuss.”

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

We will discuss the video. We will discuss the story. We will discuss our results. Every time I saw it in a lesson plan, I would add a note: “What format will you use? The problem wasn’t them; in most of the classrooms where they’d sat as students, that’s exactly what a class discussion looked like. So here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging. I’ve separated the strategies into three groups. Enjoy! Gallery Walk > Sign in - Google Accounts. Never Too Late: Creating a Climate for Adults to Learn New Skills. When it comes to kids, growth mindset is a hot topic in education.

Never Too Late: Creating a Climate for Adults to Learn New Skills

Studies indicate that children who view intelligence as pliable and responsive to effort show greater persistence when encountering new or difficult tasks. In contrast, children who view intelligence as static or “fixed” have a harder time rebounding from academic setbacks or are reluctant to take on new challenges that might be difficult. Students are not the only ones encountering new challenges at school: Teachers face an evolving profession, driven in part by technology and a rapidly changing economy.

Math teacher Jim Doherty remembers the conversation that became the catalyst for his mid-career journey. After he observed a teacher’s classes and offered some feedback, his colleague replied, “I’ve been at this awhile. Doherty’s gut response was reflective. Soon, he became actively involved in the MathTwitterBlogsphere, eventually contributing to an instructional e-book. What Does a Professional Fixed Mindset Look Like?