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Six 'E' Words Essential to Student Success - Learning Forward's PD Watch. Your Lesson's First Five Minutes: Make Them Grand. If you have ever lived with another person and come home to find them in a bad mood, how long did it take you to figure it out?

Your Lesson's First Five Minutes: Make Them Grand

Hours? Minutes? Seconds? Most people say "seconds," and some can tell before they even enter the same room. That's how children feel when they enter your classroom. Once that attitude is formed, it takes a lot to change it. 1. Find either something you love to teach or some way you love teaching it if the topic doesn’t excite you. 2. I learned about teasers by watching the news on television. Teasers work the same way in the classroom. From The Brilliant Report: How To Give Good Feedback. Monday, March 18, 2013 When effectively administered, feedback is a powerful way to build knowledge and skills, increase motivation, and develop reflective habits of mind in students and employees.

From The Brilliant Report: How To Give Good Feedback

Too often, however, the feedback we give (and get) is ineffectual or even counterproductive. Here, four ways to offer feedback that really makes a difference, drawn from research in psychology and cognitive science: 1. Supply information about what the learner is doing, rather than simply praise or criticism. The Magic of Music in the Classroom.

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The Magic of Music in the Classroom

We all know how music has the power to move people’s feelings and alter their moods. Many of us use music every single day to make us happy, to help us relax and to motivate us during exercise. Music is also ingrained into our memories. If you’ve ever had a song ‘stuck in your head’ you will know how easy it is to recall even the most annoying song on the radio, in a way that seems completely involuntarily. This phenomenon can drive us crazy, but for teachers, this idea can be adapted to help with the learning process.

Improve Memory. Response: "Ten Elements Of Effective Instruction" - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo. (This is Part Two of a two-part series.

Response: "Ten Elements Of Effective Instruction" - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo

You can see Part One here) The question asked two weeks ago was: How can English Teachers Best Improve Their Craft? I've previously posted a number of responses that apply to this question, including a five-part series on teaching reading and another five-part series on teaching writing. Assessment - Lesson Plan Assessment and Follow-Up.

Definition: A 8-step lesson plan is not complete without the final step of Assessment.

Assessment - Lesson Plan Assessment and Follow-Up

Required Materials - Lesson Plan Required Materials and Equipment. Definition: Required Materials and Equipment is the seventh section of an effective [link lesson plan, after Objective, Anticipatory Set, Direct Instruction, Guided Practice, Closure, and Independent Practice.

Required Materials - Lesson Plan Required Materials and Equipment

In the Required Materials section, consider: What items and supplies will be needed by both the instructor and the students in order to accomplish the stated learning objectives? What equipment will I need in order to utilize as many learning modalities as possible? (visual, audio, tactile, kinesthetic, etc.) Closure - Lesson Plan Closure. Definition: Closure is the fifth step in writing a strong and effective 8-step lesson plan for elementary school students.

Closure - Lesson Plan Closure

After defining the Objective, Anticipatory Set, Direct Instruction, and Guided Practice, the Closure section provides a fitting conclusion and context for the student learning that has taken place. Closure is the time when you wrap up a lesson plan and help students organize the information into a meaningful context in their minds. A brief summary or overview is often appropriate. Another helpful activity is to engage students in a quick discussion about what exactly they learned and what it means to them now.

Look for areas of confusion that you can quickly clear up. Independent Practice - Lesson Plan Independent Practice. Definition: Independent Practice is the sixth step in writing an effective [link url= lesson plan for the elementary classroom, after defining the Objective, Anticipatory Set, Direct Instruction, Guided Practice, and Closure.

Independent Practice - Lesson Plan Independent Practice

Through Independent Practice, students have a chance to reinforce skills and synthesize their new knowledge by completing a task on their own and away from the teacher's guidance. In writing the Independence Practice section of the Lesson Plan, consider the following questions: Based on observations during Guided Practice, what activities will my students be able to complete on their own? How can I provide a new and different context in which the students can practice their new skills? Guided Practice - Lesson Plans Guided Practice. Definition: Writing a Guided Practice section is the fourth step in writing an effective and strong 8-step lesson plan for the elementary school classroom, after defining the Objectives, Anticipatory Set, and Direct Instruction.

Guided Practice - Lesson Plans Guided Practice

Direct Instruction - Lesson Plan Direct Instruction. Definition: If your 8-step lesson plan were a hamburger, then the Direct Instruction section would be the all-beef patty.

Direct Instruction - Lesson Plan Direct Instruction

After writing the Objective (or Goals) and Anticipatory Set, you're ready to delineate exactly how you will present the most important lesson information to your students. Your methods of Direct Instruction could include reading a book, displaying diagrams, showing real-life examples of the subject matter, using props, discussing relevant characteristics, watching a movie, or other hands-on and/or presentational steps directly related to your lesson plan's stated objective. When determining your methods of Direct Instruction, consider the following questions: How can I best tap into the various learning modalities (audio, visual, tactile, kinesthetic, etc.) to meet the learning style preferences of as many students as possible? Anticipatory Sets - Lesson Plan Anticipatory Sets. Definition: To write an effective lesson plan, you must define the Anticipatory Set. This is the second step of an 8-Step lesson plan and should be written after the Objective and before the Direct Instruction.

Objectives - Lesson Plan Objectives and Goals. Definition: Objectives are the first step in writing a strong 8-step lesson plan. After the Objective, you will define the Anticipatory Set. In the Objectives section of your lesson plan, write precise and delineated goals for what you want your students to be able to accomplish after the lesson is completed.

Be Specific. Use numbers where appropriate. Writing Lesson Plans - 8 Steps to Writing a Perfect Lesson Plan. Whether you're working on your teaching credential or being reviewed by an administrator or evaluator, you will often need to write out a lesson plan during your teaching career. Make sure it includes the eight essential components of a strong, effective lesson plan and you'll be on your way to achieving every teacher's goal: measurable student learning. Use the blank lesson plan template to stay organized. 1. Objectives and Goals. The Long-Term Effects Of Skipping Your Homework. Not every student loves reading, there’s no argument on that. We’ve talked about a lot of resources for learning to read and making reading fun and easy for students, but we haven’t really talked about where that reading fits in to the larger picture of a students’ education.

Though the information in the infographic below isn’t very new (the reference notes 1987), the numbers still hold true. A student who reads 20 minutes per day will read 1,800,000 words by the end of the sixth grade, compared with a student who reads one minute per day, who will read only 8,000 words. The student who reads one minute per day will only read .004% of what the 20 minute reader will read. Think about how much more information the 20 minute reader will have absorbed over time!

{12 Days: Tool 2} Concept Circles. Tool 2: Concept Circles The Common Core ELA and literacy standards place an emphasis on increasing the amount of informational text in the classroom. Many teachers I work with have comfort and expertise with fiction but sometimes feel less comfortable when teaching students how to read and comprehend informational text. What makes informational text so challenging for students is that informational text – textbooks, manuals, pamphlets, journal articles, encyclopedia entries - typically includes less familiar content and organizational text patterns.

Informational text selections also include a great deal of academic vocabulary, often unfamiliar to students. 10 Great Websites for Creating Free Online Exams and Quizzes. The Seven Myths of Instructional Rigor. Instructional rigor is one of the most discussed topics in education today. The Best Videos Showing The Importance Of Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More. Fantastic and far-out formative assesment ideas.

When Suzie Boss skyped in to chat with us for #plsm13 last month, I just knew that she would share with us some stunning but practical ideas for project-learning. Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Reflect on Guided Reading. New Reasons to Dislike Multiple-Choice Testing. The multiple-choice problem is becoming a bit of an issue. While it has been derided by educators for decades as incapable of truly measuring understanding, and while performance on such exams can be noticeably improved simply by learning a few tricks, the multiple choice question may have a larger, less obvious flaw that disrupts the tone of learning itself.

This is a tone that is becoming increasingly important in the 21st century as access to information increases, as the updating of information happens more naturally, and as blended and mobile learning environments become more common. What does learning look like? A while ago, I created this poster “A Tale of Two Classrooms.” From Management to Engagement. As educators, we are always looking for management strategies to try in the classroom. Note I said "strategies" -- not "solutions. " Many Edutopia bloggers have written about strategies and ideas for classroom management.

The Amazing Sticky Note. This week, I watched a science teacher use sticky notes in a very creative way. To check for understanding, the teacher gave each student a sticky note and asked each of her science students to give concrete examples of the vocabulary that they had learned in class.

Writing Multiple Choice Questions For Higher Order Thinking: Instructional Design and eLearning. One of the biggest criticisms of multiple choice questions is that they only test factual knowledge. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can also use multiple choice questions to assess higher-order thinking. Higher Order Thinking in a Nutshell. How to Design Text Based Questions (And Teach Students to Answer Them!) - School Leadership 2. Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students. Classroom Discussion Strategies « Engnology. Strategy of the Week. Assessment for Learning: The Cramlington Teaching and Learning Model.

Silent Communication Signals. Infinitely Reusable Folders. Tiered Exit Tickets.