Brand new from Wikispaces. guest Join | Help | Sign In cooltoolsforschools Home guest| Join | Help | Sign In Home Presentation Tools Collaborative Tools Research Tools Video Tools Slideshow Tools Audio Tools Image Tools. Edheads - Activate Your Mind! iPads in the Classroom. Reading Lessons: 12 Ways to Scaffold Texts for Students. Would you dump a load of building supplies on a lot and tell a random person to "build a house"?
Hopefully not! For the same reason, it is unwise to deposit an academic novel and some study guide questions on a student’s desk and say, “read it.” Student readers, like builders, need a foundation and a blueprint to be successful. Getting students to read academic novels can be difficult. Students usually lack interest in “school” books for three reasons: 1. they lack prior knowledge to support their comprehension,2. they don’t know the words on the page and3. they don’t understand the format of the particular genre. If we are going to really teach, and not just assign, we have to do some prep work. Let’s face it, interested readers are better readers.Students of all levels need some scaffolding; they need a plan and some knowledge in order to build a foundation for deeper understanding. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, educators should... Research Before Reading. Home. Differentiation: The Dirtiest Word In Education Today.
Be Different It’s like a few people sat around a table, steaming mad at their own opposing views on the direction of education, and said, “What’s a good word that we can all hold our hands around?”
The minute they spread the word around, it became the go-to word for evaluators and validators across the country. People began to set up stations all around their classroom with no rationale for their stations. Teachers sat down for hours of PD on the word “differentiation” where people heard that this word, vital for the 21st century classroom, ought to appear out of thin air with no concrete examples to follow. Some person who is equally as qualified in differentiation (meaning, not at all) with a clipboard might come in your room and rate your differentiation skills on a rubric created by one of your favorite validators, too.
As “differentiation” suggests, no one ought to be against differentiation. That sounds great … except for the following contradictions: Mr. Related. 10 Inspiring Youtube Videos for Teachers. The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011. It’s that time of year again when I start posting year-end “The Best….” lists. Coincidentally, this one is also the eight-hundredth “The Best…” list I’ve published! You can see them all here. I figured it was appropriate to make number 800 one that is likely to be the most popular post that I’ve published since I’ve begun this blog — the annual one highlighting The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education. As usual, in order to make this list, a site had to be: * accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users. * free-of-charge. * appropriate for classroom use. * completely browser-based with no download required.
It’s possible that a few of these sites began in 2010, but, if so, I’m including them in this list because they were “new to me” in 2011. You might want to visit previous editions: The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011 — So Far The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2010. iPad Curriculum. PowerPoint Lessons. Free Technology for Teachers. Coursekit. Tech the Plunge. What was Your First Tweet March 22, 2014 Yesterday I celebrated Twitter’s eighth birthday.
Since a day seems to short to celebrate birthdays anymore, here’s one more Twitter present. Do you remember what your first tweet was? Of course not! Read the full article → Happy Birthday Twitter! March 21, 2014 Today is Twitter’s eighth birthday and Mashable posted a nice video outlining the history of Twitter. Read the full article → Teachers Homepage.