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Maker - Resources for Students to Use. List I made from speaking to many people, doing design challenges myself and researching online.

Maker - Resources for Students to Use

So many people said to me "just what you have lying around", but I wanted some more concrete ideas: StringSpindles RampsBoxesWooden blocks (of varying sizes)Tape (masking, duct, normal, double sided)Box CuttersCarsClipsPulleysBooks (used)Drawing PinsPipe CleanersBallsFimoScissors (Paramedic, Normal, Fancy, Small)Cardboard (boxes, coloured, white A3,A4)BeadsRibbonsDecorated paperStrawsSticks (cocktail, kebab, thicker ones) The Windle Workshop: The Viking Longship Mechanisms Project. Coming soon. The Biomimicry Institute — Nature-Inspired Innovation. Leading IB Learning Management System (LMS) What Is Universal Design for Learning? To understand what Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is, it helps to understand what it’s not.

What Is Universal Design for Learning?

The word universal may throw you off. It may sound like UDL is about finding one way to teach all kids. But UDL actually takes the opposite approach. The goal of UDL is to use a variety of teaching methods to remove any barriers to learning and give all students equal opportunities to succeed. It’s about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every student’s strengths and needs. This approach to teaching doesn’t specifically target kids who learn and think differently. Even if you’re not familiar with the term universal design, you’ve likely encountered many examples of it in your everyday life.

For example, closed captioning on TVs allows people with hearing impairments to see onscreen text of what is being said. UDL provides that same kind of flexibility in the classroom. — Design Challenge Generator. MYP Resources. You can take a one month free trial for any InThinking site if you have neither had a paid subscription nor a free trial in the last two years.

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Our teacher sites include INTEGRATED STUDENT ACCESS which enables you to set tasks and give feedback online. Student access is easy to set up; you can set reading, writing, discussion, and multiple choice tasks; and you can track student progress. To sign up, go to: You might also encourage your students to sign up for our DP revision websites, most of which are FREE. They can be found here: These sites are ideal for independent learning and self-assessment; and they should be invaluable in the run up to the IB exams.

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Ads are based on both AdWords data and behavioral data that we collect while you’re on our sites. The data we collect may include pages you’ve visited, trials you’ve initiated, videos you’ve played, purchases you’ve made, and your IP address or device ID. HOW TO MAKE A DA VINCI BRIDGE // Full-size Leonardo Da Vinci bridge. Criterion A – Design Language. ENGINEERING - DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY. Water Tank Engineering with Newspaper, Part 1 - Vista Think. MYP Design Cycle – Getting Started In July of 2015, I taught my first design unit in grade: water tank engineering from newspaper.

Water Tank Engineering with Newspaper, Part 1 - Vista Think

Middle school design teachers and colleagues Jessie M. and Angie U. created the first version of the unit. It was intended to be an introduction to MYP Design and the MYP Design Cycle via a hands-on and easy-to-comprehend engineering problem. This unit was also my first experience with Year 1 (grade 6) MYP Design. Jessie, my teaching partner during school year 15-16, took me through the newspaper water tank unit, which was projected to last about one-fourth of a school year.

I was expecting a greater emphasis on rapid prototyping and concerned about a loss of engagement by students. After completing the unit the first time, I see now that I had begun to appreciate the sequential guidance and reliable authority of the four-part MYP Design Cycle. Lesson Plan Model Background After four years, I was fortunate to have taught the unit to over 300 sixth graders. Water Tank Engineering with Newspaper, Part 1 - Vista Think. Helping Students Cope With Uncertainty: Advice From a Psychologist - Ask a Psychologist: Helping Students Thrive Now. There is so much debate right now about what will happen with schools, the economy, and so much else.

Helping Students Cope With Uncertainty: Advice From a Psychologist - Ask a Psychologist: Helping Students Thrive Now

I'm having trouble coping with uncertainty and don't know what to say to my students. What do you advise? Uncertainty about the future is an extremely uncomfortable psychological state—particularly when what looms on the horizon is negative, not positive. For example, not knowing how long the recession will last is, in some ways, more difficult than knowing with certainty that the recession will last a year. Likewise, it can be especially hard to cope with not knowing what school will be like in the fall. Psychologists sometimes talk about the "need for closure" versus "tolerance of ambiguity. " I have three suggestions for coping with uncertainty. First, tell your students that feeling distressed about our inability to predict what will happen in the future is entirely normal. Second, help your students put things in perspective.

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