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Centers. Johnny Appleseed. Last year I wrote a post about the different apple activities that I do with my class.

Johnny Appleseed

One of the topics that I didn’t discuss was Johnny Appleseed. I love including him in my apple lesson! Plus, introducing biographies in your classroom is a great way to bring nonfiction text into your lessons. Here are some fun ways to explore Johnny with students of different grade levels: Factoids and Activities for Johnny Appleseed These fun facts about Johnny Appleseed are from, although there certainly are other versions out there. Johnny Appleseed’s real name was John Chapman. Younger grades can talk about nicknames. He was born on September 26, 1774.

Younger grades can count how many days until his birthday. He was born in Leominster, Massachusetts. Younger grades can find Leominster on a map in relation to where you live. He had 11 brothers and sisters — his older sister Elizabeth, and 10 younger half-brothers and half-sisters. Johnny Appleseed died when he was 70 years old. New Teachers: Resource Roundup. Assessment and Rubrics. 14 Questions To Guide Your Curriculum Mapping And Lesson Design. By Grant Wiggins How teachers plan – I think this is one of the more interesting ‘black boxes’ in education.

14 Questions To Guide Your Curriculum Mapping And Lesson Design

There are few studies of it, yet it is clearly one of the most vital elements of the enterprise. Winging it is sometimes fun, but it’s a bad way to run a family, a business, or a classroom. Marzano reports that a “guaranteed and viable curriculum” is the key factor in academic achievement in schools, regardless of how flexible plans have to be. As General Eisenhower said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

How do you plan? It was for all these reasons and more that Jay McTighe and I wrote Understanding by Design 14 years ago. The Misconception. How STEM Education Makes a Difference in Children’s Lives Infographic. Other Infographics Teacher Infographics There are plenty of kids out there with a strong interest in STEM subjects, but the job preparing them is not done good enough, especially when it comes to children from low-income neighborhoods.

How STEM Education Makes a Difference in Children’s Lives Infographic

The How STEM Education Makes a Difference in Children’s Lives Infographic illustrates this problem and opportunity. STEM education can have an impact on children’s lives. Kids, especially kids from low-income families, need the chance to get excited and the support to stay that way, including access to books and resources. Via: Embed This Education Infographic on your Site or Blog!

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4 Great Rubrics to Develop Students Presentations and Speaking Skills. February 20, 2014 Looking for some rubrics to hone in your students presentation skills ?

4 Great Rubrics to Develop Students Presentations and Speaking Skills

The rubrics below will definitely be of great help. I came across these materials on Discovery Assessment in an article written by Dona Criswell and I really liked them specially that they cover different grades. However, it should be noted that these rubrics are the property of Bucket Institute of Education, a leading source on project based learning materials and for some reasons the download link Donna provided is not working so I am hoping you will be able to have rough idea of how to create your own rubric based on these samples here.

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement. A while back, I was asked, "What engages students? " Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccuring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students? " 1. Working with their peers "Middle-school students are growing learners who require and want interaction with other people to fully attain their potential. " "Teens find it most interesting and exciting when there is a little bit of talking involved. 2. Free K-12 Lesson Plans, materials and resources.

A Really, Really Cool Website For Students Who Think They Hate Math. The best resource for a student that thinks they hate math is a great teacher.

A Really, Really Cool Website For Students Who Think They Hate Math

But what about the best resource for that teacher? Beyond an active imagination, ability to relate to students, and an incredibly strong content knowledge themselves, it may not get much better than Numberphile . While the site is simple a crudely interactive graphic with links to videos, it has, in one fell swoop, creatively curated some of the most compelling and engaging “problems” in mathematics.

From Benford’s Law to French Numbers, to whether or not zero is an even number, it frames the content area of math–which is often riddled with rote practice of very traditional arithmetic and formulas–in a problem-based learning kind of approach. Fantastic resource for bell ringers, test questions, math project-based learning ideas, or as a model for students to curate their own curiosities about the incredible–and poorly marketed–world of mathematics.

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