edutopia I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher. Counting by Tens off the Decade on a 100 Chart I was planning with my Kinder team today, and the discussion turned to skip counting by tens off the decade. Traditionally, when skip counting by tens was taught, we asked students to count the multiples of ten--10, 20, 30, etc. Counting by tens off the decade involves counting by tens from a number other than a multiple of ten, for example 7, 17, 27, etc. The hundred chart is a perfect tool for skip counting by tens because of the arrangement of numbers in rows and columns.
The Essential 3 App Classroom Solution – Showbie This is the first in a series of blog posts written by Apple Distinguished Educator, Trainer, and Showbie Champion, Joe Moretti. Schools looking for an effective implementation of technology to enhance their teaching and learning often fail to establish a clear base line of operation for the technology. In response to this, I developed a 3 app strategy as a bottom line for minimum effective use of technology in the learning space. The diagram below shows the minimum triangle of effective use of technology. Broadly speaking: concepts need to be introduced or taught, work needs to be set and content produced with a feedback mechanism available throughout the process. I use Book Creator throughout the different year groups — even up to exam class age — for content creation.
Two stars and a bloody wish! A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them.Jean de La Bruyère We are held hostage by our superstitious belief in the mystical power of marking to cure all educational ills. It won’t. A teacher inscribing marks in students’ exercise books is every bit as mundane as it sounds; in my 15 years in the classroom it rarely resulted in much. But that’s not really why we mark. 8 Pathways to Every Student's Success Teachers who transform lives understand not only how to teach curriculum, but also how children develop into capable, caring, and engaged adults. They see beyond quantitative measurements of success to the core abilities that help students live healthy, productive lives. Famous educator Maria Montessori wisely remarked, "The greatest sign of success for a teacher. . . is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'"
Self-Assessment Inspires Learning Self-reflection is self-assessment, and one of the most significant learning tools we can model for our students. Ultimately, we want our children and adolescents to be the self-assessors of their work, dispositions, and goals. Research repeatedly reports that the difference between good teachers and superior teachers is that superior teachers self-reflect. The brain is wired for this strategy, and it has been a part of our evolution. When we teach to a child's or adolescent's brain, we empower that student with the "inner resources" that directly affect his or her ability to pay attention, engage, and create meaningful learning experiences. School culture is simply about relationships, and the brain is a relational organ designed to survive, think, and feel.
Learn math without fear, Stanford expert says Stanford Report, January 29, 2015 Stanford Professor Jo Boaler says that students most effectively learn "math facts" working on problems that they enjoy, rather than through exercises and drills they fear. Speed pressure, timed testing and blind memorization damage children's experience of math, she says. By Clifton B. Teaching & Assessing Soft Skills The career landscape is changing dramatically. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before the age of forty. This requires a high degree of flexibility and adaptability.
Zaption - Video Based Quizzes and More Zaption is an interesting video assessment tool that I tried when it was in beta last fall. This afternoon I received an email from the Zaption team asking me to take a look at the new version of the service. I was impressed by what I saw when I tried it this evening. Zaption is a tool for creating video-based quizzes. Unlike some services like TED-Ed that have students watch a video then answer questions at the end, Zaption allows you to display questions for students to answer as they watch a video. Consequences of school grading systems on adolescent health: evidence from a Swedish school reform: Journal of Education Policy: Vol 0, No 0 The Swedish school system and grading reform Sweden has undergone a transformation from a centralist and state-led education system to a dispersed and marketized system. Public and independently run schools are fully tax funded, but independent schools are mostly for-profit schools (Rönnberg, Lindgren, and Lundahl 2019 Rönnberg, L., J. Lindgren, and L. Lundahl. 2019. “Education Governance in Times of Marketization.”
Linking Projects, Ideas, and Concepts with Popplet This is a guest post from Beth Holland at EdTechTeacher.org which is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers. Recently, when looking for a new tool that would work across multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, & Chromebook in particular), I stumbled on Popplet. While I had used the free Popplet Lite iPad app as a mindmapping tool, I had been unaware of the truly awesome potential for using Popplet on the web! At first glance, Popplet seems like most other mindmapping tools such as Inspiration, Bubbl.us, or MindMeister. However, it has three critical features that separate it from the rest (on top of being FREE).
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 5 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do On YouTube January, 2015 After the post I shared here on how to create flipped videos via the use of annotations and other interactivity features on YouTube, I received a couple of emails from fellow teachers asking about certain functionalities on YouTube. Instead of answering each one individually, I decided to create this post and include in it the major important things a teacher should be able to do on YouTube. Here is what you will get to learn from these tips:Know how to add subtitles and closed captions to your videosAdd and edit annotationsuse enhancement features to improve your videosHow to use YouTube video editor to combine, trim, add music and customize your clipsHow to search YouTube library for copyright-free music to add to your videosHow to swap the audio track on our videos Click on each title to access its corresponding resource page. 3- How to Add Annotations to Your Videos Annotations help you engage with viewers and make your videos more interactive.
Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur. Brain Breaks A brain break is a short period of time when we change up the dull routine of incoming information that arrives via predictable, tedious, well-worn roadways.