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Here's an all-too-common scenario: A group of elementary or middle school students are unruly, disrespectful and underperforming academically and socially in the classroom. They do not appreciate the value of education. The teacher, despite good intentions and passion, is viewed as an adversarial or irrelevant authority figure. Classroom teaching can best be accomplished -- and sometimes can only be accomplished -- if a student is willing to be taught. In his book Dropping Out, Russell Rumberger lays out the societal consequences, including: . . . poor academic performance in middle school and even elementary school can decrease a student’s motivation in high school, which can lead to failing courses and skipping school, . . . Statistic Brain provides this information: Image Credit: Chelsea Dale So what can be done? Focus, Commitment, Reinforcement, Effectiveness, Fun The goal: Students who respect their teachers, schools, peers, and the learning process.The key: Student motivation. 1. 2. 3. Related:  Framgångsfaktorerengage!Project-Based learning

Carol Dweck: 'The whole idea of growth mindset is to say yes they can' Carol Dweck is education’s guru of the moment. The US academic’s “growth mindset” theory has taken schools on both sides of the Atlantic by storm. When TES met the Stanford University psychology professor at the Festival of Education at Wellington College last week, the mere mention of her name was sending teachers into shivers of excitement. But the woman herself is refreshingly modest about the success of her philosophy. “You never know how influential your idea is going to be,” she says, smiling. Like all good ideas, Professor Dweck’s is essentially a simple one – it says that an individual’s learning is shaped by whether they believe their intelligence is fixed or can be changed (see panel, below right). And it seems to have flicked a switch in thousands of teachers’ heads. A means of marginalisation? Inevitably, the backlash has begun. She is visibly saddened to hear that her work has been interpreted in this way. Read the full feature on growth mindset in the 26 June issue of TES.

edutopia Ramsey Musallam’s TED Talk on his "3 Rules to Spark Learning" inspires the need to foster students' curiosity. As educators, we want them to ask questions and explore their ideas, which can lead to a rich inquiry-based classroom. From young children whose mantra for everything is "Why?" 1. The Question Formulation Technique offers a starting place to teach students how to construct questions that meet their needs. 2. One challenge to generating substantive questions and ideas is getting every student's voice heard. Post a topic as a statement starter or a question on chart paper for small groups. Traditionally, the teacher collects the results at the end to use as data for later activities based on the students' contributions. 3. One challenge with reading articles or other pieces of writing is getting students to read for meaning and make connections beyond summary. Divide students into groups of 2-4. 4. It's amazing what students come up with when the teacher is silent.

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Project Based Learning- 6 Must Read Books June 5, 2015 According to BIE, project based learning is “an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. These activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom.”In its essence , project based learning is all about engaging learners in meaningful and goal-oriented learning activities. Technology is proved to be an effective means of creating and enhancing a PBL-based culture in and outside class. 1- Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry by Jane I. 'This timely and practical book shows how to implement academically-rich classroom projects that teach the all-important skill of inquiry.' 2- Project Based Learning (PBL) Starter Kit by John Larmer (Author), David Ross (Author), John R. 'A practical guide to Project Based Learning. 'Deepen learning experiences in every classroom.

Hjärnforskare vill att skolan tänker om Det viktigaste att ta till sig är att hjärnan är formbar.Torkel Klingberg. Kunskapen om hjärnan och lärandet exploderar just nu. Torkel Klingberg,professor i kognitiv neurovetenskap vid Karolinska institutet, hoppas att en ny vetenskap ska utvecklas genom att smälta samman kunskap från neurovetenskap, psykologi, pedagogik och informationsteknologi. De stora vinnarna skulle vara framtidens skolbarn. Och därmed hela samhället. – Jag vill se en ökad förståelse för var individuella skillnader kommer ifrån, och hur olika problem hänger ihop: Hur arbetsminnet ser ut, mekanismer bakom läsförståelse, varför det kan vara svårt med matematik och vad dyslexi och dyskalkyli kan bero på. Genom det forskningsprojekt som Torkel Klingberg och kollegorna på Karolinska institutet bedriver i Nynäshamn sedan 2007 har han lärt sig mycket om svenska skolelevers utveckling. Torkel Klingberg skiljer ut fem teman som kan leda till en ny syn på barns utveckling och inlärning: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. ”Formbarhet”. – Nej.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching - Teachers.Net Gazette How to Start Class Every Day Making Your Students Feel Seen Greeting students will have the most immediate impact on your day or each class period. A sincere greeting establishes a positive climate for the classroom. You experience greeting people in daily life. You are greeted when you visit someone’s home or business, board an airplane, enter a place of worship, or just see a friend. In the business world, the importance of a greeting is understood. Your wait person welcomes you and takes care of your needs. It makes sense that greetings would apply in your classroom. It Begins at the Door At many schools and in many classrooms, discipline is not a factor, bullying does not exist, and more importantly, students are on task and doing their classroom work. This is the doorway of Karen Rogers, a high school teacher in Olathe, Kansas. Greeter Leaders The teachers model the “greeter leader procedure” for the children. The student being greeted responds, “Good Morning,” in return. R. At A. A.

Science Says Pinterest Has This Surprising Effect on Mental Health What do dream-worthy wedding boards, fabulous DIYs and a few hilarious Pinterest fails have in common? They’re all the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the social media hub Pinterest. According to a new study released by the Public Relations Review, Pinterest is far more than a collection of pinspirational projects — it is an online platform where users can talk about their struggles with mental illness and connect with their peers in a community-centered environment. Jeanine Guidry of Virginia Commonwealth University, along with three colleagues, began investigating how Pinterest users address and respond to mental illness in their 2015 study. The pins themselves were overwhelmingly positive. Although the study concludes with implications for how professionals can use the Pinterest platform to engage with patients with mental illness, the results are relevant for us Pinners too. How are you engaging in community on Pinterest?

Ny masteruppsats om kartläggning av nyanlända elever Äntligen kan vi ta del av min kollega Anniqa Sandell Ring​s masteruppsats: Att utforska nyanländas erfarenheter och kunskaper - om kartläggning som ett didaktiskt redskap i nyanlända elevers utbildning. Det är en fröjd att få läsa om lärare som på ett strukturerat och systematiskt sätt kartlägger de nyanlända elevernas tidigare kunskaper och erfarenheter för att både kunna organisera samt planera och genomföra undervisningen så den utgår ifrån elevernas förkunskaper samtidigt som den anpassas till varje elevs förutsättningar och behov. Kartläggning av nyanlända elever är en utmaning men det är en ännu större utmaning att låta det som framkommer i kartläggningen ligga till grund för planering och genomförande av den undervisning eleven sedan får. Om jag utgår ifrån mina egna erfarenheter inser jag snabbt att jag skulle vilja göra vissa saker annorlunda. Uppsatsen väcker en hel del tankar och jag hoppas ni tar er tid att läsa den. Sammanfattning av uppsatsen Kartläggande aktiviteter

Going with the "Flow": Teachers' Perspectives about When Things Really Work, Online Submission, 2014-Jul-22 This research studies teachers' experience with the concept of "flow." Flow can be described as a state of being in which one is fully engrossed in the activity. When activities are in "flow," there is a sense of immersion, high energy, joy, and focus. Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience, Reflection, Teacher Participation, Educational Environment, Graduate Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Reflective Teaching, Risk, Performance, Teacher Effectiveness, Best Practices, Interpersonal Relationship

Wood tick racing: It’s a thing in Loretta in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, and it’s taken very seriously! <div>Please enable Javascript to watch this video</div> LORETTA, Wisconsin -- The Indy 500 is a Memorial Day weekend tradition -- but there is another great race that takes place right here in Wisconsin. It's a kind of racing you've probably never heard of. In Wisconsin's Northwoods, time moves at its own pace, which is why in his bar in Loretta, Wisconsin, Reed Cain can become a little frazzled. "Something I learned in the bar business -- it`s something new every day," Cain said. In the woods of Loretta, there has been frenzy as well. "They usually like to jump on white cloth. "Pine trees! Wood tick hunting These hunters have been searching for something that just woke up from a long winter's slumber. "I like to catch them a few days before and put them in training. "Right here! You might not believe it, but there is a group in Loretta, Wisconsin that races wood ticks. "I mean, it`s exciting. Loretta, Wisconsin Randy Kuhnert "Tick races started about 37 years ago with my father. "Devastated.

Vilka elever planerar du för? ”Det finns en tendens bland både lärare och rektorer /…/ att dela in eleverna i ”svaga”, ”starka” och ”medel” efter vad de presterar i olika ämnen. Underförstått finns det en föreställning om vad en ”normal” elev förväntas klara av. ” (ur Skolinspektionens rapport Rätten till kunskap) Låt oss utgå ifrån att det finns olika prestationsgrupper i våra klasser. Alla lärare vet att de har elever som har olika lätt för att nå målen och vilka dessa elever är, men varför planerar vi inte undervisningen utifrån den kunskapen? ”24 av 40 skolor i kvalitetsgranskningen anpassar inte eller bara delvis undervisningen efter elevernas behov och förutsättningar. De som lätt når målen får kanske extrauppgifter, får genomföra uppgifterna med mer utmanande frågeställningar eller får arbeta med komplexare underlag, men alltför ofta är det just anpassningar som görs utifrån normen, det vill säga den planering som gäller för mittgruppen. Att diskutera

How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust Teachers who are interested in shifting their classrooms often don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming, frightening, and even discouraging, especially when no one else around you seems to think the system is broken. A question I’m asked often is, “Where should a teacher begin?” Should teachers just let students go or is there a process to good student-centered inquiry? I’ve reflected on this a fair amount, and I think small strategic steps are the key. I think letting students “go” without any structure will likely create failure, especially if students haven’t spent much time collaborating. Many teachers have likely engaged in some type of inquiry or project-based learning, but with frustrating or dismal results. When I start with a new group of students, the design is tight. I’ve also discovered I need to teach the difference between collaboration and cooperation. Start with creating one inquiry unit in one subject. Talk to your students about their learning — a lot.

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