5 Engaging Uses for Letters in Your Classroom The idea of writing a business letter with a class may elicit eye rolls and under-the-breath scoffs of "Oh, that old chestnut!" from many a contemporary teacher. But if we desire to lead classrooms where we value reflective thought and carefully crafted words, letters can be a surprisingly rich genre to explore. Whether it's a letter that you write to your students or a letter that your students send, here are five first-class strategies that address key skills and envelop your students in learning. 1. Letters on a Rubric Main Film Genres Genre Sub-Sections Film Genres Overview | Main Film Genres | Film Sub-Genres | Film Sub-Genres Types (and Hybrids) | Other Major Film Categories Best Pictures - Genre Biases | Summary of Top Films by Genre | Top 100 Films by Genre | AFI's Top 10 Film Genres
Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset All educators care deeply about their students' motivation. They want them to love learning, and to be resourceful and persistent in the face of learning challenges. They don't want their students to lose heart when they get stuck, make mistakes, or receive disappointing grades. In this context, the growth mindset entered the scene. A growth mindset is the belief that you can develop your talents and abilities through hard work, good strategies, and help from others. It stands in opposition to a fixed mindset, which is the belief that talents and abilities are unalterable traits, ones that can never be improved.
DECA Idea Challenge What is the Idea Challenge? Toolkit | Website | Flyer DECA is excited to bring you another year of the DECA Idea Challenge, a fast-paced experiential learning exercise that dares elementary, secondary and college students to find an innovative new use for a common, everyday item. A premier event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the DECA Idea Challenge is a fast-paced, hands-on learning experience that dares students around the globe to generate an innovative new use for a commonplace item in just eight days. After organizing into groups, students must
B2 level reading: describing places She knew the street backwards, of course. How many times had she been dragged up it as a child by the wrist, whining and snivelling, always wishing she were somewhere else? Now she had no desire to be anywhere but here. This bustling traffic, these fuming buses, these chipped paving stones and boarded-up shop fronts, they were hers. Here, she would grow from defiant teenager to independent woman. When she was an old woman, she would gaze out over the lawns and say ‘Ah, Knox Road, that’s where I really came into my own’.
Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching From Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, published April 21, 2015, by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright by Ken Robinson, 2015. Creative Teaching Amy Schumer Posed (Nearly) Nude Photo in an Empowering Photo Shoot Four Olympic gold medals, a National Book Award and an Emmy may not sound like the qualifications required to land a page in the Pirelli Calendar, which since 1964 has paired top international models with renowned photographers to sell—however incongruously—tires. But this year’s calendar marks a dramatic shift in approach, with photographer Annie Leibovitz suggesting that models be selected on the merit of their accomplishments. Amy Schumer, also known as Miss December, posted her portrait on Instagram Monday with the caption, “Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you, Annie Leibovitz!”
How Do We Measure Social and Emotional Learning? We all know that whatever gets measured usually gets attention and focus. Right now, there is no widespread, practical way for all schools to assess children's social-emotional skills and character development (SECD). Or is there? If one looks at student report cards, one often finds on "the other side" of the academic grades a set of comments about behavior, character, preparation, motivation, and more. Teacher comments have long been provided alongside academic grades to recognize the essential role of many abilities and competencies in academic performance and future potential.
The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment Chartkamp–I think I understand what you are saying, but in any scenario, someone, or something will spur the impetus for learning to occur. We could have a toddler go about and learn the world from scratch, but I don’t think anyone would say that is as efficient and as effective as a “parent” facilitating, or at least providing for a safe environment. And the better the parent, the more effective the toddler will be at contributing to the learning within the community as he/she progresses. Can you describe what you mean by informal learning? Morning stars: breakfast for the adventurous For a nation built on boiled eggs and soldiers, porridge and the full English, we have come a long way in our understanding of the first meal of the day. We asked top chefs to update the breakfast menu for 2016. Rye-bread porridge with skyr and hazelnuts “This porridge was originally a way to use leftover rye bread and beer, but it’s just as nice made with water,” says Brontë Aurell, the Danish cook and entrepreneur behind London’s Scandi Kitchen shop and café. Skyr is an Icelandic yogurt, but if you can’t get that, any natural or Greek yogurt will work. Serves 2-3dark rye bread 200g, ideally not seededwater 600mlorange peel 1 piece, unwaxed, 2.5cm in diametercinnamon ½ tsp, groundcocoa powder ¼ tspcaster sugar 3 tbsporange juice 1-2 tsp
Three Effective Techniques for Brainstorming Ideas One of the most important skills for succeeding in school and in the workplace is coming up with new and creative ideas. The best ideas are the ones that solve problems or make our lives easier. While taking action is extremely important,l, without good ideas, those actions are ultimately good for nothing. What Is Déjà Vu? Michio Kaku Wonders If It's Triggered by Parallel Universes I’ve spent the past week on a road trip across America, and, during it, experienced perhaps my most intense case of déjà vu ever. Rolling into Memphis for the first time in my life, I walked into the lobby of the hotel at which I’d reserved a room for the night and immediately felt, in every fiber of my being, that I’d walked into that lobby before. But I then realized exactly why: it followed the same floor plan, to the last detail — the same front desk, the same business center computers, the same café with the same chalkboard asking me to “Try Our Classic Oatmeal” — of the one I’d visited the previous day in Oklahoma City. Should we chalk this up to generic American placemaking at its most efficient, or can we find a more interesting psychological phenomenon at work? Michio Kaku, though best known for his work with physics, has some ideas of his own about what we experience when we experience déjà vu.