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Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement Tristan de Frondeville As a teacher, my goal was to go home at the end of each day with more energy than I had at the beginning of the day. Seriously. Now, as I travel the country coaching teachers on how to successfully use project learning, my goal remains the same. A teacher in one of my workshops said, "When my students and I are in the flow, then I don't feel like I have to work as hard." Project-based classrooms with an active-learning environment make such in-the-flow moments more common. The good news is that the strategies for creating and managing high-quality project-learning environments are productive in any classroom, whether project learning is a central part of the curriculum or not. Create an Emotionally Safe Classroom Students who have been shamed or belittled by the teacher or another student will not effectively engage in challenging tasks. Create an Intellectually Safe Classroom Begin every activity with a task that 95 percent of the class can do without your help.

untitled Accommodations and Modifications Accommodations, modifications, and alternative assessments may be necessary for a special needs child to succeed while working on materials for learning. A student who cannot read nor write at grade level may be able to understand and participate in discussions about material that is read aloud and taught at the child's age-appropriate level. A child who cannot recall basic number facts may be able to do grade-appropriate problems using a calculator or working with number facts chart. A student with cerebral palsy may be able to take part in modified physical education with special equipment and carefully chosen exercises. The terms accommodations and modification are frequently used interchangeably, but they are not identical in their effect on teaching and learning. There are important differences in the meaning as they relate to special needs education. Because IDEA is a federal law, it primarily guarantees an appropriate, free, public education. Understanding Accommodations

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Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills I've been trying to use Google Docs to good effect in my ninth grade history classroom. It's a critical tool in that it lets me see the students puzzle out answers to their questions (especially with a heavy reliance of the "see revisions" function). I've viewed classroom technology as the means to sharing knowledge, in addition to acquiring or manipulating it. Yet I find that not only has the computer itself become something of a distraction, but the students aren't making enough use of the tech’s "share-ability" -- that is, they struggle to work effectively together on it, and to have their ideas cohere in an intelligible way. It occurred to me that co-editing in a Google Doc is a skill that itself needs to be taught and practiced before it can become effective in the classroom. I also started thinking that perhaps one fault of technology is that it brings the world to the student, rather than spurring the student to get up out the chair and go find it. The Power of Post-it Notes

Study Skills Once you have established a schedule to study you need to get the most out of that time. Several things will help increase your effectiveness. As already mentioned, maintaining a regular schedule is one. Another is creating a comfortable environment for studying that is free of distractions. Finally there is the What and How of studying. A. Generally all the material that you should know for an exam is presented in lecture or in your lab work. DO NOT take this to imply that you do not need to read the text. Note: Different instructors utilize textbook information to different degrees. If it is discussed in lecture it is important. There is no single "best" way to study. The following is a compilation of many of the techniques used by successful students to study. 1. 2. don't try to write everything that is said, just note enough to remind yourself what was discussed (your notes should be clear to you but not necessarily to anyone else). 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

What You Can Learn About Learning Through Video Game Play Shakalaka boom! Yeah, well done! Way to hold your ground! Cool base design! Thanks for the bombers! How do you hoard loot if they keep stealing if from you? Don't worry about trophies if you are trying to get loot. Sounds strange? I invited the cousins and nephews to get involved and we made our own clan. For those that are not familiar with the game, the point is to gather elixir, and gold to build your base to Level 11. Discoveries After playing this game, there's nine things that I have learned about education and learning: #1. #2. #3. #4. #5. #6. #7. #8. #9. How do I justify spending time on a simple game?

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