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Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects The start of the school year offers an ideal time to introduce students to project-based learning. By starting with engaging projects, you'll grab their interest while establishing a solid foundation of important skills, such as knowing how to conduct research, engage experts, and collaborate with peers. In honor of Edutopia's 20th anniversary, here are 20 project ideas to get learning off to a good start. Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning JUDY WOODRUFF: Next: neuroscience and education. Thousands of teachers around the country are learning about an alternative teaching program that aims to use scientific discoveries about the brain to improve the way children learn in the classroom. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports from Philadelphia. JASSELLE CIRINO, Teacher, Francis Scott Key Elementary: When I say class, you… CLASS: You stop what you’re doing. Look at the teacher.

Teaching Sixth Grade - A Good Year (much is applicable also to fifth grade and to fourth grade) Send me email - robert15115@gmail.com. Robert Jackson Information about Robert Jackson Cooperative Learning Original module developed by Rebecca Teed, John McDaris, and Cary Roseth Enhanced by KimMarie McGoldrick with assistance from Jim Cooper, Dan Marburger, Jennifer Rhoads, Karl Smith What is Cooperative Learning? Cooperative Learning involves structuring classes around small groups that work together in such a way that each group member's success is dependent on the group's success. There are different kinds of groups for different situations, but they all balance some key elements that distinguish cooperative learning from competitive or individualistic learning. Cooperative learning can also be contrasted with what it is not.

About Want to let people share and use your photographs, but not allow companies to sell them?Looking for access to course materials from the world’s top universities?Want to encourage readers to re-publish your blog posts, as long as they give you credit?Looking for songs that you can use and remix, royalty-free? The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding Last December, Nur-E Farhana Rahman sat in an Uber car in New York City, tears streaming down her face. Her months-long project to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter, to expand production at her jewelry company, was about to end in failure. Rahman had thought she was prepared to crowdfund: After she and her mother started Knotty Gal, which handmakes knotted neck­laces and other accessories, she intensively researched successful campaigns and planned her own. More than 120 people gave her almost $18,800--but by Kickstarter's all-or-nothing rules, falling short of her goal meant the entire campaign had come to naught. "We probably picked the wrong platform," says Rahman, referring to a Kickstarter audience that tends to favor gadgets over jewelry.

Substitute Teaching: Tips, Tricks, Ideas, Suggestions, and Methods for Substitute Teachers Have a collection of tests/quizzes in your packet. Here are Internet addresses of some tests/quizzes, found by doing a search in the Internet for "test of knowledge" or "quiz": Challenge the class with a puzzler. Kids' Club Skip to main content NASA Kids Club › Text Only Site Space Racers Watch. 102 Free (or Free-to-Try) Online Collaborative Learning Tools Have You Ever Considered Making Money Online? Kelly Richards of New York was tired of worrying all the time where the next dollar would come from. Life seemed merely a succession of bills and worrying about how to pay them. One late night while surfing the internet, her long hours of research finally paid off and she discovered a secret system that would help her get a break in life and beat the recession. She was finally able to provide for her three children while staying home with them.

Twenty Tidbits for New Teachers In no way, do I want to add to the burden of the already-filled-to-the-brim, new teacher stress bucket. I do however, want to share just 20 tidbits which I hope will help ease new teachers into a fun, successful school year. Some of these will be in the form of social media tools, which I think are awesome, and wish I had had as a newbie.

Assessing Student Progress Using Blog-Based Porfolios Editor’s note: Kathy Cassidy is the author of a new book from Powerful Learning Press, Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades. During a recent webinar (free archive here), Kathy shared many ideas from Chapter 5 of the book, “Using Blogs as Digital Portfolios.” The webinar was rich in content and full of great discussion — so much so that there simply wasn’t time for Kathy to share her thoughts, in depth, about where formative and summative assessments might fit into this digital blog/portfolio model. So we’ve asked her to write this article. Much as she does in her eBook, she’s included short videos, useful downloads, and links to other valuable resources. ~ John Norton

New Online Community Seeks to Crowdsource Teacher Leadership to Improve Education As students and teachers across the country head back to school, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards today unveiled Commit to Lead, a new online community that makes it easy for educators to share ideas for teacher leadership and collaborate to bring these ideas to fruition. The community enables educators everywhere to provide feedback and vote on each other's ideas, allowing the most talked about ideas to rise to the top so they can gain traction and prominence in the field. Commit to Lead is the online platform of Teach to Lead, an initiative to promote teacher leadership convened by the Department and the National Board. "Commit to Lead directly engages educators in defining what teacher leadership can and should look like in their communities, so that collectively we can help make teacher leadership part of the fabric and culture of every school," said U.S.

Getting Organized Organization Tips from Mrs. McDavid I have had many teachers stop by my room to ask how I keep things so well organized.

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