Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns A student takes notes at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days and was amazed at what she found. Wiggins initially posted the piece without revealing the author. By Alexis Wiggins I have made a terrible mistake. I waited 14 years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching my own classes; I am the High School Learning Coach, a new position for the school this year. As part of getting my feet wet, my principal suggested I “be” a student for two days: I was to shadow and complete all the work of a 10th grade student on one day and to do the same for a 12th grade student on another day. My class schedules for the day (Note: we have a block schedule; not all classes meet each day): The schedule that day for the 10th grade student:
The Heart The objective of this lesson is to introduce the parts of the heart and the flow of blood through the heart. Materials: diagram of the hearta model of the heartmasking tapemarkerssmall pieces of paper or indexcardsfloor space Lesson Plan: Before class, the teacher should draw a large diagram of the heart on the floor (this diagram should include the four chambers of the heart, valves, major veins and arteries) and also make labels of the parts of the heart.When the students arrive, vocabulary should be discussed and then students should be chosen to place the labels in the appropriate places on the heart diagram on the floor.The flow of blood through the heart should then be discussed. Arrows may also be placed on the diagram.Students can then “become” a drop of blood, walk through the heart and trace the flow of blood. Comments: I used this lesson with deaf and hard of hearing students in a high school biology class. Grade Level(s): 9-12By: Amy, 9th and 10th grade biology teacher
KS2 Science Finding out how you move and grow. Can you label the human skeleton? When you've finished move onto the animal skeletons. Do you know which groups living things belong to? Magnets have north poles and south poles. What does a year look like in space? © v2vtraining.co.uk The application consists of two sorting activities and one writing frame to support work towards the end of the unit. Solid, liquid and gas are called the three states of matter. Materials have different properties that make them useful for different jobs. Pupils can research information about teeth types, tooth structure and tooth decay. Use an information panel where pupils can research details about food groups and a balanced plate approach to a healthy diet.Balanced Plate lesson outline An information panel to explains the terms used in, and concepts behind, food chains. This resource consists of a labelling activity, an animation of the water cycle followed by another labelling activity.
30 Trends In Education Technology For 2015 Via TeachThought What’s trending up for 2015 school year in terms of education technology? iPads are still the standard but other platforms are making headway. That should be fun to watch over the next 3-5 years. Educators are getting better at spotting crap edtech, but waste still abounds. Schools are getting better at thinking tech-first (not in terms of priority, but design). Apps are getting downright brilliant in spots, but in-app purchasing? Below are 30 entirely subjective but hopefully somewhere close to reality takes on what’s trending up and what’s trending down in education and education technology for 2015 and beyond. Note that this list isn’t an endorsement–meaning this isn’t necessarily the way I think things should be, but rather what they seem to be–at least from my vantage point, right here, right now. What’s trending up, what’s trending down, and what’s in that awkward middle ground of education and education technology? Trending Up Awkward Middle Ground Trending Down
Science PowerPoints / Lessons / Units for Educators and Homeschool Parents The Science Behind Fireworks - How Do They Produce the Brilliant Colors and Designs? By Blog Editor Susan Wells ** This article is strictly for the entertainment and information of our readers. Leave the display fireworks creation, development and launching to the professionals. Fireworks are as much a part of the Fourth of July as hot dogs, watermelon and red, white and blue. Before we dive into the science behind fireworks, let’s start with a little history. Fireworks were first used to celebrate independence in the United States on July 8, 1776. Designing and building the ultimate firework display or just a firecracker requires a strong knowledge of chemistry and physics. Colors – Different metal elements and metal compounds create each color. Effects – the use of different elements also creates special effects. What’s Inside of a Firework? Black Powder – the propellant. How Do They Create Multi-Explosions, Effects and Colors in One Firework? Multi-break shells create multiple stages for the firework. How Are Patterns Created?
The Differentiator Try Respondo! → ← Back to Byrdseed.com The Differentiator The Differentiator is based on Bloom's Taxonomy, Kaplan and Gould's Depth and Complexity, and David Chung's product menu. Try It In: French Dutch • Tweet It • Like Byrdseed • Pin It Students will judge the ethics of the [click to edit] using a textbook and create an essay in groups of three. Revised Bloom's Taxonomy adapted from "A Taxonomy for Learning,Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives" by Anderson and Krathwohl Depth and Complexity adapted from The Flip Book by Sandra N. Depth Big Idea Unanswered Questions Ethics Patterns Rules Language of the Discipline Essential Details Trends Complexity Multiple Points Of View Change Over Time Across the Disciplines Imperatives Origin Convergence Parallels Paradox Contribution Key Words Consequences Motivations Implications Significance Adapted from David Chung and The Flip Book, Too by Sandra N. Group Size One Two Three Four
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ReadWorks Adds More Science Passages Aligned to Common Core Standards ReadWorks is a nonprofit service that has cataloged hundreds of lesson plans and more than one thousand non-fiction reading passages aligned to Common Core standards. Recently, ReadWorks added a new batch of science passages with accompanying question sets to use in elementary and middle school. With a free ReadWorks account you can search for lessons and reading passages by grade and skill. In your account you can create digital binders of the lesson plans and reading passages that you want to use. Learn more about ReadWorks in the video below. Intro to ReadWorks from ReadWorks on Vimeo.
Aeon Timeline: Outlining Made Easy | Writing Is Hard Work Aeon Timeline is a great way to plan a novel. I broke down and bought Aeon Timeline. It was $39.99 in the AppStore, but so far it has been worth every penny. Even though there is currently not a Windows version, I have found the program to be probably one of the greatest tools for planning out multiple story arcs, keeping track of character relationships and viewing all of the subtle nuances of my novel at a glance. After watching a detailed video tutorial found on Scribblecode’s website, I was off and running, plotting out my fictional future timeline with ease. Events are things that happen on the timeline, but they are much more than that. Entities are not just characters. Arcs are like story arcs. One cool feature is that the calendar is not bound by the real world. Above all I found it easy to use. Like this: Like Loading...
5 Fun Physics Games for Students One of my former colleagues always seemed to have his physics students in the hallway, in the stairwells, or outside for various physics demonstrations. His students always seemed to be having fun. I was a little jealous that he hadn't been my physics teacher too. He showed students that physics was fun. The following games might not be as fun as hands-on demos, but they could still be good for getting students interested in various physics concepts. Funderstanding, a learning systems design firm, offers a free roller coaster design activity. Engineering Interact is a site for elementary school students designed by the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. X Construction is an Android app that allows you to design railroad bridges and test whether or not they could support a train crossing. Autodesk Digital STEAM Applied Mechanics is a free iPad app that contains five simple games. Hill Climb Racing is a fun Android game that has a little bit of physics built in.