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Schools That Work: Search Model Schools, Education Videos, and Teaching Resources

Schools That Work: Search Model Schools, Education Videos, and Teaching Resources
Skip to main content Sign InRegister Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter Edutopia on Twitter Google+ Edutopia on Google+ Pinterest Edutopia on Pinterest WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation Edutopia's Schools That Work series highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn. Share712 Share Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom At P. About Schools That Work Dive into case studies of successful schools, programs, and learning strategies with helpful how-to videos, downloads, and in-depth articles. Advertisement Features Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks What Makes Project-Based Learning a Success? Learning Expeditions: Rethinking Field Trips Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction 10 Takeaway Tips for a College-Bound School Culture Integrate the Arts, Deepen the Learning Preparing Students for Career Success prev next P.K. Related:  kefferson

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters. Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking 1. This team-building game is flexible. You can recycle this activity throughout the year by adapting the challenge or materials to specific content areas. Skills: Communication; problem-solving 2. This activity can get messy and may be suitable for older children who can follow safety guidelines when working with raw eggs. Skills: Problem-solving, creative collaboration 3.

How to Creatively Integrate Science and Math Why is the sky blue? I remember in my physical science class, our teacher showed us a possible reason why the sky is blue. He took a canister of liquid oxygen and poured it out on the table. I saw the blueness of the liquid as it flowed out and then disappeared. In science, geometric principles such as symmetry, reflection, shape, and structure reach down to the atomic levels. In math class one of the biggest needs is relevance. Being able to teach math better and being able to teach science better are powerful reasons for the math and science teacher collaborate with each other. Unfortunately, knowing that increased teacher collaboration in math and science will benefit students and teachers is not enough. What are ways you work with your companion subject teacher (math or science) to help students understand math and science better?

21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning | K12 educational transformation through technology Keep Students Motivated with This Goal-Setting Activity - Ferndale, MI When I was a student, often the last week of school was spent watching videos and goofing around. My peers and I loved every minute of it, but looking back, it’s easy to see that this was not a productive use of our time. To keep students motivated and self-reflective, I like to have them complete goal-setting worksheets throughout the year—but you can certainly implement them at any point in the semester, even if you only have a few weeks left of school. This activity comes from Larry Ferlazzo, but over the years, I’ve made a few tweaks to the original lesson. Here’s what I do: Start by having students read an excerpt from Michael Jordan’s book, I Can’t Accept Not Trying. Next, students get together with another pair of students to compare their summaries and work together to develop the best one-sentence thesis/summary they possibly can. Following this, each student completes this goal-setting worksheet.

Teaching With Soul - Inspiring, Mentoring, Equipping Teachers Teaching like it's 2999 30 Incredible Nature Documentaries for Kids My kids love animals and enjoy watching nature documentaries– especially when they feature animals! I started making a list of favorites, and gathering suggested titles of nature documentaries from my friends. Although these titles have all been recommended for kids, remember that with nature documentaries, it’s real life: children (or their parents) may be disturbed by some images of predators hunting, catching, and eating their prey, the occasional mating scene, or birth scene. Here are 29 nature documentaries for kids that are educational and inspiring, and will teach you about life on Earth with phenomenal cinematography and fascinating . This post contains affiliate links. 1. Planet Earth is our #1, absolute favorite of the nature documentaries perhaps because it came out in 2007 when my daughter was 2 and I was pregnant. 2. This is a Disneynature documentary that is narrated by Samuel L Jackson. 3. 4. 5. Another of the Disneynature documentaries, this time all about brown bears!

The 10 Most Viewed <i>EdWeek</i> Commentaries of 2011 Published Online: December 30, 2011 By The Editors In 2011, Education Week published in print and online well over 100 thoughtful Commentaries on education issues. To give a sense of which opinion essays our readers found most compelling, the editors at Education Week have compiled a list of our 10 most-viewed Commentaries. Below, they are ordered by the number of online page views they generated. Revisit these Commentaries and examine perspectives you may have missed in 2011. 2. Formative assessment can work wonders when teachers realize it's a process of using assessment results to adjust how they work with their students, W. 5. Angela Beeley responds to those who would strip teachers of their collective-bargaining rights and calls attacks on teachers and unions cynical and calculated. 7. Prescriptive curricula make it harder for students to learn to write well, Paula Stacey writes. 8. 9. 10. Vol. 30, Issue 15 Back to Top

Adam Bellow Rocks the House at ISTE13 Adam Bellow’s standing ovation came as no surprise to the thousands of teachers who connect with him on Twitter. His keynote took the audience on a journey of laughter and tears. Though he no longer works with students every day, instead working on his latest adventure, Educlipper, it’s evident that Bellow cares deeply about making a difference in the lives of students and teachers. A hush fell over the house as Bellow shared about Sean, his student who died of brain cancer and SeanLivesOn, the project to raise money for cancer research. The following quotes highlight Adam Bellow’s key points: We should have an IEP for every learner: Individualize, don’t standardize.We should all be measuring ourselves and our growth based on who we want to become.Created, crafted work matters. Bellow made a final call to action in his closing: Future generations need to know we believe in them. Let your passion ignite the fire.

8 Pathways to Every Student's Success Teachers who transform lives understand not only how to teach curriculum, but also how children develop into capable, caring, and engaged adults. They see beyond quantitative measurements of success to the core abilities that help students live healthy, productive lives. Famous educator Maria Montessori wisely remarked, "The greatest sign of success for a teacher. . . is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'" The world has changed dramatically since the early 1900s when Montessori made her mark in education. Yet the same goal remains: scaffolding children toward self-sufficiency. In a nutshell, it happens when we understand how children and teens successfully mature to adulthood and how we impact their growth in key developmental areas. I created The Compass Advantage™ model as a visual, research-based, engaging way for families, schools, and communities to apply the principles of positive youth development. Image credit: Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD

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