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The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You If you’re not an avid follower of #edchat on Twitter, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to learn about some new Web 2.0 tools that are currently being used in classrooms around the world. That’s because @chickensaltash posed a simple question to the PLN and there has been a huge swell of support as hundreds of people have jumped in to answer the question about which 5 Web 2.0 tools teachers are using in classrooms. The Best of the Best You can view the live stream of #edchat here and see what people are saying at the hashtag #chickenweb2tools here. What is PBIS? School Climate: Academic Achievement and Social Behavior Competence The purpose of this technical brief is to provide an operational and applied overview of school climate that can guide decisions related to policy, professional development, and practice and systems implementation at the classroom, school, district, and state levels (by Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) School-wide Evaluation Tool Implementation Manual

What makes a good question? Teachers ask thousands of questions each week. They are the prime means of finding out what pupils think and to get them to think in the first place. And there are a range of techniques you can use to develop questioning skills. Here are five ways to avoid that frustrating ­situation in which you ask a question and receive absolutely no response: Avoid questions that require a single, direct answer, such as: “What is the capital of Mongolia?” There will be times when they are useful, but questions like these will discourage many pupils from ­responding, because they will be thinking: “There is one right answer to this and I don’t want to be seen to get it wrong.”Use questions that invite pupils to talk about what they think, such as: “What do you know about Mongolia?”

  PBIS Assessment Surveys PBIS Assessment includes surveys for research, for annual assessment and for progress m​onitoring of SWPBIS. Each survey has been developed to meet the data requirements of SWPBIS usage in schools. For a survey to be included in PBIS Assessment it must: Be reliable and evidence-basedBe consistent across all statesMeet the needs not duplicated by another survey currently in use Benchmarks for Advanced Tiers (BAT) Who: Teams who have consistently scored 80% or higher on the MATT when assessing their Tier II and III implementation may consider moving to the annual BAT survey.

Curriculum Resources The Australian Sports Commission, in conjunction with national sporting organisations and education professionals, has developed resources that are aligned to the Australian Curriculum. The resources below have been developed for teachers and coaches to support student learning about health and physical activity. The ASC has an ongoing commitment to the development of curriculum aligned resources and will continue to assist sporting organisations with the production of relevant resources that teachers can use on a daily basis. Curriculum Aligned Resources The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? Likes?) and ran a contest to try and get as many submissions as possible.

20 Creative Ways to Encourage Good Behavior at the End of the Year Advice from Real Teachers Series Do you dread the last few weeks of school because your students are full of energy and unable to focus? Administrators might say to stick to your routines and keep your kids busy with regular assignments, but that didn't work for me. Making my students do seatwork at the end of the year was like putting a lid on a pressure cooker, turning up the heat, and wondering when it was going to blow sky high! For me, it was far more effective to do something different at the end of the year, something meaningful but exciting enough to keep my kids interested and on task. Mosaic: An Integrated Approach to Mathematics, Science, Technology, & Language Mosaic is a K–5 supplemental instructional program that provides engaging and rigorous lessons and resources that integrate math, science, and technology while supporting English learners and academic language skills. Aligned with Texas standards and grounded in research, the inquiry-based activities and real-life scenarios make math and science exciting and relevant for students while building a strong foundation of skills and connections among concepts. Units By Grade

SWPBIS for Beginners School-wide Evaluation Tool Implementation Manual The SET Implementation Manual was developed to provide guidance and technical assistance to those who would like to use the School-wide Evaluation Tool (SET) to assess a school’s fidelity of implementation of school-wide positive behavior support. Discovering School-wide PBS: Moving Towards a Positive Future

Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Approach The Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) approach was developed by researchers at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom to tap into children’s inherent desire to play. Bunker and Thorpe (1982) developed TGfU around the concept of teaching kids games by playing games. Butler et al. (2008) identified six Basic TGfU Concepts: Teach games through games.Break games into their simplest format - then increase complexity.Participants are intelligent performers in games.Every learner is important and is involved.Participants need to know the subject matter.Need to match participants’ skill and challenge. Recent approaches to TGfU have advocated for a thematic approach to teaching games.

Science in Hollywood There’s so much snow in the movie Frozen that the cold white stuff might as well be the star of the animated film. It falls, flies, piles and melts. Snow sprays through the air as Anna and Kristoff cling to a reindeer-pulled sleigh, barely escaping a pack of snarling wolves.

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