Deep Thoughts on the Legging Warning: This really isn’t a story to share or to collect but rather random thoughts on a subject of truly shallow depth that won’t be relevant within two fashion cycles. I know others have ranted long on this topic. It’s my turn. Leggings. How Looking at Student Work Keeps Teachers and Kids on Track A Science Leadership Academy sophomore puts the finishing touches on a geometry project during her lunch period. Much of the work students produce is read only by their teachers. It can feel disconnected from the class as a whole and irrelevant to a broader conversation. That’s why examining and critiquing student work as a regular part of classroom interactions can be a powerful way for both teachers and students to reflect on their work, while building a community culture that focuses on the process of learning.
Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. This could perhaps be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism. It seems there are good reasons why we can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions, as scientific studies prove there are many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits associated with kindness. Are American class periods too short for Common Core? As districts across the country implement Common Core, educators – such as these in Elverson, Pennsylvania, Calistoga, California, and Wilmington, Delaware – are calling for a restructuring of the school day so that students spend more time in each class. Instead of the typical class period of about 45 minutes, schools are lengthening classes to upwards of 90 minutes to cover all the material and allow teachers to change the way they teach to meet the new requirements. Common Core, a set of standards in math and English in place in over 40 states, only directs what students should know at the end of each grade, but it’s also affecting how lessons are taught. Jamie Wall, a math teacher at Brooklawn Middle School in Parsippany, New Jersey, used her state’s shift to Common Core to fulfill a teaching dream – her math students spending the entire period working collaboratively in groups – but says that her school’s schedule isn’t ideal for this kind of teaching.
ClipArt ETC: Free Educational Illustrations for Classroom Use Alphabets The Alphabets ClipArt collection offers 1,193 illustrations arranged in 43 galleries including decorative letters and numerals, complete alphabet sets, and several sign language systems. If you are looking… American History and Government How to Turn Rubric Scores into Grades I have written several posts about the different types of rubrics—especially my favorite, the single-point rubric—and over time, many teachers have asked me about the most effective way to convert the information on these rubrics into points. Even if you are moving toward a no grades classroom, as a growing number of educators are, you may still be required to supply points or letter grades for student assignments. Despite the title of this post, all I can really offer here is a description of my own process. It has been refined over years of trial and error, and the only evidence I have to back up its effectiveness is that in over 10 years of teaching middle school and college, I can only recall one or two times when a student or parent challenged a grade I gave based on a rubric.
Research says iPads and smartphones may damage toddlers' brains Using a smartphone or iPad to pacify a toddler may impede their ability to learn self-regulation, according to researchers. In a commentary for the journal Pediatrics, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine reviewed available types of interactive media and raised “important questions regarding their use as educational tools”, according to a news release. The researchers said that though the adverse effects of television and video on very small children was well understood, society’s understanding of the impact of mobile devices on the pre-school brain has been outpaced by how much children are already using them. The researchers warned that using a tablet or smartphone to divert a child’s attention could be detrimental to “their social-emotional development”. “If these devices become the predominant method to calm and distract young children, will they be able to develop their own internal mechanisms of self-regulation?”
What is school like for a child with learning difficulties? The term “learning difficulties” is the hand grenade of education. Throw the terminology around and teachers, students, parents and school community members react widely and, at times, wildly. Some individuals ponder the term, others run frantically for a book to elicit a “definition” or “diagnostic term”, some consult with colleagues and professionals, yet others hide their heads in their hands or behind a desk. What is a ‘learning difficulty’? Does “learning difficulty” mean the same thing as “learning disability”? Is it different from the language of “differences” or “lack of ability”?
Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It. Share with Friends 29KShares See Mrs. Jones. She has a fantastic idea for a new assignment. It’s going to be challenging and engaging and fun. Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students Even though your toughest students are just kids at the mercy of emotions they don't understand or can't control, it can be hard for a teacher to stay calm and not take these ongoing behavioral problems personally. My advice: it's time to hit the reset button! Tough kids are usually covering a ton of hurt. They defend against feeling pain by erecting walls of protection through rejection. Efforts to penetrate those walls by caring adults are generally met with stronger resistance expressed through emotional withdrawal and/or offensive language, gestures, and actions.
20 Quotes From Children's Books Every Adult Should Know - Encurious Posted on July 7, 2014 It’s interesting how some of life’s greatest lessons can be found in children’s literature. And chances are that we did not realize this back when we were kids. Sometimes it’s only when we’re older that we learn to fully appreciate and understand the poignant words from our childhood entertainment.
Apps, Movies, and TV Shows: The 25 Best Media Picks for Toddlers Best Smart Apps Whether it's recognizing letters or a friend's feelings, these choices help little ones learn in a fun way. Many grow with your child's abilities. Plus, they all have solid parental controls and are free of in-app purchases (so your 2-year-old can't drain your iTunes card). 70 Best Apps for the Whole Family Sago Mini Friends The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair A few lesson plans exist for teaching visual arts and self-similarity (objects that have the same pattern) that could be used after showing this lesson. Shodor has some free lesson plans for students in grades 4 through 8. High school students can learn recursion algorithms to create the Koch curve using Scratch for free.
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