What Makes an ‘Extreme Learner’? By Jane Mount/MindShift By Linda Flanagan When Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski was dissecting a sheep’s heart during an eighth-grade science class, she had an epiphany that changed her life. “That heart told the story of anatomy and physiology!” Solar Cockroach Vibrobot What you need. Soldering Iron + solder Hot glue gun (A helping hand is nice as well) Wire cutters or strong scissors 1.5V solar panel ($1) Small DC Vibrating Motor (AKA Pager motor) Two paper clips Scrap wire (I used the ends from a couple of resistors I had cut down. They can be anything.) Super Cute Option: Googley eyes I bought a pack of 10 solar panels off ebay for $10.
Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up My toddler struggled to buckle the straps on her high chair. "Almost," she muttered as she tried again and again. "Almost," I agreed, trying not to hover. When she got it, I exclaimed, "You did it! Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding What strategy can double student learning gains? According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately." Unlike summative assessment, which evaluates student learning according to a benchmark, formative assessment monitors student understanding so that kids are always aware of their academic strengths and learning gaps. Meanwhile, teachers can improve the effectiveness of their instruction, re-teaching if necessary.
A creative playground is only half a creative space; it’s also a creative attitude. And we’re changing attitudes as much as we’re changing spaces. -Jay Beckwith, 1973 Because it’s difficult to find non-commercial playground information. Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started As the Maker Movement starts to gain momentum, schools that are trying to find ways to foster the do-it-yourself environment can learn a few lessons from another nexus in the universe: public libraries. Dale Dougherty, founding editor and publisher of Make Magazine — and the de facto leader of the Maker Movement — has a vision to create a network of libraries, museums, and schools with what he calls “makerspaces” that draw on common resources and experts in each community. Libraries and museums, he said, are easier places to incorporate makerspaces than schools, because they have more space flexibility and they’re trying to attract teens with their programs. “Schools have already got the kids,” Dougherty noted wryly, at the recent American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.
Solar Altoids iPhone/ iPod Charger I love my iPhone 4 to death. I really do. Even if it sucks juice faster than a 1st grader at snack time and I often find myself on low power with a long train ride ahead of me. I originally made my Altoids USB Charger to use with my iPhone, only to find that Apple being Apple doesn't let it's products play nice with generic USB chargers.
Your Words Matter. I had a teacher who once told me I would most likely be a college dropout. Her words mattered. When I told my wife I wanted to write a book and she said without blinking an eye, “Do it.” I told my daughter the other day how proud I was of her for writing a full sentence! You Need an Elevator Pitch About School Culture and Climate When I asked a principal recently about the climate of his school, he said that it was often very humid because of poor ventilation. In another school, the principal complained about drafts in the wintertime. Those incidents, and others, have convinced me that many school personnel still need to be informed about school culture and climate. Or what about this? Imagine you are in the elevator and in walks your superintendent. It's the elevator in the administration building, so you know it's going to be a slow ride (at least 30 to 60 seconds).
Susan Solomon and the Science of Play - Playscapes Koch Landscape Architecture. Overivew of Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park (2012), San Francisco I‘m so pleased to welcome Susan Solomon to Playscapes! Susan is the author of American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space , and is America’s preeminent historian of play.