10 Incredible Things That Happen Every Second Carl Honoré praises slowness Brainstorm examples of what Honoré calls “bad slow” and “good slow.” Create an entertaining way to share your examples with others, and work with classmates to launch a “Slow Living” exhibit or fair in your community—perhaps in conjunction with the Global Day of Slow Living (exact dates vary year to year, but it usually falls during spring). Honoré says, “Some of the most heartrending emails that I get on my website are actually from adolescents hovering on the edge of burnout, pleading with me to write to their parents, to help them slow down, to help them get off this full-throttle treadmill.” Inspired by these pleas and growing out of his own experiences as a parent, three years after his TED talk Honoré authored "Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children From The Culture Of Hyper-Parenting." Learn more about the genesis of this book and why Honoré worries about kids today at Slow Food International
Top 10 Ways to Wake-up Students in Class - SimpleK12 The following is a guest post from Michelle Doman, a 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Brandon Middle School in Wisconsin. Top 10 Ways to Wake-up Students in Class Many people get a little squeamish, wiggly, and offer a scrunched expression when I respond to the question, “What grades do you teach?” I teach middle school, and with heart and honesty, I find great joys (and challenges) in teaching the group referred to as “tweens” and adolescents. So, I invite you into the quirky world of middle school. Do not fear…you will become comfortable in a beanbag, find a new young-at-heart-love-for reading air, and (at times chuckle) as I give you a sneak-peek into the crevices (oh, look out for that dirty sock) of the teenage minds. Here are the Top 10 Ways to Wake-up Students in Class... 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. If anyone has more ideas to capture the wondering, daydreaming, (hormonal) minds of middle school students, I would love to read about them. P.S.
Richard St. John: Why It Pays to Work Hard Society has many negative impressions about work. Just try and find a positive song about work. They usually gripe about how work sucks. So, unfortunately there aren’t many resources out there to help get us fired up about working hard, which is what we really need to do if we want to succeed at anything. Hats off to writer Malcolm Gladwell who gives work a boost by showing the importance of work and practice. He quotes researchers who found it takes 10,000 hours of hard work and practice to become good at something. More about Work and the 8 Success Traits Educational Resources
iTunes U - Aprende todo, en cualquier momento y lugar. Teacher Lab and Reading Notebooks In my district, we were fortunate to have a full time Reading Coach that helped K-5 teachers fully implement Reading Workshop this past year. Part of her job was to hold Teacher Labs for K-5 teachers. Teacher Labs allowed groups of teachers to enter another teacher's classroom to observe Reading Workshop. There were 1-2 hosts in each grade level and around 8-10 teachers who would watch the host teacher in each lab group. During one of our lab days, I discovered these AWESOME reading notebooks. What do you use for reading notebooks? 25 TED Talks Perfect For Classrooms The 50 Best Sources of Free STEM Education Online 12.05K Views 0 Likes Colleges, universities, and other educational forums in your community can be excellent places to learn more about a variety of STEM topics, but there is also a wealth of educational material available on the web for those who prefer to learn at their own pace or take a more individual approach.
Free Technology for Teachers Richard St. John: The Power of Passion Passion is contagious, so hang around people who love what they do. It sure beats hanging around people who hate their jobs. Also, you can read, listen, or watch successful people and celebrities being interviewed on radio, TV, and the web. They usually get excited when they talk about what they love to do, and their energy rubs off. Here are some links to check out: Isabel Allende tells tales of passion Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!) Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls Benjamin Zander on music and passion Academy of Achievement More about Passion and the 8 Success Traits
e-book ligas Setting Expectations for Group Work I know...I know...you have heard me say this a million times. It is important to have groups in science and to have individual jobs while you are working together! So how do you introduce it the first time???? We begin by Introducing our science groups. Each group has 4 people in it (as best as possible - because I have 22 students I do have two groups with 5 in them). Each child is assigned a color as you see. We began working as groups by setting expectations. Then we worked on two simple tasks. Why? Get your students into their groups of four and send your Getter 1 to the materials spot to get 6 solo cups and one rubber band tool. Students will need to make a structure that looks like this: Have your Starter create this structure. Then as a team, they will need to move the cups from this structure to a pyramid with three cups on bottom, then two cups then one on top. These guys are showing you how to manipulate the tool and you can also see the finished product at the side.