Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students The conversation about what kids need to know and to be able to do by the end of high school has gradually shifted over the past several years to emphasize not just rigorous content goals, but also less tangible skills, such as creative thinking, problem-solving and collaboration. That shift has brought schools that are practicing “deeper learning” into focus. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been a big supporter of this work, defining deeper learning as a model that focuses on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, academic mindsets and learning how to learn, all through rigorous content. New research conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has found that the deeper learning model does have positive learning outcomes for students, regardless of their background. The model is often critiqued as a framework that only works for high-achieving learners.
Hazelwood School GM + AD Architects pursued the Hazelwood project with a commitment to building knowledge and capacity on a building that would work with children with a very complex range of abilities. Most extant examples are schools serving the needs of children with visual limitations, or hearing limitations, or cognitive issues or physical limitations. In this case, the design would need to meet the needs and enhance the independence of children with a mix of all of these issues. The initial phase of data gathering by the architect was replaced by joint research when the new Head Teacher was hired.
Beginning Reader Activities: DIY Lift-the-Flap Books In this post Jodie of Growing Book by Book shares a clever tutorial for making a fun lift-the-flap book tailored to your beginning readers level of reading ability. Beginning readers need lots of practice with “just right” reading materials to learn and grow. Perfect leveled books can be challenging to find for these new readers. How To Embed Technology Into The Classroom How to embed technology on the fringes of education into the classroom. Part of my current role is not just to introduce technology to teachers, but to show how to embed that technology so it makes a real difference to all the members of a classroom. Here are some of my tips.
A Halloween Puzzle Printable (1st Grade Poptropica Teaching GuidesPoptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island. May Calendar of Events May is full of holidays and events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: National Music Week (5/4-11), Cinco de Mayo (5/5), Teacher Appreciation Week (5/5-9), School Nurse Day (5/7), Mother's Day (5/11), National Police Week (5/11-17), Transportation Week (5/11-17), Children's Book Week (5/12-18), International Museum Day (5/18), and Memorial Day (5/26).
How to Create Timelines With the RWT Timeline Creator Read Write Think offers a bunch of great web, iOS, and Android applications for students. Their timeline creation tool is a good one for elementary school and middle school use. RWT Timeline is available as a web app (Flash required), as an Android app, and as an iPad app. All three versions make it easy for students to create a timeline for a series of events. In the video below I demonstrate how to use the web version of the RWT Timeline creation tool. Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments Exemplary design categories: multi-sensory environment, outdoor spaces, safety, special needs provision How the facility meets the needs of education and communities: The ambition of this school for children and young people with sensory impairments was to create a challenging and stimulating environment for all. Varied wall and floor surface textures and built-in navigational aids - such as trail rails, varied ceiling heights, and the print, Braille, moon and graphical signage - help children to navigate around the building independently. The main school building is a single-storey “s” shape structure that reduces the perceived scale of the school and makes it less intimidating and more welcoming to small children. The shape creates a series of small scaled, intimate internal and external spaces.
Periodic Table Battleship I have posted a lot about Chemistry lately. My oldest has been studying it and really enjoying it. I love his science-y mind! Today I have a really fun & simple chemistry game to share. How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning The invention of the tablet PC has created a new medium for book publishing. Interactive books are everywhere, and have revolutionized the way people consume the printed word. With the recent software available to allow easy creation of interactive books and with the race to bring these products to market, there seems to be a more and more dilution of quality and a loss for the meaning of interactivity. When publishers create new eBook titles or convert a traditional printed book to a digital interactive eBook, they often miss the added value this new medium can provide. It’s important to understand the distinction between apps and eBooks, as it's something that often confuses both publishers and consumers. It basically comes down to formats; apps are mostly native iOS or Android software, whereas eBooks are documents of a particular format, such as the open standards EPUB and Mobipocket (.mobi).
Differentiated Learning Girls and Math: Busting the Stereotype Do girls need special attention when it comes to science, math, and technology topics? In response to last week’s article about Techbridge, the after-school science program specifically geared to girls, some readers strongly refuted the notion that girls need the extra nudge. “‘Steering’ something suggests directing it in a path it would not normally, of […] Continue Reading Love of Reading Sparked by Love of Subject in the Future School Day Book Review: Practical Ways to Spark Student Creativity in Our Classrooms by Cathy Gassenheimer “Wonder is a powerful word to use with students, and it is a great way to access imagination.” Thus begins one of 40 “Grab and Go Ideas” interspersed in a new ASCD book, Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving, by Patti Drapeau. Students who think creatively, Drapeau says: • Express ideas other students don't think of. • Like to choose their own way of demonstrating understanding. • Ask questions that may seem off-topic or silly. • Enjoy open-ended assignments. • Prefer to discuss ideas rather than facts. • Prefer to try new ways of approaching a problem rather than accepted ways. The book can serve as a good guide for teachers who want to spur creative thinking in their classrooms and make their lessons more engaging for students.
This Spanish kindergarten is filled with mountains, caves and chess Photography by Kim Wendt Copenhagen design firm Rosan Bosch Studio, have designed the interiors of a kindergarten in Zaragoza, Spain, that has a variety of creative learning zones for the children. The kindergarten, which has children from 3-6 yrs, is home to a custom-designed mountain with caves underneath for the children to play in. The kindergarten also has a large chess set for the children to play. There’s also stepped seating with storage for children’s toys and books. Free Printable Skip Counting Cards for 2s Advertise with us Report this ad All Custom Graphics & Design © 2014 The 3AM Teacher All Rights Reserved © 2014 Kim Staten All Rights Reserved The 3AM Teacher Contact Me
How To Google Search By Reading Level Digital media have changed almost everything about reading—from multimodal complexity and the fluid nature of text, to the role of social media and–perhaps most importantly–how we find the information we’re looking for. As we shift from a culture that passively receives newspapers and magazines and piece-meal selects books form bookshelves, to one that actively sets-up personalized reading lists through RSS feeds and Google Reader, and sifts not through hundreds of books on shelf, but from millions of books, journals, blog posts, and video transcriptions, the mechanisms for search must adapt as well. The most overarching need is likely personalization—to empower people with the ability find what they’re looking for in lieu of what might be the most popular results. And with minor changes that aren’t always immediately obvious, Google is responding. Digital Literacy & Google Search Or, put simply, read and understand.