How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World? Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cell phones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all part of a larger goal to help students connect to social and cultural spaces. And it’s part of what defines “participatory learning,” coined by University of Southern California Annenberg Professor Henry Jenkins, who published his first article on the topic “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture,” in 2006. In an effort to change how American schools think about teaching, Jenkins’ team developed a strategy called PLAY (Participatory Learning and You) to explain the exploratory and experimental approach to teaching they think students would benefit from. [RELATED: How to Connect School Life to Real Life] Related
Seven Ways to Use QR Codes for Your Business Are you familiar with QR codes? You’ve probably already seen them around—those quirky squares with the intricate black and white design inside. The design is actually a matrix code that stores a lot of a large amount of information in a small, square space. QR codes often pop up in ads or other types of marketing. Get creative with your codes Despite their high-tech nature, it’s easy to create your own QR codes and place them on almost anything. - Business cards: Why not update this classic business mainstay? - T-shirts, mugs, and key rings: Freebies like these that feature your QR code can promote goodwill with your audience – and deliver a simple way to learn more about your company. - Name tag or shirt: Don’t feel like passing out business cards at a convention or conference? - Store windows: Create window signage and place a prominent QR code in your front window. - Receipts: Ever thought of using your receipts as a selling tool? Keep these important tips in mind
Students Set Goals by Del Siegle Click for video about student goals. goals An ancient Chinese proverb notes that no wind is favorable if one does not know to which port one is sailing. Goals provide a standard against which students can gauge their progress, and setting goals can have a substantial impact on student self-efficacy and achievement. Setting and measuring goals is probably the most effective classroom modification teachers can make to increase student confidence. Smaller can be better When it comes to goal setting, smaller is better. Research on Goal Setting Ronald Taylor (1964) compared the goals of underachievers and achievers. Robert Wood and Edwin Locke (1987) found a significant relationship between goals and self-efficacy: Students with a stronger sense of efficacy also set higher, but reachable, goals. Specific goals are far more effective motivators than general ones, such as “Do your best.” What to do... Check Your Understanding
Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction An expectation of the Common Core Learning Standards is that teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all children. This includes special education and general education students, as well as English-Language Learners. One of my favorite technology tools, the QR code, can be used to meet the needs of a variety of students in one classroom. Teachers can create QR codes for differentiated instruction activities. A QR (quick response) code is similar in principle to a barcode -- a matrix image that can be scanned using a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet with Internet access. In a differentiated classroom, children are working in groups based on level, interest or learning style. One option is to make QR codes that send each student in your class to the same website and create activities that are differentiated. A second option for using QR codes to differentiate instruction is to create different codes for different groups. see more see less
Mobiles in the Classroom Interview Jennifer Carey is the Director of Educational Technology and High School History Teacher at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida. She graciously granted me a 30+ minute interview via Skype on the topic of cell phones in the classroom. To further engage myself with this week's theme of cell phones in the classroom, I conducted the interview and typed up this blog post on my cell phone (#bonuspoints @teach42). I did, however, record it in GarageBand on my MacBook Pro so that I could go back if I missed anything. The reason I chose Ms. The first question I asked was, "What prompted you to try using cell phones in the classroom?" Ms. I took this break to ask Ms. The next question was regarding school policy. My next two questions were about student and parent response to using cell phones. I then asked Ms. The final question I had planned was about the evidence that Ms. I ended the interview by asking Ms.
When Bell-Ringers Go Bad: My Quest to Deepen Start-of-Class Activities Published Online: January 15, 2014 By Kim McCready For most of my 14 years of teaching, I've assigned "bell work" while attending to beginning-of-class duties. For longer than I care to admit, my bell ringers were bad. These mini-assignments were well-intentioned. My old stand-by was "revise this paragraph in 5-7 minutes." I have since designed three campaigns to overhaul how my class begins. We begin with worksheets. Plenty of tools are available: vocabulary books, dictionaries, our class set of sentence-pattern books. Soon, the more competitive students seek to out-do one another by correctly using as many vocabulary words as possible in a complex sentence pattern. After a few weeks, I drop the worksheets. Finally, I pull vocabulary words only from our current major unit of study (Fahrenheit 451, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, etc.). The links between close reading, strong arguments, and skillful writing are undeniable. Friday—Share yesterday's response aloud. Web Only Back to Top
5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom. After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer it myself. "It's cute," she added. Um, I don't think she thought it was so cute. I think she was treading lightly on the ever-so shaky ego of a brand-new teacher while still giving me some very necessary feedback. So that day, I learned about wait/think time. Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions, and not only asking well-designed ones, but ones that will also lead students to questions of their own. Keeping It Simple I also learned over the years that asking straightforward, simply-worded questions can be just as effective as those intricate ones. #1. This question interrupts us from telling too much. #2. #3. #4. #5. How do you ask questions in your classroom?
Part III: Teaching resilience: Attention SmartBlogs “Squirrel!” In addition to its other endearing qualities, Pixar’s 2009 animated feature “Up“ introduced the world to Dug, a golden retriever with definite attention challenges. Dug sparks several comedic moments with a cry of “squirrel!” Resilience requires the ability to imagine what the future can be, and the discipline to reflect on what has been in order to determine a way forward. Attention Attention is a cognitive flashlight, revealing whatever is within one’s mental field of vision. Noise, whether from within or without, can short-circuit our attention, causing us to miss something important or to lose efficiency in completing a task. How can we keep students’ attention from zoning out? Think only about the next step Attention strays when it’s overwhelmed. To keep students from redirecting their attention, help them see just the next step. Their mental conversations may unfold like this: “I know how to do this. The same approach works with students. Advertise progress Imagine.
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