SMART Goal Setting: A Surefire Way To Achieve Your Goals I encourage you to pick up a pen and a piece of paper and jot down the goals you want to reach. Look at each goal and evaluate it. Make any changes necessary to ensure it meets the criteria for a SMART goals: S = SpecificM = MeasurableA = AttainableR = RealisticT = Timely Specific Goals should be straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen. Specific is the What, Why, and How of the SMART model. WHAT are you going to do? Ensure the goals you set is very specific, clear and easy. Measurable If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Choose a goal with measurable progress, so you can see the change occur. Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. Attainable When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. Goals you set which are too far out of your reach, you probably won’t commit to doing. The feeling of success which this brings helps you to remain motivated.
On assessing for creativity: yes you can, and yes you should I tweeted yesterday an interesting news item in Erik Robelen’s blog in Education Week that a few states (Oklahoma, California, Massachusetts) are seriously looking into some sort of assessment of creative thinking as part of the whole 21st century skills/entrepreneurship movement. I think it is a great idea, with a lot of potential for leveraging change. Now, of course, the naysayers are quick to say that you cannot measure creative thinking. This is silly: here is a rubric for doing so: Creative. We can and do measure anything: critical and creative thinking, wine quality, doctors, meals, athletic potential, etc. (A plug, once again for You Can Measure Anything.) In Bloom’s Taxonomy – designed to categorize and guide the design of measures – Synthesis was the level of thinking for such creativity, as Bloom makes clear in defining it: Synthesis is here deﬁned as the putting together of elements and parts so as to form a whole. Ditto and underscored for student oral presentations.
Engineering Groups Engineering in the Middle School Classroom! IDEAS is the result of a project funded by The Engineering Foundation and organized by two of the worlds major engineering societies, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Our goal when soliciting project activities was to identify low-cost, "hands-on" engineering projects for use in middle schools math, science and technology classes. The announcement attracted over 60 entries from teachers, engineers, and concerned educational and professional groups. Each project concept has three levels of activity – exploratory, intermediate, and advanced. "IDEAS" is not an isolated effort. In 1998 ASME published "Engineers Solve Problems," a collection of seven hands-on experimental problems developed in cooperation with the Salt Lake City school system, with the support of the National Science Foundation. ASME continues to help students when they reach the high-school level.
Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity! A recent blog by Grant Wiggins affirmed what I have long believed about creativity: it is a 21st-century skill we can teach and assess. Creativity fosters deeper learning, builds confidence and creates a student ready for college and career. However, many teachers don't know how to implement the teaching and assessment of creativity in their classrooms. While we may have the tools to teach and assess content, creativity is another matter, especially if we want to be intentional about teaching it as a 21st-century skill. In a PBL project, some teachers focus on just one skill, while others focus on many. Here are some strategies educators can use tomorrow to get started teaching and assessing creativity -- just one more highly necessary skill in that 21st-century toolkit. Quality Indicators If you and your students don't unpack and understand what creativity looks like, then teaching and assessing it will be very difficult. Activities Targeted to Quality Indicators Model Thinking Skills
Assessment FOR Creativity: What Would It Look Like? | creativiteach Assessment is front and center in just about every educational venue today. Whatever we want to develop in schools, we need to think about how it relates to assessment. To me, one of the most important concepts in assessment is Stiggins’ differentiation of assessment OF learning and assessment FOR learning. Assessment OF learning, of course, is assessment mainly focused on evaluation, letting us know how much students have learned. I have said before that the distinction Stiggins made has caused me to contemplate a parallel relationship between assessment and creativity. Assessment FOR creativity considers how we can assess the content we teach in ways that are supportive of creativity. Assessment FOR creativity builds intrinsic motivation through a sense of increasing competence. Over the next few weeks I’ll think about these three characteristics and how they might play out in classrooms. Like this: Like Loading...
Teachers Manuel to A Paperless Classroom So how about having a paperless classroom ? Some say this is over-hyped at best, an outright fad at worse. Well let's get down to it and see what it all takes to do it. 1- Have a Classroom Blog /Websites/Wiki/Portal We can not talk about going paperless without first setting up a virtual space for our class. 3- Use web tools to increase productivity Here are some examples : Use and encourage your students to use presentations using these tools such as : Google Presentations, Prezi, or this collection of other presentation making toolsUse and get students to use visualizations and infographics to represent key concepts and demonstrate their learning. 4- Grading online Gone are the days when teachers would rely only on traditional gradebooks to record both their teaching progress and their students achievements.
8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom Remake Your Class is a 3-part video series that covers how one educator transformed his classroom with the help of his students, some community volunteers, and design experts. Editor's Note: Author David Bill is a designer and educator who consulted with The Third Teacher+ on the Remake Your Class project highlighted in the videos below. The tips in this post go along with the companion video. We are excited by the simplicity (and low price tag!) of this great redesign. Hope you'll share any of your own tips in the comments area below. If you're thinking of completing your own classroom remake project, good for you. The tips below can be used for smaller scale remakes right way. Whether you are looking to reorganize one corner or redesign the entire room, here are eight tips that may help you throughout the process. 1. Students are your primary users and should be at the center of such a remake process. Create Visual Inspiration Students Define Pain Points 10x10x10 Student Helpers 2. 3. 4.
Reframing Failure as Iteration Allows Students to Thrive Boy: A Rube Goldberg machine is complicated for a simple task. Girl: Boss Level is a week where we work with our home base to complete a project by the end of the week. And we also don't have homework or any other of our usual classes. Teacher: You walk into a Boss Level classroom, you're not seeing really a classroom. Boy: We could do something like this, if we had a hole. Boy: How about this one? Girl: They're tiny. Boy: No, we already have a marble. Girl: I know. Boy: Yeah, I fixed them here. Boy: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Teacher: My favorite part about Boss Level is the actual building phase. Girl: Failure is really bad, but I guess if you have a good attitude, then you can always make it what you wanted it to be and not to get frustrated. Boy: Failure reframed as iteration means when you fail, just try again. Kids: Yeeeahhh!!! What?! Teacher: Students really take a lot of ownership for the machines that they create. Girl: Home base is...
Desmos | Beautiful, Free Math 30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom - InformED Product | Naiku Better Assessment, Better Learning Know if students “got it” before they even step out of the room. Accelerate Learning with Formative Assessment Stop waiting days or weeks to know if your students know (or don’t know) critical concepts! Use Naiku to identify student knowledge gaps and address them immediately with informed instruction. Automatic Scoring Student assignments are scored automatically for a variety of item types, including T/F, multiple choice, matching, and short answer. Built-in Reports Reports are immediately available illustrating class and student performance by standard. Gradebook Integration Scores can be directly sent to your gradebook, when you wish. Instant Student Response With Quick Question, teachers can check for understanding anytime with real-time polling – no item preparation is required! Collaborate on Common Assessment Don’t live on an island – with Naiku, teacher collaboration is fundamental. Share Search Common Assessments Engage with Better Assessment No problem!
Mimi Ito on Learning in Social Media Spaces (Big Thinkers Series) Mimi: So my question is this, why do we assume that kids' socializing and play is not a side of learning? And on the flip side, why do we assume that schools can't have a spirit of entertainment and play as part of what they're doing? Mimi: Last year I wrapped up a three-year study with a large team of researchers where we were looking at a lot of different examples of kids' new-media practice, ranging from sort of everyday hanging-out behavior on sites like Myspace and Facebook with text messaging, IM to what we were calling more "geeked-out" kinds of participation, like making YouTube videos, remixing videos, creating podcasts, engaging in fan fiction, and other forms of fan production. Mimi: I think our most important top-level finding was that there was tremendous diversity in what kids were doing online and what kids were learning online. Mimi: There really is a gap in perception and understanding between generations about the value of engagement with online activities.
Edmodo November 2016 Sometimes it is easier to annotate an Assignment to give your feedback rather than writing lengthy comments. It is now possible to Annotate a Student Assignment through Office Online. September 2016 You can now add Spotlight Apps to your App Launcher. July 2016 Notes that you send to your Groups will automatically populate in the Posts sections of the Parent account! June 2016 Students and Teachers can now add attachments to replies! The Edmodo Store has moved into Spotlight. May 2016 Threaded replies and Likes to replies! April 2016 Quiz Sharing! Collaboration on Edmodo just keeps getting better! March 2016 Topics Interested in following a specific Topic? February 2016 Sign up or Log In with Office 365 and Google You can now use either your Office 365 for business account, or your Google account to sign up or log in to Edmodo. January 2016 Updates to Assignments: Request an Assignment Resubmission: Did one of your Students forget to attach a file to his or her Assignment? Library 2.0