4 Great Rubrics to Develop Students Presentations and Speaking Skills February 20, 2014 Looking for some rubrics to hone in your students presentation skills ? The rubrics below will definitely be of great help. I came across these materials on Discovery Assessment in an article written by Dona Criswell and I really liked them specially that they cover different grades. However, it should be noted that these rubrics are the property of Bucket Institute of Education, a leading source on project based learning materials and for some reasons the download link Donna provided is not working so I am hoping you will be able to have rough idea of how to create your own rubric based on these samples here. 1- Presentation rubric for grades k-2 click here to see a larger version. 2- Presentation rubric for grades 3-5, click here to see a larger version. 3- Presentation rubric for grades 6-8, click here to see a larger version. 4- Presentation rubric for grades 9-12.
12 Questions To Ask Your Future Employer Job interview prep is often focused on nailing the questions your future employer will ask you, and delivering the best answer. Usually that means running through your answer to, “What’s your greatest weakness?” over and over in the mirror. Less preparation, however, is given to the inverse (but just as important) scenario: asking your future employer the right questions to get to the heart of what you’ll do, and who you’ll support, at the job. Finding the right culture fit and team match is even more crucial when the company you are applying to is in the early growth stage: these are the people you’re going to spend the next few years of your life with. So how do you take it upon yourself, as the candidate, to find out everything you need to know about the job you’re about to take—and the company you’re (hopefully) about to become an integral part of? Your task is to dig in and compare the “dream vision” behind the glossy pictures and mission statements with the real facts.
10 Unusual Ways to Explore Math I confess. I never really liked math. I played the school game well so I received pretty good grades, but after I passed the test (even after receiving an A in most cases), those rules, theorems and facts didn’t stick around for very long. The problem was everything was drilled into me, or as I like to think now, drilled out of me. I’m so excited that now, as an adult, I have the time and opportunity to get to know math all over again with my kids. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to take subjects traditionally taught in schools, one subject each week, and show you how they can be looked at in unusual ways. Here’s a list of ten unusual ways to look at math. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Do you have any ideas about how math is connected in unusual ways to your world? Did you like this post? Photo Credit: fdecomite
14 Questions To Guide Your Curriculum Mapping And Lesson Design by Grant Wiggins How teachers plan – I think this is one of the more interesting ‘black boxes’ in education. There are few studies of it, yet it is clearly one of the most vital elements of the enterprise. Winging it is sometimes fun, but it’s a bad way to run a family, a business, or a classroom. Marzano reports that a “guaranteed and viable curriculum” is the key factor in academic achievement in schools, regardless of how flexible plans have to be. How do you plan? Typical plans focus too much on fragmented day-to-day lessons and activities on discrete topics instead of deriving coherent plans ‘backward’ from long-term performance, leading to excessive ‘coverage’; many plans focus far too much on what the teacher and students will be doing instead of mapping out a plan for causing specific results; a surprising number of plans do not make student engagement a central design consideration; many plans have no Plan B ready when Plan A doesn’t work. The Misconception Happy Planning!
What Everyone Should Know About Office Politics Nobody really likes office politics. In fact, most of us try to avoid it all costs. But the reality is that companies are, by nature, political organizations, which means that if you want to survive and thrive at work, you can’t just sit out on the sidelines. In our HBR.org series on office politics, we asked experts to provide insights and practical advice for navigating the political playing field in any organization. First, it’s important to understand why playing politics is so unavoidable. So, what can you do to navigate this dizzying maze? Let’s start with an approach for three common scenarios that many of us will have to deal with at some point in our careers: 1) When you’re mad about a decision that affects you; 2) When you need to make critical comments in a public forum; and 3) When a colleague goes postal on you. While these are common scenarios, there are lots of other minefields you’ll come across in your organization.
Mathletics – what’s it all about? | nhowie As a newly appointed Mathletics Lead Educator I thought I’d jot down a few points about why I thought we use this system. Mathletics (from 3P Learning) is an online Mathematics programme that we have used at BIS since 2006 with all out KS1-Ks3 (Years R-9/K-8). There are two sides to it for a student. The first is the curriculum side, which can be tied to UK/US/AUS and other curricula for a student in any year/grade (so the majority could be doing tasks related to the year you are teaching, though a teacher can individually set a students to a different year if this is necessary). Curriculum use of Mathletics The other is a more fun-based educational side, the “Live Mathletics” in which students compete against others in a timed (1 minute) answer as many questions as you can (though 3 strikes and you are out). Live Mathletics In my ICT lesson we had been working on a topic that we’d just completed, following 3 weeks of work and still had 15 minutes of the lesson left.
Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement A while back, I was asked, "What engages students?" Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccuring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students?" 1. Working with their peers "Middle-school students are growing learners who require and want interaction with other people to fully attain their potential." "Teens find it most interesting and exciting when there is a little bit of talking involved. 2. "I believe that when students participate in "learning by doing" it helps them focus more. "We have entered a digital age of video, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and they [have] become more of a daily thing for teens and students. 3. "I believe that it all boils down to relationships. 4.
How to Promote Yourself Without Looking Like a Jerk Self-promotion can be uncomfortable for many people. That’s certainly true for foreign professionals in America, who have to navigate different cultural mores in the most bullish nation on earth when it comes to personal branding. But even for many Americans, it’s a tricky prospect: how can you ensure that your talent is recognized without alienating your colleagues and looking like a jerk? The first step is understanding the true value of self-promotion. Of course, you can get better job offers or assignments if you’re viewed as a star performer. But it’s not all about you – a helpful reminder for people who are turned off by the caricature of personal branding (like networking) as baldly transactional. The next step is to focus on facts, not interpretation. It’s important to demonstrate your expertise with stories, not words. You’ll also want to ensure that those stories are relevant. Finally, even when you’re promoting yourself, it’s essential to express humility.
Dan Meyer Image by DavidErickson via Flickr There are some really great blogs out there written by maths teachers who really care about their practice. I enjoy reading their posts as they share their insight and ideas and think about how it could improve my own teaching. There is wheat and there is chaff out there. f(t) Written by the highly witty and entertaining Kate Nowak, I love this blog for lots of reasons. I find her blog a useful way of ‘keeping the big picture in mind’ rather than becoming obsessed with the details all the time. Keeping Math Simple One of the best blogs I have found discussing pedagogy in maths teaching. “This blog isn’t about making math easy because it isn’t. There are regular blogs about using Geogebra effectively in teaching maths. Typical of the quality and thought provoking posts on this blog is “Teaching algebraic thinking without the x’s“. An insightful blog, regularly updated that is well worth your attention. Math for Primates Mathematics and Multimedia dy/dan Cheers!
How STEM Education Makes a Difference in Children’s Lives Infographic Other Infographics Teacher Infographics There are plenty of kids out there with a strong interest in STEM subjects, but the job preparing them is not done good enough, especially when it comes to children from low-income neighborhoods. The How STEM Education Makes a Difference in Children’s Lives Infographic illustrates this problem and opportunity. STEM education can have an impact on children’s lives. Via: blog.firstbook.org Embed This Education Infographic on your Site or Blog!