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10 Reasons To Try 20% Time In The Classroom

10 Reasons To Try 20% Time In The Classroom
If you haven’t heard of 20% time in the classroom , the premise is simple: Give your students 20% of their class time to learn what they want. Yes, that’s it. Below is a list of the 10 reasons you should consider 20% time in your school, and you will not regret making that choice! 1. You will join a great community of learners When I first did the 20% project with my students I didn’t have a community of teachers or learners. 2. One of the major issues we face in schools today is covering a wide breadth of information, instead of allowing students to get a real depth of knowledge. 3. When students in my school have their pitch day, they get to share with the entire class what they are working on. 4. Too often our students complete assignments for the grade. 5. Randy Pausch famously said, “If you think you can’t learn and have fun at the same time. 6. It doesn’t matter if you teach elementary, middle, or high school. 7. 8. 9. 10. Have you seen Caine’s arcade ?

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The Art of Teaching Science If only teaching K-12 science was itself a science – assess student knowledge deficits and remedy them. This “knowledge deficit” model has been shown ineffective time and again. Most teachers already know that; it’s why they work so hard to develop lesson plans and activities tailored to their students. So here’s a new tool for any teacher who’s spent evenings and weekends trying to find a lesson that’s the perfect fit for their class: it’s called MOSART, brought to you by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. MOSART stands for Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-Based Assessment Resources for Teachers, but don’t let the government-report-sounding name deter you. Based on the National Research Council’s science standards and research on science education, MOSART is a free tool that, after a set of multiple choice tests and a few clicks in your favorite spreadsheet program, gives you incredible views into the brains of your students.

A Day in the Life of an iPad Teacher 6.30 am: Woken by the dulcet tones of Lana Del Rey and a new ‘Wake up Light‘. Contemplate staying in bed then notice the email icon flashing with a number of new messages – check twitter. 7.00 am: Access news app whilst devouring breakfast. Learning Theories Every Teacher should Know about Have you ever asked yourself what learning theories you know about and which ones you feel more connected to and apply in your teaching ? Generally speaking, theories inform and guide practice in any content area and a learning theory is a set of concepts on how people learn. It is more or less an investigation of the strategies and the underlying cognitive processes involved in learning. The educational field abounds in learning theories to the extent that it becomes hard to draw clear boundaries between some of them. The graphic I have for you below provides a clear categorization of the learning theories you need to know as a teacher and educator.

Should my class blog, tweet, Google App, Moodle, Desire2Learn, or Edmodo? Arrghhh!!! Do you want to use social media, web 2.0 tools, and/or a learning management system for your class or course program? Do you feel overwhelmed with the absurd amount of choice, and those ‘techie’ annoying types that make you feel like a Super Noob? I’m hoping this post can help you out. Every year around this time I reflect on the tools and spaces we’ve been using throughout the year. Will we use them again? Were they effective? 25 Ways To Make Students Better Learners I’m not a huge fan of the term ’21st Century Skills’ or ’21st Century’ anything really. But this visual is too useful and good to not share. It uses the term-that-shall-not-be-named to be sure, but it’s got a lot of other useful tidbits. For example, it has more than two dozen different tips to actually break through and connect with students. By doing so, you’ll find these tips and methods are simple but actually help make students better learners.

My Edmodo Journey I decided early this year to try using Edmodo with a class. I had met three VLEs during my PGCE, and I considered Edmodo to be the best fit for what I wanted. Edmodo, in my opinion, is nearly perfect for use in the classroom. Top 10 TED Talks on Digital Lives for Teachers TED has recently posted a curated list of some awesome talks on " digital lives". I am sure you might have already seen some of them but you will definitely find new interesting ones. Apart from " how to make a splash in social media ", a talk delivered by Alexixs, I have intermittently watched the rest of the talks. I am a huge fan of TED talks and I do learn a lot from them .

8 Ways Educators Can Foster Passion-Based Learning When you think of passion for learning, you might conjure up an image of Albert Einstein. Einstein was regarded as the greatest intellectual mind of our time. Einstein did not conform to a mold. He was passionate. He thought outside the box. Make. Write. Remix. Share. What do programmable books, multimedia poetry and DIY clubs have in common? They're all examples of ways that a growing number of educators -- in school and out, at libraries, museums and other cultural institutions, at home and at community gatherings -- are engaging in making things and leveraging the learning associated with that very human impulse to create. This summer, the National Writing Project, the place where I work, in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation, is leading an effort called Educator Innovator. It's an initiative in which a constellation of organizations (including Edutopia) are providing dozens of opportunities for educators to do things like joining webinars on innovative practice, or building a game register for a MOOC focused on making and learning. It's all free and all open to anyone. The Summer of Making and Connecting

27 Ways To Make Sure Students Pay Attention In Class Keeping the attention of your students is not easy. If you’re still in school right now (mid-June) then you know it’s downright impossible. But what if you turned the tables a bit? What if you had the students teach the class? Or perhaps had students make something related to the topic your particular course is about. iPads in the classroom: embedding technology in the primary curriculum Last year David Andrews wrote for us about how he was using one-to-one devices in the classroom in the hugely popular blog post: An Apple for the teacher: are iPads the future in class? Here, he updates us on his progress and shares some of his favourite technology-led learning ideas. Since the start of September 2012 myself and a colleague, Chris Williams, have been trying to maximise the use of handheld technology (iPads and iPods) in year 6 in all areas of the curriculum. The potential for enhancing teaching and learning through technology has been particularly interesting: we've developed a range of apps using both iPads and iPods to engage, motivate and inspire pupils' learning in the classroom.