summer time and the livin' is easy. aka too many DIY projects later... i hope everyone has had a fun and relaxing summer...i know i didn't keep up my promise from my last post in what, march??? ooops.... forgive me?? Well, to make it up to you, i have TONS to share....updates, ideas, DIY projects, and lots of photos!! so get excited, ok? GREAT. at the beginning of summer i was worried that i was going to run out of things to do...has that happened??
‘Flipped classroom’ model lets students leave their homework at school When some students head back to class this fall, they’ll leave their math homework at school some nights. And no, it won’t be by accident. Rather than grapple with rows of tricky textbook problems, the students will be asked to hit “play” on instructional videos designed to teach math concepts in an engaging way. Working on those problems, which traditionally would have been assigned as homework, will instead fill their in-class time.
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escaping into short dream French photographer Julie de Waroquier began taking pictures in 2008, when she discovered her true passion for the art form. There's an ethereal quality to the 22-year-old digital photographer's work. It's light and airy with a hint of surrealism that doesn't hit you all at once. Like in a dream, it feels like everything is exactly as it's supposed to be, despite the clearly unusual flock of birds flying overhead, indoors, and the tiny train set chugging along in the woods. The self-taught photographer often realizes her stories by serving as the subject within the frame, in addition to her responsibilities as the creative mind behind the scenes. Wonders in Kindergarten: From lines to letters...the co-construction of our Alphabet Wall! As a way to engage the students at the beginning of the year, I set up a provocation (invitation to learning) on exploring lines. I felt this was a safe and motivating topic that would support students at varying abilities to feel confident in expressing themselves creatively. Keeping in mind the many ways that children learn (Hundred Languages of Children), I placed plasticine, crayons and paper, as well as wire (large twist ties), to allow for exploration using various channels. Simultaneously, we also read some wonderful books about lines to further enhance student learning! While observing the students, I noticed them rolling the plasticine into a ball, then using their palm, they would press and flatten the ball, and start rolling it up and down their hand using the table to give it a worm like appearance. Then they would shape it to their desired line.
Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Overcoming Common Hurdles Jon Bergmann: Here are some tips to overcome some of the hurdles and blunders that we’ve seen commonly happen as teachers flip their classrooms. Aaron Sams: Make sure your students can access the content. We all know that not all students have access to the Internet at their home, so you may have to come up with some other solutions. Get some flash drives, check them out to students; burn the video content onto DVDs; or write a grant, get a class set of some sort of digital device that you can check out to your students and they can take home and use that way. Jon Bergmann: Make sure you teach your students how to watch a video.
impact mirror From the 5th dimension of the 1920's to the nth dimension of 2000 In the beggining of the 20th century Gunnar Nordstrom, Theodor Kaluza and Oscar Klein independently proposed an extension of Einstein's newly invented theory of general relativity to include an extra dimension of space. As opposed to 4-dimensional gravity, which is what we see and describe using Einstein's insight that gravity is the result of spacetime curvature, Nordstrom, Kaluza and Klein wrote down a theory of 5-dimensional gravity. To make sense of this radical proposal, Klein suggested that the extra spatial dimension was "compactified". What does this mean? It means that he curled up the 5th dimension on a circle, a circle so microscopically small that it is not directly observed in everyday physics.
Reggio Children Inspired I regularly record conversations I have with my 3 and 4-year-old students. Recently, one of our Stickbugs died…and this conversation happened. This is why I love teaching. What do you think happened? Arjun: He fell down from a tree?