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Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter Edutopia on Twitter Google+ Pinterest Edutopia on Pinterest WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation Classroom Management The 5 Critical Categories of Rules by Richard Curwin (2014) Curwin believes that rules and limits, while necessary in a classroom, are subtly shaded in meaning and use. Back to Top Lesson and Curriculum Planning Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever, by Todd Finley (2014) The good curriculum is in the details, so focus your teacher super powers on the granular aspects of planning ahead for the new school year. Cultivating Learning Environments and Communities 7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have, by Veronica Lopez (2014) As you plan next year's curriculum and activities, consider how you'll use your classroom space. Working With Parents Building Relationships With Students Preparing for the First Year

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Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein We do not need to teach creativity, but rather inspire its daily practice. Somewhere along the way, we simply forgot to honor this innate gift and how to access its power. Our role as educators is to encourage learning experiences that increase the ability to recognize and listen to our inner voice. Let us begin by shifting emphasis from finding the right answer to creating school cultures that encourage risk-taking and embrace ambiguity. Top 10 Websites for the Inclusive Classroom Teachers love a great resource! Especially a resource that is free and at their fingertips - literally. That's why I put together a list of 10 outstanding websites that teachers can use in the inclusive classroom (or any classroom, for that matter!).

Johnny Appleseed Last year I wrote a post about the different apple activities that I do with my class. One of the topics that I didn’t discuss was Johnny Appleseed. I love including him in my apple lesson! Teacher: We are trying to close the achievement gap all wrong On April 27, 2014, hundreds of high school students and other supporters participated in the March to Close the Gap. They walked from the Montgomery County Public Schools board of education building to Courthouse Square to in order to raise the awareness and garner support to close the achievement gap. They are pictured leaving the Montgomery County Public Schools building. How Do You Evaluate Art? How do you evaluate art? This question is answered differently by just about everybody. There is also quite a lot of argument over that question as well.

5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher. Why Formative Assessment Makes Better Teachers Getting Ready for the Start of School Part II: Why Some Teachers Have Smooth Running Classrooms I have observed many, many teachers in elementary and early childhood classrooms and the ones that have the smoothest-running classrooms all do the same thing: they teach procedures. Now only do they teach the procedures they need the children to follow, but they also have the children practice and they give them positive feedback until they become automatic routines. They make learning procedures the most important teaching priority in the first few weeks of school, even if it takes time away from other subjects. They more than make up for this time because their classrooms run so effectively.

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.

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have written several books, including Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. Students who succeed academically often rely on being able to think effectively and independently in order to take charge of their learning.

Distracted by Technology: Focusing Attention on Homework Does your child stay up all night doing homework? Is he or she often texting or online while doing homework or studying? Is it possible for students to study and do their homework effectively while being distracted by technology? Is focusing attention on homework really all that important?