Make learning an adventure Turn your syllabus into an infographic Erin McLaughlin teaches “Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric” at Notre Dame — some readers may remember an earlier article about Doctor E’s audio narrative. Erin is usually at the head of the pack when it comes to effectively integrating technology and this fall she has done it again, producing a beautiful infographic of her course syllabus (excerpt at right). While I don’t suggest everyone should drop the idea of a traditional syllabus, nearly any course can benefit from a simplified visual overview that quickly gives students a sense of what will happen during the semester. The challenge of visually summarizing a course syllabus can be a very meaningful endeavor. I figured the infographic approach would be a good opportunity to examine the syllabus as a piece of multimedia rhetoric in and of itself, and the exercise of graphically presenting the content was a valuable reminder of challenges and opportunities students may run into when engaging in similar intellectual tasks. Visual design
Skrivpapper Det är inte alltid som vi skriver alla jobb på datorn eller iPaden. Det finns ju färdiga papper att skriva på men då finns det inte plats för bild på en vit yta som jag ofta vill ha till mina yngre elever. Jag vill också att det ska finnas stödlinjer för dem när de skriver. Det är ungefär 5 mm mellan linjerna och 7 mm mellan varje del. Har också gjort en version som är utan ram Det kan du hämta här i pdf. 40 Alternative Assessment Ideas for Learning When people think of assessment, pencils and bubble sheets may be the first things that come to mind. Assessment does not always have to involve paper and pencil, but can instead be a project, an observation, or a task that shows a student has learned the material. In the end, all we really want to know is that the skill was mastered, right? Why not make it fun and engaging for students as well? Many teachers shy away from alternative assessments because they take extra time and effort to create and to grade. The project card and rubric can be run on card stock (one on each side of the page), laminated, and hole punched with other alternative assessment ideas. Here are 40 alternative assessment ideas to get you started! Alternative Reading Assessments 1. Create a bookmark to match the theme of the last book read. 2. Put together a group of 5 things from the story of the week. 3. Students can make a stuffed animal that matches the theme of the story read. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
Le silence des apprenants (dans une formation en ligne) Alors que le silence dans une salle de classe est vénéré par certains (preuve de l’expertise et de la maîtrise du groupe par l’enseignant), inlassablement recherché par d’autres dans une classe remuante de collège, exigé dans un amphithéâtre bondé. On peut également s’en méfier comme étant le signe d’un ennui et d’un désintérêt profond d’une audience qui rêvasse, ou pire, pianote au rythme des envolés d’un enseignant qui ne parle plus que pour lui-même. Le silence peut aussi être ouvertement évité, privilégiant ainsi l’échange, le débat et le dialogue au sein d’activités d’apprentissages qui nécessitent un désordre mesuré et contrôlé. Comme d’habitude, dans le cadre d’une formation en ligne, tout s’intensifie et se complexifie. Autant de cas de figure que j’ai pu rencontrer en tant qu’apprenant ou tuteur en ligne. Like this: J'aime chargement…
10 Life Lessons Worth Teaching Next Year What should you be teaching? Every class has standards and curricula to attend to, but we have so many options for teaching our materials. Creative instruction is important to maximizing learning for students and enjoying our classroom time as educators. What happens when we teach from a slightly different angle–when we layer our teaching with elements of social and emotional learning, empathy, creativity, analysis, and the arts, and consciously access the different learning styles? Can we use our content areas as a vehicles to teach skills and add in the other areas? Pay It Forward: Teaching Kids About Kindness Carrie Sorenson models how to teach kindness in the classroom as part of the day-to-day activities, reinforcing the three R’s. Teaching Argument Argument is a big cornerstone of the Common Core State Standards . Teaching Primary Research This is another skill that’s extremely high-priority in the Common Cores and in the world of work . Teaching Kids Compassion And Empathy
All About Inquiry-Based Learning Inquiry-based learning is not a new teaching strategy. In fact, you most likely learned about it in college while studying about John Dewey’s educational reform. Dewey set out to advocate child-centered learning that was based on inquiry and real-world experiences. Unfortunately, in today’s educational system, children are less likely to inquire and ask questions, and more likely to be subservient and listen. Inquiry-based learning is meant to change that. What are the Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning? While rote memorization is an important skill to master, inquiry is a skill that will take you into the 21st century. Inquiry based-learning has other advantages as well: Just because you're showing a movie before the end of term doesn't mean... Here's a quick look at think-aloud teaching strategies, why they are important... Is it just me or have school holiday parties transformed from fun, casual... By using inquiry-based learning, teachers can get students more involved via...
Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom You have probably heard that teachers are the hardest people to teach. I submit teaching teachers is a lot like teaching younger learners (except that they have more autonomy). More often than not as I am setting up for a training at least one teacher will saunter in with a pile of lamination to cut out or a knitting project (for the grandbaby on the way, of course) to keep them occupied during the training. First of all, let me say, “I get it.” Five Levels of Student Engagement It should not surprise anyone to know that one of the most consistent findings in educational research demonstrates that the more times students spend engaged during instruction, the more they learn (Gettinger & Ball, 2007). Measuring Engagement in the Classroom The level of student engagement can vary from student to student, and lesson to lesson so it may be difficult to get a general feel for how engaged a class is as a whole. The Engaged Classroom The Compliant Classroom The Off-Task Classroom Conclusion
Cooperative Learning - More Than Group Work Did you know that there's a difference between cooperative learning and group work? I'll bet you thought those two terms were synonymous, but they're not. Let me show you how they are worlds apart. Does this scenario sound familiar? The teacher assigns a group project, outlines the task, and gives a deadline for completion. Students are expected to work together and participate equally, but we all know what happens. But what I just described is NOT cooperative learning. But if that's not cooperative learning, what does cooperative learning look like? How to Foster Effective Team Discussions Introducing accountability and rules of equal participation can be as easy as changing to a new team discussion format. Place students in teams of 4 or 5 and have them number off in order around the team. Keep Discussions Focused with Question Cards Another way to promote more effective discussions is to create question task cards to keep the discussion focused and moving along.
Classroom Management: Using Gaming Elements Gamification is a term you may have heard in passing, but probably like most of us, are unsure what exactly it means. Simply put, gamification involves using the principles of classroom games to motivate and engage students. We all know that children love video games, and we can see that these game designers really know how to hook our children. So, why wouldn’t we be interested in incorporating some of the bells and whistles that designers use as part of our own classroom games and classroom management tactics? If you think about it, we as adults use one of the elements in gamification probably every day that we go to a store and use our rewards card. Here are a few of the secret ingredients of a great educator, which will... Use these Halloween creative writing prompts for a quick Halloween activity or... 5 traits... 5 fun Halloween classroom activities to try this October. 10 teaching strategies that you can employ in your classroom that will benefit... Rewards for Success Scaffold Progress