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27 Ways to Improve your Teaching through Reflective Practice

27 Ways to Improve your Teaching through Reflective Practice
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Students Sitting Around Too Much? Try Chat Stations. You’ve probably heard of — and maybe used — learning stations in your classroom. With stations, teachers set up activities around their rooms, then have students rotate from station to station, performing each task. They are a wonderful way to provide variety and engagement in your classroom. There’s only one real downside to stations — they take a LOT of time to set up. So today I’m proposing a watered-down version of stations that keeps the movement, interactivity and variety while minimizing the prep work. On top of their flexibility as a cooperative learning tool, Chat Stations can also dramatically improve whole-class discussions. Here’s a video demonstrating how Chat Stations work: The more traditional kinds of stations — where students perform more complex or hands-on work — are still the gold standard for student engagement, but Chat Stations can be a great strategy for those times when you haven’t been able to prepare a “real” station.

iPad as the Teacher's Pet - Version 2.0 An iPad can be a teacher’s very handy assistant! Last year I published an infographic titled "iPad as the Teacher’s Pet” and I have updated it to version 2.0. It’s all about what can be done by Pad-using educators, whether or not their students have iPads. It is divided into seven sections: Show on a Big ScreenManage the ClassroomAssess Student WorkInteract with StudentsManage Your FilesMake Instructional MediaLearn New Things You can click the image on the right to download the PDF of Version 2.0. There are loads of apps and websites listed, so I took the time to hyperlink the text in the document. There are a huge number of resources that just wouldn’t fit in the document. What has changed since Version 1.0? The first version was published in April 2013 in the days of iOS 6. Over the course of the year some apps listed on Version 1.0 of the infographic have disappeared from the App Store, a couple became overrun with ads, and others have been superseded by better options.

7 Essential Procedures to Teach the First Week of School Back to School is just around the corner. For some, it has already started! Can you believe it? Didn’t summer JUST START? While we would like to continue sipping our margarita poolside, we have to pay the bills, of course. Here are some important procedures to make sure you cover the first week of school. 1) How to enter the classroom. 2) Have a “bellringer” activity. 3) When to use the restroom. 4) Use of electronic devices/cell phones. 5) Turning in work/retrieving graded work. 6) Turning in late work. 7) Class rules and participation. Do you have any other essential classroom procedures?

14 Ways for Teachers to Collaborate Online Collaboration is an essential component of teachers' professional development. Collaboration has never been as easy as it is now especially with the advance of technology and widespread internet connection. There are a variety of ways teachers can collaborate with each others to improve their teaching experience and grow professionally. One of the workable and useful ways to do it is through the power of personal learning networks PLNs. Most of social media platforms now host a plethora of PLNs where educators and teachers get to exchange their expertise and in most cases access to these spaces is open and anybody can join and contribute in the conversation. Mia from anethicalisland.com has created this wonderful infographic in which she featured a number of ways teachers can collaborate online.

Ocho fuentes para aprender sobre nuevas metodologías y aplicarlas en el aula Entre los avances de la educación en los últimos años destaca el desarrollo de metodologías innovadoras que permiten personalizar el aprendizaje, motivar a los alumnos y afrontar el trabajo en el aula desde diversos enfoques y objetivos. La pedagogía inversa o flipped classroom, el aprendizaje colaborativo y la gamificación son algunas de las metodologías que se aplican en centros innovadores de todo el mundo y que están logrando resultados sorprendentes en las aulas. Si estás interesado en cualquiera de ellas y quieres aprender más, puedes acceder a los siguientes enlaces en los que encontrarás recursos, herramientas e ideas para aplicarlas en tu clase. 1. Blog aulaPlaneta y Plan de Formación del Profesorado. Las nuevas metodologías y su aplicación en el aula son uno de los temas que tratamos con más frecuencia en nuestro blog, a través de noticias, artículos, videos e infografías. ¿Te estás formando en la aplicación de nuevas metodologías en el aula?

ALiEM Where is the pedagogy in flipped classrooms? Flipped Classroom Model Flipped classrooms can be generally thought of as a teaching approach where learners are first exposed to new content before class on their own and then process the information in a facilitated, group setting during class. Dr. Robert Cooney (@EMEducation) discussed in a blog post at iTeachEM his experience with flipping the classroom. In his blog post he writes about the pioneers of this model Eric Mazur (@Eric_Mazur), a Harvard physics professor, and Jon Bergmann (@jonbergmann) and Aaron Sams both high school teachers. In reality the history is not as important as the concept itself for this post. Pedagogy before tech. What is Pedagogy? Pedagogy is basically the practice of teaching used to help learners with their lifelong endeavors. Active Learning Strategies One example of a poor pedagogical approach is the traditional lecture when it comes to learning. Other active learning strategies have been addressed in the literature. Role of Textbooks References: Image

The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students January 26, 2014 Google Drive is one of the fundamental tools in our digital toolkits as teachers and educators. Whether you want to compose a document, create a presentation, design a sheet, or share a beautiful drawing you made, Google Drive provides you with the tools to do that on any device and anywhere you are with an internet connection . Given this huge importance of Google Drive for teachers, I have created an entire section here packed full of tips, tricks, ideas, and third party tools to enable you to better tap into the full educational potential of this platform. Today, I am sharing with you a treasure trove of practical guides on how to use each tool in Google Drive. Google Forms Google DocsGoogle DrawingGoogle SlidesGoogle SheetsWork on Google Drive Offline

What's Your Reading History? Reflecting on the Self as Reader Overview | What does it mean to be literate? How do our reading experiences shape who we are? In this lesson, students reflect on a formative reading experience and use it as a springboard for tracing their reading lives by creating timelines to reflect past and present experiences. They culminate the personal reading history project through reading, writing and/or discussion. Materials | Student journals, handouts Warm-up | Tell students you are going to lead them through a guided meditation meant to help them recreate an important reading experience in their memory. Begin by asking them to close their eyes and put their heads down on their desks. Today, we’re going to take a trip back through your life as a reader. Next, turn on the lights and ask students to open their eyes. Invite students to share their experiences. Read the essay with your class, using the questions below. Questions | For discussion and reading comprehension: Reconvene as a class for discussion. Language Arts 1.

So Much Homework "So.Much.Homework" cc by anna gutermuth on flickr This is a revised version of a post originally to my own blog. When I’m doing math homework, I just really go fast and crazy, and in the end I still don’t understand it, really. It’s just a lot of pressure. And it shows: I’m always tired in class, because I spent all my night doing my homework! Teachers don’t see “Vivian totally understands that.” Vivian’s words should be a source of reflection for everyone involved in education. I’ve just downloaded the kindle version of Kathleen Cushman’s “Fires in the Mind: What Kids Can Tell us About Motivation and Mastery” after thoroughly enjoying the sample chapter addressing the issues surrounding homework shared by Lyn Hilt during a previous #elemchat on twitter. Through listening deeply to students’ voices on the topic of homework as deliberate practice, Cushman proposes the following “four R’s of deliberate homework”: Is the homework assigned personally relevant to the needs of the learner?

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