Helping Shy Students All teachers have had shy students in their classroom. These children are the ones who keep to themselves and quietly complete their work, often hiding from the attention of the teacher or their classmates. However, some of these children are not just shy or quiet but may have social anxiety disorder. How do teachers know if a student is suffering from social anxiety? Disproportion—Is the stress unrealistic for the situation? What specific behaviors should teachers look for in the classroom? Teachers can make important observations that can help to identify a child who is suffering from social anxiety. In order to alleviate their anxiety, most children with social anxiety try to actively avoid anxiety-producing situations. It is important to realize that teachers and parents can play a role in unwittingly fostering this avoidance. What can be done to help students with social anxiety? There are three components that can be targeted to decrease the social anxiety a child experiences.
Technology and Multiple Intelligences What are the multiple intelligences? What do they have to do with technology? How can I incorporate these ideas into teaching and learning? In his 1983 book called Frames of Mind, Howard Gardner of Harvard University identified seven intelligences we all possess. Read Concept to Classroom: Multiple Intelligences.This web project answers a series of common questions about Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. Go to Project Zero to learn more about Howard Gardner's projects at Harvard. Originally, Gardner developed the list as a theoretical model about the psychology of the mind, rather than a practical way to address individual differences. Read The Key Learning Community: Cultivating "Multiple Intelligences" from Edutopia. Currently, Howard Gardner has identified nine intelligences. Multiple Intelligence If you'd like to learn more about Multiple Intelligence, use the following resources. Multiple Intelligences: It's Not How Smart You Are, It's How You're Smart!
Schools, High School, Public Schools, School District, Public High Schools - SchoolMatters Learning theory Photo by Antenna on Unsplash Contents: introduction · what do people think learning is? · learning as a product · learning as a process · experience · reflective thinking · making connections · committing and acting · task-conscious or acquisition learning, and learning-conscious or formalized learning · the behaviourist orientation to learning · the cognitive orientation to learning · the humanistic orientation to learning · the social/situational orientation to learning · the constructivist/social constructivist orientation to learning · further reading · references · how to cite this article See, also, What is education? Over the last thirty years or so, ‘learning’ has become one of the most used words in the field of education. Yet, for all the talk of ‘learning’, there has been little questioning about what it is, and what it entails. There has been a similar situation in the field of education. [O]ther kinds of social learning are more sophisticated, and more fundamental. Taxonomies
Glow and Grow Strategy A few weeks ago I read about a GREAT strategy for assessment over at Beth's Thinking of Teaching blog. You can read her original post HERE. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was something I wanted to try. Similar to stars and wishes, the "glow and grow" strategy is a perfect tool for my students to use when reflecting and assessing their own, or a peer's work, or for me to use during formal or summative assessments. Yellow highlighters were easy to find, but green highlighters were nowhere to be found. OK - armed with our new strategy, my students began to use it to assess some exemplars from our provincial testing (they had actually just completed the same writing prompt earlier today). I then had them go back to their own original writing (the same topic as the exemplars they just assessed). I don't know if you can tell from this picture, but I turned the "o" in glow into a sun, and the "o" in grow into a flower (the same images on our anchor chart to help them visualize and remember).
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MI Intro ONE OF THE MOST COMPELLING, yet controversial new approaches to education reform is Multiple Intelligences Theory, or MI. Conceived of by Howard Gardner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Project Zero, MI first swept the worlds of education, cognitive science and developmental psychology in 1983 with the publication of Gardner's treatise, Frames of Mind. In the decade since Frames, the work of Dr. Gardner and MI theory has shaken educators with a most fundamental question: What is intelligence? What is the the traditional view of intelligence? I'd like to examine other reform styles. EdWeb: Exploring Technology and School Reform, by Andy Carvin.
The Brain and Learning The Organ of Learning To many, the term “brain-based learning” sounds redundant. Isn’t all learning and teaching brain-based? Advocates of brain-based teaching insist that there is a difference between “brain-compatible” education, and “brain-antagonistic” teaching practices and methods which can actually prevent learning. In his book, Human Brain and Human Learning (1983), Leslie Hart argues that teaching without an awareness of how the brain learns is like designing a glove with no sense of what a hand looks like–its shape, how it moves. Hart pushes this analogy even further in order to drive home his primary point: if classrooms are to be places of learning, then “the organ of learning,” the brain, must be understood and accommodate: All around us are hand-compatible tools and machines and keyboards, designed to fit the hand. Granted, the brain is infinitely more complex than the hand. Like Hart, Caine and Caine choose to interpret brain research holistically. (Caine and Caine 1997)
Learning Techniques One of the things that we expect you to pick up by osmosis, but almost never mention explicitly, is techniques for learning itself. After you leave university, you will be expected to be able to learn by yourself for the rest of your life. And an hour spent addressing the meta-issue of learning skills pays off in reduced time to actually learn. A lot of work has been done over the past few decades about how people learn. I recommend the work on accelerated learning by Colin Rose and Brian Tracy. You can learn anything if you have a goal that requires it. There are a number of stages to learning, each of which involves a number of aspects. The right state of mind There are six aspects to being in the right state of mind to learn. Here are the six aspects: Find a personal reason to want to learn this material. A variety of ways of input Here is a list of ways you can use variety in getting new material: Play to your strengths in terms of how you process information. Memorising Showing you know
Elementary Matters: Ten Brain Based Learning Strategies If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I'm absolutely fascinated by the brain, and am particularly fascinated by the research that's been done to prove the best learning strategies. There's some great stuff out there! I read about the brain and learning daily, and just can't get enough. I've taught a few workshops about it, too. Even though I'm a second grade teacher, this stuff applies to all learners, from newborn babies to adult learners. 1. 2. 3. 9. These are some books I recommend if you're interested in Brain Based Learning: