Why Great Educators Need to be Great Storytellers | MediaCore Video Platform Storytelling makes for fun learning Now, more than ever, great educators understand the need to keep students engaged. Sophomore student Gregoris Kalai sums it up bluntly: “What most professors fail to realize is that every time they stand in front of an auditorium and begin to lecture, they are competing for our attention with the infinite number of tabs we have open on our browsers.” I’m sure many professors and teachers will be sympathetic to this example. Kalai argues that students switch off from lectures because, all too often, the material isn't presented in an engaging way, and that incorporating a little storytelling magic is a great way for professors to address this. So, if you're concerned about student engagement and aren't already thinking about some way to incorporate storytelling into your lesson plans or assignments, it might be time to start. Technology helps you (and your students) get creative with storytelling
Promote Good Digital Citizenship: 10 Ideas For Rich Academic Student Discussion Online 7/23/2013 By: Michael Gorman More classrooms are opening their doors to student discussion online through online collaborative projects, online courses, and blended learning. They are doing this through public social media like Facebook as well as private social media tools like Edmodo, My Big Campus, and Moodle. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Michael Gorman oversees one-to-one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. Digital Citizenship Tips for Teens For teens, Common Sense Media offers five simple rules of digital citizenship to help them create a world they can be proud of—and inspire others to do the same. Think before you post or text. What goes around comes around. Spread heart, not hurt. Give and get credit. Make this a world you want to live in. Read more tips on digital citizenship at www.commonsensemedia.org . Integrating Digital Citizenship in 1:1 Initiatives Free Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum
Six things kids need to succeed at school — but too many don’t get Elmer’s school glue is displayed for sale with supplies at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Thursday, August 6, 2015. More U.S. parents are planning to increase back-to-school spending this fall than at any time in at least the past four years, according to a survey released Tuesday by the International Council of Shopping enters. (Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg) You know what’s on traditional back-to-school lists: paper, notebooks, pens and pencils, etc. By Vicki Abeles This year’s back-to-school emails are stacked up in my inbox, shouting in all-caps and exclamation points that my child is already behind the curve to start a successful year. The newest tutoring and test prep are essential to producing smiling, smart kids, the ads and solicitations seem to be saying. Forget binders, pencils, calculators, and the latest app to help kids manage their time. Let me be clear. Time Time to rest, relax, and keep healthy habits.
Welcome to CCK11 ~ CCK11 Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill. I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills -- reading, writing, and speaking. But when we think about career and college readiness, listening skills are just as important. This is evidenced by the listening standards found in the Common Core and also the integral role listening plays in collaboration and communication, two of the four Cs of 21st century learning. So how do we help kids become better listeners? Check out these tactics for encouraging a deeper level of listening that also include student accountability: Strategy #1: Say it Once Repeating ourselves in the classroom will produce lazy listening in our students. Of course you don't want to leave distracted students in the dust so for those few who forgot to listen, you can advise them to, "ask three, then ask me." Strategy #2: Turn and Talk Strategy #3: Student Hand Signals
Watch a Classroom Management Expert See how this 9th-grade English teacher connects with his students, earns their trust, and then invites them to contemplate their future with -- or without -- reading skills. At the beginning, watch how he makes a connection with each student as they enter the classroom. At 6:54 he gets students to talk about their previous jobs, and the work they want to do. (Note how he refers to work done for free as "slave labor" -- an interesting foreshadow to the section where they reflect on their future.) At 12:33 he builds their trust by introducing some "crazy" books -- stories about teen suicide, poverty, and gang life. Look for a guest post with some specific classroom management tips from this teacher, Tyler Hester, coming soon. see more see less
A Quick Guide To Questioning In The Classroom A Guide to Questioning in the Classroom by TeachThought Staff This post was promoted by Noet Scholarly Tools who are offering TeachThought readers 20% off their entire order at Noet.com with coupon code TEACHTHOUGHT (enter the coupon code after you’ve signed in)! Get started with their Harvard Fiction Classics or introductory packages on Greek and Latin classics. Noet asked us to write about inquiry because they believe it’s important, and relates to their free research app for the classics. This is part 1 of a 2-part series on questioning in the classroom. Something we’ve become known for is our focus on thought, inquiry, and understanding, and questions are a big part of that. If the ultimate goal of education is for students to be able to effectively answer questions, then focusing on content and response strategies makes sense. Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers The ability to ask the right question at the right time is a powerful indicator of authentic understanding.
25 Great YouTube Channels for Blended Learning - Getting Smart by Guest Author - engchat, histchat, Online Learning, scichat, sschat, technology, videos, YouTube By: Emily Lucas Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to go to the best schools, universities, or even has the time to go to extra courses to fill out their knowledge base. Additionally, not even every college student has enough time to absorb all the information in their courses or to write every paper that their professor assigns them. But luckily, the internet can step in and serve to fill in some of the holes and to take away some of the burden of essay writing. With many YouTube channels that are designed to teach people more about the topics they discuss, gaining knowledge on a plethora of topics is easier than ever before! We have created a list of the best YouTube channels that can help you learn and be more prepared in class or to write a “best essay” caliber composition. Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology Google Google’s YouTube channel showcases the goings on at Google and how their programs and projects are making a global impact. Microsoftedu Science
5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners The humble question is an indispensable tool: the spade that helps us dig for truth, or the flashlight that illuminates surrounding darkness. Questioning helps us learn, explore the unknown, and adapt to change. That makes it a most precious “app” today, in a world where everything is changing and so much is unknown. And yet, we don’t seem to value questioning as much as we should. For the most part, in our workplaces as well as our classrooms, it is the answers we reward -- while the questions are barely tolerated. To change that is easier said than done. How to Encourage Questioning 1. Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. 2. This is a tough one. 3. Part of the appeal of “questions-only” exercises is that there’s an element of play involved, as in: Can you turn that answer/statement into a question? 4. 5. If the long-term goal is to create lifelong questioners, then the challenge is to make questioning a habit -- a part of the way one thinks.
Know Your Digital Instruction Techniques: Defining the Big Three Individualized Instruction, Differentiated Instruction, and Personalized Learning are big buzz terms in todays digital education world. Unfortunately, these three digital instruction techniques all-to-often seem to be thrown around as a single, interchangeable idea. The problem is, these terms do not mean the SAME thing. In fact, the three actually have significantly different definitions, execution methods, and learning outcomes. The chronic misuse of these terms prompted me to create an easy-to-understand, basic description of what an educator means (or should mean) when they intend to provide Individualized, Differentiated, and/or Personalized Learning. Individualized Instruction Definition: instruction that is paced to the learning needs of different learners. Differentiated Instruction Definition: instruction that is tailored to the learning preferences of different learners. Personalized Learning Personalized Learning is an interesting case. The More You Know...
5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom. After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer it myself. "It's cute," she added. Um, I don't think she thought it was so cute. I think she was treading lightly on the ever-so shaky ego of a brand-new teacher while still giving me some very necessary feedback. So that day, I learned about wait/think time. Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions, and not only asking well-designed ones, but ones that will also lead students to questions of their own. Keeping It Simple I also learned over the years that asking straightforward, simply-worded questions can be just as effective as those intricate ones. #1. This question interrupts us from telling too much. #2. #3. #4. #5. How do you ask questions in your classroom?
Resources and Lesson Plans for Social and Emotional Learning Kentucky's Jefferson County school district shares details about administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials that you may adapt for your class or school. Click on any of the titles below to download a PDF of one of Jefferson County Public Schools' resources for success. PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms -- both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application -- with Adobe's free Acrobat Reader program. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader. Resources On This Page: Elementary School - Professional Training Documents CARE for Kids elementary-school professional development plan 640K Expectations of CARE for Kids schools 244K CARE for Kids implementation calendar, grades K-1 460K CARE for Kids implementation calendar, grades 2-5 260K CARE for Kids general implementation calendar 452K First steps: Implementing CARE for Kids 220K CARE for Kids implementation goals, year 2 240K Read-aloud book list, by grade 2.4MB
Google Apps For Education Now Has More Than 50 Million Users - Google Apps For Education Now Has More Than 50 Million Users by Cinthya Mohr, User Experience Lead, Google for Education In a junior high class in Queens, New York, Ross Berman is teaching fractions. Across the country, in Bakersfield, California, Terri Parker Rodman is waiting at the dentist’s office. Google Classroom launched last August, and now more than 10 million educators and students across the globe actively use it to teach and learn together, save time, and stay organized. Classroom is part of Google’s lineup of tools for education, which also includes the Google Apps for Education suite – now used by more than 50 million students, teachers and administrators around the world – and Chromebooks, the best-selling device in U.S. Learning Better Together We built Classroom to help educators spend less time on paperwork and administrative tasks. Terri, who teaches sixth grade at Old River Elementary School, also observes that Classroom can strengthen ties and improve communication.
How To Teach Critical Thinking Using Bloom's Taxonomy The various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy are well known to teachers, students, and the rest of the education world at this point. You need to slowly ascend the pyramid in order to effectively reach your goal(s). That’s great. This happens. The visual guide you see below is from Flickr via Kris McElroy’s Pinterest board (she shares a lot of fabulous resources so check ‘em out!). Level One From the base knowledge level of the taxonomy you can see that you start with the usual ‘who’ ‘what’ ‘where’ and other questions. Level Two You’re asked to re-tell and dive in a bit deeper into the topic you’re researching or discussing. Level Three How do you actually apply the skills you’re learning? Level Four Like a good scientist (this is close to the Scientific Method after all), we must analyze the results that are now coming forth. Level Five Time to remix and synthesize some new ideas or formulations. Level Six Boom. Think about that the next time you’re asked your opinion.