Student Letters Deliver Heightened Engagement Before each school year begins, I indulge in a back-to-school teacher movie marathon for motivation. One of my favorites is Freedom Writers, a film based on the real life of Erin Gruwell and her incredible work with teens and writing. While planning for this academic year, my mind kept drifting to the scene in Freedom Writers when Ms. Gruwell sits at her desk on Parent Night. Once she realizes that the parents aren't going to attend, she decides to read her students’ recently turned in journals full of free writes. "We Have to Do This Each Week?" As many teachers do, I keep a notebook where I jot beginnings of ideas for lessons or notes regarding grading and miscellaneous teaching tasks. Lightning struck. They would tell me about their week. To start, I required 7-10 complete sentences. You've Got Mail Friday arrived. I opened the first letter. Two-Way Communication These letters are also a beautiful reminder of how much our students attempt to balance in their daily lives.
10 Not So Obvious Quotes for Teachers - A Teachable Teacher Let’s face it…teachers need inspiration! With the craziness that is back-to-school, I thought I would share some not-so-obvious quotes for teachers. Why the not-so-obvious ones? Because they are the ones you haven’t seen a million times on Pinterest and therefore they can truly “inspire” you. Enjoy! Is a student acting out of character? My mom is probably cheering right now. Do you set high expectations for your students? There are so many things we are told to do and sometimes it seems overwhelming. Can you say “first year teaching”?!? Other teachers, students, parents, staff, etc. We learn from others and our experience…but we work hard now because we are teaching the future! As teachers we don’t always get a pinterest-perfect set up. The kids are always watching! I saved the best for last…EVERY TEACHER NEEDS TO READ THIS!! I hope you feel inspired and refreshed! Do you have any quotes that inspire you?
5 Powerful Ways to Save Time as a Teacher Lack of time is a huge problem for teachers everywhere. There’s just never enough time for teachers to do their work well AND have a healthy, balanced life outside the classroom. For as long as I have been working to serve teachers and help you do your work better, time was always the one problem I couldn’t solve. Until now. Now there is something that I truly believe is going to change teachers’ lives and give you back the time you so sorely need. The program, a year-long membership that delivers weekly e-mail tips and downloadable resources, aims to help teachers get a clearer sense of how many hours they are actually devoting to school-related tasks, then target a smaller, more reasonable number to shoot for. I’m so excited about the program and how well it’s working for teachers that I invited Angela to come onto the podcast and share some of the best tips she shares with club members, five really powerful ways you can save time as a teacher. Subscribe: iTunes | Android |
Brainology Program - Mindset Works®: Student Motivation through a Growth Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Ph.D. Welcome > Brainology Program Brainology® raises students’ achievement by helping them develop a growth mindset. When students have a fixed mindset, they believe their intelligence is just fixed—they have a certain amount and that’s that. This mindset makes them afraid to look dumb and curtails their learning. Brainology makes this happen by teaching students how the brain functions, learns, and remembers, and how it changes in a physical way when we exercise it. Note: This video demo is on YouTube. Brainology shows students that they are in control of their brain and its development. Who can benefit? Brainology was designed to benefit all children, and it has been used successfully in classrooms and at home, typically by 5th through 9th graders. The ideal school implementation setting is a whole school or whole grade level. In 2008, CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) chose Brainology for their Innovative Program of the Year award. How is it used?
10 Motivational Posters for Your Classroom | Edutopia Posted 08/31/2015 1:01PM | Last Commented 08/07/2016 8:35AM WARNING: These posters are guaranteed to brighten up your classroom & inspire minds of all ages. Enjoy! 1. Frame for your desk as a daily reminder that you don't need a cape to be a hero. Download. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 26 Impulses that Sustain Engagement Infographic Other Infographics 26 Impulses that Sustain Engagement Infographic Why do Human Beings Engage? 26 Impulses that Sustain Engagement Infographic What does real and authentic engagement look like- for students and adults? There are many factors that motivate engagement. Following are 26 instincts that motivate a commitment of time and energy: Compliance.A sense of duty or obligation; assignments that contribute to a goal; assignments from an assignor that counts (as a result of affection or consequence). Via: gettingsmart.com Embed This Education Infographic on your Site or Blog!
100 Excellent Art Therapy Exercises for Your Mind, Body, and Soul January 9th, 2011 Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." It's no surprise, then, that many people around the world use art as a means to deal with stress, trauma and unhappiness – or to just find greater peace and meaning in their lives. If you're curious about what art therapy has to offer, you can try out some of these great solo exercises at home to help nurse your mind, body and soul back to health. Emotions Deal with emotions like anger and sadness through these helpful exercises. Draw or paint your emotions. Relaxation Art therapy can be a great way to relax. Paint to music. Happiness Art can not only help you deal with the bad stuff, but also help you appreciate and focus on the good. Draw your vision of a perfect day. Portraits Often, a great way to get to know yourself and your relationships with others is through portraits. Create a future self-portrait. Trauma and Unhappiness Draw a place where you feel safe. Collaging Self Gratitude
Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness Teaching Strategies On his first day teaching at Coronado Elementary School in Richmond, Calif., students threw rocks at Jean-Gabrielle Larochette, pretending he was a police officer. He spent fifteen minutes of every class calming down a handful of kids in this low-income-neighborhood public school who wouldn’t follow directions or behave. Larochette began practicing meditation and mindfulness to cope with his own stresses of teaching and supporting traumatized kids. “Before we can teach a kid how to academically excel in school, we need to teach him how to have stillness, pay attention, stay on task, regulate, make good choices,” said Larochette. The project has since grown and is now being incorporated in a group of elementary schools in Richmond, in an attempt to improve academic performance and create a more positive school culture by teaching students mindfulness. Educators at Nystrom Elementary school in Richmond are seeing some of those positive effects in their students. Related
How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done: 5 Expert Tips Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it out, click here. Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting. We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. So I decided to call a friend who manages to do this — and more. Cal Newport impresses the heck out of me. He has a full-time job as a professor at Georgetown University, teaching classes and meeting with students.He writes 6 (or more) peer-reviewed academic journal papers per year.He’s the author of 4 books including the wonderful “So Good They Can’t Ignore You.” And yet he finishes work at 5:30PM every day and rarely works weekends. No, he does not have superpowers or a staff of 15. Below you’ll get Cal’s secrets on how you can better manage your time, stop being lazy, get more done — and be finished by 5:30. 1) To-Do Lists Are Evil. To-do lists by themselves are useless. Here’s Cal: Sum Up
Thinking differently | Chris Clay Wouldn’t it be great if every kid could access robotics equipment and make physical objects do stuff? If the answer is yes – this article might be interesting as I’ll be sharing a recent project I’ve been involved with to provide kit that helps kids build and code their own robot that has all the bells and whistles for less that $30. And just in case you’re wondering – No I’m not selling robots! For the last few years I’ve been playing with all kinds of robotic bits and bobs and exploring how and why kids might create with them. This has involved a lot of tinkering with screwdrivers, learning to write a bit of code and even a trip to South Korea. This expense is problematic for a number of reasons including the following: Schools struggle to purchase kits. For a long time there have been a number of low-cost alternatives to the more expensive kits. Over the last year or so a few alternatives to this have popped up. However – they are still kits. First of all they have instructions.
4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers 4 Phases Of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers by Terry Heick According to Indiana University Bloomington, Inquiry-based learning is an “instructional model that centers learning on a solving a particular problem or answering a central question. Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectivesAcademic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutionsLearners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning processTeachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutionsLearners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner” The process itself can be broken down into stages, or phases, that help teachers frame instruction. 4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers 1. The first phase of inquiry-based learning is one characterized by interaction.