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. You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong. (By Charles Rex Arbogast/ AP) You went to school so you think you know what teachers do, right? You are wrong. Here’s a piece explaining all of this from Sarah Blaine, a mom, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her parentingthecore blog, where this first appeared. By Sarah Blaine We all know what teachers do, right?
10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment 10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment by Terry Heick Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. App Smashing: Combining Apps for Innovative Student Projects At this month's CUE conference in Palm Springs, California, a lot of people were geeking out about "app smashing": the process of using -- or "smashing" -- different apps together to complete tasks and create rich student projects. In the session "App Smashing: Using Several Different Apps to Do Richer Student Projects," Jon Corippo introduced the concept to an eager audience of educators. (You can see his slides here). Corippo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Mariposa County Office of Education, attributes the concept to Greg Kulowiec. App smashing involves these steps: Create content with one app.
New Kickstarter 'World of Classcraft' Lets Students Unlock Real-World Powers Video games in the classroom are becoming a popular way to integrate game-based learning into curricula. But Shawn Young of Sherbrooke, Canada has taken it one step further and actually built his own education version of World of Warcraft. He put his own spin on the extremely popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) and dubbed it ‘ World of Classcraft .’ Shawn emailed Edudemic to alert us to this idea and we’re glad he did.
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. Advertising Gender Swap Posted by MK Morris Buzzfeed brings us an interesting video about what happens when you replace women in an ad with a man, playing off of the three main tropes that usually occur in advertising: “pleasing your man” “nerdy guy/hot girl” and “sexualized food”. I definitely had not seen the original Doritos ad, and it’s kind of awful that the ad in itself looks fake, because of how ridiculous it is. Although I don’t agree with their last comment that “seeing men like this is ridiculous” because there really would need to be several more examples of these reversals, and advertising in general is pretty ridiculous. Also, what’s wrong with guys being sexy? That’s why the original advertising works – because it’s sexy women.
How to Kill Your Child's Creativity Nuria from the The Adventures Archive is here today to share some great advice on nurturing creativity within the young makers in our lives. Kids are born creative geniuses. But unfortunately, by the time they reach the third or fourth grade, their creativity has sunk. With intelligence, there is a phenomenon called the Flynn effect: each generation, scores go up about 10 points because enriched environments make kids smarter. With creativity, a reverse trend has been identified: since 1990, creativity scores are falling.
Why App Smash? Inspired by the last #1to1iPadChat , I thought it was time to post on the world craze that is App Smashing. The term App Smash was coined by the great Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) from EdTech Teacher fame. It is a hot topic in EdTech and obviously has its own Hashtag – #AppSmash. How can film help you teach or learn English? What can film and video add to the learning experience? Kieran Donaghy Opens in a new tab or window., who won the British Council’s Teaching English blog award Opens in a new tab or window. for his post I want to learn English because… Opens in a new tab or window., explains why film is such a good resource, and recommends some useful websites. Language teachers have been using films in their classes for decades, and there are a number of reasons why film is an excellent teaching and learning tool. Learning from films is motivating and enjoyable Motivation is one of the most important factors in determining successful second-language acquisition.
5 Ways to Make Class Discussions More Exciting Classroom discussions have been a staple of teaching forever, beginning with Socrates. I have taught using discussions, been a student in discussions, and observed other teachers' discussions thousands of times -- at least. Some have been boring, stifling or tedious enough to put me to sleep. Others have been so stimulating that I was sad to see them end. The difference between the two is obviously how interesting the topic is, but equally important is the level of student participation. It's not enough for students to simply pay attention -- they need to be active participants to generate one of those great discussions that end far too quickly for both the teacher and students.
Six Engaging End-of-Year Projects I don't know about your students, but so many of mine, coupled with Senioritis, were done after state testing. (The well had run dry, no blood from a turnip -- all those sayings applied!) With just a few precious weeks left in the school year, what do you do to keep the kids energized and on board with learning? One thing I knew for sure when it came to my high school students: They had to feel as if they weren't actually doing work. (Yep, I had to trick them.) Classroom Timers - Fun Timers We've decided to put our new fun timers, and timers for classrooms into a nice sub-section. These are great timers for children, or maybe meetings, or anything really. They just add some extra fun to the usual countdown timers :-) Classic Classroom Timers: