20 Ways to Keep Your Students' Attention As the end of the year approaches, it can be more and more challenging to keep your students' attention. Brain Breaks are important, but there are plenty of things you can do within a lesson to keep kids from day dreaming...or worse yet, nodding off. Here are some ideas:Desk Switch: Students have ten seconds (count down from ten) to find another desk to sit in that is in a different part of the room than his or her normal desk. 20 Ways To Get A Noisy Classroom's Attention 20 Ways To Get A Noisy Classroom’s Attention by Terry Heick Okay, so this isn’t about rethinking teaching and learning in a connected world, but that doesn’t change the fact that for many of you, simply beginning class can be the most challenging thing you do all day.
Place Value with The Three Little Pigs We have really been drilling place value. It's so important to have a deep understanding of place value in order to move on to other concepts like double-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. We spent about two weeks on tens and ones and another two weeks on hundreds. We used our EnVision a lot and supplemented with Amy's Playing Around with Place Value resource during whole and small groups. Last week, I felt it was time to break out The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. Printable World Flags To make watching the Olympics on TV at home more festive and exciting, for a world travel themed party or to celebrate any international occasion, we’ve put together these 100 countries printable world flags in one file, in perfect sizes to make party bunting with. Download Each page has 10 flags with the name of the country on the side tab.
Self-Directed Learning Through A Culture Of "Can" Self-Directed Learning Through A Culture Of “Can” The long-term output of any school should be not just proficient students, but enabled learners. An “enabled” learner can grasp macro views, uncover micro details, ask questions, plan for new knowledge and transfer thinking across divergent circumstances. This doesn’t happen by content “knowledge holding,” or even by the fire of enthusiasm, but by setting a tone for learning that suggests possibility, and by creating a culture of can.
How Lego Therapy Can Help Children With Special Needs One of my family’s most successful activities this past summer was a kid swap: I sent my younger son to play at a friend’s home, while the friend’s older brother came to play with my older son at our home. Both of the older brothers have special needs, but it was easy to supervise them, because they share a common interest: building with Legos. Within an hour, we had one finished castle and two smiling boys in the living room. Both formal and informal Lego groups have been popping up all over the world – in fact, Lego therapy is now considered a successful type of play therapy. Several educational and medical studies in the UK and the USA found that facilitated group projects with Legos can help develop and reinforce play skills and social skills such as: Verbal and non-verbal communicationJoint attentionTask focusSharing and turn-takingCollaborative problem-solving
10 Word Cloud Generators You Have Probably Never Tried A few days back, we looked at five great ways to incorporate word cloud generators into your classroom. There are obviously many more uses out there for them – but that is a discussion for another post. We’ve mentioned most of these before – in a post from way back when – so I won’t go into too much detail about each individual one, but we’ve added a few notable ones to the list. (Of note, the list is in no particular order). The vast majority of them work the same: plug your text into the box, select a few options, and you’ve got yourself a word cloud. Some offer more options than others, some offer word clouds with words going in any and all directions, some offer shapes, others create much simpler word clouds.
12 Questions To Promote Self-Knowledge In Students Merging Metacognition & Citizenship by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been updated from a previous post in 2013. Why should someone learn? While Paulo Freire, John Dewey, and others have provided compelling arguments for what might be the goal of education, learning and education are not one and the same. One simple overarching goal of learning, as opposed to education. might be for each learner to understand “how to work well in one’s place,” wherever that place may be. Collaborative Learning What is collaborative learning? What is the impact of collaborative learning or group work? What are some examples of collaborative learning activities? How can you design group work activities? How can you manage group work? How can you evaluate group work?