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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School
Jane Mount/MindShift The first few days of school are a vital time to set the right tone for the rest of the year. Many teachers focus on important things like getting to know their students, building relationships and making sure students know what the classroom procedures will be. “The name of the game is to find the right information with the right question,” said November during a workshop at the 2014 gathering of the International Society of Technology in Education in Atlanta. “The best teachers were kids who had really struggled with the material and really understand what it’s like to learn.” Kids think they know how to use the internet to search and find the information they need, but November has found through many interviews and school visits that often students have no idea why Google or any other search provider works the way it does. “Kids literally take their teachers assignment and Google it,” November said.

Top 10 Picture Books to Inspire “Classroom Habitudes” by Lesley Burnap At the beginning of this summer I was privileged to hear Angela Maiers speak about her book, Classroom Habitudes: Teaching Habits and Attitudes for 21st Century Learning, and her movement, Choose2Matter. This passionate speaker and educator has encouraged me to be bolder. During day 2 of nErDcampMI, I found myself standing in line with my Twitter-friend, Ann King, to propose a session on Genius Hour. Now if that doesn’t sound too risky, consider this: I have not yet incorporated Genius Hour in my teaching AND I had only just met Ann in person the day before! It was a rewarding experience that has me excited for a new school year. If you are unfamiliar with Angela’s work, she writes about the 7 habitudes (habits + attitudes) our students need to thrive and excel in their careers and in life. In the list below, I have 1 or 2 titles for each habitude, and I explore some reasons why I put each book under a particular category. 1) Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds Like this:

How Opening Up Classroom Doors Can Push Education Forward Transparency is not a word often associated with education. For many parents, the time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. can feel like a mysterious part of their child’s life. Questioning students about their school day often results in an unsatisfying answer and not every parent has the time to be in constant communication with their student’s teacher. For teachers, transparency can have a distinctly negative connotation. In the political debate, the word is often used in connection to hot button issues like posting teacher salaries and benefits publicly or publishing test scores. And within the school walls, transparency can feel like judgement. “I try to become a bridge between the quantifiable and the qualifiable.” But what if teachers embraced the idea of transparency as a form of activism, a way of shining light on what works in the classroom? Opening one’s classroom to public scrutiny isn’t an easy thing to do. Being transparent is a decisive action and can be used as a tool. Related

Relationship Building Through Culturally Responsive Classroom Management School behavior problems often originate outside of the classroom. For example, asthma is the number one cause of absenteeism. When asthmatics are unable to sleep at night, they miss class or arrive at school so sleep drunk and irritable that disruptive behavior ensues, getting them tossed out of class. Consequently, they fall more behind in classwork, which increases academic struggle. More outbursts and further truancy results. Poverty and race nitro-accelerate the cycle. Don’t blame asthmatic students, their parents, or their teachers. Society pays a high price for these inequities. What can teachers do to reduce these inequities? Take the Cultural Competence Test Our perceptions and values might feel stable, but they’re actually influenced by social forces. “Suppose you are on a boat with your mother, your spouse, and your child. Of the U.S. citizens who answer the question, 60% decide to save their spouse and 40% save their children. Culturally Responsive Classroom Management

Why kids are better off without homework Down with homework! Source: Getty Images CHILDREN in primary school should not be wasting their time on homework – it is a provocative idea. But research into the impact of homework learning outcomes, and motivation, tells a relatively clear story. This week the Victorian Parliament’s Education and Training Committee recommended a review of that state’s homework policy after its findings finally reflected what science has told us for decades: there are no academic benefits from homework for children in primary school. Research tells us the following about the impact of homework on children in primary school: Homework offers no academic advantage. Homework is stressful. As homework increases, national student achievement decreases. Homework increases family conflict. Research DOES indicate that ALL children should read each night. There’s no science to support or refute these ideas. But the evidence is clear. Dr Justin Coulson is a parenting researcher, speaker, author and father of six.

Teaching students how to learn It's no secret that students learn best when they self-regulate--set their own academic goals, develop strategies to meet them and reflect on their academic performance. High-achieving students know what needs to be learned and how to learn it, educational psychology studies increasingly show. But while making those kinds of self-assessments may sound simple--and something most college students could do--many psychology professors find their students aren't self-aware enough to conduct them. Some faculty believe they can help students develop these strategies through their teaching. Not according to self-regulation researchers Paul Pintrich, PhD, co-founder of a "learning how to learn" course at the University of Michigan, and Barry Zimmerman, PhD, an educational psychology professor at the Graduate School and University Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). Taking charge "You need the 'will' as well as the 'skill,'" he says. Forethought. Spurring students along

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding What strategy can double student learning gains? According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately." Unlike summative assessment, which evaluates student learning according to a benchmark, formative assessment monitors student understanding so that kids are always aware of their academic strengths and learning gaps. Meanwhile, teachers can improve the effectiveness of their instruction, re-teaching if necessary. "When the cook tastes the soup," writes Robert E. Stake, "that's formative; when the guests taste the soup, that's summative." Alternative formative assessment (AFA) strategies can be as simple (and important) as checking the oil in your car -- hence the name "dipsticks." In the sections below, we'll discuss things to consider when implementing AFAs. 53 Ways to Check for Understanding

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and connection, but those very devices can also be distracting to students. Similarly, parents complain that when students are required to complete homework assignments online, it’s a challenge for students to remain on task. The ubiquity of digital technology in all realms of life isn’t going away, but if students don’t learn how to concentrate and shut out distractions, research shows they’ll have a much harder time succeeding in almost every area. “The real message is because attention is under siege more than it has ever been in human history, we have more distractions than ever before, we have to be more focused on cultivating the skills of attention,” said Daniel Goleman, a psychologist and author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence and other books about social and emotional learning on KQED’s Forum program.

7 Tips for Better Classroom Management In my mind, the first and most basic obligation of a teacher is to see the beauty that exists within every student. Every child is infinitely precious. Period. When we start from this vantage point, classroom management -- and its flip side, student engagement -- comes more easily. It's an outgrowth of students feeling loved and respected. This video, shot in the first few days of my classroom in 2010, and the seven tips below will show how I try to put these ideas into practice. 1. Love them -- and stand firmly against behavior that doesn't meet your expectations or reflect their inner greatness. Our students know how we feel about them. 2. If a student chose not to meet one of my classroom expectations, they needed to know that I loved them but not their misbehavior. For instance, a minute and a half into the first day, I gave one student a verbal warning for whispering to another student as he was searching for his seat. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Your lesson plans need to be crystal clear.

Une tendance «irréversible» Connexion Réginald Harvey 23 août 2014 Société / ÉducationUne tendance «irréversible» Photo : ACFAS Au collégial et à l’universitaire, le sac d’école a été remplacé par la tablette tactile ou le portable ; c’est devenu la norme. Au primaire et au secondaire, une enquête conduite auprès de 6057 élèves et de 302 enseignants dans 18 écoles du Québec révèle que les technologies de l’information (TI) sont bien en selle et gagnent sans cesse du terrain : là comme ailleurs, l’envahisseur est intraitable et s’installe irréversiblement. Pour le meilleur ou pour le pire ? Thierry Karsenti, titulaire de la Chaire de recherche sur les technologies en éducation et professeur à la Faculté des sciences de l’éducation de l’Université de Montréal, est l’auteur de cette recherche, qui est une sorte de work in progress et dont le rapport porte le titre : L’iPad à l’école : usages, avantages et défis. L’apprentissage en mode techno Site complet

Strategies for Effective Lesson Planning Stiliana Milkova Center for Research on Learning and Teaching A lesson plan is the instructor’s road map of what students need to learn and how it will be done effectively during the class time. Before you plan your lesson, you will first need to identify the learning objectives for the class meeting. Then, you can design appropriate learning activities and develop strategies to obtain feedback on student learning. A successful lesson plan addresses and integrates these three key components: Objectives for student learningTeaching/learning activitiesStrategies to check student understanding Specifying concrete objectives for student learning will help you determine the kinds of teaching and learning activities you will use in class, while those activities will define how you will check whether the learning objectives have been accomplished (see Fig. 1). Steps for Preparing a Lesson Plan Below are six steps to guide you when you create your first lesson plans. (1) Outline learning objectives

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing It's the first writing conference, four weeks into the year, with this blond senior. He stiffly leans back from me as far as the metal desk will allow, exuding cynicism, too cool for meeting with teachers about his writing. I can see he doesn't trust me yet or know why we conference, and he's afraid. The Power of Teacher Enthusiasm Conferencing and portfolios work for me. But I wish the research would point to these systems as consistent and universal means of student growth. Then, two years ago, I read Daniel Pink's Drive and Carol Dweck's Mindset, and I realized that a system of portfolios and conferences was not enough to change student engagement on its own. Intrinsic Motivation Pink’s Drive argues that employees -- and students -- after their basic needs are met, are motivated by autonomy, purpose, and mastery. But sometimes, I also got it right. Before, I'd encouraged my students to write for real audiences as summative assessments. Growth Mindset

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

"What Did You Call Me?" – How to Remember Students’ Names It’s a common predicament for educators. They familiarize themselves with students quickly, but can’t easily retrieve names on demand. The crush of first week stress compounds the problem by redirecting blood for a fight or flight response, dulling teachers’ focus. Some teachers turn to awkward work-arounds. Here’s the secret: take the same enthusiasm you have for baseball statistics, or civil war battles, or Christian Louboutin shoe prices, or Kardashian trivia, and apply it to learning students’ names. To help you out even more, we’ve prepared a short cheat sheet of effective tactics for imprinting students’ names onto your brain. What techniques do you use to remember students’ names?