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Print & Play Games At Quest Schools, Institute of Play game designers and curriculum specialists partner with teachers to design, produce, play-test and refine games and other learning materials that engage students in exciting new ways. Since 2009, Institute of Play has developed over 70 original classroom games. Straight from the games library at Quest Schools, Print & Play Games are downloadable board-and-card or discussion-based games for grades 6-12. Games are designed to focus on concepts and skills that students have difficulty grasping, and align with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards as well as 21st century skills. Each game pack includes game materials, plus tools and resources for educators – roll-out tips, assessment guides, video tutorials and more. The first two games are now available for free download, with more soon to come!

Giving Opinions Four Corners ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes In this fun class activity, students practice expressing and defending their opinions. The teacher places a different sign (Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, and Strongly Disagree) in each corner of the classroom. Then, the teacher reads a statement that requires the students to give an opinion, e.g. The Joys and Benefits of Cursive Writing  Richard Thomas as John-Boy Walton from the television program The Waltons. As a writer and former English teacher I sensed this. But now, science agrees with me. Yes, it's official. The New York Times says we learn more and express ourselves better when we write long hand. In her article entitled What's Lost as Handwriting Fades, science writer Maria Konnikova summed it up this way:

Scientific Argumentation SCIENTIFIC ARGUMENTATION The Science Teacher, Summer 2013 vol. 80 no. 5 Excerpts of Six Articles ENSI Lessons for Argumentation Click Here for PDF Copy of This Page What is Scientific Argumentation? During the processes of scientific inquiry, scientists will make claims, based on observable evidence, and will clarify with justification of the evidence as relevant to the claims. Other scientists often make rebuttal claims, pointing to other evidence that counters the evidence for the previous claim. The key points are that any scientific claims coming from an investigation must be based on observable (empirical) evidence, and that evidence must be justified as connected with the claims. Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation I was recently in a third grade classroom and was struck by the presence of rules that were posted for how to have a conversation. The poster said, "Each person must contribute to the discussion but take turns talking. Ask each other, 'Would you like to add to my idea?' or 'Can you tell us what you are thinking?'

A Collection of Study Guides to Help You in High School Organizing Information When Studying To be more efficient when studying, it is a must that you first prepare your study materials, your study area and, most importantly, yourself. These are essential when it comes to building effective study habits. Debates What is Debating? Debating is a structured contest of argumentation in which two opposing individuals or teams defend and attack a given proposition. The procedure is bound by rules that vary based on location and participants.

useful interview expressions game useful interview expressions: Practice useful interview expressions game using this ESL fun Game.This game is also excellent for classroom teaching. Teachers can engage students in a classroom vocabulary or grammar review. It is suitable for intermediate and advanced esl learners. It can be used to energize a dull class, to review work that was done or simply as a reward for good classroom work. Have fun teaching and learning English! Games are great for motivating students to learn. Find the Text Evidence in Nonfiction With These 8 Ways This article is the second in our blog series Close Reading Isn't Just for Novels: Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction. Click here to read the first post. Thanks to our blog series sponsor, Renaissance Learning.