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Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom
You have probably heard that teachers are the hardest people to teach. I submit teaching teachers is a lot like teaching younger learners (except that they have more autonomy). More often than not as I am setting up for a training at least one teacher will saunter in with a pile of lamination to cut out or a knitting project (for the grandbaby on the way, of course) to keep them occupied during the training. First of all, let me say, “I get it.” I get that teachers by necessity become excellent multi-taskers. I also understand that if you are doing more than one thing at a time you are not fully engaged in either activity. Five Levels of Student Engagement It should not surprise anyone to know that one of the most consistent findings in educational research demonstrates that the more times students spend engaged during instruction, the more they learn (Gettinger & Ball, 2007). Measuring Classroom Engagement The Engaged Classroom The Compliant Classroom The Off-Task Classroom Conclusion

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iHeartLiteracy: Technology in the Classroom Let's get some technology resources together for teachers. Here are just a few: 1) 27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice 2) What do you want kids to do with technology? 3) 9 Powerful (And FREE) Tools To Boost Summer Learning 4) 10 Exciting Ways to Use Mobile Phones in the Classroom Teaching How lucky am I? The all inspiring Felix Jacomino invited me to speak at his energy-packed learning event, Miami Device, in the beautiful setting of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School. The 2 day event ranged on a scale (i’ve just invented) from “fun” through “Awesome” on to “OMG, did that just happen!”. Felix is the sort of guy who’s character inspires people to get involved and work with him to build an event you don’t forget. Make sure you get there in 2017!

Hazing Remains an Issue for College Marching Bands - Pacific Standard When Robert Champion, a member of the Florida A&M Marching Band, died in a 2011 hazing incident, there was hope that the widespread publicity would help quash the culture of mistreatment. But according to a recently published study, abuse—albeit usually verbal rather than physical—remains widespread among these high-profile college musical institutions. In a large-scale survey, “nearly 30 percent of respondents indicated they observed some form of hazing in their marching band,” report Jason Silveira of Oregon State University and Michael Hudson of the University of Kentucky. “The most common acts of hazing involved public verbal humiliation or degradation, which generally went unreported,” they write in the Journal of Research in Music Education.

Profile: Prof. Chris Whittaker [Figure 1: Sigmoid function] You want to turn your classroom into an active learning environment – one where students understand, construct and apply knowledge, analyze, evaluate and create, instead of an environment where they spend most of their time listening – but you’re apprehensive and unsure? What does the process of change look like? How can you find the support and tools you need? What can you expect? Dawson physics professor Chris Whittaker made the change himself and he’s watched as a handful of his colleagues have followed suit. The Futility of Trying to Attract (and Retain) College Graduates - Pacific Standard Since 1970, the smartest metros have attracted more and more college graduates. The distribution of talent is divergent, concentrating in a few places. That divergence has gone hand-in-hand with economic prosperity. Thus, every city or town aimed to attract and retain people sporting at least a bachelor's degree. Not for the lack of trying everything and anything, brain drain continued to vex the losers.

I Spy, U. Spy? - Pacific Standard Temple University’s physics department chair, Xiaoxing Xi, may be moonlighting as a spy. The superconductivity expert was charged last week with scheming to trade information about United States defense technologies to China. Federal prosecutors allege that the professor, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was attempting to trade information on an undisclosed (but we can only assume, very, very important) device for “prestigious appointments in China,” Philly.com reports. As strange as this story sounds, academic spies are not all that uncommon.

Physicists are more intelligent than social scientists, paper says Social scientists are of ‘lower average intelligence’ than those in natural sciences - at least at elite universities, authors argue Source: Getty Give us this day: wisdom to tell statistical significance from scientific significance If you have glimpsed social scientists alone in their offices with hands clasped in prayer, you might have assumed that they were fearing Armageddon for their discipline in an era of high tuition fees. But, according to a new paper, the real explanation may be that social scientists are of “lower average intelligence” than their scientific colleagues – at least at elite universities. “Intelligence and religious and political differences among members of the US academic elite”, published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, draws primarily on a 1967 study of 148 male academics at the University of Cambridge to demonstrate that the scientists at top institutions are more intelligent than the social scientists.

Our Universities: The Outrageous Reality by Andrew Delbanco Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream by Suzanne Mettler Basic Books, 261 pp., $27.99 VTE - Vitrine Technologie Education Theme This joint laboratory of Vitrine technologie-éducation (VTÉ) and CFORP (Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques) will begin Wednesday, September 25th 2013 (enrollment from Tuesday, September 3 on our website). VTÉ-CFORP's Lab Objectives This laboratory aims to discover serious game and its value as a teaching tool in higher education through experimentation. Participants will actively explore some serious educational games available in Quebec.

Ed Tech: Managing Training in Your Future Teachers are learners, too. And differentiation applies to how teachers learn as well. If you purchased any new computerized device in the last few years—smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, or even a camera—you probably did not find a printed user’s guide in the box. Perhaps you got it working and figured out the basics, but it was your preteen daughter who showed you how to zoom your screen to read the fine print. Eye on IT: The 21st Century Classroom Originally published by Raymond Cantin for Vitrine technologie-éducation on January 28, 2010. If you went to university, you probably experienced, as I did, traditional lectures delivered in vast amphitheaters. The teacher, presenting from PowerPoint slides, would give us an occasional glance and could only have guessed whether we understood or not. If we define learning as Piaget does, as “an active process in which learners construct new ideas or concepts”, those lectures were a far cry from what learning experiences ought to be. In the summer of 2008 I happened to visit MIT.

Why failure is crucial for a student's success How crucial is failing to helping a young student learn? Photo by Flickr user KT King If you’re at all like me, somewhere in your home you have at least one can of WD-40®, because the stuff works wonders. If you teach science, I believe that you ought to have a large WD-40 poster on your classroom wall. Not to advertise the product but to teach a basic lesson about learning: failure is an essential part of succeeding. You may know the story of WD-40.

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