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Edutopia. When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments.


We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur. Brain Breaks A brain break is a short period of time when we change up the dull routine of incoming information that arrives via predictable, tedious, well-worn roadways. Our brains are wired for novelty.

12 Principles Of Modern Learning - 12 Principles Of Modern Learning by TeachThought Staff What are the principles of modern learning?

12 Principles Of Modern Learning -

Well, that depends on how you define ‘learning’ and what you’d consider ‘modern.’ Richard Olsen put together this useful visual way, way back in 2013–a chart that lays out three categories of a modern approach to learning–Modern, Self-Directed, and Social. These broad categories are then broken up into four principles per category. Low motivation - 7 resources for addressing low motivation. If you teach in higher ed, you have probably experienced it.

low motivation - 7 resources for addressing low motivation

Despite your best efforts, your entire class seems to start experiencing a huge decline in motivation. What started out well, as you watched your students' curiosities be heightened, now feels like an attempt to lift something well beyond your capacity. Five Ways to Encourage Participation in Class Discussion. My twelfth grade class is full of lovely young people.

Five Ways to Encourage Participation in Class Discussion

I'm quite enjoying every one of them. However, when it comes time for class discussion, most of them clam up, look at their desks, and silently hope that John will answer my questions. John usually complies, eager to expound on his thoughts. Sometimes, Sophie hops in, followed by Kendra for a final push. These three lovely students have a lot to offer, but it can't be the John/Sophie/Kendra show every day.

22 Powerful Closure Activities. Too many university supervisors and administrators criticize the absence of lesson closure, a dubious assessment practice likely caused by the improper use of Madeline Hunter’s lesson plan model (PDF) as a de facto checklist of eight mandatory teaching practices -- anticipatory set, objective and purpose, input, modeling, checking for understanding, guided practice, independent practice, and closure -- a custom that Hunter decried in 1985 (PDF).

22 Powerful Closure Activities

Although it offers multiple benefits, please don't view closure as a professional must-do. What Is Closure? Closure is the activity that ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, a phenomenon that Colorado State University professor Rod Lucero calls the recency effect. Too Many Students and Not Enough Time.

Student learning and growth can become obscured by three obstacles that teachers may feel powerless to address: class size, overall workload, and instructional time.

Too Many Students and Not Enough Time

These are genuine concerns, so let’s take a closer look at each challenge and possible solutions. The Class Size Challenge Large classes are a difficult challenge faced by many teachers. Proponents of smaller classes point to studies that show achievement results, with the largest impact appearing to be on early elementary students. To a lesser extent, smaller classes can help English language learners and those who have large skill deficits. 8ways - home. 4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy

Empathy has the capacity to transform individual lives for the better while helping to bring about positive social change in schools and communities worldwide. In psychology, there are currently two common approaches to empathy: shared emotional response and perspective taking. Shared emotional response, or affective empathy, occurs when an individual shares another person’s emotions. An example from our own lives came when a group of friends joined Marcus as he crossed the finish line of a half-marathon—they threw their arms up just as he did, mimicking his stance. Individuals in an audience involuntarily mirroring a speaker’s smile is another example of this type of empathy. Perspective taking, also known as cognitive empathy, occurs when a person is able to imagine herself in the situation of another. Modeling. Close Reading Model Lessons. Do2Learn: Educational Resources for Special Needs.

The Thinker Builder: Step In, Step Out: A Strategy for Thinking Deeply About Text. You're sitting at your guided reading table, your little group gathered around you, wide-eyed.

The Thinker Builder: Step In, Step Out: A Strategy for Thinking Deeply About Text

Or are you the one who's wide-eyed? Sure, you know what you're doing, but maybe right now you're thinking your lesson plan doesn't fit the book like you thought it would. Or that maybe your lesson plan is just lame. Instructional Strategies. Socratic Smackdown. Agility-Teaching Toolkit. Universal Design for Learning: An Introduction.

Universal Design for Learning aims to make modifications in three broad areas that together deliver a programme that will best meet the needs of all learners.

Universal Design for Learning: An Introduction

In each area the barriers to success are identified and where possible removed or minimised. UDL identifies three essential Neural Networks that combine to produce effective learning, each network as a corresponding place in the learning process. Recognition Networks are the systems that allow us to gather information from our environment and we categorise and make sense of that. Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners. This blog was co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski.

Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners

This post is excerpted from their new book, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels. "I like the way you use videos with us -- you get us moving, talking, writing and speaking. The problem is you make us think too much. " -- "John," one of our English-Language Learner students. Edutopia. Videos can be an effective tool for teaching and learning English (or, for that matter, any academic subject) if used strategically and not as a "babysitting" device. My colleague Katie Hull Sypnieski and I wrote a previous post for Edutopia titled Eight Ways To Use Videos With English-Language Learners that shares instructional strategies for many kinds of clips.

Here are a few of my favorite videos to use with those exercises. Video Playlist: Resources for English-Language Learners Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. Mr. 20-Time In Education Inspire. Create. Innovate. Training Center: Ideas. An Approach to Inquiry. Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas.

Although students are evermore connected to the social web, many of these networks remain out-of-class digital playgrounds where students congregate. In a 2014 survey of 1,000 teachers, just one in five said they use social media regularly with students. Of course, it can be a challenge to incorporate social media into lessons. There are many gray areas for teachers to navigate, like setting guidelines, accessibility at school, and student safety. 35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking. This is a sponsored post. I’ve scoured the internet, including all of my favourite social media sites, to bring you a fantastic collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources that I know will inspire and motivate both you and your students. 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources.

12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources by Shannon Dauphin Project-based learning is becoming increasingly popular as teachers look for a way to make lessons stick in the minds of their students. According to Edutopia, studies have shown that students who use project-based learning remember the material much longer and have healthier attitudes toward education. Project-based learning is based on the idea that students learn best by tackling and solving real world problems.

Students are much more engaged with the subject matter and look to the teacher as more of a coach who guides them through their own reflections and ideas. Five-Minute Film Festival: Genius Hour. Imagine if you were allowed to use a whole workday every week to explore any project you wanted. With no restrictions on your time or what you could do, think of the ideas you could come up with and the things you could learn about!

In the workplace, this practice is called 20 percent time. It first gained widespread notice at Google, but many companies have allowed employees to work on side projects as a way of fostering innovation. The Pedagogy Project. We are so proud and excited to announce the Pedagogy Project! This project started when several professors asked for specific suggestions on digital or collaborative projects they could do with their students. Problem Based Learning Explained for Teachers. How Can Your Librarian Help Bolster Brain-Based Teaching Practices? Flickr/Kevin Harber Inquiry-based learning has been around in education circles for a long time, but many teachers and schools gradually moved away from it during the heyday of No Child Left Behind.

The pendulum is beginning to swing back towards an inquiry-based approach to instruction thanks to standards such as Common Core State Standards for math and English Language Arts, the Next Generation Science Standards and the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. AITSL Teacher Toolkit. Multicultural, Anti-bias, & Diversity Activities & Exercises.

Film language. YouthLearn. Regardless of what topic you're teaching or the age of the kids you're working with, you'll want to make certain teaching techniques a standard part of your routine. How can you change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset? Step1. Learn to hear your fixed mindset “voice.” RAFT Papers. Articles. Three Good Interactive Visuals on SMAR Model for Teachers. July, 2014 In today's post I am sharing with you three interactive visuals on SAMR model created on ThingLink. How to flip the classroom. Project Based Learning. The Teacher Tools Collection by sherry lee. Edshelf Teacher Tools Curated by sherry lee. An Annotated List of Flipped Class Tools and Resources.

Flipped Class Tool and Resource List from Turn to Your Neighbor We will keep a (clearly very incomplete) list of tools and resources we use and/or discover relative to flipped teaching here. Help us grow this list using the form at the bottom of the page. How we change what others think, believe, feel and do. Great Questions. 197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About - InformED : The Brain: Teaching Modules. Professional Learning Communities. Student Engagement: Resource Roundup.

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? Differentiation and explicit teaching in English. ‎Thomas_Brown_A_New_Culture_of_Learning.pdf. Vialogues : Meaningful discussions around video. Learning Circles Teacher Guide. Project Based Learning. Make: Projects How-to Projects Library - Electronics, Arduino, Crafts, Solar, Robots. 10 Teaching Practices Every 21st Century Teacher should Do.

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Project Based Learning. Look to Learn. Project Based Learning Resources. What Is PBL Really? Restorative Classroom Circles - home.