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The Characteristics Of A Good School. The Characteristics Of A Good School by Terry Heick For professional development around this idea or others you read about on TeachThought, contact us.

The Characteristics Of A Good School

When a society changes, so then must its tools. Definitions of purpose and quality must also be revised continuously. What should a school “do”? This really starts at the human level, but that’s a broader issue. When technology changes, it impacts the kinds of things we want and need. When these “things” are forced in with little adjustment elsewhere, the authenticity of everything dies. The Purpose Of School In An Era Of Change What should schools teach, and how?

How schools are designed and what students learn–and why–must be reviewed, scrutinized, and refined as closely and with as much enthusiasm as we do the gas mileage of our cars, the downloads speeds of our phones and tablets, or the operating systems of our watches. Less is more is one way to look at it, but that’s not new–power standards have been around for years.

12 Rules Of Great Teaching - 12 Rules Of Great Teaching by Terry Heick Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching.

12 Rules Of Great Teaching -

Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. Elementary School Math Games for Touchscreen Computers and Interactive Whiteboards. On the Woodlands Junior School's games website you will links to hundreds of games appropriate for use by elementary school students.

Elementary School Math Games for Touchscreen Computers and Interactive Whiteboards

The games are divided into three categories; maths, literacy, and science. Each category is further divided by topics specific to each subject. In the video below you will see me demonstrating two mathematics games appropriate for K-2 students. Those games are Give the Dog a Bone and Shark Numbers. In addition to the mathematics games Woodlands Resources includes sections for science and literacy games. Applications for Education Elementary school teachers that are looking for some good mathematics games to add to their lists of resources would do well to check out the links on the Woodlands Resources site. 12 Good Tools for Creating End-of-Year Review Activities. How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Project-Based Learning. Project-based learning is an excellent way to advance education and get things done, but only if it’s used the right way.

How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Project-Based Learning

It’s commonly seen for class projects, but there are so many other ways to use it. Many of those ways can be very meaningful from a societal standpoint. The key to making it meaningful and getting things done is Solution Fluency. Having the right fluency means not just a skill set, but a mindset, as well. 7 Ways School Leaders Can Use Teacher Observations More Effectively. 7 Ways School Leaders Can Use Observations More Effectively by Paul Moss Whilst observations are certainly not the whole picture of a teacher’s skill, they can provide excellent opportunities for teachers to reflect on their practice.

7 Ways School Leaders Can Use Teacher Observations More Effectively

If my last article How Your Teacher Observation Can Help You Grow convinced teachers of the benefits of observations, the onus is now placed on school leaders to provide the necessary conditions for such a culture to survive, and thrive. The key word here is culture. 7 Survival Skills For Modern Teachers And Students. Walk into a school, airport, shopping mall, or even a church and the image is always the same, teens and tweens have their heads down, ear buds on, and a mobile device in their hand.

7 Survival Skills For Modern Teachers And Students

This generation is commonly referred to as Generation Z and they are coming of age with a new set of rules, expectations, and mannerisms. Born between 1995 and 2009, the oldest of this generation is coming of age this year and headed off towards adulthood. Turning 32 Years Into 6 Simple Takeaways. Teacher Advice?

Turning 32 Years Into 6 Simple Takeaways

A Teacher Reflects Back On 32 Years And Offers 6 Simple Nuggets Of Advice by Sharon Davison, Kindergartenlife Blog Our first entry from our Diverse Teacher Voices program comes from Sharon Davison, a Kindergarten teacher from Vermont who responded to the “Dear First Year Me” prompt. For Sharon, there is some increased significance–or rather, there’s significance for each one of us as readers. Prek_research - EdTechSandyK _ on Diigo. 6 Questions Educators Should Ask IT Directors. Contributed by Rita Oates If you’re like many classroom teachers, sometimes it may seem like the only time you talk to your IT staff is when something is going wrong.

6 Questions Educators Should Ask IT Directors

The projector isn’t working, the Internet is down, your kids are locked out of their tablets. While most IT professionals are at the top of their game in crisis mode, it can be helpful to talk to your IT folks BEFORE there’s an issue, not only so you can anticipate and prevent potential problems but also to get to know their friendly faces—and deep expertise. Here are six questions we think all teachers should ask their IT staff. 1. 2. If the IT director doesn’t have a list posted, suggest the questions you would like to see answered to help you and your students successfully use your technology. 3. 4. 5. 6. Susquehanna Township School District in Pennsylvania wanted to build a more secure, flexible centralized network that would allow for BYOD access and deliver virtual desktops.

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