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This video can be used to help students understand the concept of grit/resilience. Instead of just showing this to my students, I had them (try to) count the number of times the mouse was unsuccessful in its attempts. After talking about this and reflecting on how many times we continue to try after unsuccessfully attempting something, […]
Pass it on…because we can all use a little more of it! [iframe src=”https://videoskins.io/watch?v=3083&g” width=”100%” height=”500″]
Posted in EdTechReview, this article gives some background on student-centric teaching and provides six classroom practices for doing so. The flipped classroom, in my opinion, really allows for the better implementation of many of these practices. Let’s take a look at the first one: Make students do their tasks on their own: Teachers are involved […]
If good feedback is one of the most effective ways of improving learning outcomes, focusing on its characteristics seems to be a good idea! Here’s a good video with that thought in mind: What I personally found most poignant was the reminder that we should be using “I” statements. I think it’s easy to fall […]
Could showing students this video possibly improve learning outcomes? Social behaviors? Overall self-efficacy? I must first thank Kelly Tenkely for sharing this video on her blog, which is where I stumbled upon it. After watching this video, I thought about its possible classroom implications. I was curious to see if I could leverage this video to help […]
Sad But True. When writing this song, I’m pretty sure Metallica wasn’t thinking of standardized test-cheating scandals, nor the corruption on Wall Street; however, it may be appropriate to title this Jon Stewart piece Funny But Sad But True. Washington Post write-up and video link found here.
Article here. Thoughts on other contributing factors to the declining interest in the teaching profession?
The Blue Devils certainly gave Bucky Badger and the rest of Wisconsin a bad case of the basketball blues. Over here in NJ (where there weren’t even any teams in the tournament!), fifth-grade students were busily researching each team, working with collaborative documents, and learning to utilize Google Maps and QR Codes. To begin this […]
A way to use Google Forms for data analysis (in 5 steps): Currently, in a Connected Mathematics unit called Data About Us, my fifth-grade class is learning about data: collecting data, organizing data, and interpreting data. Striving to provide authentic learning tasks, my goal was to incorporate my students’ enthusiasm for March Madness into this […]
In the beginning, God created the reading and writing workshop. Now reading and writing workshop was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the student desks, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the classroom. And God said, “Let there be conferring notes,” and there were conferring notes. About a week later, […]
iPads vs. Chromebooks? I believe each have their own merits in advancing student learning. Our district decided to go full throttle with Google Apps. I’m fortunate enough to have each student equipped with a Chromebook this year. As such, I find myself using Google Forms ALL the time. This has immensely helped in my ongoing assessment of student […]
Whether teaching math and science, reading and writing, history or any subject area, I think it’s sometimes easy to forget the power of observation. No matter the subject area, making and documenting observations is essential to better supporting and advancing student learning. The term kidwatching personally conjures up images of primary students. Maybe studentwatching would be a […]