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photo of T by Mary McHenry Back in January, I wrote a rambling, terribly earnest post titled How Does a Child REALLY Learn to Write? That post generated a slew of thoughtful and heartfelt comments.
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Low-stakes quizzing helps people retain more of what they learn.
used properly, testing as part of an educational routine provides an important tool not just to measure learning, but to promote it."
Standardized testing is in some respects a quest for more rigor in public education. We can achieve rigor in a different way. We can instruct teachers on the use of low-stakes quizzing in class. We can teach students the benefits of retrieval practice and how to use it in their studying outside class. These steps cost little and cultivate habits of successful learning that will serve students throughout their lives.
When we encourage students and create safe environments we enable their learning. We do not guarantee it, but there is a better chance learning will happen where good teaching happens.
Teaching experts Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker contrast the characteristics of effective and ineffective classrooms with two simple but compelling bullet
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A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution.
That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new arguments over the details of how we became who we are.
But anthropologists generally agree on this much: A little more than 2 million years ago in Africa, the human lineage emerged. Smithsonian anthropologist says the conventional wisdom is that much of Africa changed about then from forest to dry savanna. Our ape-like ancestors had to adapt or die, leave the forest and embrace the savanna — and in doing so, they evolved into something more like us.
"The traditional package of traits," Potts explains, "including elongated legs, large brain, culture, a whole variety of traits, were thought to have come together with the origin of the genus Homo. We're saying no, that's not the case."
Potts is curator of human origins at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He and his collaborators, of New York University and of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, have analyzed fossils discovered over the last few decades. They say the human animal didn't come together quite as quickly and neatly as commonly thought.
"What's different," Aiello says of this new narrative, "is that the whole package that makes us human — long linear bodies, very large body size, delayed growth and development for the kids — didn't evolve at the same time."
Instead, these scientists say, traits that make us human arose separately, in a herky-jerky fashion.
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To get off to a flying start planning this summer, borrow good project ideas from other teachers and adapt them to fit your context.
An American teacher in Helsinki questions the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he sees the difference it makes in his classroom.
How do we create learning that lasts? It's a hard question to answer, and in some cases an even harder reality to achieve, particularly with the pressure
After describing the three phases of the learning process based on cognitive science. The first two phases:
* Students decide what to attend to.
* Students organize the information
These work with short term memory but to know the information students must also activate long term memory which may begin in class with a review but should also includes well crafted assignments.
What can you do?The post continues by exploring ways to capture a students attention and ways to help them create a framework. The final section explores how to make the lesson stick. Three examples are below (quoted from the post).
* Begin lectures with a high level question that the upcoming information can answer.
* Highlight the "unfinished" nature of each subject.
* Don't use too many types of different presentation materials at once.
Throughout the post there are links to additional resources.
I love this image. It captures it all. Beth Dichter posts great stuff on a regular basis. I am really spending some serious time inviestigating this topic of buy-in by the students by givening them more ownership .
I like the analogy of a 'sticky lesson'... something that sticks in your head. That's the aim of every lesson... get what you are teaching to stick in the learners head!
Cinco webs con repositorios de vídeos sobre diferentes temas (Matemáticas, Historia, Ciencias...) y que pueden utilizarse en el aula o en casa.
I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I wrote this post about the (hilarious?) adventures of my very first job interview in Manhattan as an instructional coach.
HistoryPin is a global community collaborating around history. It’s main focus is to superimpose historical pictures over a Google Map so you can compare the image to how things look today.
'When I started as a teacher there was a lot of 'strutting and stagging' particularly by male teachers.
INFOhio - Ohio's PreK-12 Digital Library
Help parents help their children with research (without actually doing it for them) by giving them a copy of this flyer with tips for working research skills into everyday activities. Note: This flyer is one of several on the page. You may need to scroll down to see it and download it.
"Cada vez estoy más convencido de que uno de los grandes defectos de muchos docentes es que no saben escuchar o, si escuchan, no tienen una intención declarada de comprender, sino de contestar. ¿Verdad que has tenido la sensación muchas veces de hablar con un compañero y saber que lo que realmente quiere no es escucharte a ti, sino que acabes de hablar para contestarte y explicarte algo suyo?"
"I don't use sarcasm and I don't resort to ad hominem attacks in the name of "humor." However, I joke around often in class. It might be a wise crack about pop culture, a musing on something ironic or the fun of wordplay. These uses of humor are intentional. I believe humor is a good thing in the classroom. Here are a few reasons why:"
¿Por qué la escuela mata la creatividad de tus alumnos? ¿Qué responsabilidad tienes como docente en el proceso creativo de tus alumnos? ¿Fomentas la creat
UPDATE: On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's authority, under the Clean Air Act, to regulate carbon and
If you are looking for a visual that looks at the new rules surrounding carbon emission and at what each state may have to do and how others are perceiving the new regulations you should check out this visual. You may scroll down the page (first click through to the site) or you can view it as a slideshow.
This visual would be great to share with students as it is designed as a cartoon (with many panels). It is easy to understand and describes where carbon emissions come from (in the US) as well as the impact this may have on countries outside the US.
At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.
"Sitting is a learned behavior, passed on through tradition and adults, and today’s sedentary lifestyles are affecting our youth and their classroom performance. Studies show that more activity throughout the school day improves health and academic outcomes."
Our students sit most of the day. Yet research tells us that activity is beneficial, that movement throughout the day improves academic outcomes. This infographic shares information on this subject and includes a list of resources.
Brain breaks- vital for all learning.
"Unfortunately, most world political maps aren't telling you the whole story. The idea that the earth's land is cleanly divvied up into nation-states - one country for each of the world's peoples - is more an imaginative ideal than a reality. Read on to learn about five ways your map is lying to you about borders, territories, and even the roster of the world's countries."
Amazing stories on the World's changing Geopolitical status. Current stories about disputed borders, unrecognised territories and newly declared nations.
Nunca é "Toda a Verdade" ...
Teaching is a lot like acting, a high-energy, performance profession that requires a person to act as a role model. But when teachers go through training and professional development, the performance aspect of the job is rarely emphasized or taught. Acknowledging this aspect could be a missed opportunity to restructure ways teachers learn new skills and tactics.
There is no doubt that teachers develop many important skills during their teaching life, but definitely performing as actors and actresses is one of the most useful and enjoyable tasks in the classroom. Some teachers are very good at that, others need more training. This article discusses the role of performing as a teaching strategy and how being trained like actors/actresses may contribute to develop not only good academic habits but successful practices.
The concept of homework as we have known it in the past is changing rapidly, since it often distorts the overall picture of learning. Flipped classrooms, the ability to use the same technology and tools both in and out of the classroom, and personalized learning are making ripples in the education world. And while most …
Homework vs home vs work, underlined by learnIng. Homework was originally designed as an extension of a lesson to reinforce what was taught.
What if now students are becoming more self directed and self motivated? Fast and easily assessible content disrupts the "teacher-dependent student" paradigm, allowing (and motivating) the student to self learn and group learn (student-student) rather beyond the formal homework.
Writer Annie Murphy Paul recently interviewed the author and mathematician Professor Jordan Ellenberg about why people hate math. “We teach math as if it’s about applying a prescribed formula, circ...
11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth by Saga Briggs, opencolleges.edu.au There’s a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them.