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14 Great Facebook Groups Every Teacher should Know about

14 Great Facebook Groups Every Teacher should Know about | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it

Social media networking is a requisite for today's learning. We are living in a digitally wired world where the power of information rests with those who are properly 'connected'. In our context , a teacher who does not employ social media is deemed to be obsolete

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4 Lessons New Teachers Never Learned But They Can't Survive Without - Brilliant or Insane

4 Lessons New Teachers Never Learned But They Can't Survive Without - Brilliant or Insane | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
Veteran teacher and education author Mark Barnes presents 4 lessons new teachers never learned in their preservice work but they can't survive without.
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A Point is NOT a Unit of Currency

A Point is NOT a Unit of Currency | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
A dollar has a fixed value. Points for assignments do not. On a 3 point assignment a single point has a lot more value than on a 100 point assignment. I think sometimes we are in the mindset of "ta...
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Teaching Nobody

Teaching Nobody | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it

As a high school math teacher I have a wide variety of abilities in my class. When teaching a lesson inevitably the material is going to be too easy for some of my students and too hard for others. If I start a lesson with the basics to introduce the concept I am boring my higher end students. As I move onto more difficult examples my lower end students start to become overwhelmed. Towards the end of the lesson where I am introducing new ideas that my higher end students need to pay attention to, they have zoned out thinking they already know how to do this earlier in the lesson. The low end and middle end students are information overload and they are not feeling confident about being able to do the assignment.

 

In the end, I taught nobody.

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3-2-1: A Simple and Effective Summarizing Strategy

3-2-1: A Simple and Effective Summarizing Strategy | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it

"...identify three words, two phrases and one quote..."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 1, 7:56 PM

Check out this activity from The Common Core Writing Book by Gretchen Owocki. One of the activities she suggests is  using a 3-2-1 strategy to help students summarize text. The student must choose three key words, find two phrases that are important and also one quote. They can then share this with a small group, and move to sharing in larger groups. The post suggests that this may used for the following (quoted from the post):

  1.  Summarizing text
  2. Individual accountability for reading
  3. Discourse facilitation
  4. Low-stakes writing
  5. Strategy for comprehending complex and lengthy text
  6. Structure to enable "teacher as facilitator"
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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 11, 4:03 PM

When we ask students to become better questioners we are asking them to use critical thinking skills. The infographic/visual above is based on an article published by Edutopia called 5 Ways to Help Students Become Better Questioners. The post, by Warren Berger, suggests five ideas to encourage learners to ask more questions:

* Make it safe.

* Make it "cool"

* Make it fun

* Make it rewarding

* Make it stick

Additional information is found in the post.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 19, 1:29 PM

Because student questions and curiosity should drive the learning. @ramusallam

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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it

"Questions can be extraordinary learning tools.

A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be more important is their ability to ask their own great questions–and more critically, their willingness to do so."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 15, 11:05 PM

How do you teach your learners to ask good questions? This post shares many resources to help you learn new skills that will assist you in teaching others.

The post begins with a visual, the Teach Thought Learning Taxonomy, which is a template for critical thinking that looks at cognition across six categories. This is described in depth.

Additional tools shared include:

* Socratic Discussion which includes a video from Tch (the Teaching Channel)

* Paideia Seminar - "an integrated literacy event built around formal whole class dialogue. The purpose for doing Paideia Seminar is to support students’ ability to think conceptually and communicate collaboratively." There is also a video.

* The Question Game (which was shared previously on this Scoop.it)

* Bloom's Taxonomy

* Question Formation Technique - See the visual at the top, or check out their website at The Right Question Institute. If this is of interest to you they are presenting a workshop in Boston in July. Information on this is available at their website.

* Universal Question Stems and Basic Question Stem Examples

This is actually part 2 of a two part post. The first post is A Guide to Questioning in the Classroom.

Mike Clare's curator insight, April 16, 5:16 PM

Great starting point.  

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, April 17, 7:31 AM

SOME TIMES KNOWING THE RIGHT QUESTION TO ASK WILL GET THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR THE PROBLEM YOU ARE TRYING TO SOLVE!!  IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO ASK YOU MAY NOT GET THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR YEARS BUT THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED!?!

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11 Ways Finland's Education System Shows Us that "Less is More".

11 Ways Finland's Education System Shows Us that "Less is More". | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
When I left my 7th grade math classroom for my Fulbright research assignment in Finland I thought I would come back from this experience with more inspiring, engaging, innovative lessons.  I expect...
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Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class - Brilliant or Insane

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class - Brilliant or Insane | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
Use these ten reflective questions at the end of class to help learners deepen their understandings of themselves and their work.
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SE2R Feedback Forever Changes How Teachers, Students Evaluate Learning - Brilliant or Insane

SE2R Feedback Forever Changes How Teachers, Students Evaluate Learning - Brilliant or Insane | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
Learn how to revolutionize teaching and learning in your school, classroom or home with SE2R feedback. These 4 simple words change everything.
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How to Constructively Leverage Mistakes as Part of Your Teaching Strategy | Edudemic

How to Constructively Leverage Mistakes as Part of Your Teaching Strategy | Edudemic | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it

Students are not perfect, and we spend much of our time correcting their mistakes. Our challenge is in correcting these mistakes in a useful rather than in a discouraging manner. Fortunately, as Dr. Richard Curwin argues cogently in his recent Edutopia blog post. There are ways that we can structure our classrooms and change how we view and talk about mistakes that will actually encourage learning.  Here are a few ways to do just that.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.
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5 Levels of Personalized Learning - Brilliant or Insane

5 Levels of Personalized Learning - Brilliant or Insane | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
In the digital world and the age of the iStudent, personalized learning is key to success in school and in business. Check out how Epigogy.org explains these 5 levels of personalized learning in the infographic below.
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Rethinking the Lecture: In the Information Age, It's Time to Flip the Classroom | WIRED

Rethinking the Lecture: In the Information Age, It's Time to Flip the Classroom | WIRED | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
It’s been my experience that too much of the same thing tends to end badly — and higher education is no exception. It was that way in college when my roommate Chris decided his life’s work was to take the Doodle Challenge — at the time, beating the record of 19 burgers within a 2.5…
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Graduated Point Systems and Leveling

Graduated Point Systems and Leveling | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
Why do students not do the reading assignment (or any assignment)? Well, a variety of reasons. Assignment is not interesting to them. Assignment is not relevant to them. Assignment is too challengi...
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#flipclass Giving Students a Voice in Their Assessment

#flipclass Giving Students a Voice in Their Assessment | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
The grade or points a student earns on an assignment is influenced by the person assessing it. Given the same assignment different teachers would value things differently. One teacher might give th...
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Assessment and Learning

Assessment and Learning | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
Assessment is an essential component of the teaching and learning cycle but
sadly it is one that is often misunderstood. If we are to have any hope of
getting it right we must begin with a sound understanding of what we hope
to achieve, what is being assessed, who is being assessed and what will be
done once the results are available. Sadly the critical questions that lead
to this understanding are too often not asked and the answers not clearly
communicated resulting in confusion and for
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Maker Education Activities

Maker Education Activities | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
The Maker Movement is a technological and creative revolution underway around the world. Fortunately for educators, the Maker Movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 5, 6:09 AM

Jackie Gerstein has created a new website that explores the Maker Movement. If this is an area that you would like to explore you will find 10 areas that you can explore:

* Paper Circuits

* Squishy Cirtuits

* Bare Conductive Paint

* Sew Electrics

* Operation Game

* Toy Take Apart

* Soldering Projects

* LittleBits

* Makey Makey

* Hummingbird Robotics

Each of these areas leads to a webpage and the ones I checked out included a number of videos to help you understand the topic as well as some documentation and additional resources.

She also includes a brief video that helps you understand what the Maker Movement is (and you hear from learners involved in a number of projects). In addition there is a ThingLink (based on the image above) that provides  links to additional resources.

The Maker Movement provides learners with opportunities to create something that is new to them. It is authentic learning and learners will go through iterations as they work through the process, and potentially experience failure that will help them become successful.

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, March 5, 9:21 AM

Librarians - Makerspaces can be a good fit for your library.

James Walker's curator insight, March 6, 9:40 AM

Many school have closed down the shop classes to focus on testing prep. The maker movement is now revitalizing the shop class.

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Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
Use these ten reflective questions at the end of class to help learners deepen their understandings of themselves and their work.

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Mary Cunningham's curator insight, April 4, 12:35 PM

These would be great questions for the end of any and all PD sessions we do!

Maybe they should take the place of the surveys we usually do?

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Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, September 11, 2014 11:33 AM

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom

Lee Hall's curator insight, September 12, 2014 3:52 PM

I plan to use the 3-2-1 method in my very next class. Great ideas.

Mary Starry's curator insight, September 13, 2014 9:38 PM

Great graphic that summarizes things we've all heard before, but helps keep them in mind so we really do utilize them with students.

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Learn How to Conduct Your Own Patent Search with This Infographic

Learn How to Conduct Your Own Patent Search with This Infographic | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
If you think you have an idea for an invention that’s never been done before, you might want to double check with a patent search before you work too hard on it. No need to hire a patent attorney yet, though, because you can check on your own.
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4 Steps to Real Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

4 Steps to Real Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
The 4 Steps to Real Learning Infographic presents 4 steps a teacher can do today to help make learning more real, along with practical suggestions.
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8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more

8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
If you do fewer teacher-directed activities, that means the kids will naturally do more talking, doesn't it?  Not necessarily. I have often found myself talking almost constantly during group work and student-directed projects because I’m trying to push kids’ thinking, provide feedback, and help them stay on task. Even when the learning has been turned over…
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A Handy Rubric for Assessing Project-based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Handy Rubric for Assessing Project-based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
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To go along with edutopia's Step by Step Guide to the Best Projects.

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Ten Teaching Tweaks for New Teachers

Ten Teaching Tweaks for New Teachers | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
The first year of teaching is challenging. There are so many moving parts to manage that it’s difficult to know where to start. Keep it simple with these teaching tweaks.
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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects
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