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Don't Miss This Critical Thinking Poster for your Class

Don't Miss This Critical Thinking Poster for your Class | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it

One of the answers you would definitely get when you ask any teacher about the skills their students should have is critical thinking.

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3D Print Your Own Kit for Screen Printing Designs onto Fabric or Paper

3D Print Your Own Kit for Screen Printing Designs onto Fabric or Paper | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
In the 1980's screen printing was all the rage, in large part due to the punk rock movement's demand for original band t-shirts. That's when I was first expos

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3D Print Your Own Kit for Screen Printing Designs onto Fabric or Paper http://3dprint.com/82545/3d-print-screen-printing/

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Listening

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Practicing Effective Questioning

There are many ways to ask a question and some ways are better than others. Thinking about the types of questions that could be asked or even preparing specific questions prior to teaching a lesson will often lead to more effective classroom discussions. It is important to think of thoughtful questions that encourage students to think critically about the concept being learned. In order to be successful at effectively questioning students, teachers must be aware of the type of questions they are directing to the students and use effective questioning practices.

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Free Technology for Teachers: By Request - Five Options for Creating Videos on Chromebooks

Free Technology for Teachers: By Request - Five Options for Creating Videos on Chromebooks | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it

I've had a handful of people ask for suggestions for tools for creating videos on Chromebooks. These are the tools that I frequently recommend. All of these tools work well in your web browser so they're not limited to just Chromebook use.

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10 Do's and Don'ts for Effective Vocabulary Instruction l Dr. Kimberly's Literacy Blog

10 Do's and Don'ts for Effective Vocabulary Instruction l Dr. Kimberly's Literacy Blog | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
We know that there is a strong relationship between vocabulary and reading comprehension. Systematic vocabulary instruction must be an integral component of a K-12 comprehensive instructional framework While there is no one correct way to teach vocabulary, common characteristics of effective vocabulary instruction have been documented in many professional journals and books. And yet, recent …
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Promoting Student Self-Assessment - ReadWriteThink

Promoting Student Self-Assessment - ReadWriteThink | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
In this Strategy Guide, you’ll learn about a number of specific methods that will promote self-assessment and contribute to a richer understanding of student learning.
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Top 10 Incredibly Useful Windows Programs to Have On Hand

Top 10 Incredibly Useful Windows Programs to Have On Hand | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
Some apps are essential, and you use them every day. Everyone knows their names: Firefox, VLC, 7-Zip, and so on. However, there's another class of app that gets less attention: the apps that are insanely useful to have in your back pocket on the rare occasions you need them. Here are 10 of our favorites. Lifehacker Pack for Windows: Our List of the Essential Windows Apps Lifehacker Pack for Windows: Our List of the Essential Windows Apps Lifehacker Pack for Windows: Our List of the Essen Windows
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10 Things You Don't Know About Formative Assessment - Brilliant or Insane

10 Things You Don't Know About Formative Assessment - Brilliant or Insane | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
Formative assessment is a verb, not a noun: ten things you don't know about formative assessment.
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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

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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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MARÍA JOSEFINA AGUILAR LEO's curator insight, March 19, 2:10 PM

añada su visión ...

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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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Questioning; Challenge & Engagement

Questioning; Challenge & Engagement | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it

Questioning is a fundamental element of pedagogy, one you could read endlessly around, but the reality is using questioning to challenge and engage all learners is demanding and potentially problematic to get right. Recently I’ve been working with a team of teachers, shaping our CPD model in preparation for the new academic year. Engaging in dialogue around teaching and learning with colleagues is always a pleasure and extremely informative, and one aspect continually crops up; deep, challenging and engaging questioning. Firstly, I think it’s crucial to outline what we are trying to achieve when we think about the purpose of questioning, for me it includes the following:

     * Allowing students to develop a fuller understanding of a concept because they have tried to explain it
themselves
     * To easily recall existing knowledge
     * To be able to link the ideas in the lesson with existing knowledge
     * To tackle problems at a deep level and be able to extend their thinking
     * To engage easily with a task because they are clear about what is expected
     * To develop independence in the way they learn and think


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Jason Smith's curator insight, July 20, 8:02 PM

We have had lots of PD about quality questioning.

Authentis Formations's curator insight, July 29, 4:43 AM

Superbe matériel pour formateurs !!!

Jennifer McGuff's curator insight, August 1, 4:27 PM

Using questioning to challenge and engage all learners is demanding and can be challenging.  Useful information in this article.

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20 Things You Can Do In (About) 10 Minutes For A Smoother Running Classroom

20 Things You Can Do In (About) 10 Minutes For A Smoother Running Classroom | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
When the school year begins, teachers spend a lot of time getting the classroom ready, planning lessons, and getting to know his/her students. The following…
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8 Design Steps for an Academic Makerspace -- THE Journal

8 Design Steps for an Academic Makerspace -- THE Journal | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
If you build it, will they come? That is the question many schools have about finding room on campus for a "makerspace."
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Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach

Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
A mountain of evidence indicates that educators have been painfully slow to use technology to change and improve the ways they teach.
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Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
Rebecca Alber offers tips for teaching vocabulary that include letting students select the words, putting away dictionaries, and creating time for talk and play with new terms.
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Make it Quick: A 3-Step Approach for Over-the-Shoulder Feedback - Brilliant or Insane

Make it Quick: A 3-Step Approach for Over-the-Shoulder Feedback - Brilliant or Insane | BHS - Articles of Interest | Scoop.it
This three step approach enables teachers to provide quick, high quality feedback to every learner daily.
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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!?!