How do we distinguish knowledge, skills, and thinking from….learning? How do we make learning visible, so that we might surface and document powerful discoveries about the influence of our teaching on learners? These questions will guide several of my conversations with teachers on the ground this week, as we begin exploring John Hattie’s work and the Reggio Emilia approach.
Both concern themselves with the moves that students and teachers make as learning occurs, and both inspire teachers to commit to documentation, as the evidence captured helps teachers and students assess the impact of their efforts far better than grades do.
Another way of showing how reading widely does more than just "broaden your world."
"When you dive into a second culture, two interesting things happen. First, it increases your overall openness to new experiences ... As second thing that happens is that you being to recognize that everything in the world can be viewed in many different ways."
For starters, long and focused study sessions may seem productive, but chances are you are spending most of your brainpower on trying to maintain your concentration for a long period of time. That doesn’t leave a lot of brain energy for learning.
Emil and Pauline in the City is a fun hidden object iPad game app, with a twist. Geared toward children in the four to six years old range, this app makes children use their brain to solve a puzzle before searching for items in three busy scenes.
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it's similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of…
Kindergarten Strategies to Meet Everyone's Standards Reading Today Online So I began to search for the best way to teach the emergent reader how to read. At first, I couldn't even find a good definition of reading.
Researchers at Utah State University asked three groups of participants to complete a task that tests whether they could resist instant gratification for a better reward later on. Before and during the task, the nature group viewed images of mountains, whereas the other groups looked at pictures of buildings or triangles. Participants who viewed natural scenes made less impulsive decisions than the other groups.
The article is fairly technical, but you can scroll down to get to the essence for helping dyslexic learners: "The typically developing readers showed greater connectivity to linguistic regions than the dyslexic group. Those with dyslexia showed greater connectivity to visual and (memory encoding and retrieval) regions."
Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment. Here are some ideas on how to develop smart habits for class.
This guest post is sponsored by SNAP Learning. With mobile devices and video games competing for students’ free time, getting your students excited about reading can be a daunting task for even the most determined teacher. Here are some ideas to inspire your students to get back to books: 1) Become a Book Character: Get …
Terry Doherty's insight:
Bringing characters and stories to life really helps connect kids with retention ... and creates a very positive reminder that learning can be fun.
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …
Bauso: How do children learn to read the Montessori way? Auburn Citizen Gradually, our children are introduced to consonant blends (sl, tr, cr), digraphs (th, sh, ch), vowel teams (ea, ou, ui), and then words containing more than one syllable.
Co-play is tricky business. A couple of years ago Emil Ovemar, Executive Producer and Co-founder ofToca Boca, the company that I work for, asked me to come up with a digital toy concept that would encourage children and parents to play together. The next day, I suggested an app based around the idea of a bike shop. The children would assemble the bikes and the adults would manage the business of the shop, pricing the bikes and selling them to virtual customers. Imagine: a giraffe comes in and needs a tall race bike. The parent says: “Hey kid! Do we have that? No? Can you build it? I’ll tell the giraffe to wait.” Next, a hippo comes in and needs a sturdy beach bike… I thought it was a good concept— the kids get to be creative and the adults handle the books. The app didn’t get made, though, and we never came up with another concept for co-play.
Eventually, we abandoned the idea of designing specifically for child-parent play altogether, and I’m happy about that. Here’s why: many parents, myself included, stink at playing with their children.
Why read nonfiction? The utilitarian reasons are the ones cited most. We read to understand the fine print of contracts, how to operate the new-fangled gadget we just overpaid for, to make sure we don't get the side effects of a new medication....
Funny how we often think of nonfiction in terms of books and the past ... current events are a daily, ready-made resource. Loved this: "If you want to learn something new, get a book on the subject at your local library's children's room. You just might learn something new and be entertained in the bargain."
Best Math Game Apps for Kids -What will your kids do over the summer? Lots of activities and fun for sure and maybe a bit of math now and then! Going pure educational might not be your kids idea of summer fun. We know all kids love playing games on the iPad, so why not trying some great math games … We just selected 25 top math game apps!
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