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Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding - YouTube

By working together on problem sets in math and sharing their perspectives in roundtable discussions in English, students at The College Preparatory School a...
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Creating activities where students have the opportunities to work cooperatively with others is a great ways to foster efficient learning and to develop crucial social skills. Also, a good classroom management is important in corporative activities.  Teachers have to ensure that all student benefit from time spent in the groups.  This video provides a better understanding of how collaboration works in cooperative learning.  Also, the organization of space in the classroom allows students to be engaged in the tasks and complete their project.

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The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

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Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her own transformative experience with the Morning Meeting model and suggests five steps for integrating this practice into the classroom.

Via David McMullen
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This article is very interesting because it shows the benefits of having morning meeting in the classroom.  Having an activity such as this one is great way to start the day and to engage students in different academic and social skills. It gives students the opportunity to interact with their classmates and teacher to create a feeling of belonging in a community and are empowered through activities.  Morning meeting is a for teachers and students to learn about each other.  Creating an environment where students have a sense of belonging is a giant step toward nurturing their intrinsic motivation and self-determination.  Morning meeting gets students ready to start learning as soon as they get in the classroom.  

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This article talks about the importance of building a community of learners in the classroom, and how a morning meeting can help create this environment. 

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5 Keys to Social and Emotional Learning Success - YouTube

Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) programs can help schools engage their students and improve achievement. ...
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This is a great video that shows the benefit of having a classroom where students are socially and emotionally comfortable and the improvements in their academic success.  It provides some activities and explores classroom practices that help build students’ social and emotional skills.  Students who are socially and emotionally ready are on the path to succeed in the world by becoming resilient, competent and take responsibility for their own success.   It is important for students to participate in the decision making process in the their classroom.  Also, activities such as morning meeting, setting expectations with the kids, and encouraging positive learning, exploring issues that are meaningful to the students’ lives and creating a community where students feel valued and welcomed, incorporating movement in the class to relax them.

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The DNA of Learning: Teens Tackle Animal Poaching Through Genetics - YouTube

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Eleventh-grade biotechnology students use DNA barcoding to help save endangered African wildlife. See what else they're doing: http://www.edutopia.org/collab...
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“The DNA of Learning: Teens Tackle Animal Poaching Through Genetics” is a video that shows an example of Project-Based Learning with 11th grade students.  With these teaching strategies, students not only are involved and motivated in what they are learning, but they also have opportunities to use that knowledge in solving problems around the world.  These are the types of activities I would love to implement in my classroom, which are meaningful and engaging activities that deal with real life issues.

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Rosario Miranda's curator insight, March 10, 2014 10:45 PM

I liked this video because its a great example of how students are able to connect with and help solve issues from around the world. Like one students said the topic is "relative" to real problems that are happening and they can take action to find a solution. I also thought it was helpful that the teacher was so skilled and an expert in his field. 

The students clearly showed great interest in the fight against poachers and seemed to be fully engaged in the project. The students who were interviewed also knew exactly what the purpose of their work was which influences their motivation. 

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The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning

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The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning
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I liked reading this article because it provided me with information on not just doing projects, but project-based learning with a final goal for students to learn and to be able to apply their knowledge in the world. This article provides differences between projects and project-based learning. As a future teacher, it is important to implement projects that develop students’ skills and dispositions to become resilient citizens able to participate in the schools, communities and beyond. So being able to execute projects that drive learning requires knowing what to do or not.
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8 Essentials for Project-Based Learning (by BIE) | Project Based Learning | BIE

8 Essentials for Project-Based Learning (by BIE) | Project Based Learning | BIE | EDCI397 | Scoop.it

Via Nicole Liebler
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Educators, future teachers, and everyone interested in the concept of Project-Based learning should read this article because it provides good insight on this idea of PBL that is becoming more and more publicized .  I agree with the article that great projects should give students the chance develop skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and many more in order to become resilient, global citizen and succeed in the future.

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Nicole Liebler's curator insight, February 11, 2014 11:31 PM

This source is a really helpful tool for teachers. The whole project based learning idea has been a bit overwhelming for me because I'm trying to think about how I will actually implement this in my own classroom. Will my students be interested? Will they learn enough? Will it be a waste of time? This article simplifies PBL and almost provides a "How To" for teachers. I feel that one of the most helpful pieces of advice in this article is to use a unique strategy for grabbing students' interests in a topic before introducing the project. I think it's important for students to have time to reflect on a topic and find personal meaning in it before they are burdened by schoolwork that relates to it. I also really agree with the point on giving students choice. I envision my future classroom to be filled with opportunities for students to identify their interests and tailor their time, efforts, and work into these areas. I remember things that I was really interested in when I was young (the color pink, puppies, the Yankees. etc.), and I can recall that whenever I could incorporate these topics into my work, I was more engaged and truly cared about the assignment or learning experience. I want the same for my future students.

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I also found this article to be very interesting because it give a deep understanding of what PBL is and it benefits for students and teachers. Teachers need to implement PBL in their classrooms, and I intend to use this strategy in my future classrooms.
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Create a successful classroom climate.

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Creating a positive classroom climate and a supportive environment will help your students become successful learners.
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The classroom climate is an important aspect in creating a supportive environment where students will thrive.  This article provides some strategies that teachers can implement in their classroom to create a climate where students feel safe, motivated and eager to succeed.  As a future teacher, it is important to be prepared with the right tools that will allow me to implement a classroom with a positive climate.  This article is providing me with ideas I can use in my class.  Reading about strategies is easy, but the difficult part of it is to successfully implement them.  It would some time to see the results, but at the end everyone would benefit form those strategies.

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Kaitlin Roach's curator insight, March 13, 2014 11:28 PM

This article discuses the importance of creating an environment that is engaging for students to learn in, and ways a teacher can create a positive classroom climate.

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27 Classroom Management Strategies To Keep Things Fresh

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27 Classroom Management Strategies To Keep Things Fresh
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I really liked the visual aspect of this post.  It gives strategies that teachers can use in the classroom to manage their students' behaviors.

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Educational Leadership:Building Classroom Relationships:The Key to Classroom Management

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Classroom management has a critical impact on students’ achievement, so it is important for teachers to be able to manage their classroom at all times. Making students aware of the consequences of poor behaviors or rewarding them for good ones and among all, creating a good relationship with the students can be some approaches to managing a classroom.  This article provides some other strategies that can be used in the classroom to reduce classroom discipline issues.

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What is Global Competence? | Global Teacher Education

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Via Hannah Klein
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Great article to have handy because it talks about the different skills that students need in order to succeed in this world, and it will help educator to have an idea of the type of education they need to provide to their students to meet these demands.  Globally competent students need to be able to possess the skills that would allow them to succeed in the world.  

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Hannah Klein's curator insight, February 13, 2014 12:07 PM

This article has a great overview of global competency and what a globally competent student as well as the educator should possess.

Ashlee David's curator insight, February 20, 2014 2:49 PM

I think this article is great to help show teacher what we should strive for in our classrooms. The skills needed in the real world are not always what students are learning in schools. Our world is so much bigger then the classroom and we need to teach students how to live in that world. They need to bullied their skill that will make them globally compete. I want my students to communicate their ideas with me and their peers. In doing so I want them to learn recognize and respect others perspectives. This article breaks the skills down in a easy to follow chart.  

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Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project

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Sure, King Middle School has some amazing projects, but the Portland school has been refining its expeditionary learning projects for nearly two decades. David Grant, who guides the school's technol
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This article is very interesting because it offers some advice on how to properly implement project-based learning (PBL).  Although it is a very good teaching technique, it can also be a little overwhelming to implement in the classroom when some school’s philosophy is focused on standardized, and state tests.  But, following simple steps as the ones described in this article can help teachers prepare students to be resilient and competent in a world that is becoming more and more connected.  One more step I can add to this article would be to include an assessment plan to evaluate the students’ work and understanding of the task they were involved in.

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Project-Based Learning: An Overview - YouTube

Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. See dozens of articles, videos, webina...
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I have been wondering what is project-based learning and how beneficial it could be to use with my future students.   This video shows concrete examples of what PBL means, how to implement it and the insight it brings to students and teachers.  With PBL, students are enthusiastically engaged in their tasks, they are challenged academically, learn in a safe environment that promotes learning and success, and receive support from caring adults.  These are the whole child teaching approaches each school should implement to prepare students to become globally competent citizens.

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