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Tear Down That Wall: Joining the Global Classroom Community to ...

Tear Down That Wall: Joining the Global Classroom Community to ... | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
Instilling "global citizenship" in students is essential to prepare them for our rapidly changing world. Being a global citizen goes well beyond simply traveling or living in another country. It refers to a more holistic view of the ...
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Ramping Up Technology for Your Next PBL Project

Ramping Up Technology for Your Next PBL Project | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
In my last post about taking PBL projects up a notch, I focused on integration of subject matters and disciplines. Fittingly, this post focuses on integrating technology. Teachers often adjust and im
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The Nerdy Teacher: The First Five Minutes #EdChat #EdcampSWO

The Nerdy Teacher: The First Five Minutes #EdChat #EdcampSWO | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
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What is going on during the first 5 minutes of class? This crucial time can set the tone for the rest of the lesson.

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Key Factors in Creating a Positive Classroom Climate > Committee for Children

Key Factors in Creating a Positive Classroom Climate > Committee for Children | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
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Focus on pieces that as a whole will create the positive classroom environment that we want all students to experience. 

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10 Apps For More Organized Project-Based Learning

10 Apps For More Organized Project-Based Learning | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
These 10 apps for iPad and Android will help you organize project-based learning in your classroom.
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I have an iPad, iPhone, and MacBook. Maybe my school will too. Why not integrate some apps to make PBL work a little more smoothly?

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Explorer Elementary Charter School

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High Tech High is a non-profit organization developing public schools in communities across California.
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Wow! Some great PBL ideas from a school that is really embracing this instructional method 

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GoodEats_CA.pdf

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Health and nutrition are very important topics in this country and around the globe. I could definitely see leading PBL with this topic formulating a driving question. 

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Finding Solutions to Hunger

Finding Solutions to Hunger | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.
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I was able to find real projects that I could use in my future classroom through this resource 

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ePals Global Community - project page

ePals Global Community - project page | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
ePals is the social network optimized for K-12 learning. Over half a million classrooms in 200 countries and territories have joined the ePals Global Community to connect, collaborate and exchange ideas. ePals now translates in 35 languages!
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I'm interested in learning how ePals can be used in my future classroom to enhance the global awareness in my students learning 

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Project Based Learning (PBL)

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All The Project-Based Learning Terms You Should Know (All The Project-Based Learning Terms You Should Know http://t.co/jMONYqM7R7 via @pinterest)

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Good to know these terms to be "in the know" of the PBL world

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Projects in the classroom are the best method to learn and teach. For me are very useful. 

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Project-Based Learning Made Easy

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“Project-based learning is great but it is too hard for teachers to do well.” I have heard this belief stated more times than I can count.

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Thoughts on Teaching & Technology: Making Traditional Projects VS. Project Based Learning

Thoughts on Teaching & Technology: Making Traditional Projects VS. Project Based Learning | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
Making Traditional Projects VS. Project Based Learning http://t.co/XNFNeAlQR7 May 05, 2013 at 11:17PM
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The Role of PBL in Making the Shift to Common Core | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

The Role of PBL in Making the Shift to Common Core | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
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PBL and CCSS are more connected than we might think

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Authority Means Never Having to Say You're the Teacher

Authority Means Never Having to Say You're the Teacher | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
Recently, I worked with some secondary educators who were interested in developing behavioral strategies for their more difficult students, particular as it pertained to students’ disrespect of…

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Ashleigh Sweetman's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:46 AM

Found this article through the hashtag #ClassroomManagement.  Although this article is told through the perspective of a secondary education classroom, I believe that it applies to elementary classrooms as well.  Students that disrupt do not need to be dictated by the teacher.  The students are aware that the teacher is in charge and do not need to be reminded.  The examples of active teaching phrases to help disruptive students will be beneficial for my own classroom.  These give me ideas of things to say when my classroom is getting out of control.  I especially liked the phrase, "We don't do that in this room."  This puts the student and teacher on the same level.  

Nicole Liebler's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:21 PM

I think this article really speaks to the issues of classroom climate and classroom management. I like that this source highlights the importance of using direct, explicit statements for what the teacher expects, as opposed to statements that reveal the importance of the teacher's authority. If teachers are constantly reminding their students of the authority they have, what message is this sending students? Students feel inferior, and consequently, their guards go up. As teachers, we want our classroom climate to be one of equality, respect, and positive vibes. If students are constantly reminded of their subordination, there is no respect in either direction, no equality, and certainly no positive feeling. Teachers can find more effective ways to manage their students, especially by giving them clear expectations. There is no need to justify a "you must do this" with a "because I am important and I said so." This kind of language does not belong in a classroom.

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

The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
"The whole morning meeting not only sets a really good tone for the students, but it sets a tone for me." - Teacher in Louisville, Kentucky

When I first learned about the Morning Meeting model, I wa
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Establishing a positive classroom and school culture could possibly begin with how the day is started. Morning Meeting! 

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Nicole Liebler's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:13 PM

This provides a great explanation of the benefits of Morning Meeting. Not only does Morning Meeting set a positive, tolerant tone in the classroom, but it has shown to increase attendance in the classroom and help students resolve conflicts with each other on their own. At the preschool i work at, they utilize a Morning Meeting, as well as a few other meetings throughout the day. They use the time to share with each other, question, comment, and form positive relationships. I can definitely see the positive effects of Morning Meeting because the students are very open with each other, respect each other, and "use their words" with each other to resolve conflicts. I think Morning Meeting can absolutely be used in older grades as well because students of all ages need to be emotionally and socially supported. In every grade we should try to connect students and make them feel like they are in a climate of trust and community. I also agree that it would be beneficial to keep parents well-informed of your reasoning to use Morning Meeting and how it will be conducted. If parents are informed of the intent, they can reinforce the values that are fostered during Morning Meeting in the home as well. In general, I think Morning Meeting would be a great addition to a classroom routine because it supports social and emotional growth.

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Create a successful classroom climate

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How to create a classroom climate that will help your students become successful learners.


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This was a starting place for where to begin with researching how to develop a positive classroom climate that I am striving for as a teacher 

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Hallie Lease's curator insight, March 12, 2014 1:48 PM

Teachers are responsible for creating a comfortable learning environment for children. These tips and strategies are perfect guide for teachers to show how to create the right environment for students, and what students need to learn in the best way. 

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Creating a successful classroom climate has many educational benefits. Most importantly, in a successful classroom, students are able to enhance learning. In my classroom, I would like to create a "warm" environment by being approachable and supportive. I would also consider changing the physical space into a more "warm" atmosphere. Having a "warm" environment enhances the quality of learning within the classroom. In addition to creating a "warm" environment, being enthusiastic and having high expectations for my students also contribute to creating a successful classroom climate in the classroom. These factors will help me create a positive classroom climate so that I can maximize the potential of my students.

Sophia Vitilio's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:44 PM

Creating a certain climate for the classroom is very important to show that learning is and will be highly valued.  By having quality relationships, a smooth running classroom, and having personal development for students as keys, these can help to create positive classroom climates.  This is a climate I would want to have in my classroom because I believe that it is best for students to learn in a positive environment.

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Finding Solutions to Hunger | iEARN Collaboration Centre

Finding Solutions to Hunger | iEARN Collaboration Centre | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
Participants will research and discuss the root causes of hunger and poverty in the world and take meaningful actions to help create a more just and sustainable world.
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This sounds like a great way to include global awareness in PBL

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What Does It Mean to “Align” PBL with Common Core? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

What Does It Mean to “Align” PBL with Common Core? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
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#CCSS and #PBL can be connected, read how! 

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Teach21 Project Based Learning

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Potential PBL on water conservation that connects students to their local area and the world! 

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Food for Thought: Recipe Book | iEARN Collaboration Centre

Food for Thought: Recipe Book | iEARN Collaboration Centre | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
Students research the recipes of typical food dishes in their countries as well as the origin of the ingredients and recipes, and the legends and stories behind them.
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Taking the typical "foods from around the world day" and actually placing value in them...using PBL format of course! I think this gives students a deeper connection to food 

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The Differences Between Projects And Project-Based Learning - Edudemic

The Differences Between Projects And Project-Based Learning - Edudemic | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
There's a big difference between using projects in the classroom versus project-based learning in the classroom. What are those differences, you ask?
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It's important that teachers understand why PBL isn't just doing a project..2 very different ideas! 

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Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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We discussed this article in my principles and methods of teaching undergraduate course! Comparing how a "regular" project could be revamped into PBL. The article details what every good PBL needs.

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Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
Andrew Miller (@betamiller on Twitter) is a National Faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education, an organization specializing in 21st century project-based learning, as well as for ASCD, (Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based...
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Differentiation is important even during the phases of the project 

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PBL and Culturally Responsive Instruction

PBL and Culturally Responsive Instruction | Principles & Methods of Teaching | Scoop.it
Cultural responsiveness in the classroom can often be written off as something patched by a quick fix, especially in an English classroom where swapping a traditional (read: Dead White Guy) text with
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I'm researching culturally responsive teaching for my year long honors project. I enjoyed reading about the connection the 2 can have in the classroom. Both are great instructional practices. 

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