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High school students reflect on their experience of project based learning and describe how they not only learned a great deal of content, but also practiced...
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Project-based learning can really change the lives of students.  I was really interested in this video because it showed me the successes of project-based learning.  

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Appreciation

Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Appreciation | Education | Scoop.it
In this nine-part series, we will look at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary school age children. These factors are very useful in helping
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I found this article in a google search on Edutopia.com.  I feel that the concepts of gratitude and appreciation are extremely important to teach in your classroom.  I had never thought of these as important for classroom instruction, but this builds emotional and social learning in elementary classrooms.  Not only will this make students appreciate the curriculum more, but it will also create bonds between the students and the teacher.  

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Authority Means Never Having to Say You're the Teacher

Authority Means Never Having to Say You're the Teacher | Education | 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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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.  

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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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Study: Classroom focus on social and emotional skills can lead to academic gains

Study: Classroom focus on social and emotional skills can lead to academic gains | Education | Scoop.it
Classroom programs designed to improve elementary school students' social and emotional skills can also increase reading and math achievement, even if academic improvement is not a direct goal of the skills building, according to a study to be published this month in American Educational Research Journal ...
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I found this article through the twitter account @school_climate.  This study allowed me to get a real example of the importance of social and emotional learning.  When thinking back to my own education, I definitely benefited from a classroom that promoted social and emotional skills.  Not only did I get better grades in those classes, but I understood the material much better than in classrooms that did not promote such skills.  

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Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management

Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management | Education | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have

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Johnny Macario's curator insight, May 14, 2014 11:14 AM

Learning is not only about staying quiet and listening, but it is important for students to be able to focus and engage with the topics they are learning as it is important for them to interact with the subjects they learn

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Why I'm Optimistic About the Performance of U.S. Students

Why I'm Optimistic About the Performance of U.S. Students | Education | Scoop.it
Over the course of this shortened week, I'm going to talk a bit about why I'm optimistic about public education in the U.S. To grossly over-simplify the current education reform debate, most folks these days fall into one of two camps--a) things are terrible and we must reform now, and b) things aren't so bad/are improving and reforms are destroying our schools. I'm going to argue that both groups are partly right--that things are clearly, by almost any metric, improving, but that this doesn't mean we should cease our efforts to improve schools.
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I got this blog from @educationweek on Twitter.  I really liked the optimism that Morgan Polikoff had about the Common Core.  Honestly, I did not have much knowledge about the Common Core before this year.  I had shadowed teachers that were frustrated with the change to Common Core, but I did not quite know what they were talking about.  It was nice to hear someone talk so positively about the new reforms and education as a whole.  Polikoff is optimistic about the performance of the U.S. students and I think she should be.  I believe that teachers should have optimism and confidence in their students instead of the doubtfulness that many teachers have.  I will take this optimism with me into my future classroom.  I will also make sure that my students know that I have the upmost confidence in them.  After all, we, as teachers, need to make sure that our students are RESILIENT!! 

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30 Online Multimedia Resources for PBL and Flipped Classrooms

30 Online Multimedia Resources for PBL and Flipped Classrooms | Education | Scoop.it
Welcome to the third in a series of PBL Mania Posts. For the next few weeks I am celebrating Project Based Learning. In this post I will introduce you to some multimedia mega-sites found on the web...

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The use of technology has always been important in classrooms.  However, now I feel that it is even more essential in a classroom.  Children should be developing how to use media and technology to aid their learning processes.  As a future teacher, I hope to utilize this website to find information and resources that are related to the topic we are exploring in the classroom.  I agree that teachers should use multimedia in their lesson plans and in project-based learning.  However, I think that many teachers use too much multimedia and not enough hands-on lessons.  Students can learn so much from project-based learning and hands-on projects, yet many teachers neglect to let their students learn on their own.  After all of our classroom discussions on project-based learning, I have become a pretty big advocate of this type of learning.  I feel that it really benefits the students in their education and life as a whole. 

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Amy Burns's curator insight, August 27, 2013 6:56 AM

Nice list of sites featuring multimedia to incorporate in your lessons, flipped or otherwise!

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How to Be a With-It Teacher and Developing Withitness

How to Be a With-It Teacher and Developing Withitness | Education | Scoop.it
Does a with-it teacher wear cool clothes and listen to the latest pop song hits?
No.
A with-it teacher is a teacher who is in control of his or her classroom and can deal with disruptive behavior without neglecting the rest of the class. Interested in developing with-it-ness? Discover these guidelines for becoming a with-it teacher.
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I found this article/video through Pinterest.  The information in this article is very beneficial for teachers.  I will definitely use this article to help manage my classroom.  I like how it places the importance of classroom management on the teacher and teaches the teacher how to create an environment that students can get the best education.  I wonder, though, if a child notices if the teacher is trying to be with-it.  It would be interesting to see the child's perspective of this idea.  For example, do students wonder why their teacher isn't spending much time with a group that is struggling? Do with-it teachers stretch these guidelines in order to help children that are having difficulties with the material being taught?

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How School Design Affects School Culture - Whole Child Education

How School Design Affects School Culture - Whole Child Education | Education | Scoop.it
We call on educators, policymakers, business leaders, families, and community members to work together on a whole child approach to education.
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I found this video through the twitter account @WholeChildASCD.  This video will be an awesome resource for my future classroom.  I often wonder how the design of the classroom promotes a positive learning environment for students.  After discussing this topic in #EDCI397, I have realized how negative some of the classrooms I have been taught in have been.  Children need the resources necessary to learn provided for them in the classroom in a systematic way that promotes a positive classroom climate.

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Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning

Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning | Education | Scoop.it
Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) engages students and improves achievement. Explore classroom practices that make up the most effective SEL programs.

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This is a great video to get ideas of social and emotional learning.  It was so interesting to envision these ideas being placed in my own future classroom.  

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High school students reflect on their experience of project based learning and describe how they not only learned a great deal of content, but also practiced...
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Project-based learning can really change the lives of students.  I was really interested in this video because it showed me the successes of project-based learning.  

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Project Search | Project Based Learning | BIE

Project Search | Project Based Learning | BIE | Education | Scoop.it

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I found this website through a google search in class yesterday and I love it!  This website will be so beneficial in my future classroom for generating ideas for project-based learning.  As a teacher, we must be able to connect projects to many different standards.  This website gives teachers ideas about what students can take out from different types of projects.  When I shadowed a teacher over winter break, she told me a lot of other databases that help choose books for different students.  This is similar but I really like how you can use this database for project ideas for different subjects.

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How to Get High-Quality Student Work in PBL

How to Get High-Quality Student Work in PBL | Education | Scoop.it

This is a common concern of teachers who are new to project-based learning. Things can appear to be going smoothly -- students have been engaged by the project, they've been learning content and skills, they've been busy and meeting deadlines -- but their thinking is not as in-depth and their final products not as polished as they should be. If this is your experience, it's time to ask yourself some questions:


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I loved this Edutopia article! It answered many of the questions I have as a future teacher about project-based learning. I am really interested in how to find out whether or not the students are engaged in the project. If they are not engaged, how do teachers alter their projects to make all students engaged?  I feel that project-based learning is extremely beneficial for students inside and outside of the classroom.  This article will be really helpful in my future classroom when I begin to have trouble managing my students' project-based learning.

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:40 PM

o artigo traz uma reflexao de como incentivar que as solucoes para problemas aprensentadas por criancas, sejam mais consistentes. Creio que nao é somente criancas, adultos tambem precisam de estimulam para mergulhar um pouco mais fundo e sair da superficie. Gostei das alternativas propostas.

lalita pradeep's curator insight, October 13, 2013 10:55 PM

wow...gr8.....

Michaela Vila's curator insight, February 13, 2014 11:48 AM

Great checklist for PBL and has a great link to 8 PBL essentials!