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Does Active Learning Work? A Review of the Research

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Does "active learning" through hands-on activities and participation actually best help students learn? This research recognizes the effectiveness of active learning, with reason. Collaborative and cooperative group assignments are helpful in fostering a sense of individual responsibility within a group, and problem-based learning improves student attitudes and study habits - but do they actually help children best retain the information? This research proves to be quite interesting, considering it both supports and opposes current perspectives on active learning.

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Tweet from @Mrs_A_Martinez

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Getting students active with a Just Dance video game prior to taking their test! #KIPP

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Transitions: Classroom Routines That Respect Instructional Time ...

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CLTransitions: Classroom Routines That Respect Instructional Time. Posted on September 3, 2011. I have pretty high expectations for student organization and transitions between activities. I don't want student to lose precious learning time.


Via Angela DesBarres, Lauren Portalea, Nicole Liebler
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Establishing classroom routines that encourage student participation and input is vital!

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Nicole Liebler's curator insight, March 27, 2014 10:18 PM

CLASSROOM CLIMATE PLAN

 

I found this blog post to be extremely helpful because it provides examples of effective transitions to use in a classroom so as not to waste time or diminish students' autonomy. The examples given promote the idea that every student has a purpose, feels important, and contributes to the group as a whole. I love that collaboration is promoted through every person having a different assigned job at the table. I like the organizational strategy used here to have all the supplies stored in an organized fashion in one place and then have each student be in charge of grabbing one specific type of material for the group (one student gets the scissors, one student gets the paper, etc.). I think this is a very structured, efficient way to keep the room organized and easy-to-navigate. I also agree that having a "mentor" to oversee the other students is important because some students need more guidance and help than others. Receiving support from a peer can foster a sense of collaboration and save the teacher time from providing aid to every student individually. I find this teacher's use of technology and the Smart Board very useful and creative, as she utilized it for both attendance purposes and to guide students on how to immediately be productive when entering the room. If students can move their name themselves on the Smart Board to signify that they are present that day, it will definitely give them a sense of independence, confidence, and familiarity with technology. I also found it really important that the students in this teacher's classroom helped create guidelines and consistently have the chance to articulate their opinions and give feedback to the teacher. These opportunities align with the Whole Child Tenets because they help students feel engaged and supported in their environment if they have some say in the matter and can have their voices heard.

Becca Wagman's curator insight, April 6, 2014 11:48 PM

Classroom Climate: This teacher makes some good points about valuing the time where children are finishing tasks or even between class changes. It is great to have things for the students to accomplish to keep that time productive, but make sure the routines the children are completing are helping them in learning and that the routines do not turn into busy work. By creating activities for the students to complete in those times, it shows the students that we want to come into class and focus on what we are going to learn that day. These activities in my classroom would inform the students of the objectives for the day and to allow them to brainstorm what they know about our topics and what they want to learn. The students need to voice their opinions and learn what is most applicable to their lives. I value student opinion and I want them to see my recognizing their competence and giving them autonomy in their learning. (ROUTINE)

liam bye's curator insight, October 2, 2015 11:01 PM

A short and sweet article that focuses on delegating and transitions between activities to deal with classroom management. 

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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion - YouTube

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don'...
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This truly inspiring TED talk from Rita Pierson emphasizes the importance of connecting with your students and building true, meaningful bonds, something I think is lost with the new Common Core system and the excess of standardized tests that eliminate time to form these bonds as a likable teacher. I hope to create an environment in which my students treasure learning and look up to their teacher - I want the bonds I create with my students to  leave as large of an impact as my teachers have left on me.

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When you enter this classroom...

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Another cute sign to get students focused and motivated upon entering the classroom!

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Pin by Amber Nicole on Education ideas | Pinterest

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The classroom philosophy I made for @Jennifer Westhoff Wilson, inspired by a pinterest project! | See more about sweet messages, education and teachers.
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Just a cute classroom poster that encourages students to believe in themselves and motivates them to achieve their best in school! May be helpful for a class of diverse students that learns in several different ways and on several different levels to reassure them of these 6 important things.
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At the edge of enlightenment's spectrum

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Autistic children face a struggle, and help in getting appropriate schooling.

Via SOL Education
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Under the umbrella of disabilities in education is the lack of proper support, funding or acknowledgement of the very people who most need this attention. This article addresses this issue that I see to a small extent in my EDCI280 classroom observations in a child who, as my mentor teacher reported, is diagnosed with ADHD. While this attention disorder may not appear as severe as the issues with autism suggested in the article, it is clear that the attention and support given to this child is just as lacking. This article reflects serious problems in education, such as "dumbing down" children with disabilities to make them meet the criteria for educational assistance, when the children really need much more intensive care.

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What is Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)?

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According to Wright & Wright (2006):
The definition of “least restrictive environment” did not change in IDEA 2004. Schools are required to educated children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.

Via Adelina Silva
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This article discusses the placement of children with disabilities in LRE, Least Restrictive Environment, "mainstreaming" these children into generalized classrooms as opposed to having separate classes solely for children with disabilities. One of my initial perspectives for EDCI280 surrounded children with disabilities in classrooms, and how important it is for educators to adapt their teaching style to best suit these children. I think that putting children with disabilities in regular classrooms may help them learn through observation of their mainstream peers, develop social skills that they may not otherwise develop, and foster relationships with a diverse group of students. However, this is not to say that children with disabilities should not receive additional assistance - in my opinion, the idea of LRE and mainstreaming children with disabilities can only work if these children are also given special attention or services outside of their mainstream classroom (i.e., physical therapy, speech therapy, extra test time) to account for their disability. 

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PtAExecutiveSummary.pdf

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I know I was confused when we discussed the freedom teachers actually have when it comes to implementing Common Core expectations. This article is something I know I will refer to for help with turning Common Core standards into actions.

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One Hundred KIPP Fifth Graders in a Single Classroom on the Floor for a Week Until They "Earned" Their Desks

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KIPP spends a great deal of money promoting its brand of total compliance segregated charter schools as the tough love, no excuses solution for schooling in urban communities disabled by poverty and the lack of hope.
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I found this article in the hashtag chat #KIPP on twitter... an interesting tactic to teach children respect for their teachers and their peers. The author of the article was clearly thrown off by the idea, but having students "earn" their desks seems typical of of a KIPP school method.

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Race to Nowhere Theatrical Trailer (Original) - YouTube

Theatrical Trailer Race to Nowhere: http://www.racetonowhere.com Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed ...
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Talking about the purpose of education in class today reminded me of this documentary that my mom and I watched together as I chose to major in Elementary Ed and made my college decision. The pressure on the school-aged generation to master, achieve and attend college is intense and almost impossible to avoid. The "race to nowhere" is on and at its highest prevalence in society today. The trailer for the documentary does a phenomenal job of outlining the premise, but I highly recommend watching the full film - it is really eye opening.

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Classroom Management Tips

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Kick off your classroom community with some of these helpful classroom management tips. :)

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Another clever method of keeping students' behavior in check.

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Kenny Evans's curator insight, April 13, 2014 10:46 PM

Along with assessment on academic levels, some of these behavior management assessments are great for the classroom. I want to have a sports themes at some point in the school year and this chart is sweet!!

 

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Effective Ways of Dealing with Disruptive Students

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Effective Ways of Dealing with Disruptive Students 1.     Never attribute to malice what can be attributed to ignorance (V. Ruggerio)—most of the time students are not trying to be malicious and of...
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A lot of my questions from my Focus Student Observations and Narrative Reports surround how to effectively handle students that are disruptive to their own work and their peers' work. I like that this article lists a variety of ways to address students that are disruptive and provides suggestions for teachers regarding how to handle themselves when speaking with "problem students." I think this could be really useful in better understanding and addressing disruptive students.

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Students With Physical Disabilities Speak Out on Challenges in ...

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By Cindy Long Jay Spencer, a physically disabled sixth grader at Hayfield Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, says he wishes his mainstream teachers.

Via Shawn Burns
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Much of my content curation has focused on mentally disabled children, and I thought I could further round out my investigation of this particular issue with an article about students with physical disabilities. What stuck out to me the most was the subheading, "Teacher Motivation is Key." Inclusive teachers who support these children, plan for adaptive activities, and encourage them to achieve success despite their physical boundaries are vital - I mentioned this in one of my initial perspectives, and this article only builds my perspective.

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iPads bring students with disabilities new ways to participate, excel in education

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Using an iPad, blind students can now translate written words to verbal with one touch; students with dyslexia or other (#CIEC700 iPads bring students with disabilities new ways to participate, excel in education | Concord Monitor


Via DennisOwen1
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The idea of integrating iPads into the classroom setting to provide advanced learning technology for children with disabilities aligns almost perfectly with one of my initial perspectives. I noted in my chart that with the push for "mainstreaming" children with disabilities into regular classrooms (mentioned in "What is the Least Restrictive Environment?" article that I added a few days ago), it is vital that teachers are adaptive and responsive to the needs of children with disabilities and find ways to best help them learn among the rest of their mainstream class. What better way to do this than with technology? The article mentions several benefits to integrating iPads into class: blind students can turn written words into spoken words with one touch, help the cognitively impaired improve memory and organization, connect, via FaceTime, students whose disabilities prevent them from attending class... the list goes on and on. To me, it is very clear that using iPads in the classroom to aid children with disabilities is a powerful step towards adapting, responding, and caring for their individual needs in a society pushing for mainstream education.

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Five Misconceptions About Learning Disabilities | The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS

Five Misconceptions About Learning Disabilities | The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
Five Misconceptions About Learning Disabilities...

Misconception 1: The Term 'learning disabilities' is interchangeable with other disorders.

Misconception 2: Learning disabilities are easily diagnosed.

Misconception 3: Learning disabilities usually correspond with a low IQ...


Via Beth Dichter
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Check out this article that covers 5 common misconceptions about children with developmental disabilities. It is really interesting to see a "myth-busting" approach to learning disabilities, considering most people do have stereotypes regarding disabilities (i.e., that IQ is lower in those with learning disabilities, or that disabilities can be "fixed" or just go away with time). I think this article is a good resource on an elementary level for people who have little understanding of children with learning disabilities, and are open to learning the truth behind these special students.

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