Judy Willis, a neurologist & middle grades teacher, says adolescent brains learn more through interactive, interdependent group work.
Did you know that "peer group influence plays an important developmental role in the psychosocial process of separation from parents"? What does this mean to teachers of middle school students? That "interactive, interdependent group work" helps middle school students "build happy, learning brains."
This post will help you learn more about brain science, successful group work, how to plan for success, provides some researched-based guidelines and more.
You have the ability to teach, guide, influence, activate, catalyze, transform, elevate, and make deeper connections every time you enter this space, but only if you are willing to make the following Habitudes a priority...
By Jennifer Carey Dropbox is many things — a powerful, multifaceted tool that can be used in a number of different ways. I have been using it personally and love it. Looking forward to using it with a class.
"MiddleWeb co-editor Susan B. Curtis is back with another of her in-depth Resource Roundup articles. Student motivation has been an especially hot topic among educators in 2012, and she's pulled together blog posts, interviews and studies centering on some of the year's best commentary about intrinsic and extrinsic sources of motivation. You'll find plenty of solid research and advice that will serve you well in 2013 and beyond."
Technology can be a powerful tool to help us meet the Common Core Standards and move our students forward to prepare them for success in school and beyond. Although there are specific Common Core standards dedicated to using technology, an instructional shift calls for the seamless integration of technology into the curriculum.
Talks abaout THinglink as a tool for a collaborative project.
My friend told me she's been using EdModo to allow students to continue class discussions outside of class--"it's basically Facebook for school," she said. I was excited by what she described, and I am finally getting around to checking it...
The Classroom 2.0 Free Book is now available through Scribd. You may download each section as a pdf or text file and you will find a wealth of information on tools and more. Many folks were involved in the creation of this book with Steve Hargadon, Richard Byrne and Chris Dawson leading the way. There are over 40 chapters (each is fairly short - typically 4 - 8 pages). The chapters I reviewed included a summary, specific learning objectives, an introduction, theory, pedagogy, resources and more. Some of the topics covered (a very short list) include:
* Using VoiceThread to Teach Literature
* Wiki Pedagogy
* Project Based Learning
* Digital Writers Workshop
* Giving Students a Creative Voice
* Technology Timesavers for Teacher
If you are looking for ideas for this school year this is a great resource to check out.
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