iSolveIt is a mobile digital learning environment that supports the development of logical thinking and reasoning skills, which are essential competencies of algebra and mathematics in general. The environment includes a collection of tablet-based puzzles that have been designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
Introducing two new math apps that are designed based on the principles of UDL: MarhScaled and MathSquared.
Why Puzzles? They note that:
"Puzzles provide a natural format for developing reasoning skills. By teaching algebraic reasoning skills in a context that does not appear to be math-specific, puzzles address affective barriers to learning (e.g., math anxiety). Providing different types of puzzles offers practice across multiple representations, which is critical for developing the ability to generalize."
Great questions to ask when deciding how to be a change agent...I personally felt this would be my #1 set of questions and go from there..."Second, and this is the big question to keep in mind, what’s best for the kids? We need to keep this at the forefront of our thinking. What do our students really need to help them become informationally and digitally literate? What will be most helpful for students to know and be able to do to be successful consumers and creators of information? How will we empower teachers to best serve our students?"
The writing standards and rubrics provide all of us with such a natural way to weave into Common Core as artists because we ask our students to produce compositions based upon the skills and processes we teach.
Article has some good resources, including, "How to Get Started" which gives me some ideas on what I can do to promote the school library and connect with teachers, publishers, etc. Made me feel better about starting my new job... ; )
ALSC and Lego have teamed up in the Read! Build! Play! project to offer a grand prize of $5000 in early literacy materials to a public library. The top 200 libraries receive a special LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! toolkit. Nominate your library!! ; )
"As a child, I grew up in a world that was dominated by left-brained thinking. Both my parents were in professions that required in-depth analytical thinking. The “rule” in my house was: “If you break something, try to fix it. Only THEN come ask Dad for help.”
Looking back now, I realize something I never understood then — what he had instilled was an ability to think critically. Along with creativity, collaboration, and communication, critical thinking is one of the four components of learning in the 21st century. Unlike the other three, critical thinking is often difficult to reduce to bite-size pieces of understanding and challenging to teach to others."
Read on for an example of teaching critical thinking with a first grade class as well as a look at 3 underlying components to critical thinking.
The latest edition of UNICEF's report on child poverty showed the United States ranks second out of 35 developed countries on the scale of what economists call "relative child poverty" with 23.1 percent of its children living in poverty.
On any given day, a school library can be used as an instructional space, space for group projects, individual study/research, and a reading space. Curiously, library spaces are often whittled down while the demands on ...
The recording is finally available. Find out why ID skills and knowledge can help you. Hovious shared her perspective on why it was increasingly important for librarians to integrate design skills into their work.
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