Grouping students is easy; creating effective student groups is less so.
The following infographic from Mia MacMeekin seeks to provide some ideas to help make group work easier in your classroom. The strength of this particular graphic is in the range of the ideas. The first tip refers teachers to Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal development, which frames student ability in terms of a range: what they can do unassisted, what they can do with the support of a More Knowledgeable Other (MKO), and what they cannot do even with support. This is different for each student, and understanding these ranges for students can help inform grouping decisions, whether you’re using a peer instruction model, ability grouping, or another approach.
What do you call the 1915 "mass deportation" of Armenians from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) that resulted in the death of 1.5 million people? Most historians and Armenians around the world call it genocide. The Turkish government and the United States are not among those who will officially...
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It is high time that this sad period of history is acknowledged as a time of genocide. Why is this still being denied by the U.S. and Turkey?
In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.
This pdf, a great gift from Spectrum education is a compilation, the collective wisdom of teachers who were asked what they would do to develop creativity. It's a summary of great ideas to use in the classroom and it's a freebee.
Technology is way too often given a bad rap by administrators and educators as a distraction or a hazard for students. When technology is integrated intentionally with foresight and with intention of addressing specific growth-oriented goals, it increases the potential to help students learn, develop, and grow in unique ways. It can be used to help address the needs as described by Maslow.
In this historic debate the then Prime Minister of New Zealand clearly and eloquently puts forward New Zealand's case for choosing to be nuclear free, and addresses the issue of US bullying of NZ to abandon the sovereign policy.
ToolsMany teachers have added ‘digital literacy’ as number four on the list of literacies their students should have (or be working towards, in most cases). Reading, writing, and math are now followed by digital literacy. Obviously, depending on the grade level you teach, your students will have different abilities in each of the four areas, so your expectations and your teaching approach may differ quite noticeably from your colleagues. But the nagging question still remains for many teachers – what exactly is digital literacy?
In-Depth: Tap-water banned in China, because of Benzene carcinogen
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The real cost of digital citizenship for the haves and the have-nots. Can we in the developed world ignore these costs? This thought provoking report raises questions about the human cost for those working to produce our favourite devices and our ethical responsibility to raise awareness and influence changes in manufacturing practices.
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