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11 Teaching Strategies For Spotting The Blind Spots In Your Classroom

11 Teaching Strategies For Spotting The Blind Spots In Your Classroom | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"When Stanford Professor Lee Shulman was first enmeshed in the research that led to Board certification of teachers by NBPTS, I asked him – in a hotel bathroom, of all places – what interesting findings were turning up about great teachers as compared to the rest. He replied: 'Well, you might not find this such a big deal, but a big indicator is the degree to which a teacher accurately describes what happens in her classroom.'"

 


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Geat ideas for reflecting on what is really taking place in the class you are creating.

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Some good refreshers to keep educators on our toes and thinking about the engagement of students.

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An excellent summary of effective teaching and learning strategies .
Readwritelearnwell's curator insight, August 17, 2013 5:27 PM

Focuses on effective assessment for learning.

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Test Prep with Virtual Tools: 10 Flashcard Apps for Mobile Devices

Test Prep with Virtual Tools: 10 Flashcard Apps for Mobile Devices | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Monica Burns provides another handy resource list of mobile apps, this time focusing on digital flashcards that can help students learn and review a wide range of subjects.
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Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Consider using at least one of these protocols -- QFT, Chalk Talk, Say Something, or the Harkness Discussion -- to foster student inquiry.
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Coverge does not equal learning

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Fostering Student Questions /Inquiry

1. Question Formulation Technique

2. Chalk Talk: Silent conversation where every voice is heard.

3.Say Something & Save the last word for me: Chunking reading for better and deeper comprehension.

4. Harkness or Spider discussion: Student voices (only) mapped by the teacher

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20 Things You Can Do In (About) 10 Minutes For A Smoother Running Classroom

20 Things You Can Do In (About) 10 Minutes For A Smoother Running Classroom | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
arrange the desks in small groups with no obvious front
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* Arrange the desks in small groups with no obvious front

* Try an inspirational quote or quiet meditation to start.

* Do an interactive Bulletin Board designed for makeup work with envelopes that contained the day’s work.

Have a class notebook kept by students under direction of Para

Wind chimes??? for quiet signal.

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Four Ways to Differentiate Objectives

Four Ways to Differentiate Objectives | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Creating a differentiated learning environment for gifted students doesn't mean throwing out everything you learned in your credential program. Learn how to add on to or adjust the base program, curriculum, or standards that any general education teacher uses.
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Great Summary of Differentiation in Action

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How To Bring the Joy Back Into Learning - InformED

How To Bring the Joy Back Into Learning - InformED | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Last year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was publicly accused of "killing students' joy for learning." The OECD publi
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PRIORITISE FUN and the learning will follow

**ALWAYS CONSIDER THE JOY

*Savor the small goals that enable larger goals and joy.

*Play brings thinking & action.

*Free play brings freedom to wonder.

*Finishing allows for reaping the rewards.

*Balance ability with the task to get the courage to try.

*Positive students want to learn.

*Learning is social

*Students at the center

*Students choose

*Consider

     -Context

     -Circumstances

 *Conquer uncertainty & CULTIVATE WONDER

 

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Metric conversion and proportional reasoning

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"I’ve run into a roadblock and hope someone can assist. This year we will be teaching conversions in the metric system for our physical science classes. We kind of skipped over that in other years. Anyhow, I’m not sure how to present it. I found 3 ways and was wondering if anyone could let me know if one works well over the others – or if they will all be a challenge! I teach low level, mainly Hispanic population students. Many are smart, but most will give up if it is too hard.

teach them to move the decimal for each place they move left or right along the metric prefixes.teach them to multiply or divide by 10 for each place they are moving to the right or left amongst the metric prefix.teach them dimensional analysis method (factor labeling)I figure #3 is the hardest, but I didn’t know if I would do a disservice for trying #1 because they will miss out that metrics is based on 10s."
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A good approach to metric/proportional reasoning when combined with actual money and measuring tools

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Explainer: Correlation, causation, coincidence and more

Explainer: Correlation, causation, coincidence and more | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Don’t jump to conclusions from statistics unless you understand correlation, causation, coincidence and confounding factors.
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A couple of good examples about correlation that is not causation.

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How educators can assist learners in developing a Growth Mindset | ICT | eSkills

How educators can assist learners in developing a Growth Mindset | ICT | eSkills | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
How educators can assist learners is developing a growth mindset.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Growth+Mindset

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Criticism

 


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Thx Gust Mees. A very good checklist

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Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
When asked what my first language is, I often answer, "visual." I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to express what I know through images. I find it disconcerting that a...
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Visuals communicate more to more (Sped & ESL, etc)! Research to support visual literacy. One never hears it (or sees it) enough.

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The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told

The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told
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Thx TeachThought and Terry Heick. I am exhausted trying to do it all. I need to do what is necessary...

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Teaching Strategies for Students with Special Needs | Teach Special Education

Teaching Strategies for Students with Special Needs | Teach Special Education | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Thx Dan Allen. An terrific resource for strategies by need.

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Why We Changed Our Model of the “8 Essential Elements of PBL” | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

Why We Changed Our Model of the “8 Essential Elements of PBL” | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
BIE’s Essential Project Design Elements contain two new items, both of which are familiar to those who know PBL. One is “authenticity,” which has to do with how real-world the project is. The other is “reflection,” which we have previously coupled with “revision” but now stands on its own; students should reflect on what they’re learning, how they’re learning, and what they have accomplished in a project.

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Thx Nik Peachy

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 27, 1:25 AM

Useful article for anyone interested in Project Based Learning.

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Introduction

Introduction | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
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Exploring Inquiry-based learning defined by the the 8 elements of the Galileo rubric: authenticity, deep understanding, performances of understanding, assessment, appropriate use of technology, connecting with experts, student success, & ethical citizenship..

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Success Indicator: Characteristics For A Successful Life [Infographic]

Success Indicator: Characteristics For A Successful Life [Infographic] | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

Measuring success is hard. By consulting this success indicator, you will be able to tell if your personality & characteristics showcase success or failure.


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Thx @Berend de Jonge

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 7:54 AM

Great reminders!

Chris Carter's curator insight, August 6, 10:14 PM

Thank you!

Kathaperumal Parimanam's curator insight, August 7, 11:07 AM

We need to add the characters and qualities for the success

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The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
how to kill learner curiosity in 12 easy steps
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Great ideas for Planning:

Questions are valued over answers

Assessment is positive: persistent, authentic, transparent and never punitive

Criteria for success are balanced and transparent

Revisit to practice

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What Happens One Hour After Drinking A Can Of Coke - The Renegade Pharmacist

What Happens One Hour After Drinking A Can Of Coke - The Renegade Pharmacist | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Something that I noticed when working as a pharmacist was why people would still gain weight even though they were following a strict low fat diet recommended to them by their doctor. This made me question whether it is really the ‘fat’ that causes us to gain unhealthy weight. After seeing so many people suffering from obesity related diseases like heart disease, diabetes and the side effects of the medication they were taking, I was strongly motivated to research what actually causes people to
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Non-Food for thought!

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25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson - InformED

25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson - InformED | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
How do we create learning that lasts? It's a hard question to answer, and in some cases an even harder reality to achieve, particularly with the pressure
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Always need to review

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20 Things You Can Do In (About) 10 Minutes For A Smoother Running Classroom

20 Things You Can Do In (About) 10 Minutes For A Smoother Running Classroom | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
When the school year begins, teachers spend a lot of time getting the classroom ready, planning lessons, and getting to know his/her students. The following…
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A refresher is always good

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Integrating Mindfulness Into Education

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Healthy Habits of Mind
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Learn about Mindfulness and  experience mindfulness via links to videos

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The Educator with a Growth Mindset

Presentation materials for an educator inservice on growth mindsets. Includes background information, historical perspectives, a self-assessment, and strategi…

 

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Abrirse a las ideas, explorar alternativas, aprender de otros, utilizar eficientemente los recursos tecnológicos, colaborar, compartir,...

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Ready-to-go presentation

Tony Meehan's curator insight, October 4, 2014 5:49 AM

All you need to introduce a growth mindset culture, anywhere, comprehensively and generously compiled by @JackieGerstein Ed.D.

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How to start thinking with a positive mindset - Daily Genius

How to start thinking with a positive mindset - Daily Genius | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
This powerful visual is both colorful and enlightening. It will likely make you a bit happier and approach your day with a new zest. That’s right. Zest. It’s more than just some soap here in the U.S. Anyway, I digress. This visual found on Flipboard takes the approach of figuring out what you might be …
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TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks

TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks by TeachThought Staff For professional development around these ideas, contact us. As with any publication, blogs and websites…
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So much rich content to mull… Worth revisiting periodically

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Assessing ELLs for Special Education: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid | Scientific Learning

Assessing ELLs for Special Education: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid | Scientific Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
When educating English language learners who are struggling, how do you know when it’s time for a special education referral?

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Thx Steve Whitmore Good Thoughts for an increasing problem

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, September 17, 2014 8:39 AM

This is a great checklist of considerations when evaluating EL's.  Oakland Schools will be offering Dynamic Assessment of EL's on October 8. More information is available at: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=120122&cc=COEE&oc=10