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Re-Defining Failure

Re-Defining Failure | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 16, 2013 10:55 PM

Check out the notes from the talk above, consider watching the video embedded within the post and think about new ways to work with your students this year about the concept of failure. If you are an engineer failure you understand that failure is a teaching tool, allowing you to improve the project, but in education most students consider failure just that...they have failed. A couple of quotes found in this visalization are below. What are your thoughts as you read them?

* Have courage. It's not easy to do new things!

* No failure means no risk which means nothing new.

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Insightful Tips on How to Integrate Problem Based Learning in Your Classroom

Insightful Tips on How to Integrate Problem Based Learning in Your Classroom | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Chris Carter's comment, November 26, 11:52 PM
Thank you, Tom, for sharing. Problem- and Project Based Learning are highly interactive, engaging, and student-focused, making them excellent choices for skill development.
Chris Carter's curator insight, November 26, 11:52 PM

PBL, either Problem- or Project Based Learning. I will take it!

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 28, 9:52 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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The Power of the Educational Infographic

The Power of the Educational Infographic | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 3, 9:52 PM

If you have not used infographics with your class this infographic may be what moves you try them with your students. Research tells us that many of our students are visual learners, and great infographics provide information that is accessible. Mia MacMeekin provides an infographic that looks at four areas.

* What is an infographic?

* Why an infographic?

* What are the benefits?

* Can it change education
* What is the reach?

The joy of infographics is that students can also create them. Take some time to explore this post, and consider using them in your classroom.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 31 Free iPad Apps for Science Teachers

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 31 Free iPad Apps for Science Teachers | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 2, 9:49 AM

Nice selection of free apps for your Science Department.

Karen E Smith's curator insight, December 3, 8:47 AM

Literacy teachers in the content area of science can benefit from this list.

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A Framework for Differentiation

A Framework for Differentiation | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"Differentiation is adjusting and modifying what skills and concepts student learn, what materials the use, and/or how their learning is assessed based on the needs of the students.

Our students are not all the same, so we cannot expect that teaching a lesson one way will reach every student."


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Janet McQueen's curator insight, November 17, 6:57 PM

These differentiation flowcharts will prompt teachers to make good decisions around scaffolding of student learning.  

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, November 17, 7:08 PM

Check out concepts, assessments, and activities for differentiation...

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 25, 8:02 AM

Excellent resources for your teaching and learning environments. Thank you Mayumi for sharing.

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Collaborative Special Education Advocacy

Collaborative Special Education Advocacy | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Special education advocacy help for parents of children with disabilities on IEPs.

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Charmaine Thaner's curator insight, November 16, 12:34 AM

Download this free Ebook and learn insider tips from a parent, retired teacher and advocate! 

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21 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness - InformED

21 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness - InformED | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"In the past year, education researchers have done much to turn commonly held beliefs about learning on their head.

In her controversial new book, Seven Myths About Education...Daisy Christodoulou draws on her recent experience of teaching in challenging schools to show us just how much educational practice contradicts basic scientific principles..."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 9, 7:41 PM

What myths do you know that undermine educational effectiveness? This post provides 21, and each is explained in the post. Fourteen of the myths provide links to additional information. Five of them are listed below. Click through to the post to find additional information on these five and the additional sixteen.

* Facts prevent understanding.

* You can always just look it up.

* Homework boosts achievement.

* Subject matter knowledge is a teacher's most powerful asset.

* The brain is static, unchanging and set before you start school.

You may not agree with all of these myths. Many could be used as a starter for discussions in a faculty meeting or with parents.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, November 10, 10:07 AM

Its amazing how many things there are that everybody knows - but just ain't so!  -Lon

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The ABCs Of Sticky Teaching

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“Sticky Teaching”–interesting idea. Learning that lingers. Chris Lema gets at that idea in the following presentation, along with a basic explanation of why this idea works by focusing on the patterns that brains “can’t ignore.” Cool approach, so we’ve taken the six strategies, and given an example for each.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 22, 9:50 PM

Sticky teaching looks at "understanding what the brain can't ignore." In this post there is an explanation of six strategies of sticky teaching.

1. Awaken the intrigue.

2. Begin and end often.

3. Create lots of contrast.

4. Draw them in with stories.

5. Emotion draws attention.

6. Focus on the big idea.

Each of these ideas is discussed in the post.

There is also an embedded slideshare in the post. It provides some interesting statistics and explains why each of these strategies work.

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Brain-Based Learning Techniques to Try in Your Classroom

Brain-Based Learning Techniques to Try in Your Classroom | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"Brain-based learning isn’t a new concept, but it’s enjoying renewed attention thanks to the teacher accountability movement begun by President George W. Bush and continued by President Barack Obama. In a nutshell, teachers who use brain-based techniques don their “neuroscientist” hats and focus on creating experiences that cater to the inner workings of their students’ brains. The result: better learning experiences and better retention."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 31, 9:58 PM

This post shares three techniques you may want to incorporate into your classroom. Each has a short description as well as a section on why it is effective and how to implement the technique.

* Incorporate frequent brain breaks

* Make time for social and emotional learning

* Teach smaller chunks

As new research is published on the brain the impact it may have on the classroom is significant. If we know that providing short brain breaks (and movement breaks) may allow students to come back refreshed and ready to learn then we need to consider how we can provide these opportunities.

Sally DeCost's curator insight, November 1, 12:17 PM

Excellent article on Brain Based Learning. It includes many of the concepts emphasized by Whole Brain Teaching.

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How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students - InformED

How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students - InformED | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
"The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It's a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy

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Drora Arussy's curator insight, November 2, 8:01 AM

Also particularly important for the workforce.

Meg Swecker's curator insight, November 3, 9:41 AM

How empathy contributes to advanced learning. Very interesting!

Lisa Norris's curator insight, November 4, 12:50 PM

Modeling empathy even on our worst days is so important for kids in this day and age!

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Top 60 iPad Apps for Teaching STEAM Organized by Grade Level ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 60 iPad Apps for Teaching STEAM Organized by Grade Level ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Looking for some good iPad apps to teach STEAM in your classroom? This collection created by We Are Teachers is definitely a must see. It provides about 60 iPad apps categorized under different subject areas, all of which are geared towards enhancing your kids' STEAM knowledge. The app recommendations are also arranged in such a way that you will be able to access apps for different grade levels (k-12). I have spent sometime going through this collection and find it really worth sharing with you here. Have a look and share with us what you think of it.

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Scott Langston's curator insight, October 28, 8:28 PM

Taking the steam out of STEM? I like this approach...

ayuso.salva's curator insight, October 29, 10:58 AM

Un buen listado.

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Resources for Teaching Science

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Top free resources for teaching and learning Science  (also check out open source curriculum) National Science Foundation (NSF) - is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to pr...

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 26, 3:34 AM

Des sites pour trouver des informations pour les cours de sciences. 

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Growth Mindset Reflective Questions for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Growth Mindset Reflective Questions for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Chris Carter's curator insight, December 13, 2:38 AM

It all starts with us, teachers.

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18 Rules In Education That Should Be Broken As Soon As They’re Learned

18 Rules In Education That Should Be Broken As Soon As They’re Learned | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

Rules are great. They provide order to an otherwise chaotic world and help preserve and perpetuate important ideas. If it weren’t for rules, and the willingness to follow rules, we wouldn’t have language or the ability to communicate.


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, December 5, 8:55 PM
A number of assumptions about teaching, studying and learning, may be wrong...
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Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

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Learning to Learning: 7 critical shifts

Learning to Learning: 7 critical shifts | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
More than anything else, the concept of self-directed, entrepreneurial learning and transfer stand out. Learning how to learn is very different than learning content. In the 21st century, access to content and resources is no longer in short supply, but rather access to learning pathways, and authentic reasons to learn, which is where meaning making, critical curiosity, and resilience come in.

Making that shift in your own mind is important for these dimensions to be relevant in your classroom. The shift is from learning content to learning how to learn.

The takeaways for teachers probably start with the role of the student in the learning process: voice, choice, personalization, self-direction, project-based learning, and other low-hanging fruit of current trends in learning.

Bigger picture, the conclusions are probably more related to educational structures, the form of curriculum, and school design.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 22, 12:24 PM

Learning to learn, self-directed learning, and life-long learning are not just about entrepreneurial achievement, whatever that is. It is about living in wonder and curiosity.

 

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Why The Brain Benefits From Reflection In Learning

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Why The Brain Benefits From Reflection In Learning

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Charmaine Thaner's curator insight, August 22, 2013 2:18 PM
Rote learning vs. Reflective learning...I was talking to a middle school history teacher the other day that shared how she has her students take notes in their spiral notebooks. On the left side of the notebook students write class notes, then on the right side they write their "reflections", what did the teacher say that was meaningful to them, how did the class topic relate to something they have experienced, etc. This is a great teaching strategy. Click on this link to read about more good teaching ideas. Parents, you will love to learn this info too!
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 16, 12:56 PM

With all the information coming at us from many directions, reflection is the vehicle needed for learning and understanding to happen.

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9 Tips For Smarter Teaching With YouTube

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TEST Teaching With Video: 9 Tips For Teaching With YouTube
by Marlon Gallano
Let’s face it, times have changed.
The way we learned in school by sitting at a desk with a book, notebook and pencil are no longer the norm.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, November 13, 4:44 PM

For those of you who aren't blocked from YouTube ... great suggestions for how to find and use quality videos in the classroom!

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A Simple Technique You Can (& Should) Apply To Your eLearning Courses

A Simple Technique You Can (& Should) Apply To Your eLearning Courses | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"It’s easy for an eLearner to “zone out” when faced with complex course content, especially with limited existing knowledge of a topic. The instructional design challenge is how to explain complex content easily. Start by considering some premises fundamental to eLearning design."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 18, 10:59 PM

In any course, face2face or online, one of our goals as teachers is to help students move take previous knowledge and extend it to new areas. This post provides four instructional strategies that help students make these shifts:

* Comparing

* Contrasting

* Metaphors

* Analogies

These four strategies are similar in that they require learners to compare at least two items and find similarities and differences.

They provide a "simple technique" that helps students "master complex content."

Additional information is available on each of these strategies, as well as links to additional resources.

miracletrain 夢想驛站's curator insight, October 20, 8:26 AM

Simple & clear. 

Ryan Rejaei's curator insight, October 20, 8:41 PM

If you are taking the CIS courses or have an online course, i would certainly look into this. Very relatable information and content!

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Experiential Learning: Is there really a question about this?

Experiential Learning: Is there really a question about this? | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

'The things we have to learn before we do them, we learn by doing them.' Aristotle

"Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; le..."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 26, 5:26 PM

What is experiential learning? This post explores this concept, with a list of "principles as articulated by the Association for Experiential Education" and also eight images that compare experiential learning to a more traditional classroom.

Finding projects that help students understand key concepts is one way for us to include experiential education in our classroom. The images provided in this post may spark your imagination.

Drora Arussy's curator insight, October 27, 8:44 AM

Biology, history, religion, foreign language, math - irrespective of the topic, in order for it to be real, it must be experienced. Authentic texts and situations can be created through drama and other arts based projects. This is the base - now add all of the extra tools and methods, in context.

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Maker/Innovation Stations - Visual

Maker/Innovation Stations - Visual | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 1, 8:03 PM

Are you interested in having your students be more involved in the creation of projects? This visual is a "learning commons working model" that looks at "key stations in the learning commons."

As a teacher what changes might you need to make in your classroom for this to work? What will you see and hear? How will you get your students engaged?

Maker stations, innovation work, project-based learning - all are experiential and many of our students will gravitate towards projects if given the opportunity. This visual provides a road map that may help you make shifts in your classroom.

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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

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Overcoming the Motivation Challenge in eLearning: 5 Things You Can Do

Overcoming the Motivation Challenge in eLearning: 5 Things You Can Do | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Keeping learner motivation levels high is one of the common challenges faced by the eLearning professionals. With these tips you can motivate them from that first splash to the finish line.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 25, 9:14 PM

How do you motivate your students? This post explores this and shares five tips you might use if you teach online, but the same tips will also work in a face2face classroom. What are the tips?

1. Offer choice, control and freedom

2. Structure lessons around clear, real world goals

3. Create engaging, bite-sized materials

4. Engage students with each other

5. Give - and seek - feedback frequently.

Each of these is discussed in more detail in the post.