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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
At some point, every parent wishes their high school aged student would go to bed earlier as well as find time to pursue their own passions -- or maybe even choose to relax. This thought reemerged as

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, May 29, 2014 3:13 PM

This is a constant debate. Why is it so tough to make the choices that will benefit kids?

Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 29, 2014 7:54 PM

This is well worth reading! We have been doing some work in this area with senior students and the school's senior psychologist. A healthy balanced life style of enough sleep and regular sleep routines, regular exercise, positive peer friendships and a good focus on blocks of study without social media distractions is a good formula for success in all areas. The notion of successful multitasking is a strong misconception amongst students. On the whole they do not know of the resultant diminished/less efficient learning.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 29, 2014 9:21 PM

Thx Chris Carter

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Questioning That Deepens Comprehension

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Scaffold students' thinking about complex texts by asking what the text says, how it works, what it means, and what it inspires them to do.
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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

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Encouraging student commitment ultimately brings better results than the external motivations of reward or punishment. These seven self-persuasion strategies will get you started.
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Always wondered why we built behavior systems on extrinsics like tokens when research always pointed to intrinsics as preferable.This article offers strategies to take Pink's ideas and help the intrinsic grow in students. Love it!
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Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences

Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Techniques for meeting the needs of students with diverse abilities and interests.
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A wealth of techniques and tools to differentiate learning and personalize access to the curriculum
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27 tools for diverse learners

27 tools for diverse learners | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Something remarkable has happened in the past decade. New discoveries about the workings of the learning brain have converged with advancements in educational technology to finally make possible the kinds of flexible learning environments that students need to prepare for their future.

According to the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, flexibility is key because it allows educators to accommodate their students’ natural variability in learning styles and preferences. While UDL is not just about technology, this idea is at the heart of how technology can make personalized learning a reality.

Neuroscience has revealed that learners show a great deal of variability in three key areas: how they engage with learning (through the brain’s affective network), how they best perceive and process information (through the recognition network), and how they are best able to respond and show their understanding (through the strategic network). To account for learner variability in each of these areas, CAST developed UDL Guidelines that call on educators to provide options in the form of multiple means of engagement with learning, multiple means of representation for information, and multiple means of action and expression through which learners can demonstrate their understanding. The ultimate goal of these guidelines is to develop expert learners who are purposeful, motivated, resourceful, knowledgeable, strategic and goal directed.

Read on to find out about a number of free and low-cost UDL-aligned apps and websites that you can use to make their learning environments more flexible and personalized. Or, if you prefer to view the list visually, take a look at our Pinterest board.

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Thx Edumorfosis.it  A great summary of tools to afford a variety of learners ways to access learning and show what they know.
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Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning

Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Because PBL is about more than learning content, PBL teachers should investigate and experiment with multi-model strategies for assessing their students' learning skills.

Via Sarantis Chelmis, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD, Stephania Savva, Ph.D, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Dean J. Fusto, Chris Carter
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Thx Chris Carter! This is the piece I have always struggled with, the overall project grade...how do you grade a creative product like a painting? This confirms my feelings that you grade the skills and processes that went into the creation.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 1, 6:09 PM
I used rubrics and continuously edited them. I shared them with students so they could learn how to assess their progress and give me feedback about their learning and the rubrics. Rubrics are an opportunity for continuous conversations about teaching and learning.
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Evaluating the steps and processes, as well as the final product, allows rigor and guidance for students. An important reality is that rigor need not be for high-stakes grades. Frequent, low- or no-stakes formative assessment can tap into the power of retrieval-based learning while PBL creates the opportunity for Design Thinking implementation. These two concepts can be realized in the evaluation of PBL.
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4 Tips on Teaching Problem Solving (From a Student)

4 Tips on Teaching Problem Solving (From a Student) | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
A student shares her insights into the most important skill you can teach. (Hint: It’s not perseverance.)
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Make it real and not easy and teach them how to grapple with issues to try to understand as per a student. Well said.  
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21st Century Skills Have Always Been “Needed” Skills, But Now We Need Them More Than Ever

21st Century Skills Have Always Been “Needed” Skills, But Now We Need Them More Than Ever | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
It's 2017. Communication is changing fast (my 7-yr old daughter and I just exchanged Snaps while I am in Chicago and she is outside of Philadelphia in different time zones, with real-time interaction). Collaboration has evolved to
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Really great way to elevate the thinking about teaching beyond facts/content. We need to view the content through the skills lens. The end goal should not be the facts of Chemistry but rather the communication skills, thinking skills, interpersonal skills, and collaborative skills used to make sense of it and how it applies to our world. The link to the BC(British Colombia) curriculum in the comments is priceless for adding social emotional, cultural and social responsibility portions of the development of of an adult citizen. 
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17 Ideas to Help Combat Learned Helplessness

17 Ideas to Help Combat Learned Helplessness | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Author-consultant Sarah Tantillo identifies 17 common teaching actions that can lead to student inertia & learned helplessness and suggests better alternatives.
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Many great techniques that I regularly use I can improve on AND this article provides the ways to change for the better.
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Integrate quizzes Into videos to ensure Active Learning

Integrate quizzes Into videos to ensure Active Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Making your online course engaging for learners is therefore very important. Videos are becoming increasingly important as part of eLearning courses. They offer a potential for active engagement with learners, and are therefore critical to successful pedagogy. The interactivity that a video offers is superior to other communication means. To enhance interactivity and improve learner experience, integrate quizzes into videos.

Well-designed evaluation mechanisms are a critical element to ensuring active learning. Bloom’s Taxonomy is the most followed learning evaluation system in education today. This taxonomy treats knowledge, attitude, and skills as 3 distinct goals of an effective education system. Quizzes can be designed to test for learners progress in these three general areas.

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lots of good reasons to use quick quizzes in class and on videos, particularly with those with attention and memory challenges.
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How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant

How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
When teachers employ three characteristics of engagement in lessons students are much more likely to retain their learning.
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8 characteristics to engage students that increase learning. Plan 3 and increase learning
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Where mindfulness education fits in schools

Where mindfulness education fits in schools | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
News, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
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Calm.com is free for educators and I am using it regularly with my students for anxiety... some love it  and it is worth the 3-5 minutes. I would love to be mindfulness certified.
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Principles of Effective Teaching

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Pinnacle's principles of effective teaching are grounded in research into practices that have the largest impact on student learning. Yet, they are practical and written in plain English.

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Thanks Inez Bieler! The graphic at the end listing Evidence-based Principles of Effective teaching: 1. Care about helping your students learn, 2. understand but do not excuse, 3. be clear about learning goals, 4. surface knowledge + deep understanding, 5. release responsibility, 6. give good feedback, 7. have students learn from each other, 8 manage behavior, 9. evaluate your impact, 10. always be learning ways to increase your impact. makes a good bookmark reminder. Self-assessment regularly would likely improve teaching more than many hours of random PD.
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Ines Bieler's curator insight, November 9, 2016 10:36 AM

INteresting view of the importance teachers have on students motivation to learn.

Chris Carter's curator insight, November 9, 2016 8:42 PM
I started liking this article when I saw the first of ten principles: Care about helping your kids to do the best that they can. All effective teaching starts with a healthy, caring relationship.
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, November 14, 2016 9:59 AM

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7 Neuroscience Fundamentals For Instructional Designers - eLearning Industry

7 Neuroscience Fundamentals For Instructional Designers - eLearning Industry | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Wondering which Neuroscience Fundamentals you should know as an Instructional Designer? Check 7 Neuroscience Fundamentals ID professionals should know.
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Thx Chris Carter !Good summary article with links to help one dive more deeply
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Questioning That Deepens Comprehension

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Scaffold students' thinking about complex texts by asking what the text says, how it works, what it means, and what it inspires them to do.
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Emotional Regulation for Kids With ADHD

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Six brain-based strategies to help kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder build confidence, engagement, and focus.
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ADHD is pn the rise.... even in the undiagnosed. Theese strategies can help. I love the personal "I noticed.." note

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4 Key Characteristics Of Effective Teachers -

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4 Key Characteristics Of Effective Teachers by Dr. Jimmy Shaw and Nira Dale “Coaching and teaching–the process is one-in-the-same,” explains Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and former athletic coach, Dr. Jimmy Shaw.
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So concise: B1. Be clear about what you want 2. Give good feedback 3. Differentiate to meet a student's needs 4. Require Self-reflection and self-assessment. A great clarifier!!!!
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The User's Manual To Design Thinking Your Teaching (Infographic)

The User's Manual To Design Thinking Your Teaching (Infographic) | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
I have a confession to make. I've become obsessed with Design Thinking.
It's gotten to the point where I "Design Thinking" everything. How do I
Design Thinking my lunch? How do I Design Thinking my classroom phone
policy? How do I Design Thinking teaching?

Teaching? Yep. Let's do
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7 Systems that Work for Outside-the-Box Learners

7 Systems that Work for Outside-the-Box Learners | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Most teachers struggle with students whose academic performance doesn't match their potential. When the usual approach doesn't work, try something different.
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Yay! So many of these ideas make sense. They are worth a try
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Debunked: 10 Common Myths About Our Visual Brains

Debunked: 10 Common Myths About Our Visual Brains | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
We debunk 10 widely believed statements about visual perception and how we use our brains, such as the myth that we only use 10% of our brains.
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Common Myths debunked
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Experts warn against teaching to learning styles in K-12

Experts warn against teaching to learning styles in K-12 | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Despite all evidence to the contrary, learning styles continue to persist. Here again is a compilation refuting them. As per UDL, present multiple ways.
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Skills and competencies for knowmadic workers

Skills and competencies for knowmadic workers | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

Richard Rowe from the Open Learning Exchange International once told me, the problem lies not only in identifying why education fails, but also in how to design successful solutions. Instead of outlining a recipe of solutions for education (which lies far beyond my scope) the approach offered here will be to enquire, explore and outline the conditions required to foster critical skills such as problem-solving, reflection, creativity, critical thinking, learning to learn, risk-taking, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. In this chapter, I discuss five trends that can be used to explore the conditions necessary to ensure “multi-skilled profiles” and “multi-contextual learning practices” for an expanded understanding of education. These five trends can be summarized as follows:

The mismatch between formal education and the challenges of an innovation-based society (informal and flexible learning approaches);The shift from what we learn to how we learn (lifelong, self-learning, and learning to learn);The fluctuating relationship between digital technologies and content (ICT and critical thinking skills and new literacies);The changing conceptions of space-time and a lifelong learning environment (which is rarely time or context dependent); and,The development of soft skills (global, tacit, and social).
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There are so many great ideas collected about what we really should be preparing our youth to do in their futures. This quote seems to embody it al.." Skills are essential; content is merely desirable." Among the skills so desperately needed are/will be those that computers cannot perform and emphasize not the WHAT we learn, but the HOW.These are the so-called soft skills that are rarely taught and which content acquisition sometimes extinguishes: questioning, exploring, critical thinking, knowledge and skills transference, social and interpersonal skills, self management and risk assessment. Education should be more heavily tilted to the HOW not the WHAT. 
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How One Teacher Let Go of Control To Focus On Student-Centered Approaches

How One Teacher Let Go of Control To Focus On Student-Centered Approaches | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Kristine Riley took the step towards student-centered learning by letting go of some of the controls she set in her classroom.
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Letting go of control: giving Choice and Voice leads to invested learning
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Less Stress, More Focus Through Mindfulness

By reducing stress and raising awareness of mental health, mindfulness and meditation strategies could improve student well-being.
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More evidence as reported by PBS for reduce stress and increase focus
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44 Simple Daily Activities To Enjoy Your Work [Infographic]

44 Simple Daily Activities To Enjoy Your Work [Infographic] | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Here are some team building activities for work that you can do regularly, that will make your office a lot better.

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Make your world a better place for yourself.
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Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Introduce game dynamics like leveling up and earning badges into your classroom to boost student engagement.
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I am always conflicted by extrinsic motivation means like gamefication v. intrinsic means. I know token systems work for students with behavioral challenges and students with autism but I hesitate to make these the sole motivator. I do use them randomly along with genuine praise/positive feedback. 
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