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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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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 28, 2014 11:24 PM

Good Info, Thx Chris

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.

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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

In response to this question:

"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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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, July 16, 10:34 AM

Excellent questions to prompt your students' thinking about developing their growth mindset.

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Helping learners to reflect on these questions is key to placing them in learner's minds. In other words, by asking these questions, we provide opportunities for growth.

Rebecca Wilkins's curator insight, July 30, 9:39 PM

The way we eliminate student issues and move toward teaching and learning concerns is to view everyone through the lens of a growth mindset.

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

Useful article for anyone interested in Project Based Learning.

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30 Tips to Cultivate Soft Skills in Your Students

30 Tips to Cultivate Soft Skills in Your Students | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"Preparing students for successful careers is a major part of every educator's job, but most preservice and professional development programmes don't cover the skills employers are currently seeking - things like 'emergent' leadership, adaptability, humility and ownership."

Illustration above by Linda Tieu.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 2, 5:29 PM

We so often hear of the 21st century skills our learners need? Common Core tells us that learners need to be critical thinkers/problem solvers, communicators, collaborators and creators. What skills are employers looking for? More than just the four Cs.

This post by InformEd provides background based on what employers say they need as well as 30 tips to teach soft skills. Four tips (quoted) are below.

* Demonstrate alternate paths to content mastery.

* Start grading students on how well they listen to their peers.

* Assign group exercises that give people the opportunity to speak, listen, write, organize and lead.

* Design opportunities for students to build and demonstrate resilience.

There are many more tips in this post. Click through to learn more.

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4 game-based tests changing the face of assessments

4 game-based tests changing the face of assessments | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Educational games are offering teachers new tools for monitoring student learning.
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These could be useful for anyone. These are life skills that certain students stumble over. Now we have a fun way to help them with out lectures… problem solving, negative feedback, ratios, and stress responses.

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Encouraging Metacognition for Learning

Encouraging Metacognition for Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

A critical component of learning is the ability to reflect on one’s
learning and the processes that occur while we are engaged in learning. If we are to develop independent, empowered learners then we need to build the skills required for metacognition both directly through the provision of suitable strategies and indirectly via the modeling of effective learning that we provide.


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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 22, 1:36 PM

The "Ladder of Feedback" alone is worth the look.

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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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Margarita Parra's curator insight, October 3, 2014 10:03 AM

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

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12 Rules Of Great Teaching -

12 Rules Of Great Teaching - | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching. Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. Questions matter more than answers."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 15, 6:10 AM

If you were to put together 12 rules that make a teacher a great teacher what would they include? Sit back and think about that, and then look at this post by Terry Heick, where he shares the rules he has come up with as well as the reasons for the rule. A few are listed above, and three more are below.

* Start small.

* In learning, curiosity is everything.

* Help students ask great questions.

Click through to the post to read through all his rules and find a bonus of three additional rules that you may want to add. You will also find links for resources for three of the rules.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, May 15, 9:07 AM

Speaking as someone new to teaching, there's an awful lot to consider. In a nutshell, be knowledgeable about your subject, be flexible, be up on technology, learning styles, and put students first.

Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 1, 11:52 AM

If you were to put together 12 rules that make a teacher a great teacher what would they include? Sit back and think about that, and then look at this post by Terry Heick, where he shares the rules he has come up with as well as the reasons for the rule. A few are listed above, and three more are below.

* Start small.

* In learning, curiosity is everything.

* Help students ask great questions.

Click through to the post to read through all his rules and find a bonus of three additional rules that you may want to add. You will also find links for resources for three of the rules.

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8 Things to Look For in Today's Classroom

8 Things to Look For in Today's Classroom | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really want to see in today's classroom.  I really believe that classro...

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Simon Awuyo's curator insight, May 24, 3:16 AM

I will look for them. i am on my way to give  support supervision to my student teachers. 

TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 25, 7:55 PM

Good insight and suggestions to achieve this

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, June 25, 2:36 AM

Clear and easy to understand!

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Using SAMR to Teach Above the Line - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - 1:1 program, Apple, edchat, EdTech, SAMR, technology

Using SAMR to Teach Above the Line - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - 1:1 program, Apple, edchat, EdTech, SAMR, technology | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
The SAMR model is a useful tool for helping teachers think about their own tech use as they begin to make small shifts in the design and implementation of technology driven learning experiences to achieve the next level.
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