Developing expertise in a Problem Centered Classroom brings together the expertise of mathematics education leaders such as John Van de Walle, Mary K. Stein, and Phil Daro to discover and examine the teaching and learning benefits of focusing on a central challenging problem or set of problems within a classroom lesson. Problem based lessons must be taught in a risk-taking supportive environment which challenges students to apply their mathematical understandings in a variety of situations. - www.TeachnKidsLearn.com
Here is a great educational tool we came across today as we were working on the list of social studies websites for elementary students. Reading a Map is an interactive web tool provided by the National Park Service that helps students develop their reading map skills. Students get to learn how to read different data on the map, identify major types of maps and navigate their ways through the typography of a map.
What it is: Monster Math is an app that helps build kids mental math skills through a fun game. When students begin their journey in Monster Math, they are introduced to monster Maxx who is working to save his friend Dextra. What makes Monster Math different from most math practice apps, is the narrative and journey that they go on that keeps them wanting to play.
Powerful project-based learning experiences can be through ten strategies that includes the opportunity to create something of value, beauty and importance for the world can be captivating. Student engagement is vital for motivation, persistence, and deeper learning. In this blog we highlight strategies from leading educators, schools and districts.
In terms of raising standards against national benchmarks for student achievement, the roll out of this learning model on a new 30 credit module this year certainly raised the bar, with over 66% of students achieving a 2.1 or above. Importantly, they have had an opportunity to gain hard and soft competences which Biggs (2011) defines as “Functioning Knowledge” i.e.
After years of steady decline, the number of school-age students covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has swung upward since the 2011-12 school year, an Education Week analysis shows.
Two Children Outside I am a first grade teacher who has taught for twenty years. When I look at my students and see how much the first grade classroom has changed over time, it is hard for me to imagine what jobs will be out there for them in 15 years.
In March, SmartBrief on Education will highlight clips from its STEM Pathways Panel Series. To stay tuned for more events like this one, check out the SmartBrief Education Events page.
The Department of Education last week issued the call for high-school teachers and students to design and submit blueprints for makerspaces that support the development of 21st-century career skills. With $200,000 in cash and other prizes up for grabs, schools are encouraged to envision spaces that can transform existing school facilities into an environment where students can create and innovate.
It’s fairly simple to get kids talking (and writing) about math strategies during whole-class strategizing sessions, small group modeling, and one-on-one practice. We as teachers just memorize the leading questions (How do you know? Can you prove your answer? What’s another way to solve?) and we have lots of go-to phrases that help us push…
Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.
Teach n' Kids Learn's insight:
This presentation is refreshing and insightful in its support for the teaching of the Arts and Science. - STEAM not just STEM
While switching from a traditional approach to teaching mathematics to a problem centered approach may cause many teachers to step outside of their own comfort zone the benefits that students receive from learning in this environment are well worth the discomfort that may be felt during the transition period.
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