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Rewire Your Brain for Positivity and Happiness Using the Tetris Effect

Rewire Your Brain for Positivity and Happiness Using the Tetris Effect | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

Ever go through a phase where you feel like every day is a Monday? You wake up, you hit snooze. Then you hit snooze again and you just don't feel it? Why? In one study, people who did a "three good things" exercise for a week felt happier and less depressed after one month. The study then did the three-month and six-month follow-ups. Not surprisingly, the happiest participants were the ones who had continued the practice throughout.

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This is great information for those of us who struggle with staying positive and retraining our brains from negative patterns of thinking learned in childhood to where we want to be today. Rather than just say, "Think positive!" This article shares one way HOW and explains WHY it will work with scientific research.

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The Kinesthetic Classroom featuring Stacey Shoecraft

The Kinesthetic Classroom featuring Stacey Shoecraft | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Meet featured Wonder Teacher, Stacey Shoecraft! Stacey is a fantastic and energetic 5th grade teacher, and she is passionate about providing her students with kinesthetic learning experiences. I in...
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I would LOVE to visit this classroom! 

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Collaboration & Problem Solving

Collaboration & Problem Solving | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
The activities I love best in the classroom are problem solving activities.  Adding collaboration to these activities enhances the learning process.  My students (3rd graders) had the opportunity t...
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Teach Proper Grammar Use In ANY Subject Area

Teach Proper Grammar Use In ANY Subject Area | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

Susan Fitzell, Taking teaching up a level : www.susanfitzell.com

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Teach Proper Grammar Use In ANY Subject Area  Combining two researched, brain-based, memory strategies; the use of color and the story of a snapshot device, this poster provide teachers with a unique and proven memory tool.

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How To Maximize Precious Class Time!

How To Maximize Precious Class Time! | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

Susan Fitzell www.susanfitzell.com

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As I travel around the country working with educators, many teachers want to know how to manage time in their classrooms so that they can both differentiate and meet their curriculum requirements. I know how to maximize
precious class time!   The answer to these issues is Chunking - Dividing lessons into manageable, dedicated, chunks of time. 
Classroom-proven time management strategies!
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Why Bullying Is So Expensive

Why Bullying Is So Expensive | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
We all know bullying is emotionally and physically damaging, but did you know that bullying can cost society billions of dollars?
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Expensive financially & emotionally... and society as a whole still looks the other way for the most part. Bullying in the workplace appears to be an increasing problem. 

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Is It an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) or ADHD?

Is It an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) or ADHD? | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Does your child struggle to block out background noise, follow conversations or pronounce words correctly? She may have an auditory processing disorder.
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I've personal experience this "mix up" with someone I know very well. In the second grade, what teachers believed was ADHD, was actually Central Auditory Processing Disorder. Sometimes, we need to look deeper. Google "disorders that mimic ADHD" and see how many things do mimic ADHD. There are many. 

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Treating Infants for Autism May Eliminate Symptoms - NBC News

Treating Infants for Autism May Eliminate Symptoms - NBC News | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Here’s how you might be able to turn autism around in a baby: Carefully watch her cues, and push just a little harder with that game of peek-a-boo or “This l...

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Dr. Pat McGuire's curator insight, September 9, 11:22 PM

This is a very exciting report.  It backs up what some others have noticed about needing to really ramp up your interactions with your baby to make sure that social emotional skills develop.

 

Now we need our healthcare providers to put more emphasis on counseling parents about playing with their young children and not just let them sit in baby seats.  As a society we have become very engrossed with technology, to the point of being oblivious and/or irritated by intrusions from the environment.  Let's put the technology aside and play games with our children.

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New study suggests treatment possibility for autism

New study suggests treatment possibility for autism | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
People with autism have too many synapses -- the connectors by which brain cells send and receive signals -- according to a new study that may point to a treatment for the complex disorder. Researchers at New York's University of Columbia were able to re-establish the brain's "pruning mechanism" in mice genetically modified to simulate autism. To do it, they used a drug called rapamycin to block a protein, mTOR, which in autistic patients goes hyperactive and blocks the brain's natural ability to cull synapses. "We were able to treat the mice after the disease had appeared," said Columbia University neurobiologist David Sulzer, lead author of the study.
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Autism: This is wonderfully hopeful research news!

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5 Questions to Ask About High School Laptop, Tablet Initiatives - US News

5 Questions to Ask About High School Laptop, Tablet Initiatives - US News | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Ask if your teen’s school has detailed plans for its one-to-one program and if teachers are prepared to use devices in the classroom.
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I've been quoted! :-) Teachers should be trained in advance not just on how to operate the device, but how to use it to enhance their instruction, says Susan Fitzell, a former special education teacher and author of "Using iPads and Other Cutting Edge Technology to Strengthen Your Instruction."

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How to Remember the Sequence of Events, Cycles in Science, or Timeline in History! -

How to Remember the Sequence of Events, Cycles in Science, or Timeline in History! - | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
How to Remember the Sequence of Events, Cycles in Science, or Timeline in History and Help Kids Who Have Trouble with Sequential Learning!
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How to Help Kids Who Have Trouble with Sequential Learning!

Rita Bowers, a teacher at Ranches Academy in Eagle Mountain Utah enjoyed the sequence strip idea that I shared so much that she agreed to tell us what she liked about it and how she intends to use it in her classroom.

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Own Learning Quickly And Easily With Student Made Learning Centers -

Own Learning Quickly And Easily With Student Made Learning Centers - | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Learning Centers - students become much more deeply engaged resulting in better comprehension and memorization.
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Student Built Learning Centers Save Teachers Time!Many teachers don’t implement stations because they can take a considerable amount of time – and creativity – to put together. By allowing students to teach each other by constructing centers for their classmates, this burden is lifted and students become much more deeply engaged with the material as they think up ideas to teach their classmates. As Becky says, “Their ideas are much better than anything I could have come up with, and they love it because they’re ‘owning’ their products.”

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Common Core State Standards: They are not a curriculum. They are standards. -

Common Core State Standards: They are not a curriculum. They are standards. - | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

Common Core: It's not a curriculum. It's a standard.  - A little rant about what the real issue is!

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Teachers/Districts/States can choose whichever or whatever curriculum they want to use to meet the standards. I’m not making a statement about whether the standards are good or bad. I’m just saying that ...

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Why Middle-School Girls Sometimes Talk Like Babies

Why Middle-School Girls Sometimes Talk Like Babies | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
And how teachers can respond
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I applaud this author's efforts. She has a voice and is using it to make a difference.  

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Authentic Learning: The Shoe Store

Authentic Learning: The Shoe Store | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Happy New Year! Let's start 2013 off with a dose of inspiration! Today I am featuring a true "Wonder Teacher," Cassie Norvell. Cassie teaches a multiage class of K, 1st, and 2nd graders at Jennie M...
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What do students learn from this project? How can it be differentiated? Does it incorporate problem solving, planning, social skills, math skills, reading? What else? 

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Stop Conflict in Its Tracks! Bullying Prevention

Stop Conflict in Its Tracks! Bullying Prevention | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

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One of the biggest issues children face when being bullied is how to respond without escalating or making themselves more of a target. This poster is the product of Susan's extensive work with young people as both a teacher and martial artist.

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Why formative? What is it? Why doesn't it work? How can we do it bett…

Evidence of the value of formative assessment for students' learning is compelling, but embedding formative assessment in programmes of study is difficult. Thi…

Via Julie Tardy, Dean J. Fusto, Ivon Prefontaine, Cindy Riley Klages
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 3, 11:35 AM

Hattie's point about feedback is important as it underscores the importance of teaching and the relational nature that exists between teaching and learning. Feedback takes into consideration the context and people involved.

 

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Help Students Ace Their Tests!

Help Students Ace Their Tests! | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

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Help Students Ace Their Tests!   Part of teaching our students how to learn includes teaching them how to test. This poster illustrates how to handle testing situations intelligently and how to "guess" most effectively, when necessary. 
Research-based, proven test strategies for your classroom. 
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How To Use Path, The Anti-Social Network, In The Classroom | Edudemic

How To Use Path, The Anti-Social Network, In The Classroom | Edudemic | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s yet another social network on the block. It just launched today but is hoping to turn the social networking world on its head. It’s called Path and is being dubbed a ‘personal network’ rather than a ‘social network.’ The biggest difference between Path and networks like Facebook or Twitter? You’re …
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The Doctor Game: Children’s vision problems mimic ADHD

The Doctor Game: Children’s vision problems mimic ADHD | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Memories of my aged mother complaining that she could see two images of the same person on the TV screen makes me wonder what causes double vision? And, I wonder, how many children are being . . .
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How many children are misdiagnosed with ADHD when the issue is really something else? 

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No Excuses for Lack of Reasonable Accommodations in Mainstream Schools | Think Inclusive

No Excuses for Lack of Reasonable Accommodations in Mainstream Schools | Think Inclusive | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Emily Ladau explains why there is no excuse for school districts to not provide reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.

Via Dr. Pat McGuire
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"When it comes to following the law and providing reasonable accommodations to ensure access and inclusion, there are simply no excuses for making excuses." Well said. 

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School has been in session for only a couple of weeks here in Iowa and already I have heard from close to a dozen parents that their child's school is saying that "They can't provide accommodations for this child because....."

 

Please share this blog post with other families and schools to help us put into perspective the needs of the child/student who is trying to do his job of being a successful student.

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YouTube Video Converter and Download

YouTube Video Converter and Download | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Clip Converter is a free online media conversion application, which allows you to convert and download YouTube URLs to formats like MP3,MP4,AAC,3GP...
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Excellent tool for converting video to use in your classroom

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9 Apps and Resources to Learn American Sign Language

9 Apps and Resources to Learn American Sign Language | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Learning to sign is easier than ever, thanks to the Internet.
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I can't imagine the difference it would make for children and adults who struggle to communicate -- if we all knew sign language. And, imagine if sign language crossed language barriers!

 

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10 Expert Tips to Accelerate Learning With Station Teaching -

10 Expert Tips to Accelerate Learning With Station Teaching - | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
10 Expert Tips Accelerate Learning in Your Classroom With Station Teaching
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hile using station teaching or acceleration centers as an approach to co-teaching is often very successful for both teachers and students, it is important to use this approach correctly.  To help those co-teachers already using, or thinking about implementing, an acceleration center approach in their classroom, here are:

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Strategies to Assist Recall and Recognition for Testing

Strategies to Assist Recall and Recognition for Testing | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

Strategies to Assist Recall and Recognition for Testing - 

This article is full of tips and strategies to help your students prepare and succeed on standardized tests!

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Practical, research-based, effective tips for test success!

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Every kid needs a champion - Rita Pierson -

Every kid needs a champion - Rita Pierson - | Teaching & Education in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Rita Pierson - Every Kid Needs a Champion
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Fabulous! Simply fabulous. Are you an educator? This will lift you up! This woman speaks to my heart. I’m so grateful that someone posted this today so that I might start my day feeling deep to my core why ...

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