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The Role of PBL in Making the Shift to Common Core

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Editor's note: John Larmer, Editor in Chief at the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), contributed to this post.

The Common Core has embedded within it some Big Ideas that shift the role of teachers
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I wanted to learn more about the two new concepts we learned in EDCI280: common core and project based learning. This article combines both!

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A Classroom Canvas that Encourages Community

A Classroom Canvas that Encourages Community | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
The smell of permanent marker is in the air; books are piled neatly on each desk; brand new posters and charts hang peacefully on the walls; pencils are sharpened to needle-like perfection. And in th
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After the discussion in the 280 seminar about classroom walls, I had wondered how to balance displays about students and displays that enhance learning. This blog answered my question by blending both. What really stood out to me was how the teacher put up posters on which students could share about themselves and create opportunities for writing projects at the same time. This is an idea I would like to implement in my own classroom.

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3 rules to spark learning

3 rules to spark learning | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.
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In the seminars for EDCI 280, we talked about making learners the center of education. This video emphasizes this concept by advocating student inquiry as the basis of lessons instead of lectures by the teacher, and it has convinced me that it is vital in order to engage student curiosity

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Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
Every Monday, my seventh grade English teacher would have us copy a list of 25 words she'd written on the board. We'd then look up the dictionary definitions and copy those down. For homework, we'd re
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From my experiences as a student, and my observations of other learners, I have come to believe that reading comprehension is the key to academic success. If a student can understand instructions, he or she is a huge step closer to completing an assignment. Good reading comprehension empowers a student by putting the tools of learning in his or her hands. This article gives great tips on how to build a student's vocabulary, which is the first step towards comprehension. 

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Developing Relationships with Difficult Students

Developing Relationships with Difficult Students | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
As Mary watched Ashleigh get off the bus, she knew it was going to be “that kind” of day. Ashleigh was mad and yelling in the faces of the other children. Mary watched her push her way through the hallway, mumbling loudly about how unfair and wrong the principal was. And this was only the first week of school.
Ashleigh was a little large for a typical fifth grader, with an attitude that matched the size of a sumo wrestler. Mary had encountered many students like Ashleigh in her ...
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As a future teacher, I think it is really important for me to learn how to establish positive, trustful relationships with my students, as that is the first step to creating a healthy classroom environment. This article offers four strategies that can help teachers reach out to even the most difficult students.

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TEDxEnola - Dr. Jason Conway - Classroom Environment: It's not about YOU, It's about THEM - YouTube

http://www.ted.com TEDTalks shares the best ideas from the TED Conference with the world, for free: trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons a...
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The classroom should be a place where students feel safe and valued. As teachers, we need to establish such an environment, where every student is noticed and heard. This video directs attention to this problem and offers tips for creating a healthy environment in the classroom.

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Heather Wolpert-Gawron » Middle School Nuts and Bolts: Start of the Year Routine and Handouts

Heather Wolpert-Gawron » Middle School Nuts and Bolts: Start of the Year Routine and Handouts | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
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After observing my classroom for its routines, I questioned whether middle schoolers need routines as much as elementary age kids. This article answered my question by stating that middle school children are very inconsistent and depend on classroom routine. I especially like this article because it links classroom routine to establishing connections with students. 

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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention

5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
If we hope to construct enduring understanding in our students, it's critical that, now more than ever, we know their strengths and interests. By incorporating students' strengths and weakness into a
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In my field experience, I tutored many kids in math, and I noticed that their reason for learning was so  that they could give a quiz or test afterwards. This bothered me, because I knew that they would forget the material immediately afterwards. This article finds a solution to this problem, by suggesting ways that assessments can be authentic and encourage learning material in greater depth.. I hope to use these techniques in my classroom, rather than the traditional multiple choice test.

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Connecting with Students on the Fringes

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Recognizing the Disconnect

Anyone who has worked with young people knows the student I am thinking of right now. When greeted, he (or she) keeps his eyes on the floor while mumbling a response. He ma
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In my classroom I have seen many students that don't seem to care about what's going on around them at all. After reading this article, I realized that as a teacher, it will be my responsibility to make sure that I am doing my best to engage such students, from restructuring my lessons to just saying hello in the hallways.

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Social and Emotional Techniques That Help Students Focus on Academic Progress

Social and Emotional Techniques That Help Students Focus on Academic Progress | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
SchoolMount Desert Elementary School
LocationNortheast Harbor, Maine
School TypeRural, public
Target AudienceGrades K-8






















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My classroom observations caused me to wonder if teachers could fulfill their students' emotional needs while still staying focused on academic achievement. This video, which portrays a variety of ways a teacher uses social and emotional techniques to improve academic progress, dispelled my doubts.

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Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix

Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
“People are almost in this Matrix-like existence,” says education thought-leader Steve Hargadon. “They don’t question schooling. How do you tell a story that opens the door to rethinking what people have believed for decades? So much in their lives depends on that story being what they think it is. How do you tell a new story that involves people reclaiming their destinies, children not being defective, and learning not being owned by one organization?”
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Effective teaching and effective learning takes place when the participants are allowed to think outside the box. It involves choice and individualized instruction. This article talks about the need to tailor education so it fits the needs of every student.

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