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Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness in Schools

Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness in Schools | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
In my last post I suggested that equitable schools are those that contribute to happiness in children. Now I'd like to offer some suggestions for actions that school leaders and teachers can take in o
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I found this article had a lot of great tips for creating a realistic yet welcoming environment for all students. There are small things we can do as teachers to make a big difference in the life of a student. One tip I connected with was playing music in the classroom. Music makes people happy and can "boost our immune system....and lower anxiety."  I like this part because I believe in lowering stress as much as possible. THere are shy students who don't speak up or are afraid to share their ideas due to high levels of anxiety. But if playing music  could help at least one student open up a little bit more, I feel that these changes are worth a try. 

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Cooperative Learning

Video designed by student to describe the research regarding cooperative learning. Asks the question, "Is it best for all students?

Via Sarantis Chelmis
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This video is great for providing educator with information about cooperative learning. There is support from studies that show an increase in collaborative and communication skills when using cooperative learning. 

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Project Based Learning: Explained. - YouTube

The Buck Institute for Education commissioned the cutting-edge advertising agency, Common Craft, to create a short animated video that explains in clear lang...
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great introduction and explanation of PBL. I found this video to be relatable and useful!
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Sesame Street Helps Build Child Resilience | DoDLive

Sesame Street Workshop's “Little Children, Big Challenges” family guide. (U.S. Defense Department screen shot by Erin Wittkop/Released). Coping with the rigors of military life is challenging for anyone but it can be ...
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Shows like Sesame Street help to create and education resilient students from diverse backgrounds such as a military family. 

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Can Online Classes replace a Classroom Environment?

Can Online Classes replace a Classroom Environment? | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
We are now a part of a society that is technology driven. Prior to the internet revolution, it was believed that knowledge can only be acquired if one attends classroom classes. Do you think the...
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This article talks about the effectiveness of technology in the classroom. It provides us with the benefits technology has on students such as giving them free space to learn on their own time and in their own way.

Although it may not fully answer the essential question, it gives us educators a place to start when thinking about technology and its use in the classroom environment. There is so much to look forward to as teachers who will be working in a more technologically advanced setting. 

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The DNA of Learning: Teens Tackle Animal Poaching Through Genetics - YouTube

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Eleventh-grade biotechnology students use DNA barcoding to help save endangered African wildlife. See what else they're doing: http://www.edutopia.org/collab...

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I liked this video because its a great example of how students are able to connect with and help solve issues from around the world. Like one students said the topic is "relative" to real problems that are happening and they can take action to find a solution. I also thought it was helpful that the teacher was so skilled and an expert in his field. 

The students clearly showed great interest in the fight against poachers and seemed to be fully engaged in the project. The students who were interviewed also knew exactly what the purpose of their work was which influences their motivation. 

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“The DNA of Learning: Teens Tackle Animal Poaching Through Genetics” is a video that shows an example of Project-Based Learning with 11th grade students.  With these teaching strategies, students not only are involved and motivated in what they are learning, but they also have opportunities to use that knowledge in solving problems around the world.  These are the types of activities I would love to implement in my classroom, which are meaningful and engaging activities that deal with real life issues.

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Schools set for changes - Martinsville Bulletin

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Martinsville schools Superintendent Pam Heath said Friday she never has been as excited to start a school year because of changes planned in how city students will be taught.
There is “an extra sense of excitement and energy; eyes light up; and there are ‘a-ha’ moments,” Heath said during the city schools’ convocation — a back-to-school gathering for employees.
Changes in education in Martinsville and beyond were the event’s focus.
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This article provies some information about how educational systems should be educating students to become connected with the world.

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Leadership in Global Education « International Education Washington

Leadership in Global Education « International Education Washington: I attended the Global Competence in Educati...

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I agree that global education is the key to future success.

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