Recently, I read some tweets from a high school teacher. In it she shared her lack of faith that engagement and choice were important in the classroom. That discussing classic literature was more important than choice reading, even if students weren’t engaged. Then, I read an article in The Atlantic that implied that motivation really doesn’t lead to gains in the classroom.
During research-heavy projects, my middle school students typically have great flexibility in topic choice, some flexibility in product, and a little bit of flexibility in project pacing. Great for workshop . . . and tough for a teacher who’s admittedly scattered. Ramped-up Common Core research requirements are added layers of challenge.
Create and play quizzes, discussions or even surveys (which we call Kahoots) using any device with a web browser… including a laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone or PC and more
wo months ago, Jordyn Marie was born. Nothing can match the joy of having a child, unless it is the birth of a grandchild. If you ask me, she is pretty darn perfect, and as a devoted Nee’Nee’ (my name for grandma) I would like to keep her that way. I would like to make her life, most especially her school career, as smooth as possible. Therefore, I have compiled a list for the future math teachers who will be tasked with ensuring Jordyn’s math understanding. Here are the top 10 things that her teachers need to make sure they are doing by 2018:
The typical image of math and science teachers is something of a boring, humorless bookworm. But as it turns out, the best American teachers in these fields use creative outlets to spice up their teaching.
Two creative teachers at Appomattox Christian Acadmey are taking on an innovative approach to teaching their students math, science, engineering, art and technology skills. They call it STEAM and they're using the concept of designing and building a piano from scratch. A project that no other class in the country is pulling off, according to teacher Mark Perry. "I think we are the only one doing something like this and that includes colleges."
Project-based learning has become a hot topic as educators look for ways to effectively get students solving problems, working collaboratively and producing evidence of their learning. But as educators turn to this long-standing pedagogy for content delivery, it’s easy to forget to build up the learning skills and dispositions that make the approach successful.
Last school year as I experimented with the flipped classroom for the first time, I was impressed with the way that my students were able to review material at home and follow my pre-recorded process instructions at their own pace.
I want students to know how to find theme in any fiction they are reading, and to be aware of the critical devices authors use to tell their story and to give their message. I have found that if I break this down for students, they can begin to formulate a list of several things to look for after a short lesson cycle on theme. My goal is for them to be able to transfer each of these things to any text they read in the future, as they are all very universal.
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan have collected many texts for teaching perseverance on a Pinterest board. This is a popular topic now for schools and classrooms promoting a growth mindset:
A great video on teaching theme.
Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female. Ludovic has an active imagination, but is bullied by both adults and other kids who are unnerved by his desire to wear dresses and play with dolls. The film challenged my students to broaden their understanding of gender and identity and led to a discussion about ways in which our imaginations are limited when we are forced to be who we are not. It also reminded me of other examples in which character is forced to choose an identity, such as the movie Divergent, based on the popular trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth.
Use metaphorical thinking to kindle students' creativity. Pair a process with a metaphor—how writing is like a bicycle, for example—then ask students to reflect and tease out the metaphor. "Metaphorical Thinking" from Mind Tools outlines how:
Merryman and Bronson's article "The Creativity Crisis" features an "out-of-the-box" creative drawing gallery. Replicate the exercise by giving students several boxes on a page and time to draw. (5‑7 minutes works.) Connect students' work to the gallery and talk about what it means to think outside the box:
In both courses, students are given a structured, pre-class activity that gets them familiar with the lesson's basic concepts, so when they arrive in his class, "they're ready to work at a higher level," he said. That's the essence of the flipped class model: Students learn the basics on their own, outside of class, so class time can be devoted to a deeper exploration of the content.<br /><br />
Resistance to change is a natural human tendency. We get comfortable with our routines, and it's hard to muster the energy to change something when we don't feel the urgency or need.
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Few sources available today offer writing teachers such succinct, practice-based help—which is one reason why 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing was the winner of the Association of Education Publishers 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Materials.