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You are What you Read
As most know by now, the Common Core has put an emphasis on reading nonfiction texts– but why is this? In a study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, students were reading less than 4 minutes of nonfiction per day, compared to about 25 minutes of fiction. While it’s great that students are reading, researchers are now seeing that it’s not only how much they read, but also what they are reading that counts.
More specifically, students need to be reading and comprehending more informational texts as …
It takes courage to be creative. — E. Paul Torrance
E. Paul Torrence, known as the “Father of Creativity,” spent the bulk of his life researching how to quantify creativity. Throughout his studies, he found that the levels of creativity can be increased through practice, and believed that creative thinking can be taught even to those who seem to be “non-thinkers.”
Did you know that 82% of students wish they had more exposure to creative thinking in the classroom (source)? While most educators don’t focus solely on teaching creativity to their students, …
You’ve heard it before: “studies show that children whose parents are involved in their education, do better in school”.
So I wanted to share this exciting news with you. Last week at Education Nation, Pearson, in collaboration with NBC News, launched an easy-to-use Parent Toolkit now available online, and soon to be available as an app.
The Toolkit serves as an engaging resource that helps parents navigate the new higher standards rolling out in schools so they can actively guide their child throughout their education. Using the toolkit, whether at home, work, or on-the-go, parents can:
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Have you ever been told you have a “photographic memory”? For example, I couldn’t tell you the driving directions to my grandma’s house, but I can recall visual cues of how to get there, “turn left at the yellow house, right at the Startbucks, etc.” Well it turns out that this is actually called an eidetic memory, and this ability to recall images is actually strongest when we are children.
Visuals are critical to learning, which is why so many visual tools and applications are used while teaching. Visuals can do …
Change. A word that is all-too familiar in the education world, and more specifically, with the process of the Common Core and new assessments. I briefly talk about this change in one of my previous posts about the Common Core Standards.
For most educators, this shift to Next Generation Assessments is right around the corner (2014-2015), which ultimately means that educators must change their instruction to align with them.
Here are some resources I gathered on Pinterest to help educators make this transition more fluid:
Prezi by Cory Robertson- This Prezi presentation takes …
I’ll be first to admit that I love to Google (I can use Google as a verb, right?). I love that I can get instant gratification for my curiosity– “Is it possible to make food with a 3D printer?” (Yes–printed steak!) or “Is there really an island of trash in the Pacific?” (The debate continues.)
While search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo are great to use, sometimes these sites can make it very difficult for students to determine a good, quality source from a not-so-good source. This is why …
So, I recently had my first bully experience as a parent. I always thought I knew how I would react if this happened to my child–but I never expected the situation to be so complex or for it to start happening so young. Unfortunately, I’ll bet many of you can relate; reports show that around 15 to 25 percent of students are affected by bullying in the United States. If you think about it, that is about one out of every four to six students. Not only is it common, …
I tend to have some of my best brainstorming sessions while I travel, and it just so happens that I went jet-setting a couple weeks ago. While on the airplane, I began to brainstorm about which tool I would like to highlight next in my Technology Tools Series.
It wasn’t until I landed and sat in a taxi that I finally realized–I want to highlight QR code generators! This “ah-ha” moment was inspired by a two-dimensional barcode sticker, known as a QR code, on the taxi’s window. I quickly whipped out …
The new school year is almost here (or already here for some of you)! As you figuratively dust off your curriculum and clear the cobwebs, take some time to reflect on ways you would like to be a better teacher.
Here are 5 powerful self-assessment questions to ask yourself as you start the new year-
How did you feel about your performance last year? (Go easy on this one. We are often our worst critics.) Take a look at how you felt last year. Did you encourage creativity? Were you true to …
Today’s Technology Tool highlight is focused around narrated slideshows and screencasts. I chose to spotlight these tools not only because they are great to share and model in the classroom, but because there is something about using recorded sound that completely captures the attention of students. By using them, educators can make their lesson plans compelling and memorable.
Narrated screencasts and slideshows are very similar to one another; the biggest difference between the two is that a narrated screencast is a digital recording of a computer screen, while a narrated slideshow …