Planning for Engagement: 6 Strategies for the Year | Edutopia

Planning for Engagement: 6 Strategies for the Year | Edutopia. This is part of the Student Engagement series. I really like some of the tips. The “Authentic Learning” is a really good one, I think this one is easy in Science. I do want to improve on “Presentation and Performance”.  I do a good deal of whiteboarding so this might fit. Now to improve on it.

Some of My Favorite Historical Fiction Books Right Now

Some of My Favorite Historical Fiction Books Right Now. Thanks to Pernille Ripp, there are some good suggestions.

5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team | Edutopia

5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team | Edutopia. Some insightful points about team, collaboration and teaching. I think this might be helpful for those of us who are in some really difficult teaching situations. Colleagues are just as important to your teaching, as students.

Gecko Feet Teach NASA How To Stick To Space Objects | Video

Gecko Feet Teach NASA How To Stick To Space Objects | Video. This is really a great example of using nature to help us develop technology.

I’m Fantastic! How are you?

I’m Fantastic! How are you?. This sounds really great, and I think its correct. Sometimes we forget that by saying something all day long we can actually believe it! So I’m Fantastic and ready for the new school year. (Thanks to Flipping with Kirch for sharing this)

Motivating the Unmotivated | Edutopia

Motivating the Unmotivated | Edutopia. I can see how the lack of motivation can create problems in classroom. The article states Unmotivated students are unlikely to embrace classroom learning or participate in tutoring, homework help, or traditional mentoring programs.”  This is can be true even on the high school level.  Usually I will commit myself to improving the learning experience for each of these students. One way is to find something they can become interested in whether it be a project or just an experiment. I’m implementing the 20% project this year so hopefully this could help older students. I do believe mentoring  does work in these situations with younger students. At our high school (Cardinal Gibbons) we have many of our students mentoring younger students. Our sports camps during the summer have a good number of our students participating. They become the camp leaders and mentor the younger players. In Robotics we do a good deal of outreach and this will include mentoring of younger students. I believe its a two way street, older students gain as much as younger students. 

Classroom Warm-Up Routine: Math Class Warm-Up

Classroom Warm-Up Routine: Math Class Warm-Up. Thanks to Ms. Melcher for this great tool for my toolbox. It really is something I will probably use. I’m getting frustrated by sometimes by Kahoot and Socrative when working on certain topics. I liked this warmup for class especially when going over problems. Great way to start a class.

These 3D Printable Tools Help You Understand Infill Percentages, Number of Shells and More – 3DPrint.com

These 3D Printable Tools Help You Understand Infill Percentages, Number of Shells and More – 3DPrint.com. This looks like it could really be a big help in teaching some of the concepts behind 3-D printing thanks to Duncan Smith for coming up with this.

3 Dangers Society Faces From 3D Printing – 3DPrint.com

3 Dangers Society Faces From 3D Printing – 3DPrint.com. You know I love 3D printing, our Robotics Team has used it a great deal to create parts for our Robot. Students have also created some awesome items for me during Earth Day Celebration and other events. But I do also know that when a new technology becomes available there will be some pitfalls. Thing is we need to start thinking about these now. This might be a good lesson for students, they are the future. Great good/bad lesson on technology.

July 2015: HOTS for Bloom’s, part 1 | Discovery Education

July 2015: HOTS for Bloom’s, part 1 | Discovery Education. I definitely like the “Strategies for enhancing higher order thinking”. Kathy Schrock does a good job in mapping out the cognitive processes in Bloom’s Taxonomy. Her “Cogs of the Cognitive Processes” really simplifies the whole the picture. And the “Verbs” table does a good job of giving examples of each level. The blog post mentions Discovery’s S.O.S resources and promises to have a part 2 of the series. I’ll be looking forward to reading future posts.

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