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A Project-Based Learning Activity That Can Work in Any Classroom

fIn our last post, we dove into a three-step system to get students to do the talking. Getting them to open up and do the majority of talking (and learning) is not as easy as

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I’ve always had problems scaffolding my projects. There are some great hints in this article to help you do just that. I’m already thinking at the end of the year we could do PSA on local environmental issues. Maybe connect to health issues. Thanks to A.J. Juliani for all the great ideas.

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Five Ways to Boost Student Engagement with Flow Theory – John Spencer

If we want students to develop a maker mindset, we need to empower them to hit a state of creative flow. Flow Theory explains what happens when we hit that place of “optimal experience,” where

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I never hear of Flow theory and now I know. It’s interesting and new at the same time, to me any way. I do the Genius Hour project and might try some of the suggestions made in the post. Also the author John Spencer shares a ton of resources.

Excuse Me While I “Just” Go Innovate

This is really an awesome post and I would highly recommend it to teachers who are being pressured right now to be “innovative”. I think Ms. Ripp does a good job in arguing how teachers are already innovative in their classroom.

It has been building for a while.  This idea that teachers need to “just” innovate more.  That we need to break the system, try a new idea every day.  That we need to just do more.  Just do it better.  Just be more.

But that little word “just” has such a huge implication.

It tells me that what I am doing is not already innovative.

That what I am doing is not enough.

That I am not good enough, nor enough for the very kids I teach.

That if I only would “just” be a better teacher then perhaps all kids would run into my classroom with a smile on their face and beg me not to send them home.

But I teach real live children who have friendships, and emotions, and families, and lives to live and so no, I don’t get offended when they don’t run into my classroom…

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Schlechty’s Levels of Engagement

Pretty good video about student engagement. Definitely describes all students.

7 Must Have Apps, Tools, and Resources That Develop Critical Thinking Skills – The Tech Edvocate

Gone are the days where children were expected to memorize facts and recite them at any given time. Instead, it is hoped that children will develop critical thinking skills so that they can analyze situations, think about different outcomes, and present well-reasoned conclusions. To help children develop critical thinking skills, there are some apps, tools, and resources. Here is a list of the top seven. Guess the Code While this app is presented as a game, it is actually a great way for children to look at patterns and sequences, and try to figure them out. The app generates different […]

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If We Have to Give Kids Grades, Let’s Let Them Argue Their Merit.

I sensed the anticipation as soon as I entered the classroom. Groups of students were huddled together flipping through notes and documentation. A few were going back and forth about what they were going to

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Interesting take on grades. Good points made about Teachers letting their students do this. The idea I know is not new I’ve heard of various ways to do this. I have not done this, but it might be a good idea to try it.

 

Helping Students Learn Project Management – John Spencer

If we want students to think like artists, entrepreneurs, and engineers, they need the chance to design real projects. But this also requires students to learn how to engage in project management. Listen to the Podcast Just

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30 creative ways to use Padlet for teachers and students – BookWidgets

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Has some nice ideas for using padlet. I’ve used it before and it works great. Using it as an exit ticket I think is a great idea.

Ten Things Pixar Can Teach Us About Creativity – John Spencer

For the last two decades, Pixar has produced some of the most creative and epic films of this era. But this is the result of a culture of creative collaboration built on ideas of being

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I’ll add to this, I read the Creativity Inc.

The book really did a good job talking about Creativity. As Mr. Spencer says we are not a business, but the book and ideas in it are really good. In this podcast Mr. Spencer goes through different points and how they can help you as a Teacher. One of the main points, I think, throughout the book is collaboration and how to be honest in this collaboration. I do agree with Mr. Spencer the chapter on “Honesty and Candor” is something that is important in our class too. Peer review and criticism sometimes can be hard to accept. Teaching students this can be tough, but worth it in the end.

A definite read. I would advise listening to Mr. Spencer’s podcast then read the book, it will give you some great ideas in class.

The POWER of a Teacher’s Presence | Teachonomy

The power of your presence in the lives of others can leave a remarkable impact.  How you wield that power will determine the impact you have each day.

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