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John Evans

Cardboard Challenge Tips Part 2: More Tips and Tricks - - 1 views

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    "Cardboard challenges have been a core part of my makerspace programming for the past eight years.  I continue to be amazed year after year at the amazing ideas students come up with when given a design challenge and simple, everyday materials.  In Part 1 of this post series, I looked at some of my favorite tools to help facilitate cardboard challenges.  In this post, I focus on other tips and tricks I've learned over the years.  Here, I'll talk about: Storage ideas for wrangling all that cardboard and managing those in-progress projects Adding in recyclable materials Using Design Challenge and constraints to help spur creativity"
John Evans

Cardboard Challenge Tips Part 1: The Tools - Renovated Learning - 1 views

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    "he Cardboard Challenge remains one of my all-time favorite makerspace activities.  I love how accessible it is to students.  How enthusiastic and creative they can be with such simple materials.  I'll never forget one of my favorite makerspace moments - my students at Stewart were Skyping with another school that was looking to start a makerspace.  They asked my students what their favorite thing in our makerspace was.  The answer could have been robots, or circuits, or a 3D printer.  But their answer was: "Cardboard!  We have so much cardboard!  It's awesome!"."
John Evans

10 Things to Remember When the Going Gets Tough - 0 views

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    "It's time for a quick story about life, gratitude, and inner strength… Once upon a time there was a woman in her mid-sixties who noticed that she had lived her entire life in the same small town.  And although she had spent decades enthusiastically dreaming about traveling and seeing the world, she had never taken a single step to make this dream a reality."
John Evans

McGill Personal Finance Essentials - 2 views

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    "If you're ready to take charge of your personal finances, then you're in the right place. From budgeting to borrowing, real estate and beyond, invest a few hours in this free, online course1 and you'll gain the knowledge and confidence to make a lifetime of smart financial decisions. Taught by professors from McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, the course is open to everyone. Finish all course modules to receive a McGill Personal Finance Essentials attestation of completion2. Join us and take charge of your financial future!"
John Evans

Understanding Misinformation and How to Talk to People Who Believe It - News Literacy P... - 0 views

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    "The News Literacy Project is hosting a free webinar series Understanding Misinformation and How to Talk to People Who Believe It to foster more productive conversations free of misinformation among friends and family members and across generations - particularly during the holidays. The series is sponsored by the Fore River Foundation and is being offered in partnership with AARP's OATS/Senior Planet program. John Silva, NLP's senior director of professional learning, and Elizabeth Price, NLP's manager of professional learning, will lead the sessions. These free webinars will help participants understand what misinformation is, how people come to believe it and how to effectively and compassionately communicate and debunk those beliefs. While older adults play a critical role in sorting fact from fiction and helping others to do so, everyone can benefit from resources and support to help prevent harm from mis- and disinformation."
John Evans

Four Simple Ways School Leaders Can Increase Teacher Wellness | Education World - 1 views

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    "Over a rushed lunch period the other day, my colleague took a much-needed breather as she described a pandemic-era staff meeting. "Everyone had masks on," she said, "but their eyes were screaming. I honestly don't know how many people are going to quit before the year is up." As the conversation continued, we discussed the increasing prevalence not just of teacher retention issues, but also of less visible gratitude from those in upper-level positions. Though administrators, department heads and team leaders are doubtless thankful for all teachers do, it doesn't hurt to be a little clearer about how much we wish to support and appreciate one another through these difficult times when everyone is beyond overwhelmed. For school leaders who already have so much on their plates, here are four simple ways to increase an overall sense of wellbeing for teachers without becoming burdened with yet another "one more thing" to do."
John Evans

REIMAGINING EDUCATION THROUGH A CAREER DEVELOPMENT LENS - 0 views

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    " Failure to graduate life-ready students is a societal issue, and it impacts all of us. The solution is a re-imagined education system that produces graduates who step confidently and purposefully from high school to post-secondary studies, employment, and other life roles. To achieve this, schools must not only be for students, but about them, and by them, guided by liberated teachers and administrators."
John Evans

Unite for Literacy library - 0 views

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    Unite for Literacy provides free digital access to picture books, narrated in many languages. Literacy is at the core of a healthy community, so we unite with partners to enable all families to read with their young children.
John Evans

'Trauma Is A Lens, Not A Label': How Schools Can Support All Students - MindShift - 1 views

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    "The pandemic has raised concerns about the way stress is affecting kids. Even though the word 'trauma' is on a lot of worried adults' minds these days, information about it is wide-ranging and can leave people feeling unsure about what to do next. Trauma is a response to life-threatening events, harmful conditions or stressful environments, writes Vermont-based educator Alex Shevrin Venet in her book "Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education." As students transition back to learning in school buildings, traumas that have been hard to see during Zoom classes may become more apparent. On top of that, adjusting to new schooling structures may be another hurdle for young learners and teachers alike. Educators who want to create a nurturing school environment for returning students or hybrid learners may find solutions in trauma-informed education that uses an equity lens."
John Evans

What is digital citizenship? | The basics for teachers - FutureLearn - 0 views

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    "The world has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. The rise of the internet means that much of our lives now takes place online, and the process of digitising society only seems to be accelerating. With this rapid change comes the need to know about digital citizenship - the roles, responsibilities, and skills for navigating digital life.  In this article, we explore the essential elements of digital citizenship. We look at what it is, why it's important, and what the various aspects entail. Finally, we explore how you can teach your students about digital citizenship. "
Nigel Coutts

Maintaining a focus on concrete representations of mathematical concepts during remote ... - 3 views

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    In times when we taught face-to-face, some of these challenges would be overcome through the use of concrete materials, at least with younger students. Unfortunately, it is common for the use of concrete materials to decline as students grow older. Fortunately, this pattern, and the prejudiced beliefs on which it is founded, are today being questioned.
John Evans

087: Hexagonal Thinking in ELA, The Ultimate Guide - Spark Creativity - 1 views

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    "Hexagonal thinking is a rich new way to inspire discussion. Now, if you're like me, high school geometry was about as appealing as high school cafeteria beef stroganoff, and you're not too sure about this whole math-English crossover thing. Don't give up! Hexagonal thinking is a really unique way to get kids thinking about connections they might never otherwise make. When you give kids a series of ideas on hexagons, and ask them to connect the cards into a web with clear reasons for each connection, you get them thinking critically, debating, giving evidence, and basically, lighting up a whole bunch of parts of their brains. Each card could connect to six others, or just to one or two. Every person in every group will have a different concept of how things could connect. There will be no right answer."
John Evans

Start the Year with Hexagonal Identity One-Pagers - Spark Creativity - 1 views

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    "When it comes to the first day of school, what you want is a rock solid activity you can enjoy from the background. Or is that just me? There's enough stress around that first day already, no need to stand in the spotlight trying to hold everyone's attention for forty-five minutes. So today I have a quick and fun activity for you (apologies for the lack of a podcast this week, I've been really sick all week, so we're going short and sweet today!). Why not try hexagonal identity one-pagers? While I still love the name tent one-pagers I've always pushed for on day one, you can do a fun version of them by having kids share about themselves on a hexagon shaped one-pager instead. The extension here is that they can then connect their work to the work of the rest of the class in an epic web up on the wall."
John Evans

Tons of Free Graphic Organizers, Posters, and Infographics to Use in Your Teaching | Ed... - 3 views

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    "In today's post I am sharing with you two interesting resources where you can access a wide variety of educational materials to use in your classroom including graphic organizers, infographics, posters, lesson plans, templates, and many more.  "
John Evans

There Is No Such Thing as a Reluctant Reader - John Spencer - 1 views

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    "The following are a few of the reasons students might be reluctant to read. It is by no means an exhaustive list. There are some excellent researchers and teachers who have been exploring this topic in-depth. However, I would like to focus on four different trends that I noticed as a middle school teacher and explore of a few ideas for how to address these issues."
John Evans

How to Stay Under Your 15 GB of Free Storage From Google | WIRED - 2 views

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    "If you're smart about how you use your space in the cloud, you don't have to pay extra."
John Evans

16 Ways to Own Your Professional Learning - John Spencer - 1 views

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    "This year has been a marathon for teachers. They've faced constant changes and big challenges at every turn. It's been hard to teach into the abyss of black screens and muted microphones or navigate the hybrid landscape with our attention split between students at home and in person at the same time. Or the challenge of keeping students socially distanced with the constant reminders to keep their masks on. We miss the little things like fist bumps and high fives and the smiles on students' faces when they have that "aha" moment. Teaching has been a marathon. However, at the end of this marathon, there are different levels of tired. Some people are simply exhausted. They have crossed the finish line and they are placing their hands over their head with a mix of gratitude that it's over and a sense of pride over facing a huge challenge. These teachers are worn out and need rest. Other teachers are injured. These teachers have finished the marathon but they're hurting. They have experienced is genuine injustice and it has shaken them to core. Many have faced trauma. These teachers need more than just rest. They need healing. I made this continuum for myself to think through whether I'm tired or actually injured. This isn't scientific or research-based. It's just a tool I made for myself years ago and I thought I'd share it. You can see it in the video below:"
John Evans

If Your Brain Feels Foggy And You're Tired All The Time, You're Not Alone - MindShift - 1 views

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    "The pandemic has done a number on us, in too many ways to count. Our bodies are responding with feelings of fatigue and lack of focus, experts say. Here are some tips to help you feel better."
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