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John Evans

How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn | MindShift - 2 views

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    "Everyone has a pet theory on how to improve public education: better professional development for teachers, more money, better curriculum, testing for accountability, teacher incentives, technology, streamlined bureaucracy. Policymakers have been trying these solutions for years with mixed results. But those who study the brain have their own ideas for improving how kids learn: focus on teaching kids how to learn."
John Evans

Should an iPad change the way you teach? Part 1 - Educate 1 to 1 - 0 views

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    ""You've got to know the rules to break them." Says McQueen. In my role, this means two things:

    It means that you are never asking teachers to do anything other than teach in the ways that they know work and inspire their students. You are simply giving them additional options.

    It means that you need to train up teachers to be confident with technology - if they know what they can do, then there is a choice of they do with that knowledge"
John Evans

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 7 Must-Haves for Teaching + Learning with #BYOD ... - 0 views

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    "Are you allowing students to bring their own devices to learn where you work? If so, you'll want to become familiar with these seven digital resources.  Each resource is followed by a link to more information and advice for use in the classroom. What's great about all of these tools is they can be used in environments even if students have a regular phone without browser or app capabilities.  "
John Evans

Ambitious Science Teaching - AST - 1 views

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    "Great teaching can be learned. This web site provides a vision of ambitious science instruction for elementary, middle school and high school classrooms. Ambitious teaching deliberately aims to support students of all backgrounds to deeply understand science ideas, participate in the activities of the discipline, and solve authentic problems."
John Evans

Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Spotlight on Strategies: A-E-I-O-U - 0 views

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    "On tap this week: A-E-I-O-U, a visual literacy strategy that focuses on teaching student how to interpret information related to classroom content as well as how to express their learning in multiple ways."
John Evans

Why We Need To Be Teaching Kindness To Kids In The Classroom - 0 views

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    "Some lessons are better learned earlier in life -- and kindness is no exception. That's why teachers like Kimberly Smith and Pamela Jung are beginning to teach a compassion-based curriculum in their kindergarten classrooms -- and as a result, they're finding that the lessons are helping their young students in a multitude of ways."
John Evans

Another Powerful App for Teaching Kids Coding - 0 views

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    "Pyonkee is a powerful iPad app for teaching kids and adults about coding. Pyonkee  has been developed from the open source code of the popular coding app Scratch from MIT Media lab. This means that learners can use millions of Scratch projects for reference."
John Evans

The revolution that's changing the way your child is taught | Ian Leslie | Education | ... - 2 views

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    "he video does not seem remarkable on first viewing. A title informs us that we are watching Ashley Hinton, a teacher at Vailsburg Elementary, a school in Newark, New Jersey. Hinton, a blonde woman in a colourful silk scarf, stands before a class of eight- and nine-year-old boys and girls, almost all of whom are African-American. "What might a character be feeling in a story?" she asks. She repeats the question, before engaging her pupils in a high-tempo conversation about what it is like to read a book and why authors write them, as she moves smartly around her classroom.

    On an October morning last year, I watched Doug Lemov play this video to a room full of teachers in the hall of an inner-London school. Many had brought their copy of Lemov's book, Teach Like a Champion, which in the last five years has passed through the hands of thousands of teachers and infiltrated hundreds of staffrooms. To my eyes, the video of Hinton's lesson was a glimpse into the classroom of an energetic and likable teacher, and pleasing enough. After leading a brief discussion, Lemov played it again, and then a third time."
John Evans

Teaching Art, Or Teaching To Think Like An Artist? - 1 views

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    "Be creative. Curious. Seek questions. Develop ideas. Play.

    These ideas are familiar to modern educators, as they represent a kind of polar opposite to the standardized and industrialized form learning has taken on-or is at least perceived to have taken on in the current era of accountability. It was an interesting then to see these questions lead into a broader one: Should we teach art, or teach students to think like an artist? Should we teach history, or teach students to think like an historian?"
John Evans

The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships | Edutopia - 0 views

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    "How do we teach through relationships? What does that even mean? That was my response when I began working at a school that holds teaching through relationships as a core value. Teaching through relationships posits that teachers who have knowledge about their students will be better able to teach them. It is a fundamental idea that most progressive educators have long embraced."
John Evans

We don't need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training. - ... - 0 views

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    "In business and at every level of government, we hear how important it is to graduate more students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math, as our nation's competitiveness depends on it. The Obama administration has set a goal of increasing STEM graduates by one million by 2022, and the "desperate need" for more STEM students makes regular headlines. The emphasis on bolstering STEM participation comes in tandem with bleak news about the liberal arts - bad job prospects, programs being cut, too many humanities majors.

    As a chemist, I agree that remaining competitive in the sciences is a critical issue. But as an instructor, I also think that if American STEM grads are going lead the world in innovation, then their science education cannot be divorced from the liberal arts."
John Evans

5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids | Edutopia - 0 views

  • Every teacher remembers his or her first "tough kid" experience. Maybe the student ignored your directions or laughed at your attempts to utilize the classroom discipline steps. We all have at least one story to share, and for some teachers, teaching a tough kid is a daily challenge. It seems that no matter what teaching techniques you try to pull out of your educator hat, nothing changes their behavior.

    I've had the privilege of teaching some tough kids. I say "privilege" for a reason. Teaching these students pushed me to be a better educator and a more compassionate person. I've detailed below five methods that have reduced misbehavior in my classroom and, better still, helped transform these students into leaders among their peers.

Phil Taylor

Teaching the Essential Skills of the Mobile Classroom | Edutopia - 4 views

  • The Partnership for 21st Century Skills explicitly lists communication and collaboration together in their Framework for 21st Century Learning.
  • Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) reminded teachers, "Technology is not the emphasis. It's the tool to do thoughtful work." Apps will change. Operating systems, capabilities, and even devices change. However, if we focus on a core set of essential skills -- communication, collaboration, connection and creation -- and start to develop curricula that will benefit our students regardless of the technology, then we can truly embrace a mobile curriculum.
John Evans

iPad in PETeaching and Learning nuts and bolts - 4 views

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    "Having taught PE using iPad since it first came out in 2010 I have seen it grow rapidly as a tool to support teaching and learning.

    Having purchased one for personal use I could straight away see the opportunities it lent for me as a teacher with no fixed classroom.  All of a sudden I had access to information wherever I was round the school.  iPad 1 had its limitations though, namely the lack of a camera, but even without this it allowed me to make notes on learning, share videos with students about model technique and numerous other things to support my teaching, even simply planning and evaluating lessons on the go.

    Then came iPad 2 and the camera.  This changed everything and I knew straight away that this was the way forward for the whole of the department."
John Evans

A New Priority: Teaching Mindfulness In Elementary School - 2 views

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    "MADISON, Wis. - Over the course of 12 weeks, twice a week, the prekindergarten students learned their ABCs. Attention, breath and body, caring practice - clearly not the standard letters of the alphabet.

    Rather, these 4- and 5-year-olds in the Madison Metropolitan School District were part of a study assessing a new curriculum meant to promote social, emotional and academic skills, conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the Waisman Center.

    Researchers found that kids who had participated in the curriculum earned higher marks in academic performance measures and showed greater improvements in areas that predict future success than kids who had not. The results were recently published in the journal Developmental Psychology."
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