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H DeWaard

5 Reasons Why Origami Improves Students' Skills | Edutopia - 47 views

  • origami
  • This art form engages students and sneakily enhances their skills -- including improved spatial perception and logical and sequential thinking.
  • Here are some ways that origami can be used in your classroom to improve a range of skills:

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  • Geometry
  • According to the National Center for Education Statistics in 2003, geometry was one area of weakness among American students.
  • Origami has been found to strengthen an understanding of geometric concepts, formulas, and labels, making them come alive.
  • Thinking Skills
  • Origami excites other modalities of learning. It has been shown to improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning.
  • Fractions
  • Folding paper can demonstrate the fractions in a tactile way.
  • Problem Solving
  • Often in assignments, there is one set answer and one way to get there. Origami provides children an opportunity to solve something that isn't prescribed and gives them a chance to make friends with failure (i.e. trial and error).
  • Origami is a fun way to explain physics concepts. A thin piece of paper is not very strong, but if you fold it like an accordion it will be.
  • Researchers have found that students who use origami in math perform better.
  • STEAM
  • While schools are still catching up to the idea of origami as a STEAM engine (the merging of these disciplines), origami is already being used to solve tough problems in technology.
  • Additionally, the National Science Foundation, one of the government's largest funding agencies, has supported a few programs that link engineers with artists to use origami in designs. The ideas range from medical forceps to foldable plastic solar panels.
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    Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science.
Don Doehla

Weaving SEL Skills Into Book Talks | Edutopia - 21 views

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    Regardless of what social and emotional learning (SEL), character development, or any other related program you might use in your school, two things are true: They have a problem-solving component, and generalization is greatly enhanced when what is being taught as SEL/character is also integrated into the rest of the school day.

    Because of the importance of language arts skills, reading activities provide an ideal way to build students' problem-solving skills by applying them to deepen their insights into the written materials.
Glenn Hervieux

11 Essentials for Excellent ePortfolios | Edutopia - 1 views

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    Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) provides great points to consider if you're looking at moving toward digital portfolios.
H DeWaard

Five-Minute Film Festival: Reimagining the Library | Edutopia - 52 views

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    In honor of the 30th anniversary of School Library Month, VideoAmy has produced a list of interesting and insightful videos and resources that explore the future of the school library.
Glenn Hervieux

Five-Minute Film Festival: Genius Hour | Edutopia - 72 views

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    Want to explore the "Genius Hour" concept. These videos and links will help introduce you to an approach many are embracing.
oregonjon

The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education | Edutopia - 50 views

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    Learning Styles, Left Brain/Right Brain, and 10% are myths that we need to stop using to guide our teaching. They don't help, and they probably waste money and effort that could be used on things that actually help. You know, like good teaching (pre-assessment, goal-setting, differentiation, and keeping learners in their ZPD).
H DeWaard

5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools | Edutopia - 128 views

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    With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.
Glenn Hervieux

Differentiated Planning Tool for Prof. Development - 100 views

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    Using Vygotsky's theory of the Zone of Proximal Development and scaffolding, one district moved their Prof. Development plan toward a more differentiated model. Read the article, "Individualized Technology Goals for Teachers" for a detailed explanation of it's evolution and practice. http://goo.gl/BJfZIQ
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    Using Vygotsky's theory of the Zone of Proximal Development and scaffolding, one district moved their Prof. Development plan toward a more differentiated model.
H DeWaard

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric | Edutopia - 103 views

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    To assess maker projects in your class, begin with a three-part rubric to guide students through process, understanding, and product.
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    To assess maker projects in your class, begin with a three-part rubric to guide students through process, understanding, and product.
Sharin Tebo

Why Curiosity Enhances Learning | Edutopia - 40 views

  • It's no secret that curiosity makes learning more effective and enjoyable. Curious students not only ask questions, but also actively seek out the answers.
  • While it might be no big surprise that we're more likely to remember what we've learned when the subject matter intrigues us, it turns out that curiosity also helps us learn information we don't consider all that interesting or important.

    The researchers found that, once the subjects' curiosity had been piqued by the right question, they were better at learning and remembering completely unrelated information

  • if a student struggles with math, personalizing math problems to match their specific interests rather than using generic textbook questions could help them better remember how to go about solving similar math problems in the future.
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  • there is no such thing as a dumb question, because as cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham notes in his book Why Don't Students Like School?, it's the question that stimulates curiosity -- being told the answer quells curiosity before it can even get going.
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    Curiosity's role in Students' Learning
mrsdvorakravitz

Understanding the Causes of Dyslexia for Effective Intervention | Edutopia - 38 views

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    "In the early to mid-2000s, research on the underlying basis of dyslexia pointed to a primary problem with the phonological processing of speech sounds. "
Deborah Baillesderr

Mobile Learning: Resource Roundup | Edutopia - 44 views

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    Great resources!
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