Posts tagged Education
Posts tagged Education
I think this is a very interesting study mostly because it is something we deal with at the place where I work. We have students like this all the time and often they are reinforced by the parents that raise them. It is a hard thing to face, but the best choice we have in dealing with it is to stick to our guns as teachers. It means we ask students why they answered as they did, teach them to think critically and converse about their work instead of just assigning it, going over answers and moving on. The more discussion there is about the learning that occurs, starting in kindergarten, the less this becomes a factor because they know we’re not giving answers, we’re building pathways of learning.
This is a fairly interesting article about the decision to go to Tech or not. My school remains somewhere inbetween with some tech (smart boards) but a focus on interaction with the physical world (science experiments and social studies projects). I can’t decide which way I would go. I don’t think that tech is a fad and that it is just going to go away, but to do everything based on tech? I think there is still value in learning to add by hand and write a personal letter in cursive. Maybe I’m just old school. What about you?
Now I can’t remember if I posted this or not, but the article is worth a read.
I think the most important of these is actually pushing out the information in different ways. As a very introverted person, it is even more exhausting to be the ‘teacher’ at the front of the room all day long. It is far better for me to have the students direct the learning and make education happen. And think how much it can save you. Even if you planned to do one lesson a week with the students taking the lead, that is an hour wherein you are less a director and more a facilitator or participator in the learning.
With my school going 1:1, I know that the math department has been talking a lot about how they could use the computers in their classrooms. Here are some assessment ideas that don’t require the old pencil and paper!
Oh…and here are some more!
I love this. Love. Can I hug it?! Gah. This is what we can do with assessment. Don’t talk to me about how to turn something as organic as reading and reading assessment in to a piece of paper that you read and bubble answer questions. Talk to me about how organic assessments help us gather important data about students. Then we’ll talk assessment.
On a personal level, I think that the more time we spend on this the better. I found that in the classroom, every minute I spent on this kind of activity was worth it in the end. WHy? It just made it all smoother and easier and provided a heck of a lot of chance to foster a community. If community is important to you or your school, be willing to take TIME and make it a priority. Because then in May, you’re not going crazy, but you have that community to build toward a positive end on.
As we move to having middle school students in our building, I wonder about something like this being a possibility for them. Get them up and get them moving. It’s a cool idea and definitely something I’d love to participate in (though more than that, I’d love an hour for lunch….)
I just love this use of a game and the things you can do with it. I think it also has the chance to do some great community building and learning about how to live and act within the virtual world - something students will need to know how to do as virtual education becomes more and more likely for every student. And what better way to teach than a game!
An interesting point of view on internet censorship and the school’s responsibility in dealing with this kind of information. Do we have the right to censor? We can’t censor our libraries without a strict policy in place (originally called a Selection Manual and it discussed how and why books were selected and had a form for parents to deal with challenging a book). Do we need the same kind of manual in place for the internet? How intensive would something like that need to be? Or do we just not filter and hope for the best?
how to organize sticky notes…replace top with new question as needed…good for exit questions
I love this! Mostly because I love post-its and finding good ways to use them with kids!
20 End of the Year Reflection Questions for Students
I love that we can help teach kids to think about their learning. I think that we often forget their reflection is just as our reflection. Their learning is always different than we think and we could use a good chance to peek inside the minds of the wonders we enjoy every day.