Pat Barnhardt, Grymes Memorial School assistant head recommends this site. Teaching Channel is a video showcase -- on the Internet and TV -- of innovative and effective teaching practices in America's schools. Click here to access the site.
Increasing Student Engagement by Grading Backwards
...Imagine a classroom where students operated under an additive system of point earning rather than a subtractive system of losing points. Students would be taught basic skills and then be encouraged to figure out their own ways of problem solving. Students would work at their own pace and only progress when they mastered each objective.... Click here to read the full article.
Ken Robinson: The Element
Sir Ken Robinson returns to the RSA to share new thinking on 'The Element' - the point at which natural talent meets personal passion.
The Key to Success? Grit
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
Teacher Salaries: Everything You Wanted to Know
The US Census Bureau recently released data and an associated infographic that explores education workers in the US and their salaries. Since there’s always a lot of hubbub about how much teachers make (or don’t make, as the complaint usually goes), this offers some interesting insight into how many teachers are out there and how much they’re really making. Click here to read the full article.
Gaming to re-engage boys in learning
Ali Carr-Chellman spells out three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.
Why Competition Can Be Healthy For Kids
CCompetition. The word conjures images of people pushing and shoving, trash talking, the exulted winner standing above a field of downtrodden losers. Not exactly what most parents consider healthy or constructive for their kids’ development.
Po Bronson presented a very different picture of competition when he spoke with Michael Krasny on KQED’s Forum about Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, his latest book written with co-author Ashley Merryman.
The book examines competition from all angles – physiological, psychological, historical. Their main point: competition, if done right, is a good thing. In fact, competition and team activities can drive learning and performance better than solo endeavors. Click here to read more.
WSJ - The new script for teaching handwriting is no script at all
RALEIGH, N.C.—Across North Carolina and in dozens of other states, teachers are committing what once would have been heresy: They are writing off cursive script. Click on the image below for the full article:
Homework or Not? That is the (Research) Question.
Woe unto the administrator who ventures forth into the homework wars.
Scale it back, and parents will be at your door complaining about a lack of academic rigor. Dial it up, and you’ll get an earful from other parents about interference with after-school activities and family time.
If you’re looking to bolster your particular position with research results, you’re in luck, because there are studies that back the more-is-better approach and others that support the less-is-better tack. Click here to read the entire article.
Why It's Time to Eliminate Class Schedules
Susan Cain: The power of introverts
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age
Randy Nelson, the former Dean of Pixar University explains what schools must do to prepare students (and themselves) for new models in the workplace. He talks about four key success traits: depth, breadth, communications, and collaboration, importance of making your partner look good, rebounding from failure, and he provides an excellent description of the difference between cooperation and collaboration.
The Power of Belief: Mindset and Success
The way we understand our intelligence and abilities deeply impacts our success. Based on social science research and real life examples, Eduardo Briceño articulates how mindset, or the understanding of intelligence and abilities, is key. When students or adults see their abilities as fixed, whether they think they're naturals or just not built for a certain domain, they avoid challenge and lose interest when things get hard. Conversely, when they understand that abilities are developed, they more readily adopt learning-oriented behaviors such as deliberate practice and grit that enable them to achieve their goals. But this belief is itself malleable, and there are clear actions we can all take to establish a growth mindset and enable success for our children, our peers and ourselves.
Click here to read more about fostering a Growth Mindset.
Teachers Need Real Feedback
Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: "satisfactory." And with no feedback, no coaching, there's just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback -- and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.
Theories of Learning
The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn!
A paper published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest has evaluated ten techniques for improving learning, ranging from mnemonics to highlighting and came to some surprising conclusions. Click here to read the entire article.
List of what makes a good teacher
This "what makes a good teacher" created by a group of high school students.
- Interesting Stuff
- GMS Tech Ed
- African Safari
- Blabberize Panda
- Book Reviews
- Edit Marks
- File System
- Font Design
- Fun with Fonts
- Greek Gods Lesson Plan
- Haiku Deck Vocabulary
- Mystery Partner Clue Square
- Mystery Partner Letter
- Multiply with PowerPoint
- Personal GPS Mapskills
- Pixie Representations
- Pledge Scramble
- Powerpoint Game >
- PowerPoint Layers
- Science Procedures
- Sort Words Excel
- Spanish Voki
- Star Spangled Banner Scramble
- Word Cloud Study
- The Arts >
- Bully Prevention
- Jr K Activities
- Language Arts >
- Personal Development
- Science >
- Spanish >
- Technology >
A Work in Progress ;-)