100+ Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources

100+ ideas to improve learning with awesome classroom design

classroom decorations and classroom design

A well-designed classroom boosts student learning by as much as 16% (Barrett, Zhang, Davies, & Barrett 2015), but overdecorating is a distraction. Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Another study found that classroom design could be attributed to a 25% impact positive or negative over the course of […]

How a school threw out their reading program and finally got everyone excited about reading.

ECM 152: Principal Todd Nesloney tells you how to really get kids excited about reading.

Reading is reading. Just help students find a book they love. Todd Nesloney

No trinkets. No prizes. No book levels. One school led by Principal Todd Nesloney got rid of it all. Every teacher and every student set a simple goal: read twenty books in one semester. Any book. Any kind. If you hate the book — STOP READING IT. As he shares in the show, when Principal […]

Finding the Best Teaching Apps, Tools and Resources with @kathyschrock

Super-helpful educator Kathy Schrock discusses the importance of curation. Kathy was trained as a librarian who has been curating sources since 1995.  She found that people used her pages for assessment tools and apps the most on her website, which is chock full of curated sources. If you are curating resources, this is a must listen. Our […]

Sylvia Martinez and The Maker Movement: Invent to Learn, Tinker to Teach! #makered #makerspace

The Maker Movement is here. Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager is the definitive book on the Maker Movementin Schools What do 3D printers, Rasberry pi programing units, scrapbooks and woodworking have in common? They are all part of the Maker movement a growing effort to reinvent creativity by letting kids and people […]

Reading Tips to Program Your Mind for success

I have a second generation Kindle. I will use it until it won’t run for a few reasons: These Kindles are newer than mine but still offer a focused reading experience without notifications. I can operate it with one hand (I like to read everywhere.) I get no messages or notifications of any kind, meaning […]

Thank the Heroes: Eyes Open Wide to the Heroes Beside

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Thank the heroes

One of the greatest gifts a person can have is the ability to spot heroes who work among us. Not the self-important self-centered kind of recognition but the kind that sees greatness in others wherever they are. We dwell among them. We work beside them. People caring for aging parents with dignity, love and patience. […]

Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 01/29/2013

Facebook Partners With Suicide Prevention Group for Research Project In an interesting, but somewhat uncomfortable feeling research project, Facebook will partner with save.org to look at social data of those who committed suicide to see if there were warning signs. Of course, the question is… when they know, what do they do with it? If […]

Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 01/13/2013

Double Robotics – Wheels for your iPad The virtual presence ishere. This set of wheels, stand, and extending arm turns your ipad into a virtual you. So, for $2K you can have a presence at a location and facetime into the classroom. The price is $1999 but there are applications for this.  “Double is the […]