Teach This! Teaching with lesson plans and ideas that rock 11/26/2012

  • Teachers.io

    Another option for organizing classes and sharing your syllabus and work. There are a lot of options out there. It is important for schools to plan how work will lbe disseminated and students will connect. Bricks and CLICKS are important decisons for schools to make – where will students meet face to face and online. It is time to be discussing this now – particularly for middle and high school.  “Schedule Teachers.io helps you organize your class schedule, so you know what's coming up next.Your class information can easily be copied between sections and semesters too.”

    tags: education teaching apps ipad byot byod

  • myHomework Student Planner

    An app that some students are using to organize homework. It is worth a look.

    tags: education homework teaching apps ipad ipadchat

  • Classroom DIY: DIY Poinsettia Craft

    This craft gives you information on how to make a poinsettia, a craft some of you teachers may enjoy in December.

    tags: elementary_teacher elementary craft teaching December

  • ‘Review each lesson plan in terms of what the student is likely to think about.’ | The Curriculum Centre Blog

    Fascinating read about current cognitive research and lesson plans and information on education reform in the UK, which is being driven largely by the mentioned book in this quote. If you want to look at the research being discussed in the UK, I'd start with this article. “In Why Don’t Students Like School, Willingham says that ‘the most general and useful idea that cognitive psychology can offer teachers’ is to ‘review each lesson plan in terms of what the student is likely to think about’. I could not agree more. Last year I applied this idea to every single lesson I taught, and I apply it now to all the resources I design. It may sound obvious but it was not something I did before I read Willingham, and it absolutely was not something that my teacher training taught me to think about. Students are more likely to remember something they’ve had to think about – or, in another of Willingham’s phrases, memory is the residue of thought. So we need to make sure that students are thinking about the right thing for the whole lesson. That way there is a better chance they will remember it. This approach also eliminates dull rote-learning. If pupils are always thinking about the right thing and thinking about its meaning, then they are more likely to remember it, and to remember it meaningfully.”

    tags: education teaching research tumblr news cognition

  • The Top 100 Apps for Kids: 61-70! – Smart Apps For Kids

    This website lists popular apps for kids and I find interesting apps on the list. Several I've heard teachers mention include Brainpop and Hungry Fish math.

    tags: education teaching ipad

  • Khan Academy Releases New App for iPhone & iPod Touch, Giving You Mobile Access to 3600 Videos

    Whether you love or hate them, the sheer volume of their repository and the fact that some videos are useful has them in the limelight — Bill Gates, their primary benefactor, also pushes them there, even though many of their videos have come under fire. This is an app to test and note. “Non-profit Khan Academy, an organization dedicated to “providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere,” does so primarily through online video courses and lectures. The over 3600 videos are free and access is open to anyone (anywhere), allowing K-12 students to study math, science, computer science, finance & economics, humanities, and test prep. The organization was founded in 2006 by MIT and Harvard grad Salman Khan, who began by tutoring relatives and friends in Bangladesh while he worked as a hedge fund analyst in the States. His videos became so in-demand that he decided to quit his job and distribute them full-time, funded by donations from individuals and major donors like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”

    tags: education tumblr teaching flipclass khanacademy

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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