Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What I Learned @ teachSDA This Weekend

Teachers need to spend more time thinking about not only what to teach, but how to teach it.  In many ways the mind of our students are almost alien to our own.  This weeks topic was "The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn"  If you couldn't join us last night feel free to visit www.teachSDA.org and read and comment on twitter!

Now for the articles:
1. How Gardening Enables Interdisciplinary Learning

2. Turning Traditional Learning on Its Head Through Play
In creating an atmosphere where children feel in control of their learning process, where children are encouraged, and not compared to the child playing next to them, we have found a charmed formula under which children's creativity and ability to learn blossoms.

3. 5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered
A student-centered classroom allows students to be an integral part of the assessment development process.

4. Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

5. 11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom
Here are some free apps for iPads -- along with a few other tips -- that can transform your daily lessons and are definitely worth checking out!

6. Five-Minute Film Festival: Literacy Starts with the Alphabet

7. Autumn Inspiration.
Red, yellow, and orange! Bring the colors autumn into your home and classroom with these ideas and resources for the fall season.

8. Gratitude Can Fuel School Transformation
One of the most common complaints I hear from teachers, administrators, and staff working in public schools is something along the lines of, "I don't feel appreciated." I'd like to propose that by simply incorporating a range of practices that allow ourselves and others to express gratitude, we might transform our schools.

9. Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick
“My research shows that praise for intelligence or ability backfires,” said Dweck, who co-authored a seminal research paper on the effects of praise on motivation and performance. 

10. Nudging Girls Toward Computer Science
Most people don’t come into contact with computer scientists or engineers in their daily lives, and don’t really understand what they do. American schools don’t do a great job of teaching computer science skills either.

11. Social media: like the staffroom, but without all the negativity
Teacher Kierna Corr explains how she uses social media to network with like-minded colleagues across the globe and boost her professional development. 

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