James Grandon

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Student-Led Conferences At The Elementary Grade Level

Confession: I look forward to parent conferences. I value the opportunity to connect with families face-to-face. But discussing report cards? Ugh. …

Twitter education chats: An astonishing source of professional development

I have recently discovered Twitter, and it has supercharged my professional development. The reason? Twitter education chats!<p>Two months ago I would …

Social Media

Rethinking Staff Meetings

Love this--->Rethinking staff meetings: via @onealchris #satchatwc #leadupchat #tlap #moedchat 3 years ago

Kotter's 8-Step Change Model

In this video, learn about the eight steps you need to take to implement change powerfully and successfully.

10 Signs of a 21st Century Classroom

A few notes:<p>I am sure that there are many similar lists in existence. This one is originally based on a reference I found in the article …

The 32 Most Innovative Online Educational Tools to Use in 2015

Want to be a better student? There are literally thousands of apps for that. Not to mention a wide array of other online learning tools.<p>They’re not …

7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have

1. Discovery Zone<p>The discovery zone houses all those items that spark imagination. These include arts and crafts materials, manipulatives, recorders, …

Teaching

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

<b>The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>We’ve clarified the <b>difference between projects and</b> …

What? Ditch the Central Idea?! Conference with Lynn Erickson

Youtube Video by Amy Bray @amy_bray<p>I attended a conference last week at the International School of Geneva. I went with my two Twitter-buddies …

Inquiry and the “specialist” teacher.

I have been <i>thoroughly</i> neglectful of this blog! It is somewhat ironic that I spend a good deal of time talking about the need for reflection; time to …

Making Sense of INQUIRY CYCLES

When asked to explain inquiry, this is how I make sense of the different inquiry cycles available.<br>I have made a table with the cycles or processes I …

Problem-solving

The Profile of a Modern Teacher – Wayfaring Path

One of the greatest misconceptions in education today is that certain teachers have a higher natural aptitude in technology than others.<p>This …

If Inquiry Is So Great, Why Aren’t We Doing More Of It?

Inquiry-based instruction was an enigma to me when I first learned about it. Like ‘sustainable farming’ or ‘integrative medicine,’ there seemed to be …

How do inquiry teachers….teach?

When I first became fascinated in inquiry-based approaches (too many years ago to say!), the focus for many of my conversations and indeed, my early …

Split Screen Teaching | Wandering Clogs

One of the first things I tried after coming back from Kath Murdoch‘s workshop was split screen teaching. Split screen teaching is teaching the …

PBL Essential Elements Webinar

Project-Based Learning: Debunking the Myths and Fallacies

In fact, research and other reasonable responses show the inadequacy of this illogical way of thinking, noting that interactive learning triples the …

The PBL Super Highway… Over 45 Links To Great Project Based Learning

<i>Welcome to another post that I know you will want to share and bookmark. As I travel the country I constantly have teachers ask me for places to find</i> …

Worksheets vs. iPads - The Surprising Truth

Reblogged from Mrs.Wideen's Blog Kristen Wideen teaches 2nd Grade in Windsor, Ontario Canada and is an Apple Distinguished Educator<br>Photo taken by …

Education Technology

The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships

Initially, it was a phrase that I didn't think much about because I thought I "sort of knew" what it meant. But as I found myself in classroom …

5 PBL Best Practices for Redefining the Teacher's Role

Project-based learning transforms the roles of students and teachers in ways that benefit all. This de-centering of the classroom and of knowledge …

Pedagogy

Harvard Education Publishing Group

Students in Hayley Dupuy’s sixth-grade science class at the Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto, Calif., are beginning a unit on plate …

KQED

<b>By Leslie Harris O’Hanlon</b><p>When elementary school teacher Erin Klein sat in one of her students’ desks last year, she noticed a few things about her …

10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

2015 is the year the focus will finally turn the corner by organizations in education and the business world to get it right: it is about the …

16 of the Best Blended Learning Resources

In February 2014, Edreform.com published a paper on digital and blended learning that points out over “68 percent of parents support digital …

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

The New Psychology of Success (2000), Dweck developed a continuum upon which people can be placed, based upon their understandings about where …

Edcamp: Teachers Take Back Professional Development - Educational Leadership

<i>"I have heard more positive feedback on this day than any other professional development I have ever been a part of. I keep wondering why we didn't</i> …

TEDxNYED - Alan November - 03/05/2011

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

“I think we should give kids problems that you can’t look up on the internet,” November said. “Or, if you do, build the capacity to do it well.” With …