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Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts When Flipping Your Classroom #edchat – Learning and Innovation

<b>DO</b><p>Produce material for YOUR students to engage them outside the classroom. Generic content works as a starting point but students have greater faith …

Thesis Statement Throwdown!

Every English teacher has experienced the frustration of introducing a writing skill, like how to write a thesis statement, over and over again …

Teaching

Do schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Creativity

iPad Apps and Activities for Sight Word Practice

Today I’m sharing some my favorite iPad apps and activities for practicing sight words. All of these apps are free, and some have the option to …

Education Week

Grades used to be a power I wielded. Proudly I held them over my students' heads, deducting points whenever they dared to be late, or worse, wrong.<p>I …

Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching

Creativity can seem like an abstract concept, but having a definition can give a learner the power to practice it on a regular basis.<br>[[ This is a …

Creativity

Blended Learning: Q&A, Videos, and Must-Read Books

Blended learning is an educational approach that "blends" technology into the teaching and the learning process. Learn more through these resources.

Book Review: Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters

I had lunch today with two friends, both of whom are involved in apologetics ministries. We discussed the biggest weakness among evangelical …

Theology

The Sea: A Sweet Wordless Story about Pursuit and Surrender, Dread and Desire, Disappointment and Triumph

From the compound to the cosmos, a playful celebration of life’s complementary experiences disguised as counterpoints.<p>French Canadian graphic designer and illustrator Marianne Dubuc is one of the most talented and thoughtful children’s book authors and artists of our time. Long before her …

A Wonderful Multi-purpose Rubric for Teachers

April 20, 2015<br>We just came across this wonderful rubric on Edutopia’s Facebook page and we thought you might want to have a look as well. This rubric …

Education Technology

We’re teaching our kids wrong: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates do not have the answers

Our kids worship wealth and celebrities. We’ve lost track of school’s real purpose — exciting the mind<p>Between 1848, when Andrew Carnegie arrived in Pennsylvania, and 1983, when "A Nation at Risk" was published, schools had made a 180-degree turn. No longer a privilege and a respite from work, …

Education

Classroom practice - Memory aids that are worth remembering

I spent my entire time as a student, and most of my early career as a teacher, not really understanding the essential role of memory in learning. If …

Farmers' markets go digital

Bonativo has taken the farmers' market concept online to feed Europe's hunger for all things organic<p>Farmers’ markets have been given a digital makeover, with more than 70 producers signing up to sell their wares on new online marketplace Bonativo.<p>The site, which launched six weeks ago, claims to …

Agriculture

Straw Bale Gardening: An Easy Way To Grow Food

Last year I tried a few off-the-wall types of gardens, including a straw bale garden.<p><b>Plants growing out of straw bales</b> – I had seen them being done, …

How to Use OneNote at School: 10 Tips for Students & Teachers

It makes it easier to think during class—and I’m doing less busy work. Stephanie is just one of the 950 students at Sammamish High School in Seattle …

Flip your classroom with instructional screencasts

“Sometimes I wish I could record myself teaching in September, then play it back to students in March so they can remember all the things they …

Education Technology

32 Books You'd Love To Read Again For The First Time

Nothing is ever as good as your first read through.

The 13 Greatest, Craziest And Most Badass Monsters In Greek Mythology

The heroes are the best-known part of Greek mythology, but what makes a hero? Having monsters to fight, that's what. Luckily for the heroes, the …

What Storytelling Is And Is Not - Part Two

<i>This is the second of a two-part post on storytelling — what it is and is not.</i><p>As I said last time, connecting with another person is one of the highest forms of social being for humans. At the heart of it is good storytelling. When I’m telling you a story, and you’re engaged in it, you match your …

Brainwaves

Why Are So Many People Snobby About Fantasy Fiction?

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 04.11.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>Kazuo …

A Genre for the Ages « Fantasy-Faction

Think back to the first time you picked up a fantasy book. What was it? How old were you? For most of us, the answer is probably pretty young. I …

Books

Storytelling is a Basic Skill for Success

<i>“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” —</i> Robert McKeeFacts don’t engage and captivate people.Stories …

Writing

Top 10 Viking stories

The Viking Age – the period of great Scandinavian expansion from the late 8th to the late 11th century – is normally associated with violent raids …

12 Fantastic Facts About A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L’Engle’s acclaimed science fantasy novel <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i> has been delighting readers since its 1962 release. Whether you’ve never had the …

The Storytelling Manifesto

<i>Tell us a story!</i><p>Since the dawn of humanity the storyteller has been the center of popular culture. It began around the campfires of our ancestors …

Winston Churchill