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Scientists Find an Undeniably Effective Technique for Mastering New Skills

How to teach an old dog new tricks.<p>We tend to convince ourselves we're really bad at learning new things. We think our tired, old brains can't possibly absorb all the new information required to master new skills.<p>That's baloney.<p>The age of our brains is not the problem. The real impediment to …

Learning

Two New & Very Useful Writing Frames For Teachers & Students

One of my popular – and most useful – “Best” lists is The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students. It’s certainly one that I consult …

Teaching

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Writing stories is a craft that is crucial for life. And if the government insists, you can test it, measure it and use it in commerce, too<p>A report in the Times has quoted a secondary school teacher who complained that their year 7 intake no longer knew how to tell a story. “They knew what a …

Storytelling

The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instruction

<b>The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instruction</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Differentiation is a simple idea that’s less simple to …

Pedagogy

6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

What's the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? It would be saying to students something like, "Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed …

Teaching

Student disengagement may be down to behaviour management techniques, says academic

If you are looking for reasons behind student disengagement, then it may be helpful to consider the teaching techniques that are being applied in …

The Apollo School: What 21st Century Learning Looks Like

<b>Listen to my interview with the Apollo School founders (transcript):</b><p><b>We’ve reached a point where most teachers embrace the idea of student-directed</b> …

Teaching

Going to school in a museum: Does learning have to happen in a school?

Amy Rolph, for XQ<p>For most students, visiting a museum is a stand-alone field trip involving permission slips, a lengthy bus ride and a carefully …

20 Observable Characteristics Of Effective Teaching

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Pedagogy

Learning by Doing: Students Write a Guide to Teen Psychology

It’s always awe-inspiring when students take hold of a project and are given the power to lead it. They set goals, delegate, lead discussions, and …

Psychology

"Collaboration" Creates Mediocrity Not Excellence, According to Science

From from a productivity panacea, a collaborative culture will drive your top performers away.<p>If you listen to management pundits, "collaboration" is all the rage. While the term is a bit fuzzy, what's usually meant by "collaboration" is 1) plenty of ad-hoc meetings and 2) open plan offices that …

The Workplace

How They Get It: A New, Simple Taxonomy For Understanding

<b>The TeachThought Taxonomy For Understanding: 36 Thinking Strategies To Help Students Wrestle With Complexity</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>How can you tell if a …

Teaching

Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try

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Innovation

Stop Taking Grading Home

In January I wrote a blog post titled “New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom.” I’m here to update everyone. Since …

Teaching

“Knowledge” & Bloom’s Pyramid

There’s been a recent flurry of activity by some to redesign Bloom’s Taxonomy by questioning whether “knowledge” should be at the bottom. Personally, …

Teaching

Create Cloze Reading Activities with Google Sheets and Other Tools

A "<b>Cloze Test</b>" is a <b>reading activity</b> where a student is given a <b>reading passage with certain words removed</b>. Sometimes the student is also provided with …

Google’s new app turns your ugly doodles into art

Most of us aren’t talented artists, so if I ever need a graphic for some project I’ll usually resort to finding clipart on the web. But that might be a problem of the past thanks to Google’s new AutoDraw tool, which turns your ugly doodles into clean graphics.<p>It’s incredibly simple to use, and a …

Google

22 Powerful Closure Activities

Too many university supervisors and administrators criticize the absence of lesson closure, a dubious assessment practice likely caused by the …

Teaching

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Resources

Path of Honors — Thoughts behind the design of an interactive history

<i>Path of Honors (here at my Twine site on philome.la) is an experimental interactive history that I am designing in bits and pieces. The plan is to</i> …

Game Design

Jeopardy Rocks Now As Factile - Jeopardy & Flashcards

A couple of years ago I featured Jeopardy Rocks. Recently, Jeopardy Rocks changed its name to Factile and added some more features.<p>At its core …

What to Expect When You’re Project Based Learning | Blog | Project Based Learning

December 13, 2016<br>What to Expect When You’re Project Based Learning<p>You might be reading about Project Based Learning because you self-selected to do …

The Simplicity of ‘Think-Pair-Share’ – ProfHacker - Blogs

In many courses, class discussion is a central part of student learning. Whether you’re using the Socratic method or aiming for something much more …

Teaching Morals and Ethics In a World of Gray

<i>A Cathy Rubin Global Education Discussion</i><p>From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis<p>Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter<p>The murderous mobster Jimmy …

No evidence to back idea of learning styles

There is widespread interest among teachers in the use of neuroscientific research findings in educational practice. However, there are also misconceptions and myths that are supposedly based on sound neuroscience that are prevalent in our schools. We wish to draw attention to this problem by …

Introducing Passionate Readers – My New Book

When I moved to 7th grade English, I didn’t know much this change would affect me. How I would spend more hours than I had ever spent trying to help …