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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ASCD SmartBrief Special Report:

Promoting Respectful Schools (Part I)
Students learn best in an environment in which they feel safe and respected. This two-part ASCD SmartBrief Special Report on Promoting Respectful Schools looks at what educators can do to create such learning environments.

Part I looks at how bullying affects students and how educators can address the problem. Part II, to be published Thursday, looks at how schools can develop a culture that focuses on tolerance and respect.

We hope you find our special report on Promoting Respectful Schools helpful. If you don't receive ASCD SmartBrief daily, we urge you to sign up for our timely e-newsletter. ASCD SmartBrief delivers the stories making news in your profession directly to your inbox -- for free.

Monday, September 12, 2011

How to encourage students to ask their own questions, courtesy of ASCD, published in Harvard Education Letter

Many teachers have been looking for a way engage students in an inquiry process.  Following is an excellent article on how to do just that!!!
  • A six-step process for teaching students to formulate their own questions can encourage them to take ownership of their learning, and deepen their understanding of a subject, write Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, authors of the book, "Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions." The Question Formulation Technique can be used to introduce new material to students, gauge their understanding during a lesson or to help students set a new learning agenda at the end of a unit, the authors write. Harvard Education Letter (September/October 2011) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Smithsonian website puts a human face on science - Courtesy of e-School News

Building connections from known to new is key for all learners.  Here is a site that has been created by the Smithsonian Institute that will help facilitate this process.

Smithsonian website puts a human face on science Smithsonian website puts a human face on science
"Scientists @ the Smithsonian" introduces students to 20 real researchers from the Smithsonian Institution in an attempt to shatter the common stereotype of scientists as nerds in lab coats ... and to make science come alive for students. [  Read More ]