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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Flipped teaching comes to professional development for educators - courtesy of SmartBrief

Here is a powerful article on PD that can easily be incorporated into the classroom for students.

The flipped instructional model is being incorporated into professional development for teachers, said Nicole Tucker-Smith, a former principal in Baltimore County, who described the system at the recent ASCD conference. Educators began creating LessonCasts, or teacher-created videos, with short voice recordings in which they explain a particular teaching strategy, education reporter Liana Heitin writes in this blog post. The recordings are typically accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation or a video, which teachers watch and listen to at home, Tucker-Smith said. Education Week Teacher/Teaching Now blog Bookmark and Share

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Calif. high-school students critique younger students' work - courtesy of SmartBrief

This is a great example of how the brain works and the problems created by divided attention - trying learn material too difficult.  The older students were able to concentrate on - and internalize - the rules of grammar.

More than 100 seniors in Kip Glazer's English class at Independence High School in Bakersfield, Calif., are improving their writing by being virtual writing mentors to sixth-grade students in Chicago. Once a week, the 12th-graders read posted assignments and then send feedback about the material to the younger writers. As they have learned to make constructive critiques of the younger students' work, the older students have become more aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their own writing, Glazer said. blogBookmark and Share

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Common core math tasks students with explaining their answers - courtesy of SmartBrief

Educators in San Diego County in California are working to incorporate Common Core State Standards in their curriculum in anticipation of the official rollout of the standards in 2014. In one math class, students are asked to show how they reached a particular answer and to think critically about peers' answers. San Diego Union-Tribune (2/25)