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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mindfulness is fast becoming a buzz word in education. It is interesting to note it has many different meanings. Here is a grea article on its importance for our students. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD.

Why one teacher starts his classes with "mindfulness" practices
Rather than start classes with "bellringer" activities, educator Paul Barnwell writes in this blog post that he uses the first five minutes of class for "mindfulness" exercises for his students. Barnwell offers three reasons for the switch, including the need for students and teachers to have a mental break between classes. "We all need to allow for some quiet for teaching and learning to sink in in preparation for the next task," he writes. Center for Teaching Quality/Bluegrass Dispatches blog (2/19)Bookmark and Share

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Relevancy is one of the key aspects of the CCSS. It is also supported by research - students learn and remember what is relevant to them. Here is a reflective article that addresses this issue. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How to make lessons matter beyond the final exam
Many students forget about classroom lessons after the final exam. To prevent this, teachers should engage in "relevant learning," writes educator and author Allen Mendler, who offers three strategies to make lessons more valuable to students. In this blog post, he suggests using humor, connecting learning to life goals and admitting that all of the answers may not be clear at the moment. Edutopia.org/Allen Mendler's blog (1/23)Bookmark and Share

Friday, February 7, 2014

As technology brings us all closer together on our shrinking gloce, here is a suggestion for teaching empathy in the classroom. Enjoy, Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Using evidence-based instruction to build empathy
It is possible to help students develop empathy while also maintaining a focus on core academics, offers Joe Hirsch, an educator of Akiba Academy of Dallas. In this blog post, he suggests schools help build empathy by relying on evidence-based instructional practices, such as cooperative learning, in which students work together; the jigsaw classroom, in which different students receive different lesson content based on their individual needs; and educational empathy, in which students learn by doing. Edutopia.org/Joe Hirsch's blog (2/6)Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Teaching to individuals, is thoroughly supported by research. Here are some thoughts about how this may happen. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Vt. students to create personalized learning plans to help them reach goals
Each student in Vermont soon will be asked to develop personalized learning plans tailored to their career interests and future goals. The state Department of Education has launched a website to help students, families and educators prepare for the effort, which will begin next year with seventh- and ninth-grade students. Speaking to a high school's students and staff, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the plans will help all students. "The idea here is -- whether you are dyslexic like me and don't learn traditionally or whether you excel traditionally or whether you're somewhere in the middle -- our job is to have an educational system where everybody succeeds and everybody learns to their potential," he said. Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.)/The Associated Press (1/30)Bookmark and Share