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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Many schools are beginning to address the extended sitting time involved in long term instruction. Ironically, many of the practices improve the brain's state to learn as well as think. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How some schools use movement to keep students engaged
With instructional time for physical education on the decline and childhood obesity a concern, a growing number of schools are integrating short bursts of exercise into their classrooms. Some schools have adopted media-based programs that can be used with interactive whiteboards. In one case, students ran in place while learning about the history of the Olympic Games. "Movement helps get the wiggles out, and they're ready to go back to work," principal Victoria Velazquez said. District Administration magazine (4/2014)
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Habits of the mind calls this persistance. Great article. Enjoy!

Can "grit" be taught in the classroom?
Some schools are experimenting with teaching "grit," defined as persistence, determination and resilience. Research by Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania who coined the term and was awarded a MacArthur "genius grant" for it, shows promise for teaching the skills for it in schools. "This quality of being able to sustain your passions, and also work really hard at them, over really disappointingly long periods of time, that's grit," she said. "It's a very, I think, American idea in some ways -- really pursuing something against all odds." National Public Radio/text and audio (3/17)Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Understanding a process paves the way for change - even in behavior patterns. Here is a great article that addresses the issue. Enjoy ! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief


 Positive approach results in positive behaviors in Fla. elementary school

Educators at a Florida elementary school are working to help students improve their behavior by presenting them with discipline data, rewarding good behavior and ensuring they are clear about expectations. The efforts, which include frequent meetings with students, are part of the school's positive-behavior support program. Among other things, students are encouraged to be active learners, have a positive attitude, cooperate with teachers and be respectful.
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Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
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