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  • How to Successfully Overcome a Negative Group Identity

    One of the most important responsibilities that all teachers have to manage successfully when they meet their students for the first time is to create a positive and welcoming atmosphere where students are made to feel valued, capable, and eager to return for a second class. This responsibility becomes even more crucial if you teach students who have not been successful in the past or who struggle to succeed. Often this unpleasant past experience will result in classes and students who view them ...

    by Julia G. Thompson
    Sunday, 02 August 2015
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    A Pirate's Life For Me - Finding Treasure In The Classroom

    The following post, originally appeared in my Digressive Discourse blog at the Center for Teaching Quality's Collaboratory. I do the activities when I have new students at the beginning of each semester. Arrgggghhhhh. I'm feeling very "Piratey" these days. School is back after winter break, and my new 8th grade engineering students are completing the trials I wrote about in Teaching Secrets: Getting to Know Students Through Seating Challenges. On the first day in previous semesters, student ...

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    by August Merz III
    Saturday, 01 August 2015
  • Taking Notes by Hand or on a Computer

      Being the Tech Lead at a 1:1 chromebook school means that I have to decide what is best for my school’s technology needs. As students move from class to class and take notes in these various classes, I’ve wondered if continuing to take notes by hand or if typing them is what is best for them. Will they retain the information more if they write it, than if they typed it?   For the first few months I decided to use both methods of taking notes and observe what my students had to say ...

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    by Barbara Sweet
    Friday, 31 July 2015
  • Reflection - Hands-on, Inquiry-based Approach to STEM

    As part of my Summer learning I have been asked to view Frank Noschese's TEDxNYED talk from April 28, 2012 as he discusses the effectiveness of a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to STEM. The video can be seen by following this LINK.  The reflection prompt for this video is: Explain the processes of Model development, deployment, and failure.  The idea of using models to facilitate learning is nothing new in the lower levels. Most kids learn to count by using physical ...

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    by Dennis Dill
    Thursday, 30 July 2015
  • Reflection - Future of STEM Education

    As part of my Summer reading activities I was tasked with viewing The Future of STEM Education, presented by Dr. Roni Ellington at the 2013 Baltimore TEDx, and writing a reflection based on the four parts of inclusive framework.   1. Empower students to pursue hard subjects even as such subjects become more difficult over time. (Or: addition is easy, but calculus is hard.) Acknowledging that all students have the ability to reach lofty goals, even if their academic standing may sta ...

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    by Dennis Dill
    Thursday, 30 July 2015
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