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  • 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
  • If These Walls Could Talk: 5 Keys To Classroom Decoration

    simple truth: Learning is more powerful when those involved have ownership. research tells us: As the sun begins to set on the summer, and a new school year approaches, teachers can be found working hard in schools to prepare their classrooms to welcome a new group of students.  Deliberate preparation and excellent educators go hand-in-hand. Effective teachers are always trying to use best practice and educational research to inform their many decisions throughout the day.  This includes the cre ...

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    by Tony Kline, Ph.D.
    Thursday, 30 July 2015
  • Wonder

    The Lesson It was 10:30, and way past bedtime. But, it was Friday evening, and they just finished watching one of their favorite Pixar movies, Brave. I told them that it was time to go to bed, but their dad had a different idea. “Boys, come here. I have something to show you first.” Intrigued, we all gathered around him at the bottom of the stairs. “All of you need your iPads.” What was this all about? The boys rushed to the charging station, grabbed their iPads, and ran back to their dad ...

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    by Amy Heavin
    Saturday, 25 July 2015
  • 24/7 Learning: What students need from us

    Learning is not only limited to the time the student spends in our classrooms. The bell rings and the student can continue their work from anywhere. Technology is allowing students to access class content, work on assignments, help one another, contact the teacher, at any time of the day. What does that mean for us as teachers?   21st century learners need from their teachers: 24/7 access to course content: Provide course content online with an LMS, Google Classroom, Edm ...

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    by Barbara Sweet
    Friday, 24 July 2015
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Back to School: Recovering the Passion To Make a Difference

Gail Connelly with Former U.S Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch

pic Historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch travels the nation speaking to educators and says that the depth of discouragement in the field is at an all time high. Why are so many educators demoralized? More importantly, how can those who feel this way recover their passion to make a difference? Diane offers some great advice.
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