What Great Teachers Do, Class Management Chat, Avoiding Humiliation

March 29th, 2015

If you think you know what great teachers should do, this list may surprise you. Then it’s a 3/31 chat on classroom management, and how to avoid humiliating your students. On to another social media screwup, why you should visit a kindergarten, leading by getting out of the way, a being different quote, and a very cool short animation.

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Accountability vs Fun, Finding Internships, Blended Learning Experiment

March 28th, 2015

If you don’t think you can still have fun and get decent scores on the crappy tests, you may be wrong. Then it’s tips for finding internships, and a cool state-wide blended learning experiment. On to using backchannels in class, the benefits of outdoor play, parental controls for cable and online, a Tim Cook quote, and who should we put on the $20?

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Giving Students Feedback, Hooking Students, The Dumbest Question

March 27th, 2015

Feedback for students is vital to their learning. Here are some tips for doing it better. Then it’s adding a hook to your lessons, and a dumb question for scientists. On to YouTube settings for teachers, elephants and whales from space, grading teachers by the test, a performance metric quote, and how not to knock down a wall.

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Online Coding Courses, Innovative Hamlet Lesson, Environmental Health Blog

March 26th, 2015

The idea that all kids should learn how to code is hot, but few schools offer courses. Here is a possible way out. Then it’s a very cool Hamlet lesson plan with sample results, and a valuable environmental health resource. On to fighting ISIS with social media, a student-centered check list, opting out of kindergarten tests, a courage quote, and offensive gestures from around the world.

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The Innovator’s Mindset, Vanishing Librarians, Student Anti-Test Protests

March 25th, 2015

I’m a big fan of Carol Dweck’s Mindset. See how top tweeter George Couros takes it one step further. Then it’s how school librarians are vanishing, and student organized anti-test protests. On to Twitter dealing with threats and abuse, student choice ideas, what we know about forgiveness, a Tony Wagner quote, and how to win an argument.

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