Myths in Education

A quiz I put together for internationaleducationnews.com

http://internationaleducationnews.com/myths-in-education/

 

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Meditation Club

I have been dipping in and out of meditation fro the past 5 years. I have also used some guided meditation in my classes to help students focus. I have found it to be an effective tool with all age groups. You have your initial few giggles the first time, but once I explain the reason and science behind the activity kids get on board. I have also sent guided meditations to students whom are having difficulties winding down and switching off before sleep, with positive feedback.

This article delves even further with a teacher creating a meditation club, I would love to try this. Click on the picture for the full article.

http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/elementary-students-skip-recess-for-meditation

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Things I Wish I Could Show My Students – Charlie Brooker “How to report the news”

One of my favorite media personalities is Charlie Brooker. He is smart, observant and very funny. He has a large body of work across several different mediums. First of all I would like to show you a short clip he made for a TV series called Screenwipe.

It is a great analysis of techniques used in reporting the news. If you enjoy this I suggest getting a hold of his TV series How TV Ruined my Life. 

The second clip I am going to share is a trailer for his recent miniseries Black Mirror, a dark commentary on the use of technology that leaves you feeling very uncomfortable. It had my husband and I talking about it for days.  Any things you wish that you could show in class but not sure if admin would approve?

When Praise Can Harm

Here are two interesting articles I read in the Atlantic about praise. I know a lot of educators who over praise and I myself have also done it. I try to give concrete praise  when I think it is truly deserved. I think you have to as a middle school teacher as kids know if they deserve it or not, and if they think they don’t deserve it they wont value your opinion.

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/lavishing-kids-with-praise-can-make-them-feel-worse-about-themselves/282772/

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/12/report-teachers-arent-trained-to-praise-their-students/282190/

How best to teach: knowledge-led or skills-led lessons?

Pragmatic Education

“Let truth and falsehood grapple:

who ever knew truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?”

John Milton, Areopagitica, 1644

Milton

Knowledge lessons prioritise memory, instruction and practice;

Skills lessons prioritise engagement, collaboration and reflection.

Last week I (and others, here and here) argued that a debate on skills and knowledge is worth having in education. I see a knowledge-led curriculum with mastery assessment and effective instruction as a frontier that has the potential to tackle the long tail of underachievement, particularly in challenging English schools with disadvantaged pupils.

 

The question of how best to teach is hotly contested. There are distinctive and fundamental differences in pedagogy between those who advocate a knowledge-led approach and those who advocate a skills-led approach.

The purpose of the skills-led approach is to prioritise and develop transferable skills like collaboration and empathy. The content studied is…

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Apps for Higher Order Thinking

I recently came across a great technology blog Class Tech Tips where I stumbled across this nice post.

http://classtechtips.com/2013/12/11/14-free-apps-for-higher-order-thinking/

I am looking forward to trying some out as early finisher activities. In terms of higher order thinking I also love the game scribblenauts. It is a puzzle action video game that starts of very simple and develops into an interesting problem solving activity. Great for all ages and encourages creativity. Click on the picture to open in the i-tunes store.

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