Graphing on Post-its Will Be Your New Favorite Math Lesson – Education Article

Graphing is best understood when your students actually do it. You can talk all about the x-axis, y-axis, and different coordinates, but your students will better process the information when they can try it themselves. And these graphing on Post-its templates make it even better.  We first wrote about printing on Post-its a few months ago. We offered several templates to choose from, and everyone LOVED them! So now we are giving you a new set of Post-it printables specifically for…

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15 Social Studies Projects for Book Creator Classrooms – Education Article

There are a few things you may not know about me. I love historical fiction, I have a Masters Degree in History, and trips to museums are one of my favorite parts of traveling. So you can imagine that as a classroom teacher I spent lots of time making cross-curricular connections with students. Sometimes we would read a historical fiction book like Pink and Say or Train to Somewhere to spark discussion or connect to a writing prompt. Other times…

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2nd Amendment, Slavery & Creating Critical Readers & Thinkers – Urban Education Mixtape – Education Article

One of the most important jobs that a history teacher has is threefold: learn the truth, know the truth and teach the truth. When teaching children of color, understand that traditionally, the “canon” has withheld the whole truth of American history. Whether Black or White, if you’re a history teacher, it is your obligation to unearth the withheld truths – for students of all backgrounds. Knowledge absent of truth is not power; it is to be inhibited. In light of…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Urban Education Mixtape – Education Article

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time of year that falls between the holiday season and spring break. It’s that time of the year where the prescribed off days are few. It’s that time of the year where children begin to feel restless, the calendar seems to stand still and the adults are starting to lose their patience. It’s that time of the year where the realization of the end of year failures for specific students grows stronger.…

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20 Fresh Ideas and Activities for Black History Month – Education Article

You can browse their amazing collection online by topic, date, or place. 16. Host a poetry reading. Source: Library of Congress Have students choose a poem or two by a black poet to learn and recite for the class or an audience made up of school community members. And don’t forget the ambiance! Choose a student to serve as the emcee, write up a program, dim the lights, and play some jazz in between performances. The Poetry Foundation has excellent…

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Virtual Valentines and 2 Other Cool, Easy Collaborative Ideas for Teachers @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Dyane Smokorowski is the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and is currently serving as an Instructional Technology Coach in the Andover Public schools. Mrs. Smoke, as she’s known to her students, believes in a project-based, student-centered classroom that helps students build skills in communication, planning, research and project implementation. Her 17-year passion for global collaboration has led Mrs. Smoke to design over 75 projects for teachers and students around the world. She wants her students to develop a love…

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How to Scale Instructional Planning, Perspective from a History Classroom – Education Article

By Benjamin Heckscher, History Department Head Lycée International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye American Section For most of my career, I was content to take the general topics in my history curriculum that I was to teach and to just move through them in order, trying to get it all in before the end of the year. A few issues came up that made me reconsider my instructional planning. First: when simply running through the material, you tend to leave one subject unfinished and…

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Question Formulation Techniques with Chris Fancher – Education Article

Chris Fancher is a Middle Years Program (MYP) design teacher at a public International Baccalaureate (IB) charter school in Round Rock, TX. He has taught every course, from pre-algebra to calculus, in more than 20 years of public education. As a military spouse, he found himself teaching mathematics in four states and two countries, as well as teaching college algebra and college statistics for the University of Maryland University College. Chris honed his project-based learning (PBL) skills at the nationally…

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Free Lesson Plans from Study.com – Education Article

Study.com is an online distance learning portal that provides over 70,000 lessons in fifteen subjects (including algebra, calculus, chemistry, macro- and microeconomics, and physics) aligned with many popular textbooks. Resources include not only videos but study tools, guides, quizzes, and more. You can read more detail on my Study.com review here. What a lot of educators don’t know is that Study.com offers thousands of lesson plans for teachers — hundreds of them for free — to simplify lesson preparation and save time…

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One Click Wonder: Digitizing Lesson Plans and Class Materials – Education Article

Presenting Digital Lessons Now for presenting digital lessons. History lesson plans might involve a short lecture, a YouTube clip, a few pages from the textbook, and a worksheet. For that class, you need your own notes and maybe some PowerPoint slides, there will be the YouTube video, you’ll have to bring your textbook, and find the worksheet to print. It’s also a lot of moving parts. As an example, that video is going to take a few minutes to get…

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Read Aloud Videos and Teacher Guides for Your Classroom – Education Article

Over the past few years, I’ve had the chance to speak at a variety of literacy conferences. From Nebraska to Maryland, Orlando to Austin, I’ve shared strategies for integrating digital tools into the classroom and favorite online resources for educators. High on my list of favorite resources is Storyline Online. If you haven’t heard of Storyline Online before it is a free resource with read aloud videos. On their website, you can search for different children’s picture books or browse…

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18 Challenges for Teachers Online Course – FREE for Subscribers! – Education Article

The 18 Challenges for Teachers ONLINE COURSE! Now FREE for Subscribers ($60 value) That’s right! Subscribe to Shake Up Learning emails and you can get this online course for FREE! (details and form below) What’s This Course About? The 18 Challenges Course is the companion course to the FREE 18 Challenges ebook announced earlier this year. The 18 Challenges Course is NOT about the tool! This course is about transforming learning in your classroom and trying new things! There is something…

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