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How Analogies and Technology Can Deepen Understanding

Adolescents constantly work to make sense of new information, often by referencing what they already know. Teachers can help by introducing analogies. Curtis Chandler shares tips and tech tools to help put analogies to work, including Metamia and Google Slides. Continue Reading

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How Concept Maps Help Deepen Student Learning

I find myself doing what many educators do—trying to design learning activities that help me (and my students) to get a clearer picture of their own understanding and misunderstanding. That‘s why I often ask students to engage in concept mapping… Continue Reading

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Explore Easy to Use Teaching Tools This Summer

Assuming you are among that large group of restless professional learners, I’ve assembled a ‘summer shortlist’ of technology tools that might be worth exploring for potential classroom uses. Continue Reading

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Mastering Test Anxiety: Student & Teacher Tips

Spring’s promise of renewal is just ahead. But for many educators, spring is also the season of testing anxiety. Curtis Chandler shares research and wisdom from fellow educators that can help turn angst into achievement for students and for their teachers. Continue Reading

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3 Brainy Strategies Boost Student Learning

This blog post/article originally appeared on MiddleWeb. I may not be a brain expert, but as an educator, I am in the brain business. Like many other teachers out there, I am trying to uncover as much as I can about learning and cognition in order to better understand and serve my students.

That’s why I counted myself lucky when I was asked to teach a night class on adolescent development, cognition, and understanding. Not necessarily because I had so much to say on the subject, but because it gave me a chance to thumb through my old Ed Psych notes, read up on the latest research in cognition, and order a stack of new books with the Amazon gift card that has been sitting in my wallet for 2 years.

What I discovered were a few guiding principles – some new and some already known – that helped fine-tune the design and delivery of my middle school lessons. Continue Reading

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Critical Thinking and Writing

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/critical_thinking_and_writing.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Conventional wisdom holds that one of the best ways to help student learn to engage in critical thinking is to foster their ability to write. But as teachers, a lack of well-written, poorly-reasoned… Continue Reading

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Four Fun Apps to Help Gamify Your Classroom

The first step toward gamifying your classroom can be as simple as taking the “ew” out of “review” with these helpful game-oriented apps. Included: Quizizz, Kahoot, Classcraft and Class Dojo.  Read the full article here on MiddleWeb.

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Getting Teachers to Write (Better)

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/getting_teachers_to_write_better_interview_SB_wessling.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt is one thing to help teachers to find the time to write.  It is quite another to give them the tools they need to be able to write better.  In this podcast Sarah… Continue Reading

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When a Teacher’s Writing Goes Viral

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/when_writing_goes_viral.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOne the most challenging aspects of being an educator is getting those outside of the profession to take you seriously.  Unless, of course, you are Lori Rice. Not only did her opinion catch the… Continue Reading