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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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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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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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Recalibrating Project-Based Learning

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/recalibrating_PBL_IT.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn education, just because everyone claims to be doing something similar doesn’t ensure that they are doing it well…or the even the same.   Project-based learning, or PBL, continues to gain momentum in schools and… Continue Reading

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What Happens When Students Play (and Design) Games

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/podcast_curtis_chandler_students_who_play_and_design_games.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNot everything we do in schools can be fun and games, but much of what we do in the classroom should be…especially when it comes to science instruction. I was visiting a school recently… Continue Reading

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Beyond the Digital Zombie Stereotype: Three Tips for Empowering Student Agency and Decision-Making

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/choice_control_beyond_the_digital_zombie.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy wife is a vegetable ninja. You see, over the years, she has secretly employed a handful of tricks to ensure that our four sons (and their father) develop healthy eating habits. From the… Continue Reading

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Improving and Assessing Teen Engagement in Literacy Activities

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Improving_and_Engaging_Teens.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOver the past decade it seems that I have had the same literacy conversation dozens of times with parents.  Around the time a student hits his or her teenage years, it seems that their… Continue Reading

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Improving Teacher Feedback To Students

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Improving_Teacher_Feedback_to_Students.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNot too long ago I was at school, and came around the corner to find several students crowded around one kid’s cell phone screen.  They were laughing…so naturally…I assumed the worst—that they were sharing… Continue Reading