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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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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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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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Getting Your Feet Wet with Project-based Learning

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/PBL_getting_your_feet_wet.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download As human-beings, we tend to learn the most when we are given something to do and a problem to solve. For example, when I visit with schools, I often challenge teachers to search… Continue Reading

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Orchestrating Compelling Problems for Students to Solve

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Orchestrating_Compelling_Problems_for_Students.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download  Young people’s brains are designed to solve problems. Once they are invested in a something challenging, they will often do whatever it takes to work out a solution. One of my own son’s,… Continue Reading