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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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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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‘Moving’ Towards Better Learning for Students

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/moving_to_learn_Curtis_chandler.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy wife and I have four boys—four squirrely boys. They aren’t what we would consider belligerent or even really disruptive. But each parent teacher-conference we have ever had goes about the same. We come… Continue Reading

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What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Student Motivation and Engagement

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/motivation_engagement_podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs human beings, most of us tend to avoid things that are difficult. For example, I was recently visiting a school where kids were running the mile as part of their physical education class.… Continue Reading

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Learning Through and From Games

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Learning_From_and_Through_Games.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Human beings are wired for two things—learning and playing.  No one is likely argue with the first claim…that we are wired for learning.  Babies who are only a couple months old, for example,… Continue Reading

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Hunting and Gathering—Getting the Right Books in the Hands of Students

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Hunting_and_Gathering…Getting_the_Best_Books_in_the_Hands_of_Students.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download  Sadly, when I was an elementary and secondary student, it often seemed that the text we read in class was mandated to us because either (1) it was one of my teacher’s favorites… Continue Reading