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
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.
You and I would be hard-pressed to find a teacher who’s against formative assessment. We would have better luck finding someone who hates whales or pizza. In theory, every teacher is regularly designing and deploying a variety of outcomes-based learning… Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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