Link Pack 5.17.19


Mystery Skype
A look at how this accessible game piques students’ curiosity while helping them learn geography and make global connections with fellow students across the world

3 ways to speak English
Social justice education scholar and spoken word artist, Jamila Lyiscott, shares a powerful spoken-word essay celebrating the 3 distinct variations of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents . . . and accentuates the complexity of what it means to be “articulate”

An approach that emphasizes intentional, authentic, creative, child-centered assessment that offers the opportunity for students to learn and demonstrate understanding in unique and engaging ways

Puppets as interdisciplinary connectors
A PechaKucha presentation (20 slides x 20 seconds) from the 2019 NAIS Annual Conference highlighting one school’s creative use of puppetry as a vehicle for integrated learning across subjects

Sticky lessons
An informative (and entertaining) read by Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, that can help teachers make their instruction “stickier”  and the content of their lessons more understandable and memorable

Overlooked no more
A New York Times project designed to surface the previously overlooked stories of “unseen” and remarkable people

Is it a Grecian Urn?
Cult of Pedagogy’s Jennifer Gonzalez cautions that not all hands-on lessons are filled with substantial learning . . . and can, in fact, sometimes take way from richer tasks that would allow students the chance to “wrestle with more challenging stuff”






Link Pack 12.21.18

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Pillars of a meaningful life
4 areas of focus that help create meaning in life

Doodling . . . it’s good for you!
An intriguing article relating what research says about how doodling helps people focus on what they are learning, retain information and build confidence

Silence can be golden
How silence in the school day can offer opportunities for deep reflection and learning . . . for students and adults

Open your door
4 good reasons why peer observations can enhance the complex and intricate work of teaching

A view into Professor Chuck Hoberman’s transformational work to develop bioinspired materials and devices that emulate the way nature builds—work that has made the world a better, more interesting place

Link Pack 9.14.18

But why?
An informative podcast series based on input submitted by children—they ask the questions and Vermont Public Radio hosts Jane Lindholm and Melody Bodette gamely find the answers

Culturally Responsive Teaching—4 misconceptions
Educator and author, Zaretta Hammond, shares some common misconceptions about culturally responsive teaching in a podcast interview with Cult of Pedagogy’s Jennifer Gonzalez

Introvert, dear
An enlightening website with the mission of letting introverts everywhere know it’s okay to be who they are . . . and thrive in an extroverted world

5 benefits of play
A look at the benefits of unstructured play and its brain building capabilities–including fostering creativity, helping children learn to invent, negotiate and problem solve 

Importance of Struggle!
The newest short video from Stanford’s Jo Boaler and YouCubed—highlighting the importance of struggle in the learning process

More talking, please
Strategies for facilitating consistent and structured collaborative conversations with students that can improve overall classroom environment

Storytelling in the classroom
 3 ideas for including a little more time for storytelling in the classroom–for writers who need to tell their stories aloud (sometimes many times) to figure out what they want to say


Giver or Taker?
Adam Grant’s TED talk about the 3 different kinds of workplace personalities (givers, takers, matchers) — a companion piece to his book Give and Take

Empathy is a verb
Educational psychologist Michele Borba’s TEDx talk chronicling her journey to discover how to optimize human potential and cultivate empathy — a companion piece to her book UnSelfie



Link Pack 2.25.18

Navigating conversations about tragedy
Mind/Shift’s useful primer on talking with kids about terrible things

Funville Adventures
A new delightfully math-y book involving a series of characters with magical powers in a fantastical land where functions (one of the most important ideas of higher mathematics) come to life

IGNITE presentations
This unique presentation structure (20 slides, 15 seconds each) can be a powerful  culminating activity for students—one that challenges them to be creative, engaging and succinct

Empowering global learners
A veteran Apple Distinguished Educator shares why even our youngest students benefit from lowering classroom walls and welcoming the world in as they learn every day

Courageous conversations
From the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) . . . a video series designed to shift the conversation and prompt a deeper, more authentic discussion about issues of racial equity in schools—discussion guides and resources included

Mistakes matter
40 things we learn from making mistakes

Big as life
Teaching Channel’s Sarah Brown Wessling shares a novel twist on using graphic organizers to push students’ thinking as they synthesize information






Link Pack 12.15.17


Finding quiet
A compelling TED Radio Hour episode that explores ways to step back and make time to reflect in an increasingly distracted and hurried world

Secret agent students
5 tools for creating and including secret messages in the learning process

The pencil and the keyboard
Clive Thompson’s thought-provoking talk on how the way you write changes the way you think

Mix It Up
From Teaching Tolerance—ideas and activities that encourage students to identify, question and cross social boundaries . . . during lunchtime and beyond

Rethinking giftedness
A short film from Stanford’s Jo Boaler encouraging us to consider the importance of celebrating the growth potential of all students

Do this, not that
An informational graphic outlining assignments that move learning from static to dynamic—supporting critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity skills

A view into one impressive 6th grader’s reasons to feel grateful every day



Link Pack 10.21.17

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The October Blues . . . it’s a thing 
2 worthy articles outline how teachers can keep momentum and prevent burnout when the inevitable October dip hits

An informative, creative site explaining a young writer’s program that supports K-12 students and educators interested in taking part in November’s National Novel Writing Month challenge

Inviting uncertainty into the classroom
UConn professor Ronald Beghetto shares 5 great strategies to help students respond well to uncertainty—and foster complex problem-solving skills

Animated empathy
Brené Brown on empathy . . . an RSA short (“snapshot of a big idea, blending voices from the RSA public events programme and the creative talents of illustrators and animators from around the world”)

Shifting from extrinsic to intrinsic 
A thoughtful look at the positive effects that result when schools move away from extrinsic rewards

Write on the tables!
A Teaching Channel clip illustrating how using tables as white boards can be an effective tool for communication in the classroom














Link Pack 4.30.17

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Science Spoonfuls
A supplement to NPR’s Science Friday podcast . . . doses of current science, technology, and engineering stories ready for the classroom; each contains a short piece of media and suggestions for extending student exploration into the science behind the story

Number talk images
A beautiful collaborative project dedicated to gathering interesting images to be used as a launching point for Number Talks

It’s tricky . . .
A reminder that giving effective feedback to students is more of an art than a simple practice

What are you practicing?
Dave Mochel’s TEDx talk focusing on how consistently combining awareness with deliberate action leads to fulfillment, well-being, growth and connection

Twitter slip
A short video featuring a trusted formative assessment strategy . . . with a twist

A “Cult of Pedagogy” post/podcast highlighting how well-designed curation projects can boost higher order thinking in the classroom

53 Ways to Check for Understanding
A handy list of strategies to help verify what students have learned and adjust teaching appropriately


Link Pack 3.13.17

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Humility is the new smart
A thought-provoking podcast interview with author/professor Edward Hess explaining how the “Smart Age” now evolving has no place for ego—quality of ideas, accuracy, emotional intelligence and mindfulness will be the focus in our students’ future

Putting rhymes to good use: Dr. Suess
A clever, fast-moving video essay about the most influential writer in children’s literature

Border crossings
A collection of games supported by the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) that teachers can use in class to explore issues around immigrants and refugees

Math . . . say more!
A useful graphic with 100 questions that promote mathematical discourse

Students on mindset
Jo Boaler’s new mini-movie featuring students describing the power of mindset math
in their own words

What is formative assessment?
A  two-minute video explainer from EdWeek

Penny vs. dollar questions
An engaging way to help our youngest students learn to restructure their thoughts and formulate effective questions

BONUS: (re-published from May, 2016 Teach+Learn post)
An easy-to-use digital tool that empowers students (K-8) to independently document what they are learning at school and build digital portfolios; simple enough for all ages to comfortably use

Link Pack 1.20.17

“Connection is why we’re here”
2017 NAIS annual conference speaker Brené Brown’s apt TED talk reminds us that letting ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen, is excruciatingly difficult . . . and necessary in order to make  meaningful connections

Let it go
Mind/Shift’s Linda Flanagan shares how one teacher let go of control and embraced the notion that today’s students must have opportunities to drive their own learning

Cool tool: JeopardyLabs
A FREE web-based tool that allows you to create customized Jeopardy templates without using PowerPoint

Personalizing learning
4 good examples of personalized learning that help prepare our students to be productive, insightful, caring members of society

Engagement vs. compliance
8 different qualities that indicate students are engaged . . . not just compliant

Engagement wheel
From Engaging Teaching Tools . . . a simple self-assessment tool for teachers to check the engagement level of their students

Danger of silence
Slam poet and teacher Clint Smith’s short, timely message about finding the courage to speak up

Link Pack 12.14.16


Empathy holds the key
Empathy has the potential to open up students to deeper learning, drive clarity of thinking, and inspire engagement with the world

The power of stories
Research shows us that reading fiction can help students develop empathy and understand how to handle their own and other people’s feelings

Your students need you . . . now more than ever
Alan November’s TEDx talk on the key role today’s educator has in ensuring students are armed with skills to help them go beyond scratching the surface of gaining knowledge

Books! Blind SpotWhat If? & Humble Inquiry
Three good reads to help us recognize hidden biases, explore issues of diversity and learn the gentle art of asking instead of telling

Fake news
A KQED podcast highlighting the new Stanford study that reveals today’s students are struggling to distinguish ads from articles, neutral sources from biased ones and fake accounts from real ones . . . find the full article here

“The Lie”
In a short video, 4th grade students from an Alabama school share their thoughts on lies they have heard about people who look like them

Comic books as an entry point to non-fiction
Teaching Channel’s Sarah Brown Wessling shows how having students tackle a complex task using a familiar medium can help them develop understanding . . . and engage them along the way