Link Pack 9.16.15

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Switch questioning around
Cris Tovani urges us to spend time helping students hone their questioning skills and ignite learning by having them do more of the question-asking in class

Importance of questions
A quick video on how we must prepare our students for the future

Deeper learning
From Grant Lichtman . . . a summary list of three key elements teachers can use to answer the question “what should I do to transform my classroom?”

Thinking like Einstein and Edison
The solutions of this century (and beyond) will come from creative people who are willing to look at doing things differently . . . here are two easy ideas to help us teach our kids to be creative

Wonderopolis
A useful site to help keep wonderment alive in the classroom; use the “Daily Wonder” to jumpstart critical thinking and support natural curiosity or check out the collection of “Wonders” for content specific themes

Importance of creativity
A short video that helps us understand why creativity matters, why we must foster it and why we need to make sure it is at the center of learning

Start Empathy
A resource-packed site about Start Empathy, an initiative of Ashoka, “a community of individuals and institutions dedicated to building a future in which every child masters empathy” . . . don’t miss the Stop Bullying video created by three 8-year old friends

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5th Annual Bay Area Science Festival
October 22–November 7, 2015. Largest science education event in the Bay Area for adults and children. Two weeks. 50 events. Unleash your inner scientist.

Link Pack 9.5.15

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Week of Inspirational Math
YouCubed and Jo Boaler offer a free week of open-ended math tasks for teachers to use with grades 3-9 students . . . includes a full teacher’s guide

Long-term flourishing . . .
. . . is the point of schooling

Hands-off teaching
A few simple things teachers can do to get students thinking as much as possible during class

Trashy toys
Science educator Arvind Gupta’s TED talk on turning trash into well-designed toys kids can build themselves . . . and learn basic principles of science and design in the process

Cool Tool: Pear Deck
A simple presentation tool to fully engage your class, enhance student learning and check for understanding