Link Pack 12.15.17

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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

Gratitude
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

NaNoWriMo
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

Curation
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)
Seesaw
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

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“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

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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

 

 

 

 

Link Pack 11.1.16

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Gender Insights Coming to Your Classroom
An informative Educational Leadership article about current gender research and how we can increase equity for male and female students; don’t miss the included “Tips for More Gender-Equitable Classrooms”

Spread the Love project
One teacher’s plan of action to promote kindness and increase self esteem in her Middle School classroom

Open Middle
A website chock-full of K-12 math problems that Dan Meyer explains “make math more like things students like” . . . the problems have an “open middle” (meaning there are multiple ways to approach and solve the problem)

More WODB!
Another Which One Doesn’t Belong resource dedicated to providing thought-provoking math puzzles for students (and teachers!)

Maker projects and real learning
5 ways to ensure real learning happens in maker-enhanced projects

Brains On & But Why?
2 kid-centered educational podcasts for use in the classroom (or at home) that explore topics and questions students are continually curious about

Zoom In Inquiry
An instructional strategy that intrigues students to uncover a primary source image, piece by piece, to help them connect to a big idea or relevant theme

 

 

Link Pack 9.27.16

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Seeing as understanding
Dr. Jo Boaler’s new article on how learning through visual approaches changes mathematics for students and gives them access to deep and new understandings; includes 3 key recommendations for educators and parents and accompanying activities

Assessment for learning (A4L)
10+ formative assessment strategies that help guide teachers’ instruction and give meaningful feedback to students

Stories Teachers Share
KQED’s podcast featuring stories showcasing the stories teachers share with their friends, families and loved ones . . . some funny, others poignant . . . all told in the teacher’s voice

Adventures of a cardboard box
A short video adventure of an imaginative boy who meets and befriends a large cardboard box . . . an engaging illustration of how creativity can flourish in an environment that encourages it

Connect students with scientist struggles
14 incredible stories that offer students the opportunity to see the valuable struggles of well-known scientists . . . don’t miss the bonus resource: The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

Intrigue in the classroom
Teaching Channel’s Sarah Brown Wessling illustrates how to create an environment that encourages curiosity and prompts critical thinking

Brain games and SEL skills
3 simple games, from Harvard’s Usable Knowledge, that can become tools for teaching core social-emotional skills . . . and lead to success throughout the school day for students

 

Link Pack 5.16.16

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Ending the year well
5 end-of-the-year activities to help you and your students reflect on the year of learning

Let them use fingers!
The latest research re-emphasizes that students who have well-developed visual thinking will be poised for success in the world’s new workplace . . . and it starts with lifting the ban on the use of fingers in math class

In the spirit of inquiry
Inductive learning engages students in higher-level thinking by having them analyze examples before being introduced to overarching theories or rules

Fun-filled formative assessment
10 ways to help spice up how you check for understanding in the classroom

Bending the rules of light
Pixar’s director of photography, Danielle Feinberg, reveals how she creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code . . . inspiration for students imagining their future

Power of podcasts
Using podcasts in the classroom can help build students’ creative potential, prompt them to draw more novel pictures, think up more unique questions, and solve problems in more imaginative ways . . . Don’t miss these 2 great ones:  Brains On and Tumble

Seesaw
An easy-to-use digital tool that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school

Link Pack 3.21.16

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Poem of the day
4 good reasons to start class with a poem each day in April in honor of National Poetry Month . . . or as a regular practice 

Wait, wait, wait . . .
5 things teachers can do to improve student learning and development in the classroom . . . by waiting

What can people do to get better at learning?
A brief video highlighting responses from a group of esteemed professors, engineers, and journalists at the Aspen Ideas Festival

The happiness factor
Dr. Emma Seppala, author of The Happiness Track, explains how and why happiness is not something we can afford to lose in our classrooms . . . it is crucial to building the foundation of deep, meaningful learning

Beautiful questions in the classroom
5 ways to help our students become deep questioners who solve real problems 

Worth a listen!
A KQED Forum interview with Stanford professor, Jo Boaler, who calls on educators to shift thinking and revolutionize the way Math is taught

Which one doesn’t belong?
A site dedicated to providing thought-provoking math-y puzzles for teachers and students . . . many right answers possible . . . good discussions inevitable
(don’t miss this related link for younger kids, too)