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Johnny Bunko Rules!

June 9, 2009
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Johnny Bunko Rules!

Daniel Pink’s book, Johnny Bunko, is an insightful, fresh look at careers and issues facing young and old. Even as a Generation X-er, I appreciate the book. I’ve recommended it to countless people and have yet to hear a bad word about it. Great stuff! If you want a good, quick overview of the book,…

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Book Review: Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice

May 21, 2009
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Book Review: Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice

Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice By: Patricia Wolfe As I continue to read about Brain-compatible learning, this book has helped me to get a firmer grasp of some of the research and how that research can be implemented in my classroom. The book itself is broken into three parts. Part I provides an…

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Book Review: Introduction to Brain-Compatible Learning

May 20, 2009
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Book Review: Introduction to Brain-Compatible Learning

Introduction to Brain-Compatible Learning By: Eric Jensen I read this book as an overview of brain-Compatible teaching. I definitely love the book. It is an easy, quick read. Plus it provides enough detail to get you started, but then jumps right into the implication for your classroom. The book begins with an overview of the…

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One more Six Word Story

May 18, 2009
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One more Six Word Story

Students really tuned in to the dementia that Mark Chapman, Lennon’s assassin, displayed, and the sordid history of Chapman’s youth. Single words: John Lynnen (sp) Assassination gun bullets 5 shots dead bible abused Six Word Story: “The abused became the abuser.” Share

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Six Word Stories over John Lennon’s Assassination

May 18, 2009
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Six Word Stories over John Lennon’s Assassination

Also in the Decades Collection from the History Channel was the story of John Lennon’s assassination. Students knew who John Lennon was, but very few knew that he had been murdered, much less any information about the assassin. I think the true power of the Six Word Story is relayed in the fact that students…

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More Six Word Stories

May 18, 2009
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More Six Word Stories

Just a few more examples from “The Fall of the Berlin Wall”, Decades Collection presented by the History Channel. Circled Words: Divided Berlin Airlift Blockade Communism Red Army Violence Tear Down Six Word Story “Germany divided by communism, much violence” Share

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Six Word Story Examples

May 18, 2009
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Six Word Story Examples

I just wanted to share some student work from our work with the Six Word Story. These examples are over the 1980′S DVD from The Decades Collection presented by the History Channel. Students watched “The Fall of the Berlin Wall” and were asked to write down descriptive words of what they saw or felt. Students…

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Windows as Whiteboards

May 12, 2009
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Windows as Whiteboards

Something simple but effective: Go visual with your windows as a whiteboard!

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The Six Word Story

May 12, 2009
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In an attempt to upgrade the students’ experience with documentaries, I decided to use the Six Word Story concept and have the students summarize the 50-minute documentary in six words or less. They struggled with the first try, but we had some great insights. They tried, and most of them gave it their all. Examples…

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