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Lesson Planning using S.M.A.R.T. Objectives and Bloom’s Taxonomy. Part 1

December 1, 2010
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Lesson Planning using S.M.A.R.T. Objectives and Bloom’s Taxonomy. Part 1

Recently one of our teacher-readers honored me by asking my opinion on writing lesson plans.  What do I think should be included in an effective lesson plan? Well for what it is worth, here is my advice for creating effective lesson plans. The first thing I always start with is the objective, which I always…

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Lesson Plan Search Engine A Hit!

November 16, 2010
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Lesson Plan Search Engine A Hit!

On October 10th I shared a lesson plan search engine on this site.  I never suspected that hundreds of teachers would be using it.  And you should see the traffic on Sundays.  It looks like I’m not the only procrastinator! So to help all of us teachers out even more, I’ve updated the search engine…

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Activity Using Bloom’s Taxonomy, Dan Pink, and a Photograph

November 4, 2010
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Activity Using Bloom’s Taxonomy, Dan Pink, and a Photograph

Do you need a quick activity that lets you apply Bloom’s Taxonomy?  How about a single activity that applies Bloom’s, and the Design aptitude from A Whole New Mind?  Even better, how about an activity that does all of this, yet is flexible enough to act as a “bell ringer” or a central component of…

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Bloom’s Taxonomy Activities Printable – TeacherVision.com

October 10, 2010
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Bloom’s Taxonomy Activities Printable – TeacherVision.com

Recently I have returned to Bloom’s Taxonomy as I integrate Dan Pink’s AWNM aptitudes.  As stated in a previous post, I think that Bloom’s Taxonomy verbs fit nicely within Daniel Pink’s six essential aptitudes. I plan on sharing my Bloom’s Taxonomy research with you as I progress, and in light of that promise, I have…

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Empathy: It’s on the decline, how can we help?

October 3, 2010
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Empathy:  It’s on the decline, how can we help?

“College kids today are about 40 percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago, as measured by standard tests of this personality trait.” This statement solidifies the need for teachers to develop empathy, one of Dan Pink’s aptitudes from A Whole New Mind.  How are students going to compete in…

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Lesson Plan Search Engine

August 31, 2010
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Lesson Plan Search Engine

Search for free lesson plans, hassle-free. Teachers find ready-to-go lesson plans with this customized search engine.

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Using iTunes U to Develop Symphony Without an iPad

August 26, 2010
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Using iTunes U to Develop Symphony Without an iPad

Apple’s iPad has taken the world by storm, and it seems that educators everywhere are fascinated by the device. At Julia Green Elementary school in Nashville, Apple’s iPad will be utilized in all of their kindergarten classrooms.  Students will be able to use the technology to surf the web, access iTunes U, and create their…

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Upgrade This Lesson Plan

August 20, 2010
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Upgrade This Lesson Plan

Calling all teachers of the Right-Brain! Maybe you could help me upgrade this colleague’s lesson plan to include some of Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes from A Whole New Mind.  She is looking for any number of suggestions, but if we get enough folks submitting ideas we can put it up for a vote to declare…

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BP Oil Spill Lesson Plan

July 13, 2010
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BP Oil Spill Lesson Plan

In light of the horrific environmental damage that will surely impact the Gulf Coast due to the BP oil spill, I thought I would share some thoughts on using this disaster in the classroom.  Unfortunately I think we will still be hashing out the impact of BP’s spill during August and beyond.

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Using Design in Note Taking

April 28, 2010
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Using Design in Note Taking

I wanted to share a template with you that I use when giving notes. The idea came from a conversation with a colleague who had attended an in-service on Marzano‘s strategies.  (To see more on Marzano and Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes see this post) When asking students to take notes, the obvious weakness in strategy…

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