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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How Games Reward The Brain

November 9, 2010
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As an educator we are constantly pursuing ways to engage and motivate our students.  An exciting way to appeal to the Millennial generation is through games. This TED video featuring Tom Chatfield discusses the powerful connection between our brains and the format of games.  As highlighted by Dan Pink in A Whole New Mind, the…

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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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The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Now Belongs to China

October 30, 2010
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The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Now Belongs to China

I’m not too sure what this will mean for the future, but it seems worth noting that the world’s fastest computer no longer resides in the United States.  As a teacher, why should I be concerned? Because this example provides even more proof that the world is flattening.  The U.S. does not solely possess the…

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6 Free Sites for Creating Your Own Animations

October 28, 2010
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6 Free Sites for Creating Your Own Animations

I wanted to share these resources with you from Mashable’s website. Animation is an excellent tool for nonlinguistic representations, a strategy endorsed by Dr. Marzano.  Animation also challenges students to reach the synthesis level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  All the student is required to do is to create a story that needs to be told.  This…

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How Can We Make Student Work Meaningful?

October 14, 2010
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How Can We Make Student Work Meaningful?

How much of our students’ days are filled with abstract concepts?  How often do kids actually get to work with their hands? This article in the New York Times caught my eye after a day of teaching intangible, purely conceptual material.  What did my students actually apply that day?  In Dan Pink’s words, what meaning…

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