Posts Tagged ‘ Lesson Plans ’

History comes alive through program at Montgomery elementary school | MyCentralJersey.com

April 6, 2010
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History comes alive through program at Montgomery elementary school | MyCentralJersey.com

Another great use of empathy in the classroom. History is an excellent medium for developing empathy.  And these New Jersey elementary students have taken it to the next level. In the first part of the project they research historical figures.  They look into their early life and careers, following the figures throughout all of their…

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Free Printable PDF Templates – Smashing Magazine

April 2, 2010
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Free Printable PDF Templates – Smashing Magazine

This is some great stuff! If you are looking at enhancing your students’ design aptitude from AWNM, any lesson plan would benefit from one or more of these templates. And for those followers of Marzano’s strategies, these templates will let you create graphic organizers, nonlinguistic representations, summary activities, and advanced organizers. There are templates for…

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Dartmouth Engineer » Engineering by Design

March 23, 2010
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Dartmouth Engineer » Engineering by Design

What a great idea – Using improv to develop design-based thinking. This article highlights Peter Robbie’s Design Thinking class at Thayer Engineering School, which acts as an effective reminder of the powerful role that the arts can play in rigorous education. As you read the article, Robbie points out that in an age of abundance…

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Technology Turns Students into Educators in Distance Learning Program — THE Journal

March 8, 2010
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Technology Turns Students into Educators in Distance Learning Program — THE Journal

Videoconferencing is something you continue to hear about, and I think we can all agree that it continues to create opportunities in education. But this program in Rural Texas really has a great application of the technology. The main project that elementary students use is a presentation about cotton.  The Texas students are living in…

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Boy discovers microbe that eats plastic | MNN – Mother Nature Network

March 7, 2010
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Boy discovers microbe that eats plastic | MNN – Mother Nature Network

This article was passed along to me, and I just found it amazing.  A Canadian high school student used his science fair project to solve a major ecological problem, the biodegrading of plastic. Obviously this student has been developing the aptitude of Meaning from A Whole New Mind.  He took an academic assignment and turned…

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Math for Primates Podcast

March 1, 2010
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Math for Primates Podcast

This is a pretty cool blog and podcast series.  If you want your kids to find the relevance of math, there are some great ideas here. If you look through the examples that he provides on the site, you can get some practical upgrades for your math lesson plans.  I’ve always thought that in math,…

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The Official Flat Stanley Project

February 22, 2010
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The Official Flat Stanley Project

I’ve heard a lot about this program, and I think it may be an effective way to build Dan Pink’s Empathy aptitude from A Whole New Mind. If you are not familiar with “Flat Stanley”, it is basically a pen pal program where elementary students mail a paper cutout of Stanley to  other locations around…

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Story Board Template

February 15, 2010
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I’ve been promising that I would post this Story Board Template that I shared at TechNet. For those of you who have not used Dan Pink’s Story in your classrooms, the template should give you an easy way to start. In my history classes, I have students create a fictional history story using the story…

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Colts curriculum gets kids excited | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

February 12, 2010
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Colts curriculum gets kids excited | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

What a great lesson plan!  If you look through some of Dan Pink’s presentations, he speaks about developing the entire right brain, and not being too caught up in individual aptitudes. As the Indianapolis Star points out in this article, teacher Chad Wallace uses football statistics to enhance his mathematics lesson plans. Students wear jerseys,…

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Whatever Happened To … opera in elementary school? – washingtonpost.com

February 11, 2010
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Whatever Happened To … opera in elementary school? – washingtonpost.com

As a lover of the arts, this article really struck home for me.  I immediately thought of Dan Pink, and the aptitudes of Story and Symphony. What is opera but a human story?  Most of our great and wonderful story lines can be found in opera.  And if you can include all of the actions,…

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