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February 2013 Blog Posts (72)

Found this on Pinterest as well! What a cute idea for art supplies!

Found this on Pinterest as well! What a cute idea for art supplies!

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Added by Eunji Christine Lee on February 25, 2013 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Check this website out! Found this picture on Pinterest as well. The "Wonder Wall" is a great way to encourage learning and promote students to ask questions. Click Me!

Check this website out! Found this picture on Pinterest as well. The "Wonder Wall" is a great way to encourage learning and promote students to ask questions.

Click Me!

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Added by Eunji Christine Lee on February 25, 2013 at 11:05pm — No Comments

Cute Blog!

Click Me! This is a cute blog I found online while browsing Pinterest! Lots of creative ideas and DIY projects in the classrooms!

Added by Eunji Christine Lee on February 25, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Soar With the Eagles – or Roost With the Chickens

Who Influences You?

When my clients start working with me to gain the objectives of improving their lives, one of my first questions is. “How many people have direct influence over your life, such as your spouse, children, friends, relatives, etc.? Asking this question lays down a specific directive for my client to assess.

It’s natural that you would care what your loved ones think. These are the same…

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Added by Shannon Panzo PhD on February 25, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments

You either get assessment or you don't

I am worried that educators miss the true meaning of assessment like missing the true meaning of Christmas.

Giving a "test" isn't about devising a 50 question multiple choice, fill-in the blank, short answer, and extended response on paper using a pencil. It isn't using a bank of test questions to deliver the test online and send results to students via email. Testing isn't about having student memorize facts to regurgitate and then say that they have learned. Testing, really…

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Added by Scott Kinkoph on February 25, 2013 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Challenge 8

Collaboration is extremely different on a wiki than in an actual classroom!  It is challenging enough to teach students how to collaborate and all have a part in activities within the classroom, but online presents even more challenges.  First, I found it very difficult, mostly due to my lack of knowledge, to even set up the wiki properly.  I googled and youtubed it and still had trouble.  Then, because I fell behind in getting it properly set up, I had trouble connecting with others to…

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Added by Nicole Hackett on February 25, 2013 at 12:37am — No Comments

Challenge 9

This rubric was used to assess the 1st Grade Kite Project.  kite%20project%20assessment.docx

It can also be found at:  Wikispaces

Added by Lori Thomas on February 24, 2013 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Challenge 8

Kathryn Lewter and I worked together on this project.  I divided my 1st grade class into three groups.  They had to work collaboratively within their group to construct a kite.  Parents were allowed to help. 

Check out our link at:  Challenge 8

Go to Pages and Files to find each groups work.

Added by Lori Thomas on February 24, 2013 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Love this assessment site for technology!

I found this wonderful site that contains rubrics for assessing many different technologies such as tweets, threads, wikis, presentations and even blogs.  Hope you will enjoy it as well.  http://www.schrockguide.net/assessment-and-rubrics.html

 

I invite you to comment on my wiki for Challenge 9. Also, I want to thank the website's creator, Kathy Schrock for being so open to share with other…

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Added by Lori Ann Gibson on February 23, 2013 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Assessments and Technology

I would think that the best assessments for technology would be the outcome of their task or project. Wow! I looked at Prezi, how awesome! Much more than just a PowerPoint presentation. As educators, we sometimes to think that the digital natives know everything already. We do have to really teach them how to use the technology. They are savvy when it comes to click and find, but not as much when it comes to saving, editing, and linking. I have a fifth grade class, they can make a…

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Added by Lori Ann Gibson on February 23, 2013 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Collaboration and Cooperation

Differences between cooperation and collaboration? Cooperative and collaborative learning have been used in the educational arena interchangeably and with one another for quite some time. Yet, they are very different very different from one another when we begin to dig and research. I found that cooperative learning, which is something I do regularly in my own classroom, is most often accomplished in a small group setting. In this type of teaching arrangement, children work together on the…

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Added by Lori Ann Gibson on February 23, 2013 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Contributions and Collaboration

The three R’s of global collaboration are receive, read, and respond. When we are working in a collaborative environment we should make sure that we are able to receive the information that should. We should check to make sure that the sender’s email is not sent to a spam folder. In whitelisting, we give senders the privilege of sending us important information regarding projects. We may also want to communicate with those who set up our email delivery systems to let them know of specific…

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Added by Lori Ann Gibson on February 23, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Please visit my Blog

I have just started a Blog for Special Education Teachers. I would like anyone to visit and post any new ideas they have found for helpign students with autism of other disabilities.

Thanks, Tina

Added by Tina Csukker on February 23, 2013 at 3:47pm — 1 Comment

Twitter vs. Education or Women vs. Men

Every Friday on Twitter, Tweeters will make recommendations based on their personal experience of exceptional people to follow on Twitter. As an educator, if I follow those recommendations I will almost certainly improve the quality and quantity of tweets I get on education since educators are the people who I follow for my own Personal Learning Network. Each of these tweets of recommendation will be tagged with the telltale hashtag #FF. This identifies them as such a recommendation and…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on February 22, 2013 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Fostering A Continuous Gap Between What We Know and What We Do

As we already know, a gap exists between what we know and what we do.  Successful educators work to narrow this gap between new ideas and implementation.  However, I believe the size of this gap does not necessarily indicate one’s success.  Some educators are…

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Added by Shawn Blankenship on February 21, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Testing the temperature of the Twitter Water

I recently added myself to the Twitter nation as a newbie.  I never saw the value in posting trivial information about this and that, but when my current professor required us to get on Twitter and use it to our advantage, I was pleasantly surprised. I don't use Twitter to update my followers on my recent 7-11 visit or my latest viewing of The Vampire Diaries," but rather I use it to keep updated on the latest teaching practices.  This afternoon I joined the #edchat forum for tuesdays.  I…

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Added by James Gonzales on February 19, 2013 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Lecture ain't learnership

Lecture ain’t learnership

A common problem among educators is the need to be the expert at everything. Perhaps this stems from the early days of U.S. education where the teacher had to know everything, yet the educators I work with – awesome dedicated people – still have the wit about them to be experts.  A person who has a focus in one area of study can be an expert.  I think of scientists or doctors for instance. Many have a single focus which drives…

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Added by Scott Kinkoph on February 19, 2013 at 8:03am — No Comments

Choice Board

Added by Esther Kang on February 18, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Choice-rich classrooms

here is a survey showing how choice-rich classrooms motivate students

http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/search/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=ED504816&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=ED504816

Added by Danielle Johnson on February 18, 2013 at 12:43am — No Comments

Throw Out Rules & Consequences...

http://smartblogs.com/education/2013/02/11/throw-out-rules-and-consequences-and-let-your-classroom-manage-itself/

I really enjoyed this article! The classroom that Mark is describing sounds incredibly successful and enjoyable for students. Students should be able to be in an environment where they are free to hold discussions, feel comfortable talking…

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Added by Lacey Smith on February 17, 2013 at 11:42pm — No Comments

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