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The student’s eyes drift to the classroom window and the teacher’s voice fades from consciousness.
The daydream begins. It’s a familiar scene, one we have likely both experienced as students and struggled against in our students as teachers. But daydreaming is not what it might seem. Recent research in both psychology and neuroscience makes clear that daydreaming is an essential part of mental processing, reasoning and, yes, even…Continue
Added by Tess Pajaron on January 8, 2013 at 4:09am — No Comments
Many students agree that homework over the holidays really is a form of cruel and unusual punishment.
Upon returning from winter break, you’ll probably have a handful of students saying the dog ate their homework or it got blown away in a winter storm. But you’ll probably be surprised to learn that some research suggests too…
Added by Tess Pajaron on December 21, 2012 at 1:54am — No Comments
When I was a kid, I dreamt about our school desks as computer screens.
How cool would it have been to be able to draw, write, and learn directly onto my own computer? As the years went on, people theorized that laptops would take over the classroom, but the price of these devices was too high for a 1 to 1 ratio. It never…
An Infographic by www.OpenColleges.edu.au
Added by Tess Pajaron on December 7, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door?
People in general, hold onto beliefs that are shaped by early experiences, the media, and faulty influences. The following list is a compilation of research that may surprise you. Video games, e-books, playtime, and music are all a part of an educator’s repertoire.
Read on, and be prepared to put your traditional beliefs…
Added by Tess Pajaron on December 5, 2012 at 7:13pm — No Comments
Added by Ary Aranguiz on November 10, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
There is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one”. Consider collaboration in recent history: Watson and Crick or Page and Brin (Founders of Google).
But did you know it was a collaborative Computer Club about basic…
Added by Tess Pajaron on November 9, 2012 at 2:36pm — No Comments
James Joyce affirms that geniuses not only accept mistakes as part of the learning process, but willingly seek them out as doors to self-discovery. In education, our perception of mistakes is important. It challenges conceptions of what defines success and failure.
The greatest mistake I ever made in my education was failing a physics…
Added by Tess Pajaron on November 7, 2012 at 9:36am — No Comments
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Added by Betsy Spence on October 19, 2012 at 6:58pm — No Comments
When you think of passion for learning, you might conjure up an image of Albert Einstein. Einstein was regarded as the greatest intellectual mind of our time. Einstein did not conform to a mold. He was passionate. He thought outside the box. When he was studying at Zurich Polytechnic he had trouble landing a job as a professor due to his unconventional approaches.…Continue
I didn’t post anything last week because I was rushing to get my new book, HISTORY QUESTERS Colonies Trek ready to distribute in time to be used for your Colonial Unit. I’m thrilled to announce that the e-version is now available at…Continue
Added by Debra Collett on October 8, 2012 at 11:35pm — No Comments
What makes a teacher successful?
Having an expertise in reading, writing, math or science is necessary, but the ability to transfer that knowledge into another person is what makes an excellent instructor stand out. What good is it if a teacher has all the facts, but cannot communicate them in a way that others can comprehend?
Aside from comprehending the curriculum content, teachers should have a basic understanding of how people acquire and absorb…Continue
Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 21, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Great teachers are invaluable, yet too often their tireless work goes unnoticed or worse, unappreciated. While teacher appreciation week is in May, why wait to recognize the incredible work of our educators? These individuals dedicate their lives to developing the next generation. They come in early to…Continue
Added by Rebecca Howard on September 19, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Hello, welcome to blogging with Kathy. I am new to this so please give me the opportunity to grow and learn with you.
I want to write about things that I am passionate about, but that list is very long. So my blogs will…
I just got off the phone after speaking with a doctor in California whom I have never spoken to before. Before we said goodbye, he said “Nice to meet you.” It struck me as a slightly strange way to say goodbye after speaking on the phone. Did I indeed “meet“ him? Just what does “meeting” mean in this context? A quick search shows the first definition of "meet" to be "To come upon by chance or arrangement." (1)
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a conference in California on education…
Added by Yosef Resnick on July 12, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments
This title is really the case study for a wider topic on Remote Apps.
For me this is one of the most exciting (tech) influences on mobile learning ... the interconnectivity between devices.
I have two folders on my iPad [Remote1 and Remote2] which are full of Apps that enable connectivity between the iPad and other devices ... and that connectivity can be both ways.
See the two screen shots below.…
Added by Shamblesguru on June 24, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments
Part of my responsibilities at my first teaching assignment (36 years ago!!) was to be in charge of the “High School Bowl” quiz team. The team was made up of four students who competed against two other teams, answering various questions about the sciences, history, English, math and the arts. I remember being quite intimidated at first with the visual art questions. Various pictures would be presented to the team members from famous artists, and the…Continue