Friday, May 31, 2013

Here's a great post on the use of engaging questions for inquiry. This is the format the CCSS is encouraging. Enjoy:} - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How to help students "stay in the question"
Students need to be asked the right questions in the classroom to become engaged and focused in lessons, writes Matt Levinson, head of the Upper Division at Marin Country Day School in California. Students need to "stay in the question," instead of veering off topic. In this blog post, he suggests approaching curriculum design by involving students in the decision-making process. blog (5/30)Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Guided inquiry is one of the messages the Common Core is sending to teachers. Here is an example - starting at an early age - :} Enjoy - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Idaho elementary school's project-based learning to be supported by iPads
Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Pocatello, Idaho, will use a grant to purchase iPads for second-grade students as part of an effort to introduce more project-based learning under the Common Core State Standards. Teacher Amanda Williams said the grant will pay for six devices, but she is hoping to purchase nine more, so her students can work in pairs. Idaho State Journal (Pocatello) (5/16)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Here is a great video on blending technology in content areas from Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Maine- courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Tech-savvy teachers share new concepts with their peers
As new, more technology-savvy teachers enter the profession, novice educators and veteran teachers say they are learning from each other. While new teachers are introducing concepts such as using GoogleDocs to replace "binder projects" about World War II, veteran teachers are teaching new educators about classroom management and planning. WCSH-TV (Portland, Maine) (5/6)