Saturday, October 12, 2013

Guided Inquiry is often a piece of these projects. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Tenn. school's curriculum makes learning meaningful
A top-performing Tennessee elementary school credits its success to a curriculum focused on interactive learning, such as acting out historical skits and holistic understanding. Students set their own goals, and teachers work to make learning meaningful. "We're implementing our standards through projects, activities and big-picture learning to cater to all types of learners. Teaching to the test doesn't work, but integrated learning does," fourth-grade teacher Paige Francescon said. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (10/9)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Here is a post on how to educate all those involved in student technology use. In many schools this is a necessary step prior to being invloved with guided literacy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Teachers, parents educate students about good, bad of technology
With students having more access to technology than ever, there also is more opportunity for students to fall into a pattern of bad behavior online -- posting inappropriate material on social media accounts, engaging in bullying or worse. This presents an opportunity for parents and teachers to educate students about the possibilities and potential dangers online. "The goal is to get students to treat digital presence like a portfolio," said Scott McLeod, director of innovation for the Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (9/28)