Saturday, August 23, 2014

Instruction is moving steadily towards guided inquiry in the states. Here is a perfect example. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

Tenn. district to use digital resources for social studies
Rather than replacing outdated textbooks, a Tennessee school district is instructing teachers to use websites, interactive videos and other resources to teach history, geography and other social studies subjects. The district still is deciding whether to purchase math textbooks. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (8/5)

Monday, August 18, 2014

This is one of the best books ever published on collaborativ learning. I have used it for professional learning for classroom teachers many times. The language is clear and direct, giving great language as well as clear guidelines and goals for collaborative learning. This book is clear, to the point, and easy to implement. The frameworks in this book truly foster collaboration - fostering growth.

ASCD Tools and Resources to Support Collaborative Learning
ASCD Supports Collaborative Learning

"Learning is social," write Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Sandi Everlove in Productive Group Work.
ASCD has compiled a comprehensive assortment of books, videos, and online courses from our vast professional development library to help you learn how to optimize teaching strategies to support collaborative learning. Browse the highlighted books below or see the complete list of resources on

Productive Group Work: How to Engage Students, Build Teamwork, and Promote Understanding
By: Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Sandi Everlove

This book will show you how to make all group work productive group work: with all students engaged in the academic content and with one another, building valuable social skills, consolidating and extending their knowledge, and increasing their readiness for independent learning.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Here is a great new tool for students and teachers to use in the classroom. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Google's Classroom launches with promise to help teachers
Google's Classroom launched on Tuesday and aims to improve efficiency for classroom teachers and help teachers and students communicate and collaborate. This article details the ways teachers can use the cloud-based organizer and what improvements are still to come. EdTech magazine online (8/12)