From our newsletter: • Ready for NaNoWriMO? • Stenhouse: Students as "historical thinkers" • Bloom-friendly Apps • See Math Come Alive • Boost Active Learning • 300+ Years of History • Promoting Positive Behaviors • Quick Links (free subscription)
Ready for NaNoWriMo?
From Stenhouse Publishers
Traditional history instruction doesn't work. "Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?" shows you how to move beyond just lectures and textbooks toward a more question-centered approach that fosters historical thinking and leaves a lasting impact. Includes 6 sample American history units. Preview the entire book online.
Bloomin' iPad Apps
See Math Come Alive
Boost Active Learning
Roadblocks to active learning abound. In this TeachHUB article read about four of them and find suggestions for meeting each head-on. You may increase participation of just about everyone by trying out the grouping strategies and student/teacher interactions outlined here. For more on engaging students, revisit a 2009 favorite which outlines ten ways to keep kids attuned to class.
300+ Years of History
Working with the Library of Congress, Scholastic has assembled a one-stop American History collection. As part of their Teach 'Dear America' Diaries promotion, Scholastic offers scrapbooks, whiteboard-ready slides, and more, all neatly arranged by historic periods. You can get an idea of the range of the LOC offerings by visiting the Colonial and Thanksgiving resources, complete with an up-to-the-minute Thanksgiving teacher guide. If you are following the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this year, be sure the look over the extensive list of resources for that era.
Create Positive Social Proof
What do you do when a student disrupts the class? Elementary PD director and presenter Bryan Harris suggests that responding to each disruption will only encourage "negative social proof," with students seeing that negative behavior receives attention. Instead, build positive social proof by rewarding positive behaviors. Commenters (scroll down) share their challenges as well as strategies for building a successful learning environment.
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