Stage 2: Active Processing, Uncategorized

5 ways to preview content and access prior knowledge

How do we turn on the brain and get it ready for the day's lesson? There are a number of strategies to help students connect what they already think or know about a topic -- and help us to see what they already know or might misunderstand before we get started. Anticipatory guide - Make… Continue reading 5 ways to preview content and access prior knowledge

Stage 2: Active Processing, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient, Testing and Assessments

What does differentiation look like in the classroom?

Differentiation is a word that is used often in education -- but I worry there is a lack of consensus on what it means, it's purpose and what it looks like in the classroom. Here is an attempt to distill the essential elements down to four buckets or key areas: Expectations and attitudes about students, getting… Continue reading What does differentiation look like in the classroom?

News and Trends, Stage 2: Active Processing, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient, Stage 3: Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction, Testing and Assessments

What does differentiation really mean?

Lately, and rightly so, there seems to be a lot of buzz around differentiation, personalized learning, personalization, individualization... and many folks are trying to distinguish among them. The MAJOR distinction, it seems, is whether or not the goals of students remain the same for all students. Although we at Ed to Save the World hope for… Continue reading What does differentiation really mean?

Stage 2: Active Processing, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Sensory Learning

Although my passion is teaching older children, I'm currently learning so much about early childhood development as a mother of a toddler. Babies are natural explorers, everything is new! After my son carefully examines an object visually, he tries to stretch it or bang it against something to test is physical properties and then there's… Continue reading Sensory Learning

Stage 1: Adult Learning and Leadership, Stage 2: Active Processing

Three Rules to Spark Learning

If you're in the mood for a little inspiration this morning, take a peek at this 2013 Ted Talk from chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam. In it, he reminds us to not confuse technology use with innovation in education. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsYHqfk0X2A Flipping your classroom, for instance, so that students watch video lectures at home rather than in… Continue reading Three Rules to Spark Learning

Stage 2: Active Processing, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Classroom Tools – The Remix

Last week I had a video conference with teachers from the Choueifat Lebanese School in Beirut. These teachers have been working hard for two years to use our framework in their school, starting with joyful and efficient classrooms. They are doing a terrific job in transforming their classrooms into student-centered, fun spaces that maximize learning… Continue reading Classroom Tools – The Remix

Stage 2: Active Processing, Stage 3: Critical Thinking

The Power of Making Connections

We have all tried to teach students to make connections between things that have obvious connections. But what about between things that don't have obvious connections? In his book Brain Rules, expert John Medina talks about a six-year study of more than 3,000 innovative company executives published in 2009. One of the biggest common factors… Continue reading The Power of Making Connections

Stage 2: Active Processing, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Play = Learning!

What's our knee jerk reaction when we see a kid doing something like this? That's my 10-month old son -- and he is CONSTANTLY into everything. I must admit my split second reaction is one of "grab him and get him interested in something else." But then I recall all the research I'm doing on… Continue reading Play = Learning!

Stage 2: Active Processing

Throwback Thursday: Brain-based learning

Today's post tries to make sense of all the buzz around brain-based learning. John Medina has "12 Brain Rules" Mariale Haridman suggests "6 Brain Targets" Eric Jensen advocates "5 Schoolwide Success Factors" WKCD (What Kids Can Do) created the "Gr8 8 Rules of the Teenage Brain" If you have time, read them all! Here's a… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Brain-based learning