Including All Students in a Learner Driven Classroom

Reading a Novel in the Classroom with Three Targets: Comprehension, Point of View and Social Awareness By Jen Crandall (Kickemuit Middle School) @TeacherCrandall The Strategy In a sixth grade language arts class the focus was central theme and point of view.  As a school, teachers were also encouraged to tie in a social emotional learning … Continue reading Including All Students in a Learner Driven Classroom

Digital and Personalized Learning Updates: Virtual Tours, EdTech for Formative Assessment, Google Classroom Mobile, and More

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Leveraging Virtual Tours in the History Classroom We all strive to help history come alive for our students.  One proven strategy is to have students engage in experiences that put them right in the action, whether it’s ancient ruins of great civilizations or those more aligned with modern historical developments.  The constraint that we face, … Continue reading Digital and Personalized Learning Updates: Virtual Tours, EdTech for Formative Assessment, Google Classroom Mobile, and More

Making Time for Social Emotional Learning

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It's been a bit more than a year since RIDE adopted Social Emotional Learning Outcomes for all Rhode Island students. While time never seems to be on our side, making time for social emotional learning needs to be a priority not only for students in our district, but in every school across the United States.

Design Thinking in the Classroom: The Truth About Failure (Part 2)

By Chelsea Leach (@leach_theteach) Typically, we think of failure as the worst thing in the world. It can be a sure sign that something wasn’t meant to be, or just wasn’t meant to be for you. However, when it comes to design thinking in the classroom, failure is an important learning opportunity, and dare I … Continue reading Design Thinking in the Classroom: The Truth About Failure (Part 2)

Design Thinking in the Classroom (Part 1)

By Chelsea Leach (@leach_theteach) Thinking is an amazing thing. It gives us a chance to organize our experiences, to go back and reflect, or to be mindful. It is an undeniably powerful tool and a fundamental building block of learning. Thinking creates a pathway to knowledge, allowing us to seek solutions and solve problems. Though … Continue reading Design Thinking in the Classroom (Part 1)

Blogging: a way for students to collaboratively engage in real world experiences

By Christine Bean Kotuby (@mhhsmsbean) Why Blog? Blogging provides students with a way to amplify their voice in topics that interests them. Implementing Blogging in the Classroom: In my high school science classes, students have a separate google classroom that they use as a hub to communicate with each other in a safe, respectful manner. … Continue reading Blogging: a way for students to collaboratively engage in real world experiences

Mt. Hope High School IT Student Help Desk: Authentic, Connected Learning in Action

By Laura Cabral (@BiblioEDtech)  It has been approx. 3 months since the launch and “soft opening” of the IT Student Help Desk at Mt. Hope High School! A cross between Apple’s “Genius Bar” and Best Buy’s “Geek Squad,” six students staff the desk, open 3+ hours of the school day and frequently after school. Trained … Continue reading Mt. Hope High School IT Student Help Desk: Authentic, Connected Learning in Action

Connected Learners Problem Solve & Engage in Accountable Talk

By Jen Saarinen (@snej80) How often does every student share their thinking in your classroom? How frequently do you ask your students to connect with one another outside of class to talk about their learning? How often do you have the time to have every student share their interests beyond needing a grade. Before I … Continue reading Connected Learners Problem Solve & Engage in Accountable Talk