Time to Tinker: Toy Take Apart Activity

Digital PromiseSummer is a time for fun, games, and … TOYS! As many teachers around the country enjoy their summer vacation, we want to share an activity you can do with the children in your life to have fun while learning about how things are made. In the Toy Take Apart activity, created by the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium, discover the parts and pieces that make up your old toys. Here’s an overview of what this project entails »

11 Simple Ideas to Promote Reading No Matter What You Teach

Reading“Even if you haven’t had formal training related to reading strategies, you can still promote the love of reading in your classroom. The best thing you can do to improve reading is to to inspire more reading. When every teacher promotes reading, it makes an incredible impact on the learning culture of the school.”

David Geurin, principal and lead learner at Bolivar High School in Bolivar, Missouri, offers 11 simple ideas to promote reading, no matter what you teach.

The Student-Centered Math Class

EdutopiaTransform your math instruction with three strategies you can start using today.

“Close your eyes and picture the most recent math class you taught. Who is doing the math? Who is doing the talking? Who is doing the thinking? Three years ago, my answer would have been “me”—the teacher. My students were doing math, but I was probably telling them how to think and what to do most of the time.” Keep reading in Edutopia »

AHS Librarian Featured in School Library Journal Webcast

60 Tools in 60 MinutesMonica Cabarcas, co-librarian at Albemarle High School, recently served on a panel of educators presenting online tools for maker spaces, STEM lessons, and digital literacy during School Library Journal’s webcast, 60 Tools in 60 Minutes. Kudos to Monica! Learn more about this webcast »

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Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class

Class Movement“Sit still. It’s the mantra of every classroom.

But that is changing as evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools.” Keep reading in the New York Times »

What Superintendent Moran has to say: Continue reading

On Coming to America: Small Moments, Big Meanings

Nation of ImmigrantsLooking for an activity to engage your students in the interview process, writing, and even multimedia production? Check out On Coming to America: Small Moments, Big Meanings, including online lessons with structured opportunities for students to listen to, learn from, and honor the stories of others and, in the process, document and celebrate small moments in history from their own communities and across the globe.

What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness?

MindShift“The program is a blend of neuroscience, social and emotional tenets like empathy and perspective taking, and mindfulness …”

Regarding her K-8 Title I school’s experience with implementation, principal Lana Penley shared, “We’ve seen this huge shift in the overall tone and civility of the school culture.”
Keep reading in MindShift »

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

Brain“Neuroscience may seem like an advanced subject of study, perhaps best reserved for college or even graduate school. Two researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia propose that it be taught earlier, however—much earlier. As in first grade.” Keep reading in MindShift »

What Superintendent Moran has to say: Understanding how the brain learns is critical for educators to select pedagogical practices that support retention of procedural knowledge as well as critical content. In this post, the author provides perspective on what kids should know about their own brains and how that knowledge helps young people learn how to learn, a key mindset. Information in this post fits well with our Lifelong-Learner Competencies, in particular applying habits of mind and metacognitive strategies.

How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful

Project-Based LearningProject based learning “continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s plagued by misunderstandings about when it should be used, and when not, and to what extent it can fulfill the mandate of a standards-based system. Too often, it ends with enthusiastic students delivering mediocre work — and teachers aren’t sure what went wrong or right.” Keep reading in MindShift »