Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Educational Links 11/23/17

Making Sure Your Praise Is Effective

Fact or fiction: Devices stunt SEL

Adults Send Children Mixed Messages About Kindness. Here's Why That Matters to Schools

Songs about computer coding? It's what happens when an arts school adds STEM focus

This no-brainer tool combats teacher turnover

No More Easy A's: Classroom Can Be a Breeding Ground for Grit (Q&A)

When positive-psychology expert and author Caroline Adams Miller began parenting in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was the height of the self-esteem movement and what Miller dubs the "everyone's a winner era." She noticed that many of her children's peers attended the kinds of ceremonies where everyone got a medal. Their schools inflated grades or threw them out the window altogether. Parents lowered expectations and went to great lengths to make children feel special, boosting mediocrity in the process. Miller describes this age group (who are now millennials) as the "bubble-wrapped generation." 

Happy Thanksgiving, Teachers!

Special greetings! Faraday the Fox and Tesla the Owl celebrating in Las Vegas. (We have family here.)

Every day is Thanksgiving, of course, but we cherish the special time to see family and consider our blessings. We are mindful of teaching as a blessing, and know the kids are thankful for you. 
(Though they may not say it!)

Best wishes to you all!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Educational Links 11/22/17

6 Ways Administrators Can Prove the Efficacy of Digital Tools

Latest News on Autism from Around the World

Thinking about personalized learning? Your 6th graders are way ahead of you

In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking

12 New Rules: Accelerated Learning for an Exponential World

How to Make the Most of Your Time as a Principal

9 Ways to Make Learning Visible in the Classroom

4 ways to customize classroom goals for students

Every student is different. There are various external and internal factors that may affect the pace of a student’s learning.
Why then, do we expect all students to complete a certain amount of work by a certain date? And offer rewards like ice cream, when we know not all students are likely to reach the same goal?
Research around motivation can shed some light on best practices for inspiring the type of motivation that will last beyond that ice cream cone and cultivate a lifetime love of learning. And there are examples of educators from across the country who are implementing unique goal setting and tracking systems that enable all students to succeed.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Educational Links 11/20/17

Help! This Edtech Company Says It Uses AI. (What Does That Mean? What Should I Ask?)

How one district solved its special education dropout problem

Library of Congress launches three new learning apps

What Every Parent Needs To Understand About Teens’ Mental Health

Station Rotation Model: Offering Optional Skill Stations

Colleges urged to bolster creative side of students' digital literacy

In a 2017 national survey, just 20 percent of Americans said they trusted the government to do what’s right for them always or most of the time, and only about one third of young adults said they’re optimistic about the nation’s future. When a government that aims to be of the people, by the people, and for the people, is only trusted by 20 percent of the people, something is significantly wrong.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Educational Links 11/19/17

The Top Five Reasons We Love Giving Students Choice in Reading

Boundaries Are More Effective Than Rules

9 ADHD Strategies Every Teacher Should Know

My New BAM! Radio Show Explores What Policy Makers Don’t Understand About Education

5 Presentation Tools That Will Make Your Slides Stand Out

Autism Wandering Bill Advances In Senate

It’s better to understand something than to know it

“Knowing” and “understanding” are related concepts, but they’re not the same. Each is a distinct mental state involving cognitive grasp: Knowing is static, referring to discrete facts, while understanding is active, describing the ability to analyze and place those facts in context to form a big picture.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Educational Links 11/18/17

Journaling the Old-School Way

Some of the best Digital Curation Tools for Teachers

SEL Weekly Update

Youth Radio Offers Kids' Take on Current Events

Increased Hours Online Correlate With Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

If You Really Want Higher Test Scores: Rethink Reading Comprehension Instruction

International Society for Technology in Education

The International Society for Technology in Education, most commonly referred to as ISTE, is a professional organization that plays a major role in technology integration around the world. While there is a fee for becoming a member of ISTE, their website is full of excellent free resources. There are also some ISTE affiliates that are free to join.