What Does a Growth Mindset Have to Do with Learning? — Online Learning Insights


We can learn to be smart is the premise of Mindset The New Psychology of Success: How we Can Learn to Fulfill our Potential by Carol Dweck (2006). Dweck debunks the idea that intelligence is fixed, is predetermined by our gene pool. Instead, Dweck suggests individuals with a ‘growth mindset’ develop intelligence and abilities over […]

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Building Empathy Muscles in the Classroom — Sound Discipline’s Blog


Teaching is easier when your students look out for each other, connect with each other, and can self-regulate when challenging situations arise. That calls for empathy. Building empathy requires opportunities to practice, learn, and make mistakes in a safe classroom environment. Here are some ideas to increase empathy in your classroom: Practice naming feelings. When […]

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8 Minutes ~ Strategies for Connection & Student Engagement

8 Minutes ~ Strategies for Connection & Student Engagement

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English teacher Brian Sztabnik wrote an Excellent Edutopia piece on ways to engage students at the beginning and end of classes.

Eight minutes that matter most and eight ways to make them great:

“If we fail to engage students at the start, we may never get them back. If we don’t know the end result, we risk moving haphazardly from one activity to the next. Every moment in a lesson plan should tell.

The eight minutes that matter most are the beginning and endings. If a lesson does not start off strong by activating prior knowledge, creating anticipation, or establishing goals, student interest wanes, and you have to do some heavy lifting to get them back. If it fails to check for understanding, you will never know if the lesson’s goal was attained.” Read the entire piece here. 

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Class 4: Historical Thinking


Ed Methods

Phrenology-signs of characterOur class begins with a review of the Sam Wineburg reading and TEDEd flipped lesson Who is the historian in your classroom? That will also provide a chance to discuss the efficacy of flipping content. We will also consider the social media case study inspired by this lesson.

Today we begin our study of historical thinking skills based on the work of Sam Wineburg and the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG). We will focus on three key skills – Sourcing, Contextualizing and Corroborating. See historical thinking chart (pdf at SHEG).

You will work with a team to reverse engineer a few of the assessments found in SHEG’s Beyond the Bubble.

  • Spend a few minutes doing a scan of the lessons – and find a few that look interesting to you. (Be sure scan the “Same assessment types” for other ideas)
  • Find 3 questions that focus on any of these skills: Sourcing, Contextualizing…

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Ted Ed Lesson


Enchancing your webpages

Video is an integral part of learning in the digital age and has many educational benefits. Videos helps students learn visually, as well as learn at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home. Also, videos help demonstrate concepts or map out ideas that otherwise would be difficult to grasp. An application of this concept in history is a Ted Ed Lesson on George Washington

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Check out my TED Ed lesson on George Washington

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Google Chrome Extensions


Swimming with the Rest of the School

Google has come up with a lot of different aspects to educational technology. One part that can be applied to Google Chrome (the web browser) and the other is that it can be combined with Google Drive. Today we will be looking at extensions that are in conjunction with the browser (Google Chrome). This extensions are almost like a web version of assistive  technology providing similiar tools for students.

Another great thing about Google extensions, you can login into Google with your google account (often through gmail …even though quite a few school boards/districts are creating staff and student accounts), and you can use it on other devices such as tablets, phones and other computers that have Google Chrome on it.

readandwritesymbolRead&Write for Google 

Read&Write for Google is a great extension with a lot of different features. It is almost like a web version of Premier AT. The only catch with…

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Announcing TED-Ed Clubs, for any student interested in learning to give a TED talk


TED Blog

TED-ED-Clubs-mainThe effect of laughter on someone who’s sad. The danger and excitement of dirt biking. The reason human beings need so much sleep. The thought of infinity.

These are just a few of the topics that students are exploring through TED-Ed Clubs. This new program, announced today by our educational initiative TED-Ed, is a way to celebrate the ideas of students around the globe. Through TED-Ed Clubs, students — with the help of an adult facilitator — identify and research the ideas that matter to them most. And while TED-Ed Clubs offer students the opportunity to connect with others who, like them, are unabashedly curious about the world, TED-Ed Clubs are also about presentation literacy. TED-Ed Clubs offer students a hands-on opportunity to work on the storytelling and communication skills that will be vital, no matter what career path they end up strolling down.

TED-Ed Clubs are for…

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