Archive for November, 2014

Does Your Classroom Tell a Story? | Edutopia

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/does-your-classroom-tell-story-stacey-goodman?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-does-your-classroom-tell-story-only-map-image Stacey offers an interesting collection of classroom props to inspire kids to ask questions and open discussions. I would add to the list: coins or notes from pre-euro Europe maps of countries or cities that no longer exist a visual atlas made up of photos taken by me or my students ambiguous photos and […]

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The ozone hole leaves a lasting impression on southern climate

https://theconversation.com/the-ozone-hole-leaves-a-lasting-impression-on-southern-climate-34043 Sharon Robinson does a respectable job of explaining why ozobe depletion isn’t just about skin cancer. As she points out: “By changing atmospheric circulation, the ozone hole modifies wind, rain and snowfall patterns across the Southern Hemisphere.”

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Beyond Zero Tolerance: Achieving a Balance in School Discipline | Edutopia

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/zero-tolerance-vs-balanced-school-discipline-russ-skiba?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-zero-tolerance-russ-skiba-dyk-image The research basis of this article is all US-focussed, but it makes some interesting points. As alternatives to a punishment or ‘zero-tolerance’  approach, Russ Skiba recommends: 1. Talk to the student about the harm that his or her behavior has caused, rather than about the rules that were violated. 2. As a consequence of […]

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Guardian children’s fiction prize 2014: Piers Torday wins for ‘wildly inventive’ adventure | Children’s books | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/nov/14/piers-torday-wins-guardian-childrens-fiction-prize-2014-the-dark-wild?CMP=twt_gu Guardian children’s book awards, as chosen by children’s fiction writers.

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Make the Most of the Maker Movement | Edutopia

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/make-most-maker-movement-suzie-boss?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-makerspaces-max Suzie Boss argues that successful maker spaces require more than just tools and time to use them: “While setting up spaces for hands-on tinkering, schools also need to make mental space for creativity, risk taking, and learning from failure.” Her article includes tips for supporting cultural change in the classroom.

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class | Edutopia

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/30-techniques-quiet-noisy-class-todd-finley?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-30-tecjniques-quiet-noisy-class-call-response-image Quiet and non confrontational ways to calm a classroom or transition to a new activity.

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