Posts by Francie

Agile Learning Spaces

I recently attended an edweb.net webinar entitled “Agile Learning Spaces” that focused on the redesign of learning spaces.   By having a changeable classroom in your school, you… invite different thinking and behaviors.  (We want students to be content creators, critical thinkers.) create space that INVITES that.  For example, rooms could have… rolling white board tables…

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Finland vs. America–How Our Education Systems Differ

Since Newsweek ranked Finland #1 in quality of life last year, we have to wonder how they got there.  Part of that ranking includes their EDUCATION SYSTEM.  For the last 30 years or so, Finnish students have been scoring consistently high, and we have been in the middle somewhere. There are a few major reasons…

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Least Effective Teaching Practices

As per John Hattie again, there were some major findings from his research about those things in education that make the LEAST impact.  Topping the list was RETENTION.  It actually had a negative effect.  Some others: reducing class size (from 30 down to 15 students–no effect).  I know.  I found this hard to believe too. …

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Best Practices–REALLY GOOD STUFF HERE!

INTERESTING STUFF! John Hattie, an Australian statistician with an interest in education worldwide, has published some very interesting results. These are the things that have the HIGHEST EFFECT in education across the globe: Providing FEEDBACK to your students. SPACED vs. mass PRACTICE (4 days of 15 min practice rather than one straight hour of practice)…

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Parents/Teachers–Lots of free e-books!

Helping your child/student do research for a paper?  Looking for something for yourself? The Michigan e-Library MeL has thousands of e-books available for your kids. http://www.mel.org/Databases  

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Reading Assistant Tip for Correct Pronunciation

Is Reading Assistant making your students repeat certain words over and over, only to cause massive frustration?  Here’s the solution: Go to your myscilearn account. Click Manage. Go to your school, then your class. Click on one of your students to go into the account. Go to Assignments/Reading Assistant. Click on Edit. Click on Show…

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Fun Winter Books

Check out this blog and list of FUN WINTER BOOKS to read with your kids (or wrap for under the tree) over the holidays!  There are even a few fun adult books for us to enjoy.  Happiest of Holidays, everyone! http://bookshareblog.wpengine.com/2014/12/winter-holiday-titles-that-will-tickle-your-funny-bone/

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Parental Involvement Makes for Success!

PARENTS:  Create the best type of learning environment for your child by becoming his partner in education. TEACHERS:  Engage parents in what you are doing at school. Read the following article for some fabulous go-to ideas! nea.org/tools/53192.htm

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Google Apps for Education

I recently attended a webinar entitled “Intro to Google Apps for Education”.  These are a few of the things I learned which you may find helpful too. Chrome has the current browser market share with 60.4%.  Firefox has 23%,  Internet Explorer has 9.5%, and Safari has 3%. Chromebooks are nearing 50% of the market share…

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Creative Ways to Schedule Students

How have you creatively scheduled your students–in the past–and this year?  Here are a few ways that have worked for me over the years.  Please share your ideas to help others as well. Pull kids from different grades/groups into one computer group for Reading Assistant or Autoskills.  You can oversee all students at once. If…

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