Voices in Education

What the Dot Test Can Teach Us to De-Stress Our Students

Students are stressed out. Here’s a quick look at some tips and tricks to alleviate some of that unnecessary pressure.

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Self-Care for the School Year

When you need time, you have permission to keep it.  This is NOT permission to ‘take’ time; the time is yours to begin with. You GIVE it away all day, every day. You have permission to KEEP your own time.

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How ‘Just One Change’ in the Classroom can Lead to Greater Student Curiosity

Learn a strategy that can teach this fundamental skill and facilitate more student curiosity, wonderment, and equitable learning this school year.

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Sweater Up: How the Lessons of Fred Rogers are Inspiring my Teaching this Year

My theme for this year is "sweater up." I’m hoping that this will help me when I’m feeling frustrated with a challenging student or to show my students the power of failure. The school is my neighborhood, and no matter how much ugliness there is in the world around it, I'm going to make sure my neighborhood is filled with kindness.

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What Do Educators Want? Educational Technology Support! Why Do They Want It? To Meet Students’ Needs!

What comes to mind when you hear the words ‘educational technology’?  For me, it’s interactive white boards, tablets and laptops.  Each one is a technology tool – but educational technology is far more than that. 

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Joining Skillful Teaching with Educational Media that Children Love

Watch as Ms. Poulin and her children play the online game, Wild Kratt’s Aviva’s Powersuit Maker, as part of their study of animal adaptations. Your browser does not support the video tag. As you observed the children, what did you notice? I was tickled by their glee as Ms. Poulin announced they would play the game, and I noticed that children’s joy was sustained throughout game play--children were smiling and eager to share their thinking and reasoning about which animal adaptations (e.g., cheetah or skunk head) they...

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Inspire Children to Think and Act Like Scientists

Thinking and acting like scientists not only supports deep understanding of important “real-world” phenomena, it also helps children develop a self-concept as a capable learner. They start to take on the identity of a scientist; and they may even seek out other opportunities to think and talk like scientists!

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Adding a 21st Century Spin to Reading I A Step by Step Guide to Creating a Classroom READbox

If you were to walk past Room 113 at Patton Elementary in Austin, Texas, you’d see a “READbox,” inviting you to check out a student recommended book.  Everyone’s seen the traditional book report, but this project uses a green screen and augmented reality to showcase first grade book reviews in an engaging and innovative way. After learning about augmented reality, I realized that I could use the same idea of highlighting book reviews through a technology-focused public display, a READbox.

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PBS Digital Innovators Take Students Across Miles and Time Zones: The Egg Drop Challenge

The Egg Drop Challenge is an opportunity for students to stretch their engineering minds by creating a structure that will protect a raw egg from a specifically measured fall. Throughout the process, three classrooms came together and teleconferenced through Zoom to share ideas, revelations, and to take advantage of real-time collaboration. For teachers and students, what truly stood out was the incredibly different experience of the various parties.

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