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Thursday, December 31, 2015
Is it time we stop 'averaging' grades?
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Top 15 #education tweets of 2015:
Rigor vs. difficulty... via @kdworkshops #edchat pic.twitter.com/wQCqi1QgqH— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) April 24, 2015
Give a kid a grade & the learning stops. Give feedback & extending questions & the learning goes deeper. #edchat pic.twitter.com/ckkrGMrKld— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) September 19, 2015
Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve... #edchat pic.twitter.com/KKWs3LLv24— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) March 30, 2015
Greeting students as they enter your classroom increases engagement by 27%: #edchat pic.twitter.com/3oKEuFuUE3— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) July 5, 2015
Social media is like water. We can ignore it & watch kids drown or we can teach kids how to swim. by @gcouros #edchat pic.twitter.com/elUHHhPBee— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) August 15, 2015
The culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate. via @ToddWhitaker pic.twitter.com/OOnt7iplNs— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) March 6, 2015
Do our students realize this is the world they live in? If not, we need to teach, NOT ban. via @julnilsmith #edchat pic.twitter.com/2hqHITJb8R— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) September 6, 2015
If you still don't believe in redos & retakes, then you should read this: #edchat via @rickwormeli2 pic.twitter.com/snsXeCXfb7— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) January 17, 2015
Here's what we are telling students when we don't allow them to redo their work: via @rickwormeli2 #edchat pic.twitter.com/noc3WEqVXB— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) August 2, 2015
Expecting kids the same age 2 learn the same thing is like expecting kids the same age 2 wear the same size clothing pic.twitter.com/Kr8pkjfMDd— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) November 7, 2015
When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. #leadership pic.twitter.com/X8hY6k3Rcz— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) October 25, 2015
10 truths about educating kids that often are ignored... via @alfiekohn #edchat #unionrxi pic.twitter.com/GLMODlxfnO— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) June 14, 2015
The best 1:1 device in a classroom has always been and will always be a great teacher. #edchat pic.twitter.com/Cyd8IuEvHu— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) April 10, 2015
Best homework ever... make the world a better place. via @peterlynch11 #edchat #moed15 pic.twitter.com/z320rrXTcX— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) July 27, 2015
Grades should reflect demonstration & mastery of learning, not compliance and completion of assigned work. #edchat pic.twitter.com/dW05JLpe8J— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) December 29, 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
5 ways to boost creativity in your classroom
Our kids come to school with a unique and different skill-set and far too often these wonderful abilities are suppressed under the weight of objectives and learning targets. What would happen if students were able to take their skills and build on the required objectives and learning targets? Better yet, what if students helped to come up with those objectives and learning targets? What if we allowed and encouraged our students to share their genius with others and join the ranks of teachers as facilitators and activators of learning...?
|via the Huffington Post|
The learning spaces and environments that kids experience have huge implications on how they respond and what they are able to imagine. In a traditional four-walled classroom, students' creativity is limited and contained just like the classroom itself. Open up student minds by getting them outside and by getting them in different spaces. A cheap way to boost creativity is simply to keep the learning space fresh and unique.
3). Don't use rubrics for everything and don't tell students what the final objective is.
This might sound counter-intuitive and against all typical teacher training programs, but far too often rubrics crush any level of creativity and when the final objective is outlined in the beginning there's no room for flexibility or variation. Let go and don't allow yourself to be consumed with how you are going to assess, grade, and how you are going to hold students accountable.
4). Encourage risk-taking and embrace failure.
When we tell kids it's not Ok to fail, we are telling them to never take risks and we are encouraging them to focus on playing it safe. Ironically enough, the biggest risk our students and even us educators can take is not taking any risks at all. Playing it safe is actually the most unsafe thing one can do, and it's in classrooms across the globe that we need to encourage kids to take risks. Naturally, these risks will result in failures, but it's in this process of risk-taking and failure that kids are able to take 'what is' and creatively think about 'what could be.'
5). Praise great questions over great answers.
The type of environment that breeds creativity is an environment where kids are free and encouraged to ask deep and thoughtful questions. Students are pushed to ask questions that have multiple answers and very rarely do these questions have a correct answer. When great questions are asked great opportunities for creativity quickly become possible. When students think they have an answer to a question, change things up by asking them 'what if...' and change a variable. Students in time will start to anticipate what questions will be asked which will open up their minds to a world of possibility.
Good luck in creating an oasis of creativity!
Monday, December 21, 2015
The H&R Block Budget Challenge is back! #FinEdChat
Enter the H&R Block Budget Challenge!
This challenge probably isn't like other challenges you may be familiar with... this challenge is awarding up to $3 million dollars in classroom grants and student scholarships. Not too bad for just another day at school!
Beside the monetary incentive for teachers and students, there's a lot of learning potential with this FREE, fun, real-world challenge. Students get to experience online simulations that require them to go through the decision making process with the types of financial scenarios we adults face on a daily basis.
Things like paying bills, managing expenses, considering tax implications, saving for retirement, and saving for a rainy day, are all situations students will experience in this simulation.
I recall the personal finance class I took while in high school, and I wish the H&R Block Challenge would have been around as I would have thoroughly enjoyed going through these realistic scenarios.
This challenge is open to all accredited public and private schools, as well as all home schooled students. Students must be 14 years of age or older and must be enrolled in grades 9-12 to be eligible. Did I mention this is FREE?!
For all you educators out there trying to figure out how this might fit in your curriculum or how this won't be a huge additional workload, check out some of these budget challenge lesson plans and student activities. No need to recreate the wheel with this challenge! You should also check out the educational games H&R Block has created to help teach and raise awareness of personal finance.
And, don't worry, you still have time to sign up! The next simulation challenge starts on 1/14/16 (Teachers must register their classes one week prior to the simulation start date, and for this round the deadline to create your class is January 7th) with two additional sessions starting after that on 1/28/16 and 2/11/16.
Click here to learn more and sign up for this exciting opportunity for your students!
Perhaps something I love most about this challenge is the statement H&R Block makes right on their main webpage for this challenge...