How can you create classroom routines and norms so the class feels safe, comfortable, happy and ready for learning? Here are eight ideas.
#vted weighs in again on twitter
It’s an idea that’s taking hold all over, so some folks from Vermont’s education community wrestled with the opportunities and challenges presented by implementing proficiency-based learning.
New ways to approach teaming
Have you every showed up to in-service wondering what the new initiatives for the year will be? Or wondered how to continue to meet the demands of the district and school while balancing the the needs of 21st century young adolescents?
*takes a deep breath*
The answer, I suggest, is teaming, but with a new focus.
A twitter showcase of amazing Vermont schools
Let twitter help. With @ThisIsVTED.
How to get started with service learning
Service learning can play a key role in middle level curriculum, yet it can seem daunting to many educators. But it’s so rewarding for students and valuable to the community, and most of all, easy to get started with.
Let’s take a look.
What Vermont students really think about personal learning plans
This past summer, we did exactly that.
Student leadership at a school Open House? You betcha.
When we partner with young adolescents, we give them voice and choice. We know that is one of the best practices of middle level education. In theory, schools and teachers engage in this throughout the school experience. But let’s face it, sometimes giving up control can feel a little intimidating. Let’s look at 3 easy ways to move towards a student-led open house
1% teacher inspiration & 99% student-led
Genius Hour is a leap of faith in which educators set aside their most precious resource, time, for students to pursue their passions. It doesn’t get much more student-centered than that.
But there are actually several aspects of Genius Hour where students can be involved as partners to amp up the genius quotient.
Whose Makerspace is it, anyway?
A Makerspace can take many forms, but fundamentally it should be a locus of student engagement and creativity.
So engage them from the start by turning over as much of the design and operation of your Makerspace as possible. Continue reading
Create open, flexible, engaging spaces for active student learning.
The beginning of the school year! Desks, mailboxes, coat hooks labeled. Books organized, materials in bins. This task is often overlooked and underestimated in terms of time. How can you create a welcoming, flexible and inspired space? Here are some tips and ideas.
Just get some help dragging those desks around, okay?