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Starting a Schoolwide Enrichment...

Note: The following blog is the first of a three part series on my adventures in launching a schoolwide enrichment cluster program.

 

Sometimes, you just get lucky.    

I was looking for a way to expand an enrichment cluster program that I had piloted the previous school year.  With the help of some dedicated parents, I was able to offer three different clusters-...

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Whole-Group Enrichment: A three-step...

 

 

As of this writing, I have a student who just loves to learn. She soaks up new knowledge and skills like a sponge. Though I only work with her a short time during the enrichment reading block, she has made incredible strides on her research project. She is grade-levels above her peers in regards to her reading ability, and the basic curriculum simply won’t challenge this child.

The interesting thing is that she is not “gifted”—at least not in the eyes of the...

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Did you know gum chewing burns 11...


Chewing Gum Facts!

Need an activity for a Friday or a substitute? Have small groups read over some of the facts about chewing gum.  Have small groups make 5-7 True or False questions to exchange with another group to answer. Regroup and discuss and then have students do one of the extension activities.

What is 7,400 ft. long? (That’s about 1 1/2 miles) The answer, the longest gum wrapper chain ever made. It took Cathy Ushler of Redmond, Washington from 1969-1992 to...

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Columbus Day. Informative Play for kids

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, discovering America for me and you. We have all heard this little poem. First of all, he didn't "discover" North America as indigenous people were living on North America before he ever set foot on land across the "Ocean Sea" from Spain. And, the Vikings may have gotten to North America almost 500 years before Columbus made his sailing. St. Brendan, the Irish monk, may also  have actually sailed to North America... even before the Vikings. Lastly, a...

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A Learning Lunch Provides Opportunities...

 

As the story goes, when Einstein was a boy, his father gave him a compass. The future scientist was fascinated with the way the iron needle always pointed in the same direction, no matter which way it was turned.  An argument could be made that this event was a Type 1 experience, which might have shaped Einstein’s enthusiasm for science and his future career. 

Either way, I want to share an exciting program, which I recently started at the school where I work. It’s called...

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Germany Offers FREE college tuition......

I was watching a recent episode of The Middle (If you haven't watched the show, I'd recommend it!). Their daughter, Sue,a senior, was very excited about applying to college. Not an athlete, Sue didn't have any possibility of getting a scholarship to college. Of, course, the teenager had no concept of the cost of college in the United States. She set her goals on expensive private schools. Her parents didn't have the heart to tell her, not only didn't they have the money for a private ivy-...

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Chairless desks? What do you think?...


 WOULD YOU LIKE A STAND-UP DESK?
 Do you like to sit in a chair at a desk at school? Some schools are testing a new type of desk...minus a chair! Schools in both a Texas elementary school and New Jersey elementary school have experimented with  chair-less desks. Schools in  Great Britain and Australia are also testing whether such desks might encourage learning and help fight obesity.

The test desks had a sensor that recorded the amount of steps the students took and...

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Assessing Skills and Providing Even...

 

Type3s - Part 3

In the last two posts, I explained how to engage students through Type 3 enrichment projects. In this blog, I want to shed some light on how to provide students with the skills needed to successfully complete Type 3s.

You see, without the proper skills, students will have difficulty completing an intensive research project, which calls for engaging in tasks they likely have never experienced before. That is one reason I love...

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Grading Advice Culled from Expert...

By Erik Bean, Ed.D.

Grading can often seem like an overwhelming and daunting task. Yet, there are numerous ways to curtail the seemingly insurmountable number of assignments that continue to pile up day-after-day and week-after-week. Many wish for a completely automated method, but that wish could come with a price, your job! Yet, it is probably safe to say at least presently, your subject matter expertise (SME) and your ability to include both...

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Type 3s-Part 2

 

Last blog, I discussed the key elements of an authentic Type 3 project.

First, the student has to solve a real problem. There is lots of research, and the project could take the entire school year. Next, there is the development of a product or service, which is presented to an authentic audience.

So a student researching dinosaurs and putting together a PowerPoint would not qualify as a Type 3 project. Rather, it might involve a student concerned about graffiti on...

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Starting a Schoolwide Enrichment...

Note: The following blog is the first of a three part series on my adventures in launching a schoolwide enrichment cluster program.

 

Sometimes, you just get lucky.    

I was looking for a way to expand an enrichment cluster program that I had piloted the previous school year.  With the help of some dedicated parents, I was able to offer three different clusters-...

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