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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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Speak Up Against Bullying!

During September 29-October 3rd, kids and adults are being encouraged to join the “I Speak Up” campaign sponsored by the Cartoon Network. It is the annual challenge to stand up to bullying. It is hoped that one million people will to make a video stating just three words, “I Speak Up” and upload their recordings to their site. Go here to learn more. National Bullying Prevention Month is in...

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Type 3s

 

Last school year, one of my students came running up to me at his fifth-grade Open House and said, “I know what I want to do my project on this year. I want to start a Lego Robotics Team.”

Wow, I said that’s an ambitious goal.

As part of his gifted program service, the student began researching what it took to start the team.  We quickly learned it would take about $800 to pay for the equipment and registration as well as require finding a coach, place to practice,...

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Socially-Constructive Giftedness and...

Several years ago, I had my fifth-grade gifted students stand up, one at a time, and share their dreams for the future. I asked them, “How do you plan to use your gifts and talents when you grow older?” Many answers were the kind a teacher would expect: to play professional baseball, to become a marine biologist, to go into law. Until one boy stood up and proudly announced:

“I want to create a virus that could be used to wipe out half the planet.”

The room...

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It's a New School Year and I'...

It's a new school year and I'd like to share one thought...focus on the positive!

As a classroom teacher for 33 years, I know that there are days when this thought is difficult at best to accomplish, but it really is something to keep in mind...even on those difficult days.  Take a walk during your break, have some photographs of your...

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Type 2s For You

You can have big dreams and high expectations when it comes to having your students complete projects. But if they lack the skills necessary to complete those projects, you’re going to run into some trouble.

That’s where Type 2 activities come in.  Type 2 activities provide students with how-to-think and how-to-learn skills.  The term Type 2 falls within Dr. Joseph Renzulli’s Enrichment Triad Model (For a full description, visit ...

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Amazing Dedication to get an Education!

The dedication to get an education displayed by these young teens is amazing!

How do you get to school? Do you walk , ride a bike or take a bus? Approximately 60 students in a rural village in India's Gujarat state, walk and WADE across a river each day to get to and from their high school! There isn't any public transportation and there isn't a bridge for them to cross the river. Their village is located across the Heran River from  the Utavali High School. The river is about 50 ft...

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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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