Some Elementary Attempts

I’m working more closely with some of our elementary specialists this year. It’s been a good while since I worked with this age group. I’m pretty excited the potential to do some interesting things. Measurement is a big issue for our students in elementary. It spans math and science standards and kids are not connecting it with their lives. I’m playing around with some graphic ways to get students engaged. When I tried this out with my own kids (ages 9, 7, 5) they all really wanted to know how big the dog was. I realize it’s not the best sample but they aren’t shy if they don’t like things. I don’t know that will stick with an apple as the visual reference object. I’d like it to be something they have in their hands at the time and on a regular basis.1 I hope to encourage a lot of measuring against their own bodies. My kids like that- holding their hands up to where on their body the dog’s head would be. It might also be interesting to run a number line down the wall and have kids move to the numbers to indicate guesses, kid of a kinesthetic graphing exercise. I am pretty sure I saw that someplace. I’m attempting to imitate some of Dan Meyer’s three act […]

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Value of the 1:1 Response

I’ve written a few of these over time and space.  It’s essentially a response to a challenge to come up with research supporting our 1:1 technology program.  The requestor mentioned her research indicated technology doesn’t create change.  In any case, I thought this response might be useful to someone else. I will likely take it and increase references, examples etc. in the near future.   RTD Reference I agree completely that technology by itself does not promote student learning.  Technology is a tool which needs competent application within an educational context.  It is not my intent to parse words but this is an essential delineation and one that is evident, although perhaps subtle, in the statement referenced in the Richmond Times Dispatch supplement.  Technology facilitates both visual and collaborative learning which have proven important across a number of studies.  You can read a meta-analysis of over 100 research studies in Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement.1  This work specifically recognizes the importance of non-linguistic and cooperative learning as having direct impact on student achievement.  Technology is an enzyme, a facilitator of these strategies, a tool of amazing flexibility that allows for the application of research proven instructional strategies across our content areas and beyond.  We continue to emphasize and work towards an ideal instructional environment where all teachers and students are fully leveraging […]

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weekly (weekly)

BBC – Earth News – Ant mega-colony takes over world It was only a matter of time. “In Europe, one vast colony of Argentine ants is thought to stretch for 6,000km (3,700 miles) along the Mediterranean coast, while another in the US, known as the “Californian large”, extends over 900km (560 miles) along the coast of California. A third huge colony exists on the west coast of Japan. The enormous extent of this population is paralleled only by human society Entomologists reveal the ant colony’s true size While ants are usually highly territorial, those living within each super-colony are tolerant of one another, even if they live tens or hundreds of kilometres apart. Each super-colony, however, was thought to be quite distinct. But it now appears that billions of Argentine ants around the world all actually belong to one single global mega-colony.” tags: science ants colony weekly Unquote – Futility Closet ““Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” — Oscar Wilde “ tags: weekly wilde quote passion imitation mimicry Dream Sentences – Futility Closet “Poet William Mickle regretted that he could not remember the poetry he composed in his dreams, which he said was “infinitely superior to anything he produced in his waking hours.” But his wife recited […]