10 ideas to help teachers beat stress | Teacher Network | theguardian.com

Read the full article at 10 ideas to help teachers beat stress | Teacher Network | theguardian.com.

1. Practise mindfulness

2. Force people to go home

3. Identify what’s making you stressed

4. Don’t get bogged down by the small stuff

5. Talk about stress with colleagues

6. Begin your day calmly

7. Set realistic targets

8. Prioritise

9. Say no

10. Take a step back

 

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A Must See Visual Featuring The 5 Levels of Student Engagement (by Dr Roland Rios)

A Must See Visual Featuring The 5 Levels of Student Engagement ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.

For more detailed information, have a look a this document from the Schlechty Center

(Thanks to http://graemeeyre.info where I found this interesting information)

 


Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment | Edutopia

This is a very helpful article on feedback as formative assessment.  The RISE model is of particular interest. It’s simple, effective and gives a helpful structure for students and teachers to use in the classroom.

Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment | Edutopia.

Visit the RISE model website at http://www.risemodel.com

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Here’s a video of Emily Wray introducing the four tiers of the RISE Model for Meaningful Peer Feedback:

PhotoMath Could Change the Way We Think About Teaching Math (Free Technology for Teachers)

I tried the app today and it is pretty impressive how quickly it simplifies expressions and solves equations.  I’m not sure how we would use this other than to check answers, but it’s certainly worth a try. I used it for double-checking the answers to a recent equations test that had some unusual solutions like x = 19/2 and it solved them with speed and ease.

You can learn more and download the app at https://photomath.net

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Read the full article at:

Free Technology for Teachers: PhotoMath Could Change the Way We Think About Teaching Math.

Dolphins demonstrate the Flower of Life in Action | Spirit Science

“There’s a reason this video has 2 Million Views in just a week, and it’s not just because it’s an amazing sight. There is a much deeper meaning and message behind this video, and it’s so incredible that in todays world, we get to witness such a sight from our very homes.”

See the video and full article at Dolphins demonstrate the Flower of Life in Action | Spirit Science.

The Border Problem

I love this example! It shows how important it is to allow students to find (and explain) their own ways of answering mathematical questions instead of always showing them how to do them.

What Did You Do In Math Today?

I have a new favourite problem!!  It looks like this:

Without counting one by one, determine how many shaded squares are in this 10×10 grid.

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This is not a new problem.  I think it’s appeared in many books and possibly even textbooks throughout the years.  My first exposure to it was actually in Jo Boaler and Cathy Humphreys’ book “Connecting Mathematical Ideas”.  I loved watching the video of middle school students explaining the way they saw the problem and then eventually generalizing the methods for an nxn square, but I always wondered what it would look like in a high school class.  Luckily one of my good friends allowed me to come in and try this problem with her class.  It was awesome!  Like exactly what I was hoping it would be!  Maybe even a bit better!  Here’s how it went:

1.  We put the graphic above up for a…

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