Who Has Seen the Wind

"Nobody can see the wind,

Neither you nor I,

But when the trees bow down their heads,

The wind is passing by."

-Christina Rossetti

 

 

BROADSIDES

 

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Innovative Thinking in Education

 

 

Popular in 19th century America, Broadsides were single sheets of paper, printed only on one side, that were meant to provide information to the public. 

      

       

 

            orchestrated immersion

 

                  digital

informal assessments

 

                                     collaboration

 

                incidental learning 

 

 

model the technique

                                        

                       

                                                      
child centered design 

 

      

concepts, not rules

                                      

 

promethean planet

 

                                                               

 

 

assessment of and for learning

                      

                                       real world connections

                                                             

                          student - developed rubrics

                     

                                  interactive writing

                                                  

                                                         learner voice

    relaxed alertness

 

                 
  games                                     

                                        

 

classroom blogs

                                                            inclusive

 

                  

Web 2.0

              citizenship

 

                                                                     personalization

                            

community of learners

 

   

      peer assessments


self - monitoring

 

                                                                     handheld

 

               learning spaces

 

                                                 community volunteers

        scaffolds

 

          concepts before procedures

                                             

                                                                          
learning to
 be green    

 Wikispaces  

 

 

Respect Culture

 

Peer Tutoring

 

think alouds

 

                                  Communication

     


Parental Involvement

 

checklists  

 

 

Authentic Assignments

 

 

  

 

 

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Brain - Based Education

 

Nine design principles based on brain-based research:

 

  1. Rich, stimulating environments using student created materials and products are evident on bulletin boards and display areas.

  2. Places for group learning such as tables and desks grouped together, to stimulate social skills and cooperative work groups.  Have comfortable furniture and couches available for casual discussion areas.  Carpeted  areas with large pillows for those who prefer not the work at a desk or table.

  3. Link indoor and outdoor spaces so students can move about using their motor cortex for more brain oxygenation.

  4. Variety of places that provide different lighting, and nooks and crannies.  Many elementary children prefer the floor and under tables to work with a partner.

  5. Change displays in the classroom regularly to provide a stimulating situations for brain development.  Have students create stage sets where they can act out scenes from their readings or demonstrate a science principle or act out a dialogue between historical figures.

  6. Have multiple resources available.  Provide educational, physical and a variety of setting within the classroom so that learning activities can be integrated easily.  Computers areas, wet areas, experimental science areas should be in close proximity to one another.  Multiple functions and sensory of learning is our goal.
     

  7.  Active and passive places: Students need quiet areas for reflection and retreat from others to use intrapersonal intelligences.

  8. The community at large: As an optimal learning environment teachers need to find ways to fully use city space and natural space to use as a primary learning setting.  Technology, distance learning, community and business partnerships, all need to be explored by educational institutions.

  9.  Enrichment. The brain can grow new connections at any age.  Challenging, complex experiences with appropriate feedback are best. Cognitive skills develop better when integrated with music and motor skills.