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20 brilliant teacher hacks for the classroom
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"Teachers are nothing less than incredible, creative, brilliant people. They find ways to solve problems in ways that are not only ingenious but also usually pretty cheap!

We call these "teacher hacks"."

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Ditch That Textbook
Matt Miller
Date Added:
08/19/2021
The 6 Step Process of PBL
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The 6 STEP PROCESS OF PBL is a Problem Solving Process that allows you to break down and organize the structure of a PBL Unit into six different stages: 1. Define the Problem, 2. Solution Criteria, 3. Solution Research, 4. Pick a Solution, 5. Create, Run, and Inspect Solution, and 6. Reflect on Solution.

This terrific resource has a FREE PDF file of this process and how to run each step. The site also includes many resources, blog articles, examples of the process in elementary, middle and high schools, rubrics, videos and more at each step of the process. A great one-stop shop!

Subject:
Education
21st Century Competencies
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Module
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Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Magnify Learning
Date Added:
01/27/2022
Anchor Charts - Resources & Webinar from Smekens
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"When executed correctly, anchor charts are a visual and tangible reminder of how to do something new and complex. They reveal choices, provide strategies, and foster independence— all of which build a student who possesses perseverance and grit. However, the potential impact of this instructional tool often goes untapped.<View> this 55-minute webinar to learn how to make anchor charts an integral component to effective instruction — regardless of grade level, content area, or classroom setting.AgendaLearn of the purposes, functions, and types of anchor charts.Build well-planned anchor charts with students and during instruction.Acquire various methods to share and store paper-based and digital charts."Supporting handout providedAll from Smekens Education

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
12/10/2021
Anti-racism journey for educators with students
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This learning path is a professional development learning journey and set of classroom resources, grounded in social and emotional learning and curated by experts in the field of equity and inclusion, restorative practices, and education technology. It empowers educators to build the knowledge and capability needed to support equity and anti-racist work with students.

Educators must be courageous and confident in their journey to fully participate in dismantling racism in their learning environments. The intention of this learning path is to deeply question power, privilege, and fragility to interrupt teaching practices that marginalize, isolate, and exclude black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) students in the classroom.

In this learning path, you'll:
Deconstruct power, privilege, marginalization, and fragility
Develop individual accountability for becoming an anti-racist.
Apply social and emotional learning skills to learn how to teach from an anti-racist mindset toward building equity in the classroom

Subject:
Education
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Microsoft
Date Added:
06/13/2022
The Basics for Online Lesson Planning
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This webinar will give you a refresher on top notch lesson planning criteria that we all know to be effective…except with a twist! The twist is sharing tips and tricks for doing this in an online environment! The tips are tricks will include how to:

-engage online learners
-create navigational patters and repeated routines for our learners
-connect with our students and families
-provide timely and meaningful feedback
-deliver content clearly and effectively
-activate prior knowledge
-apply new knowledge to their personal lives

Most of all, we will share templates, strategies, online tools to help us all create fun and engaging learning experiences for us all!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Arlene Low
Mike Fedyk
Date Added:
04/29/2020
Building Online Connections
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Building meaningful relationships with our students is essential whether you teach in a face to face environment or in an online environment. These relationships help to encourage students to feel valued and to keep motivated to learn. One of the best parts of being a teacher, is having the chance to get to know our students! A team of teachers from the Distance Learning Centre will share some of the successful ways they have built relationships with their students online.The topics will include:

-Tips for hosting online tutorials
-Creative ways to showcase student projects/learning
-Book Clubs for multiple age groups
-Using the Circle of Courage with students
-Read Alouds from teachers and guest readers
-Tips from a student support perspective
- Newsletters

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Distance Learning Centre
Author:
Arlene Low
Mike Fedyk
Date Added:
05/01/2020
Character Dare for Staff - 40 Weeks of Intentional Character & Culture Building
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Scroll to find this...you will need to sign up to access it - and it's totally worth it!

These challenges are designed for staff to help build solid character and culture in their schools and classrooms. What a great resource to use to start your school year off on the best foot!

You will also find 100+ Student character dares!

...and Family character dares!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
Character Strong
ChracterStrong
Date Added:
06/12/2020
Choice Boards & Learning Menus Webinar by John Spencer
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In this session, we explore four different choice menus you can do in your online classroom. These menus range from closed / teacher-centered to open / student-centered. I'll walk you step-by-step through each type of choice menu so that you can craft a practical choice menu for your students.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
05/14/2020
Classroom Assessment Learning Modules from Center for Assessment
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Modules for teachers include:
*Overview & Syllabus
*Intro
*Readiness Pre-Assessment
*Formative Assessment
*Data Informed Instruction
*Summative Classroom Assessment
*Putting the Pieces Together
Classroom Assessment in a Remote Learning Environment

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Center for Assessment
Date Added:
09/29/2020
Copyright for Educators (K-12)
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Copyright and fair use are crucial topics for educators. In today’s digital world, copyright and fair use are also directly relevant to activities that students engage in virtually every day. This short course aims to make these concepts clear and accessible to educators. Completing this course should give educators the background they need to feel comfortable teaching these concepts to students using Copyright and Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens, our free suite of K-12 teaching resources.

OBJECTIVES
At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

Understand the purpose of copyright and its basic rights.
Understand the limitations of copyright, including fair use.
Understand how to acquire and share media in lawful and ethical ways.
Be prepared to apply copyright and fair use to project-based learning situations, including knowing how to help students find creative work that is free and legal to re-use and share.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Canvas Network
Internet Education Foundation
Date Added:
06/13/2022
Create classroom communities using social and emotional practices
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Social and emotional skills development is quickly taking center stage alongside cognitive skills, technical skills, and content knowledge in both the classroom and the workforce. Use this path to learn the fundamentals of how technology helps support social emotional learning in the classroom. Creating a strong community begins with mindfulness. It continues by supporting students through the use of social emotional learning techniques. Flipgrid helps engage students in meaningful ways through reflection activities. Lastly, we tie it all together by empowering educators in the hybrid classroom environment.
The course offers an overview of now various Microsoft products can assist teachers in developing social and emotional skills in their students: Minecraft, Teams, Flipgrid, Sway, OneNote, Reflect.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Microsoft
Date Added:
06/13/2022
Creating a Playful Classroom
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Our classrooms must be meaningful, relevant, and fun.

The Playful Classroom shows readers how to reconnect with students, parents, and your profession. In this mini course, join The Playful Classroom co-author Jed Dearybury as he takes you through some of the best take-aways from the book.

You'll see the research behind the power of play.
You'll see some real-life examples you can use right away.
You'll learn how to continue growing in your ability to create a playful classroom.
This FREE mini course includes an hour of video instruction from Jed himself as well as additional resources and a certificate of completion for ONE HOUR of professional development credit.

The accompanying book can be purchased at: https://theplayfulclassroom.com/

Subject:
Education
Early Childhood Development
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Ditch That Textbook
Jed Dearybury
Julie Jones
Date Added:
06/13/2022
Developing a Mentorship Program Professional Development
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For the past two years, Dinsmore Composite School has been developing a mentorship program for K-8 as part of the school timetable. The purpose of the program was to provide opportunities for older students to develop leadership skills and to foster collaboration, communication and problem-solving skills among all students. The planning and implementation process as well as an overview of the learning outcomes and activities will be highlighted. Participants will be invited to share their own experiences with mentorship in their schools and classrooms.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Mike Fedyk
Kristin Ward
Jade Ballek
Date Added:
06/22/2020
Ditch That Textbook!
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• A resources section with handy links to our best stuff
• A page of all the free downloadable templates we've created
• A videos page with everything organized and easy to find
• A Google page with our most popular Google-related content

Includes: videos, podcasts, e-books, guides, templates.

ALL FREE!

Subject:
Coding
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Computer Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Primary Source
Textbook
Author:
Matt Miller
Date Added:
11/08/2019
Do relationships really matter in learning?
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This 9 minute video explores the importance of relationships in learning.

In the Journal of Student Engagement (2012) Lauren Liberante writes: “The teacher–student relationship is one of the most powerful elements within the learning...

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
A.J. Juliani
Date Added:
09/30/2021