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Fun and play can create a more engaging learning environment. One of the units in eighth grade science that exemplifies learning through creative, playful, engagement is the Rube Goldberg unit. A Rube Goldberg device is a machine that uses a chain reaction of steps to accomplish a simple goal in a complex and whimsical way. At Friends’ Central School (FCS), the eighth grade students, in groups of...
We’re a K–12 school, with K–12 makers, and we treat that making as a way of driving student learning, rather than simply showcasing it. What that means is that we let students tinker, discover, and hit walls with a project before giving them instruction, then use these successes and setbacks as learning tools. Driving our curriculum through our making requires shifting our roles as educators. We...
We’re a K–12 school, with K–12 makers, and we treat that making as a way of driving student learning, rather than simply showcasing it. What that means is that we let students tinker, discover, and hit walls with a project before giving them instruction, then use these successes and setbacks as learning tools. Driving our curriculum through our making requires shifting our roles as educators. We...
This weekend I delivered a session on flash fiction at the Write Eastern Kentucky Conference on the campus of Morehead State University and decided to share some of my plans here. While the length of most fiction is determined by the guidelines of the journal or magazine to which you plan to submit your work, a generally accepted word count for a traditional short story is 2000-8000 words while a...
I am apologizing upfront for my digression. I am starting with a digression and hopefully it will make sense to you. It does to me. Last week I had a lovely brunch with a friend of mine. At the end of the meal, the waiter brought dessert menus. The man I was with ordered a lavish dessert.  I made it clear that I did not want dessert.  The waiter listened, but then said, "I'll bring an extra fork...
In the first month of school, I was wondering how to introduce connecting learning in my classroom. Do I start with informing them of the concept, or do I let them explore at their own risk? Our students need activities that mean something to them. Whether they relate to their experiences, interests, or simply their peer culture. I enjoy implementing activities that I feel that my students are...
As a first year teacher, still enthused about the idea of teaching language arts to a group of 100+ eighth grade students, I was quickly saddened by the lack of interest that the students seemingly shared with each other. At E.B. Aycock Middle in Greenville, North Carolina, we serve students who come from two completely different ends of the socioeconomic spectrum.  We certainly have our share of...
Which came first?  Visual Art or Literature?  I relate more to a cave man drawing on the walls than Shakespeare writing a sonnet.  But both tell a story.  Stories throughout history have inspired visual art (Ex. The Last Supper).  But how many times have I asked my students to create a visual art piece that is an interpretation of a piece of literature?  Not very often.  grimm7.jpg...
I am currently doing a project in my media and literacy class in grad school on a multimodal literacy unit. I think this site could be an awesome tool for students to blog and be able to reach outside their community and communicate with other students across the globe. Any input on this topic would be amazing!
fuzzy copyright.jpg All rights reserved. Is copyright a little fuzzy? / Elias Bizannes / CC BY-SA   Following on the heels of "Writing Wikipedia Articles: The Basics and Beyond," three more School of Open courses are now open for sign-up. They are: 1. Copyright 4 Educators (AUS) This course will equip Australian educators with the copyright knowledge to...

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