From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

February 21, 2017

Useful links and thoughts for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka.
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TECH TALK - “Zooniverse” is One of the Coolest Ed Sites On The Web

Quote from Larry Ferlazzo: Zooniverse is an amazing site where scholars put up projects that require “people-powered research” - for example, attempting to decode formerly secret Civil War telegrams. The site has many projects in multiple subject areas, along with very cool online tools for students to use when doing the research. A site like this offers real purpose for student learning.

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Ignite Your Students With Passion, Creativity, and Energy

edWeb: LaVonna Roth

Wednesday February 22, 1:00 PM (EST)

Self-Regulation in the Classroom; Helping Students Learn How to Learn

edWeb: Richard M. Cash

Wednesday, February 22, 4:00 PM (EST)

Media Literacy: A Crash Course in 60 Minutes

edWed: Michelle Luhtala

Wednesday, February 22, 5:00 PM (EST)

Strategies for Personalized Instruction and Implementation

edWeb: Lizzie Choi

Thursday, February 23, 3:00 PM (EST)

Bold Moves for Schools: Designing Remarkable Learning Environments


Thursday, March 2, 3:00 PM (EST)

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FOR TEACHERS: What Kind of Work?

In this blog post, Dave Mulder challenges teachers to think about what students are doing in their classes and why they are doing it. What is the purpose of the work they are doing? Do the students even know? Do you as the teacher know the real intended outcome of the assignments you give students? Is the purpose actually learning? Are your students demonstrating learning or doing assignments?

FOR TEACHERS: The Secret That Increases Effort 40%

Helpful feedback for students has far more to do with “how” than “what.” Researchers asked middle school teachers to give a writing assignment to their students, and afterward, give the students various types of feedback. To their surprise, the researchers discovered there was one particular type of remark that improved student effort so much, they called it “magical.” Are you using these nineteen simple words?

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Free Workshop - Honey, I Blew Up the Curriculum

Saturday, March 18, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Grand Lobby of the Martin and Janet Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College

Sponsored by Trinity’s Alexander De Jong Center for Special Education and Elim Christian Services

This workshop will provide teachers with practical adaptations and strategies that can be implemented in their classrooms to create a supportive, inclusive classroom atmosphere. The dynamic mother/daughter presenters from Butterflies for Change, Nancy and Bridget Brown, will share firsthand experiences of navigating Bridget’s journey through education. In addition, they will share tips for curriculum planning, collaboration and teaming, and person centered planning.

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FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: Nine Things that Can Make Your Presentations Better

Many leaders have trouble delivering presentations even when they are subject-matter experts because of anxiety or because the audience is bored or disconnected, writes Eve Ash. There are nine skills that can help, starting with a positive mindset and including audience participation without surrendering control of the situation.

FOR PARENTS: Why It’s Important to Read Aloud to your Kids, and How To Make it Count

One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk, and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. Scholastic, just released its Kids & Family Reading Report and this Washington Post article shares highlights of the report and offers tips for parents on how to turn their babies and children into readers.
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