From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

November 28, 2017

Useful links, thoughts and quotes for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka, Director of Center for Christian Urban Educators.
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TECH TALK - 5 Ways Screencasting Improves Teaching and Learning

Screencasting is the use of a specialized tool to record a computer screen while performing or demonstrating specific tasks, usually accompanied by vocal narration. Easy-to-use, user-friendly apps and browser extensions like Screencastify, Quicktime, Camtasia, and Explain Everything have nw made screencasts simple enough for anyone to create, and teachers around the world are beginning to discover what an indispensable tool it can be.

TEACHERS: Engage Students Through Collaboration

In a nationwide survey. 6th-12th graders were asked one simple question: What engages you as learners? The results that came back could be categorized into 10 different strategies. But one request that came up over and over again, regardless of whether the students were from urban or rural areas, from private or public schools, was to let them collaborate. Read how to set up collaboration for success.

TEACHERS: 11 Things You May be Unintentionally Communicating to Your Students

Some things teachers communicate intentionally. And sometimes when teachers fail to communicate intentionally, they send a message that they didn't mean to send. Here are 11 things teachers might unintentionally be communicating to students

TEACHERS: More Talking in Math Class, Please

Providing elementary students with the opportunity to connect math and language benefits students and deepens their understanding of math concepts. In this article you will find three tips to get math conversations started.

TEACHERS: What About Memory

How do our students learn things? The ability to retain and recall information is central to improving pupils’ memory, knowledge and learning. But do students know what works, and do they use these strategies? Researchers from Kent State University, Duke University, University of Wisconsin and University of Virginia published a review of hundreds of students to explore which strategies are most likely to lead to long-term learning.

TEACHERS: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Matters and How To Teach It

Emotional intelligence can be said to cover five main areas: self-awareness, emotional control, self-motivation, empathy and relationship skills. It is, of course, important for good communication with others – and is therefore a gateway to better learning, friendships, academic success and employment. Skills such as these developed in our formative years at school often provide the foundation for future habits later on in life.
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TEACHERS: The 100 Word Challenge

The 100 Word Challenge is a free weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16 created by Julia Skinner. Each week a prompt is given, which can be a picture or a series of individual words and students can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece. You can learn more about the 100 Word Challenge here. Or check out these ideas from one teacher of how to use it with students.

PARENTS: 11 Tips for Instilling True Gratitude in Your Kids

Teaching our kids to say “thank you” is important, but instilling a sense of gratitude in them is another matter entirely. Gratitude goes beyond good manners — it’s a mindset and a lifestyle. Check out this article which explores how to teach kids gratitude as well as why it is important.

FOR PARENTS: The Key to Avoiding Entitlement - Stop doing stuff for your kids that they can do for themselves!

In the name of “taking good care of their kids”, many parents have become little more than service providers, and their kids have become masterful, manipulative consumers of those services. Their kids do anything they can to avoid responsibility for their own lives, and the parents help by picking up the slack.

FOR PARENTS: Raising Overcomers

Most parents would probably state that they desire to raise resilient, faith-filled kids that can overcome difficulty and challenges. But in daily life, parents are often vigorous to insulate their children from trials – it’s too painful for them to watch their children struggle or suffer. Check out these ideas for helping children become “overcomers."
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SCHOOL LEADERS: A Solution for Student Disengagement

Schools in America are places where too many kids do not want to be. A Gallup study showed that 24 percent of fifth graders were disengaged. That percentage grew to 39 percent for middle school students and 56 percent for students in high school. Check out this suggestion for how to begin the work of engaging more students in school.

SCHOOL LEADERS: 5 Reasons to Prioritize Relationships Over Content

“It is the relationships that separates schools, not the content.”

What makes the above statement from George Couros true? What makes the quality of relationships within a school so defining? Why should relationships to given priority over content?

SCHOOL LEADERS: Courage to Change: What it takes to Shift to Restorative Discipline

Over the past decade, many schools have been shifting their strategies, moving from strict no-excuses style discipline to restorative practices. There’s a recognition among educators that kids need opportunities at school to practice the social and emotional skills that will help them be resilient after they graduate. But implementing restorative practices doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a long, deliberate process of shifting mindsets among educators, parents, and students. And it doesn’t always go smoothly. Read about the process in KIPP schools here.
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Developing Fact Fluency with Understanding: Multiplication and Division

edWeb: James Burnett

Tuesday, November 28, 4:00 PM EST

Six Steps to Phenomenal Co-Teaching

ASCD: Wendy Lochner

November 28, 3:00 PM EST

Teaching for Transfer: Reaching and Applying Deeper Understanding

Corwin: Julie Stern

Monday, December 4, 6:30 PM

High-Yield Strategies for Students Success

edWeb: Gene Kerns

Tuesday, December 5, 3:00 PM EST

The Biggest Barriers to Learning Fractions

edWeb: Drew Corley

Tuesday, December 6, 4:00 PM EST

Harness the Power of the Curriculum Design Thinking Process

edWeb: Charlotte Cheng

Tuesday, December 5, 5:00 PM EST

New Science of Learning for Struggling Readers

Scientific Learning: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.

Tuesday, December 5, 3:00 PM EST

Introducing Restorative Teacher-Student Mediation

edWeb: Ondine Gross

Wednesday, December 6, 4:00 PM EST

Online Security, Privacy and Risk: How To Avoid Becoming a Headline

edWeb: Bill Fitzgerald

Thursday, December 7, 4:00 PM EST

Raising Math Achievement Through Date-Informed Learning

Education Week: Dreambox Learning

Wednesday, December 6, 2:00 PM EST

Kick-Start Kindergarten Readiness: 52 Reproducible Letters and Activities for Parents

edWeb: Alison Pepper

Thursday, December 7, 3:00 PM EST

Supporting Students Through Effective Educators: Evidence-Based Strategies to Increase Student Learning

Education Week: New Teacher Center

Monday, December 11, 2:00 PM EST

Through the Hearts of Teachers Build the Minds of Children

edWeb: Steven Erwin

Monday, December 11, 2:00 PM EST

Using Dialogue to Develop a Language of Learning

Corwin: James Nottingham and Martin Renton

Monday, December 11, 6:30 PM EST

Building Capacity to Improve School Climate and Social-Emotional Learning

Education Week: Panorama Education

Tuesday, December 12, 2:00 PM EST

Helping Students Get Ahead with the Gradual Release of Responsibility

edWeb: Heather Anderson

Wednesday, December 13, 2:00 PM EST

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