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High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Hi Maurice, Love these

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Hi Maurice,
Love these suggestions - there are some that I'm definitely going to try to implement - especially the dyad and think-pair-share. I've got a favourite of mine, too, that I'll share. I like to finish lessons by asking student to identify the three key words from the lesson, and then rank them in order of importance. This brings in some evaluation and HOTS.

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

Reflection is one of the most

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Reflection is one of the most overlooked parts of the learning process, which is ironic since it's where learning actually happens. I really appreciate that you've included tools for reflection, tools for mindfulness, and tools for community building- all are so vital to helping kids be successful!

A couple of resources that others might appreciate:
Teacher Tools from Antioch University New England's Critical Skills Program. (http://www.antiochne.edu/acsr/teachertools/) Lots of interesting reproducibles and tools for reflection, collaboration and assessment.

This wiki has a great collection of tools for reflection via various forms of technology:
https://sites.google.com/site/reflection4learning/technology-tools-for-r...

This conversation on Social Emotional Learning would also be a great place to share your thoughts on the topic:
http://www.edutopia.org/groups/community-bulletin-board/572261

Social media for e-learning & technology

Thanks Maurice for sharing

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Thanks Maurice for sharing it.
I found tips by Roberto Catanuto very interesting. I'm sure by doing this we can truly engage our students. So, here are his tips:
1) learning how to learn and think, rapidly, collaboratively, creatively
2) learning how to manage failure and get over it
3) learning how to manage one's own digital identity on social networks and similar to make to most of it
You can check it up here http://quib.ly/qu/what-new-lessons-would-help-our-children-in-the-real-w...

Thanks to the Commenters

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I always find myself learning from reading the comments that follow my blogs, and this has happened once again. I learned about a new Newsletter, the idea of using motivational readings, and the cumulative vocabulary concept (vocabulary being an area of growing relevance). Thank you!

"Do Now"

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Nice article,

I particularly like the "do now" suggestions for High School. I think it is important for teachers to stimulate discussion and reflection in the classroom and these activities are perfect for that.

4th grade teacher from Milwaukee Wisconsin

"Do Now"

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In my 4th grade classroom I engage my class with a time to learn a new Spanish word or phrase. After the class has repeated the new words, I review the words from earlier in the week. I also have tried using the "Daily Number" strategy which was quite successful.

I am glad you brought up the idea of a reflection time and a silent moment to just focus on listening. I believe it will be powerful to teach my students to just take time to listen.

Thank you!

Michael

RE: Engaged Teaching: "Do Now" Activities for Your Lessons

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It was only last week from my University, I realized how important reflection is to incorporate in lessons to encourage student learning. I like the ideas that you highlighted to encourage student learning, which in the long run will keep them engage. I particularly enjoyed the sections for the All Grade Level and High School since I teach students between the ages of 15-17. I usually start with prayer and occasionally a motivational reading and the students enjoy it, they even develop a discussion from the reading. So I could imagine the impact it would have when I include the reflections as you outlined above. I believe it would prepare the students for the next day and at the same time focus on what they have learn during the time spent at school on that day. That may serve as the only time they really took sometime to focus on what transpired during the day pertaining to school work. Thanks for the ideas!!!

Your Article In My Busy Educator Newsletter

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Hi Maurice,

Really enjoyed your article. I included it in this week's June 6th 2013 edition of The Busy Educator Newsletter found here:
http://news.thebusyeducator.com/

Keep up the great work,
Marjan Glavac

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