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    Teachers Support Differentiated Learning Through Professional Development and Collaboration

    >>Sometimes, y’all when we’re researching we find out things that we think we knew already might not be exactly true. Is that okay? Yes.>>Narrator: The teaching team at Forrest Lake is a tight knit group. Many of them have worked together for several years collaborating to improve their teaching skills and supporting each other as they embrace rapidly evolving technology.>>All right, we need to look at home life.>>How they travel in transportation. Transportation.>>Narrator: Every other week grade-level teams meet in what they call “Collaborative Corner” to discuss challenges and plan interdisciplinary lessons together. With the support of Instructional Technology Specialist, Paulette Williams.>>Because we have plenty of resources on everything.>>Narrator: Media…

  • Practicum: Teaching at Beaver Works Summer Institute
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    Practicum: Teaching at Beaver Works Summer Institute

    I’m Melanie Chen. I’m a computer science major at MIT. and I’m interning with Lincoln Labs this summer. Part of my internship has been helping to prototype and to help design the curriculum for the Beaver Works Summer Institute, specifically for Cog*Works. In Cog*Works, high school students are taught various applications of machine learning. We are essentially building up towards helping them develop their own autonomous cognitive assistants, sort of like Siri or Alexa. We gave each team an Echo Dot from Amazon, so they’ve been able to actually see how speech-to-text processing, when done right, can work really well, and they’ve been able to program their Echoes to have…

  • Teaching teenagers – how to get their attention and keep it
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    Teaching teenagers – how to get their attention and keep it

    An important aspect of teaching teenagers is getting their attention and keeping it. In this video we’re going to look at three tips to do this, along with some practical ideas you might try with your classes. Knowing what your students like and dislike both in terms of activities and general interests will naturally help students to stay more motivated during classes. At the start of the course, a competitive quiz can help you learn something about your students, and also familarise them with the organisation of your coursebook. Split the class into teams and ask one student to be the spokesperson. Only the spokesperson can give the team’s answer.…

  • Educational verve: New approaches to teaching revolutionize the classroom
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    Educational verve: New approaches to teaching revolutionize the classroom

    [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: What is it we’re actually trying to do with a student here at Cornell? Is it just tell them information? I mean, they could read Wikipedia for that. You want to reach more of the students. And you want to give more of them a voice. So giving people a voice is probably the best way for active learning. VEER VEKARIA: When I felt like I was a number, I felt like I was not getting the most out of my education. And I’d just lost the sense of direction and passion in what I was learning. I was not engaged. I felt like there was…

  • Shaping the Way We Teach English: Module 13, Peer Observation in Teaching Practices
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    Shaping the Way We Teach English: Module 13, Peer Observation in Teaching Practices

    CLASSROOM OBSERVATION CAN TAKE DIFFERENT FORMS. THE TWO MOST COMMON ARE SUMMATIVE OBSERVATION, IN WHICH ANOTHER TEACHER OR AN ADMINISTRATOR OBSERVES THE CLASS. THE PURPOSE FOR THIS IS EVALUATIVE AND MAY RESULT IN A RATING OF SOME KIND. AND FORMATIVE OBSERVATION, IN WHICH TWO TEACHERS, OR PEERS DO A FRIENDLY OBSERVATION OF EACH OTHER’S CLASSES. THE PURPOSE IS TO IMPROVE TEACHING PRACTICES AND TO ENGAGE IN A SYSTEMATIC FORM OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. THE FOCUS IN THIS MODULE IS ON FORMATIVE OR PEER OBSERVATION. FORMATIVE OBSERVATION CAN BENEFIT BOTH THE OBSERVED TEACHER AND THE TEACHER DOING THE OBSERVATION. IN ORDER TO DO SO, IT MUST BE CAREFULLY ORGANIZED. WE WILL FOLLOW…

  • Learning Partners: Co-Teaching With Community Experts
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    Learning Partners: Co-Teaching With Community Experts

    >>Brittany German: You would be surprised at the amazing things that fifth graders can learn that you would never think was possible. They will meet expectations beyond your wildest dreams.>>Dr. Dave Miller: So what do you think? Questions? Lots of them, right?>>Student: Yeah.>>Dr. Dave Miller: So the dimensions from one point to the next has a number of inches or feet and inches.>>Dr. Dave Miller: So a learning partner is somebody that brings their own expertise into the school environment for the benefit of the kids.>>Brittany German: Some of our learning partners come in weekly, and they do lessons with the kids, and experiments and activities. They definitely give us…

  • Bring on the learning revolution! | Sir Ken Robinson
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    Bring on the learning revolution! | Sir Ken Robinson

    I was here four years ago, and I remember, at the time, that the talks weren’t put online. I think they were given to TEDsters in a box, a box set of DVDs, which they put on their shelves, where they are now. (Laughter) And actually, Chris called me a week after I’d given my talk, and said, “We’re going to start putting them online. Can we put yours online?” And I said, “Sure.” And four years later, it’s been downloaded four million times. So I suppose you could multiply that by 20 or something to get the number of people who’ve seen it. And, as Chris says, there is…