Watch as a teacher takes on the challenge of making big changes in his classroom in four weeks. Poetry and technology converge as students create podcasts about their favorite poets. Students learn about teamwork and design when they build a Rube Goldberg contraption. Watch a skillful teacher prod her students to think about the impact of their decisions. Witness before and after as a new teacher tries out seven classroom management techniques. Aiming for Excellence - Divergent Questioning in 8th Grade Math - Mr. Brettle's class is observed by teacher evaluator Barbara VanDenberg. Barbara suggests he work on divergent questioning, try having students work in groups, and put more of the cognitive load on his students. Over four weeks, Mr. B implements her suggestions. Watch the challenges of making these big shifts in your classroom. Great Lesson Ideas - Poetry Workstations - Keri McAllister uses technology, workstations, and a lot of choice to turn her students loose on a unit on poetry. In workstations students watch "poetry in motion" videos, create a podcast about their chosen poet, and post reflections on a chosen poem on their class blog. Great Lesson Ideas - Rube Goldberg Contraptions - Debbie Clark's 8th grade science students take several days to complete their Rube Goldberg contraptions. Bringing things from home, they experiment with the parts, design their contraption, and make a blueprint for it before beginning to build. This is a lesson that emphasizes cooperation, teamwork, creativity and design. Great Lesson Ideas - Project Earth Game - Pioneering 5th grade science teacher Connie Prewitt engages her students to learn some challenging life science lessons through a fun and elaborate role-play. Project Earth is a 100% immersive experience where students learn the impact of their decisions on individuals, communities, and the Earth. New Teacher Survival Guide - Classroom Management - Ms. Vreeland is a new teacher working to improve the management of her classroom. She shares a video of her class with management expert Jackie Ancess. Mrs. V takes what she's learned and tries it out in her class. Watch the before and after.
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