Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Successfully Integrating Language Arts and #STEM

A conversation with Candace Hisey on Episode 43 of The 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Today Candace Hisey @MissHisey talks about true STEM and Language Arts Integration. With both extended and daily projects, students watch science, technology, engineering, and math come alive in all of their classes. Hear how Candace does it in today’s Wonderful Wednesday classroom tour and why she’ll never go back to the “old” way of teaching. Scroll down for links and pictures!

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In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  • The incredible element “museum” project where students integrate all subjects and their work in chemistry during tenth grade
  • Flexible teaching time and how she uses it to integrate learning with other teachers
  • Simple ways Candace brings research non-fiction into her language arts class
  • Science Fridays in Language class
  • The most transformational thing Candace has done in her experience in this new form of teaching

I hope you enjoy this episode with Candace!

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Candace HiseyCandace Hisey

Candace Hisey is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and has been teaching Language Arts at Bio-Med Science Academy for three years. She is a strong proponent of interdisciplinary education, and this year she has been working with the chemistry instructor to build an integrated curriculum for tenth grade.

Pictures of the Projects Candace discusses in the show, used with her permission.

Berrilium in the Museum of the Elements

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Behave Yourselves

Reading Time: 3 minutes.How do we optimise behaviour? Last week an independent review of behaviour in schools was published which aims to shake http://www.teachertoolkit.me/2017/03/29/behave-yourselves/ first seen on http://teachertoolkit.me

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Making Music with iPads and #edtech

A Conversation with Justin Kamp on the 10-Minute Teacher #42

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Today Justin Kamp @kampmiltonmusic Kids can learn to make music with iPads and technology. This isn’t just child’s play – some serious music learning can happen. On today’s show, K3-6th grade teacher Justin Kamp @kampmiltonmusic from Wisconsin unleashes his favorite apps, strategies, and tools for making music with kids of all ages.

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In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  • Age appropriate uses of detect
  • Some of his favorite apps and techniques
  • Technotunes and how to use them
  • Showcasing musical ability and setting parent expectations
  • 21st-century music appreciation

I hope you enjoy this episode with Justin!

Want to hear another episode about iPads and edtech. Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen share awesome apps for iPads in the elementary classroom.

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Justin KampJustin Kamp

Justin Kamp graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2013 with a degree in Instrumental and General Music Education. He is currently a K-3 and 6th grade General Music teacher in Milton, Wisconsin. He is nearing the end of his fourth school year and has been an “iGuide” technology trainer for his building for the past two years.

Milton is 1:1 with iPads for all K-8 students. He has been published in the Wisconsin School Musician magazine and has been a guest writer for the online Music Technology website: Midnight Music based out of Australia. Justin has presented at SLATE (technology conference) as well as at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association’s State Music Conference.

On March 1st, Justin’s Third Grade students performed at the State Capitol for Music In Our Schools Month. It is his goal to incorporate technology into his classes, whether it is a full blown lesson using iPads, or using the SMARTboard for smaller activities. Justin also actively performs in a variety of different local performing ensembles playing bassoon.

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10 ‘Teach to the Top’ Differentiation Ideas

Reading Time: 5 minutes.How do you plan for differentiation in lessons? And how can you cater for every student? You should not be expected to http://www.teachertoolkit.me/2017/03/28/differentiate/ first seen on http://teachertoolkit.me

Monday, March 27, 2017

How to Unleash Genius in Kids and Teachers #YouMatter

Angela Maiers on episode 41 of the 10-Minute Teacher #MondayMotivation

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My husband told me Friday night, “Did you really listen to what Angela Maiers said on that podcast?” I was tired beyond belief – not taking very good care of myself and having one of those bouts of self-deprecation that some of us teachers have. So, this show is for me and one I’ll listen to for years to come. I know there’s someone else out there who needs to hear this talk about mattering, worthiness, and good health. Thanks, Angela Maiers @angelamaiers for sharing your heart.

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In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  • The meaning of genius
  • Contributions the world needs from teachers and students
  • Rediscovering the power of show and tell
  • Angela’s personal struggle with mattering
  • The greatest thing students need to see in front of the classroom

I hope you enjoy this episode with Angela!

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Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers @angelamaiers has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 25 years. Her powerful message and down-to-earth style have made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker for education conferences, corporate events and innovation summits.

Angela is the author of six books, and the founder of Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Getting Physical

Reading Time: 3 minutes.Are physical interventions supportive or a necessary evil? Like many teachers in specialist settings (and a growing number in mainstream), http://www.teachertoolkit.me/2017/03/25/getting-physical/ first seen on http://teachertoolkit.me