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    • Usama Tahir
      Usama Tahir published a blog post Week 11-Breadcrumbs
      This week, I have been focusing on differentiation in my lesson plans so that kids are provided with the appropriate scaffolding. It has been really helpful, as this makes me go back to the kids in need of assistance and guided notes. Using this...
      • Vasilios Gavrielatos
        Vasilios Gavrielatos commented on the blog Weekly Breadcrumbs
        Thank you, I never thought about doing it as a Do Now. I will start doing that right away. In the start of the year I did print out a copy of last years exam and gave that to them to get an idea of what they knew. I was lucky if they got anywhere...
        • Gerald Ardito
          We are about 3 weeks away from the end of this course. That was fast! Now that you have been engaged with engagement, motivation, adolescent development, and learning theories, it is time to take stock, reflect on what we have learned, and share...
          • Xin Jiang
            Xin Jiang published a blog post Xin's weekly breadcrumbs (11)
            The week coming back from a long break is always the hardest. Each time we go on breaks, the students seem to have forgotten everything they've learned about the week before the break. Also, trying to reconnect and re-motivate them is that much...
            • Louie
              Louie published a blog post Week 11 Breadcrumbs
              Do you guys think that differentiation is usually focused on instruction?
              • Andrew Rohan
                Andrew Rohan published a blog post Rohan's weekly update
                This previous week has been a very interesting week. Not only did we have the students coming back from break, but we also had the superintedend and the new chancellor visit our school on Thursday. Not only did it make most of the staff nervous and...
                • Jonathan Lustberg
                  Jonathan Lustberg published a blog post Week 9 Breadcrumbs
                  After reading Chapter 9 I found it to be extremely helpful in providing various tools for "facilitating complex thinking." Critical thinking plays a huge part of the science classroom. Being able to discern fact from fiction and...
                  • Rachel DeMayo
                    Rachel DeMayo published a blog post Week 10 Breadcrumbs
                    Expectancy x value = motivation (Wigfield,Tonk, Eccles) Motivation comes from the combination (multiplication) of the expectancy of success and the value that one places on the achievement of that goal.  Both factors are necessary for...
                    • Rachel DeMayo
                      Rachel DeMayo published a blog post Week 9 Breadcrumbs
                      I continue to investigate student motivation. As Maslow states, people will first satisfy their physical needs before their belonging needs and esteem needs.  People will also satisfy deficit needs (those things that are not yet satisfied)...
                      • Tamdeka Hughes-Carroll
                        Tamdeka Hughes-Carroll commented on the blog Weekly Breadcrumbs
                        You are absolutely right Billy. I have heard that teachers are rated on how successful their students are on the exams. It's totally unfair. But what I have been doing since early on in the school year is giving students previous exam...
                        • Rachel DeMayo
                          Rachel DeMayo published a blog post Week 8 Breadbrumbs
                          I continue to focus on student motivation, which is coming at a convenient time in the year, where I am finding student motivation to be scattered and dwindling as summer approaches.  I admit that my own motivation is somewhat dwindling as the...
                          • Vasilios Gavrielatos
                            Vasilios Gavrielatos published a blog post Weekly Breadcrumbs
                            This week has been a quiet week due to state testing. I had the privilege of proctoring the exams. It was definitely an experience to see the difference with how students are during this time. Although many students no longer are forced to take...
                              • Tamdeka Hughes-Carroll
                                Tamdeka Hughes-Carroll

                                You are absolutely right Billy. I have heard that teachers are rated on how successful their students are on the exams. It's totally unfair. But what I have been doing since early on in the school year is giving students previous exam questions for homework and/or for the Do Now. I do not inform students where the questions originated. The trick is to get them familiar with the subject material, so when they see it on the upcoming exams they will know how to answer correctly. 

                                • Vasilios Gavrielatos
                                  Vasilios Gavrielatos

                                  Thank you, I never thought about doing it as a Do Now. I will start doing that right away. In the start of the year I did print out a copy of last years exam and gave that to them to get an idea of what they knew. I was lucky if they got anywhere from 3 to 10 right.

                                • Usama Tahir
                                  Usama Tahir commented on the blog Xin's weekly breadcrumbs (10)
                                  I appreciate your efforts, but speaking regarding the motivation issues I am facing, it seems that educators have to utilize all the resources whether it is visual, audio or graphic so that they can see how the problems are modeled for them,
                                  • Vasilios Gavrielatos
                                    Vasilios Gavrielatos commented on the blog Weekly Breadcrumbs
                                    I agree that it is not possible to do all 5 at a time.  Middle School students where I teach are very challenging. I really like the attachment you provided. It is something I am going to use with my students. Many of my students have...
                                    • Louie
                                      Louie published a blog post Week 10 Breadcrumbs
                                      "Tell me who you hang out with, and I'll tell you who you are,"
                                      • Ashley Grey
                                        Ashley Grey commented on the blog Week 10-Breadcrumbs
                                        Hi Usama! I understand this challenge too. A lot of my students also don't hand in work. One thing that I'm going to start doing this week is calling home. I think this can be effective in getting students to hand their work in. They...
                                        • Ashley Grey
                                          Ashley Grey commented on the blog Xin's weekly breadcrumbs (10)
                                          Hey Xin! This is a challenging topic as a teacher. You want all your students to do well and you want them to have that initiative too. How engaging is the extra credit assignment? Maybe if it is about something gross in Biology, they will care...
                                          • Ashtyn Greenstein
                                            Ashtyn Greenstein commented on the blog Week 9 Breadcrumbs
                                            Hey Louie, I'm also trying to up my score on interactions so here I am commenting on your post, which I very much relate with!  I really appreciate that you're focusing on misbehaviors in the classroom because that has been an...
                                            • Ashley Grey
                                              Ashley Grey commented on the blog Weekly Breadcrumbs
                                              Hey Billy! This is a great topic, and I like how you are considering ways to bring more Social Emotional Learning into your classroom. I think teaching all of these skills at once will be overwhelming. It might be beneficial to pick one out of the...
                                              • Vasilios Gavrielatos
                                                Vasilios Gavrielatos published a blog post Weekly Breadcrumbs
                                                Through research I have found 5 key points to Successful Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) on students and including strategies for implementing SEL. SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills...
                                                  • Ashley Grey
                                                    Ashley Grey

                                                    Hey Billy! This is a great topic, and I like how you are considering ways to bring more Social Emotional Learning into your classroom. I think teaching all of these skills at once will be overwhelming. It might be beneficial to pick one out of the five and go from there. For instance, if you wanted to work on social awareness, one strategy that might be useful is incorporating "Accountable Talk Stems," into your classroom. I don't how much your middle schoolers engage in class discussions, but accountable talk stems ensures that students are mindful of what peers are saying and respectfully responding to others' viewpoints. For example, if you were to disagree with my comment, you would say, "I disagree with Ashley's comment on... because..." instead of saying, "You're wrong," or "That's a dumb idea." Here's a link: https://educationcloset.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/AccountableTalk-Stems.pdf

                                                    • Vasilios Gavrielatos
                                                      Vasilios Gavrielatos

                                                      I agree that it is not possible to do all 5 at a time.  Middle School students where I teach are very challenging. I really like the attachment you provided. It is something I am going to use with my students. Many of my students have no structure or social skills. I believe I may not be the only one with students like this. Kids these days are so drawn to technology of all kinds. They have no idea of playing outside or having a conversation that is not through text. I really do believe that students needs to start becoming more socialized in order to grow and move through life.

                                                  ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

                                                  ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

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