Thu.Dec 07, 2023

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9 Unusual Hour of Code Projects

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the next weeks, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready for Hour of Code. This includes (links are live on publication day) : An Overview of This Week — Dec. 5, 2023 Coding activities by grade — Dec. 6, 2023 9 Unusual Projects — (this post) Dec. 7, 2023 5 Unplugged Hour of Code Activities — Dec. 8, 2023 Coding–that geeky subject that confounds students and frightens teachers.

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Class Libraries to Inspire and Challenge Readers

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Using their own experiences with classroom libraries and ideas from other professionals, Colby Sharp and Donalyn Miller provide insight, wisdom, and actionable practices for teachers in The Commonsense Guide to Your Classroom Library. Katie Durkin highly recommends it. The post Class Libraries to Inspire and Challenge Readers first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Denver Public Schools: Pioneering Career Discovery with MimioSTEM

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Denver Public Schools (DPS) is leading the way in career exploration through its Spark Early Career Exploration Program , emphasizing diverse career exposure for students. Olivia Barraza Kee, Senior Manager of DPS Spark, highlights the importance of developing career identities to shape students' futures positively: “The work of developing career identities for our students is really important to us so that they can plan and chart their futures and get careers that sustain them and their familie

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Top 5 Winter STEM Projects for Kids

Starfish Education

Winter is a magical time for kids to engage in exciting and educational STEM projects! Here are the top 5 winter STEM projects for kids!

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Are Boys Bigger Bullies — Or Just Punished More?

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A white male student in Kansas shouted a racial epithet and shoved and punched a Black female student. Two Iowa lawsuits accuse school districts of failing to protect their children from harassment. A Nevada community protests the expulsion of a Black student who was attacked by her classmates. All these recent events give details to data compiled by the federal government on discipline and harassment in U.S. public schools.