Thursday, 24 May 2018

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STEM resources and Rubrics

A website recently released by Microsoft uses Microsoft tools to build affordable inquiry and project-based activities to visualise data across science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) curriculum. Middle school standards-based lesson plans are written by teachers for teachers.

There are cross-curricular lessons and resources, including:
Using Pythagorean theorem to Measure Topography;
Measuring Water Quality to Understand Human Impact;
Measuring Speed to Understand Forces and Motion;
Harnessing Electricity to Communicate;
Building Machines that Emulate Humans;
Using Computational Thinking to Understand Earthquakes.

Great STEM activities for Upper Primary and Key Stage 3 Teachers

What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. George Bernard Shaw

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Inquiry-Based Learning

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Advice on How to Help Students Write Better Essays

From Alistair Bryce-Clegg, a great idea for EYFS teachers for an Understanding the World activity.

What do You Get if You Cross an Egg with a Laminating Pouch?

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I really like this article's focus on the difference between self-esteem and self-compassion: 'Because self-esteem is a global evaluation of your overall worth, it has its dangers. What am I achieving? Am I good enough? How do I compare with my peers?'

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Mindfulness: Five Ways to Help Teens Build Self Worth

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

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Classroom Mindfulness

From The Guardian's Secret Teacher series, sexting, suicide, self-esteem and more, prompts a question that many teachers ought to ask:

Am I Equipped to Teach PSHE?

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A Great Science Blog

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FluentU: Helping Students Learn a Foreign Language

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Kathy Brodie, the Early Years' specialist, talks to the author, Mine Conkbay, about  how neuroscience can support children’s personal, social and emotional development.
What Can Neuroscience Teach Practitioners?
Richard Cairns, who is head of Brighton College, has decided plastic is a very serious 'anti-social' matter. 

Richard Cairns, headmaster of Brighton College

No Plastic Bottles at this School

The Curiosity Approach Taken from Alistair Bryce-Clegg's Blog

Lyndsey Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett are the Co-Founders of The Curiosity Approach and 'believe that by providing a sense of awe and wonder in educational environments, we lay the foundations for future learning. To nurture and instill a love of curiosity, helping to create those “thinkers and doers” of the future. Curiosity is a powerful driver for all future learning. Leading onto imagination, creativity and far beyond.'

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