Brrrrrrrrr! It has been freezing here in Michigan this week and it looks like we’re in for a particularly frigid and blustery Valentine’s weekend. Speaking of Valentine’s, I’m sure many of you celebrated the holiday with your students this week. What are your favorite traditions for celebrating Valentine’s Day in your classroom?
Here is this week’s edition of Ed Links, a collection of our favorite education-related articles from around the web this week. Enjoy!
On ASCD’s Education Update, Lisa Arter explains how she uses the Mulligan Rule and the 5 R’s in her classroom in Road Tested/Calling Mulligan! Two Rules for Dynamic Discourse. “Students listen more actively, speak more freely, and—as a bonus—apply the state-and-support scaffold to their academic writing. With the mulligan rule, they also appreciate the necessity of true revision in their writing—that it means to ‘look at it again’ as opposed to ‘run spell check on it.’”
This week on Edutopia, Carl Hooker explains an idea that may change the way professional learning in educational technology takes place in It’s Time to Make Learning Fun Again…Even for Adults. Anyone want to join me for an APPmazing Race?
Also on Edutopia, check out 11 Alternatives to “Round Robin” (and “Popcorn”) Reading by Todd Finley. I can’t wait to try The Crazy Professor Reading Game with my own children!
“I think it’s important to give students freedom on writing and reading, because it’s hard to enjoy a subject you’re forced to research.” Katrina Schwartz takes a deep look at student-driven learning in How Inquiry Can Enable Students to Become Modern Day de Tocquevilles on MindShift.
Terry Heick gives us 9 Ways to Help Students Learn Through Their Mistakes on te@chthought. “…if, instead of giving up in frustration after making a mistake, we work constructively to understand the mistake, the strategy to solve the problem stays with us better than if we just memorize the solution.”
I am loving this piece by Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano on her blog, Langwitches: 3 Reasons Why You Should Share and 3 Things You Can Do to Start Sharing. “Too many other people (non-educators, policy makers, politicians, media, etc.) are painting a grim picture of the teaching profession, teaching in general, schools and student learning. It is time to become our own storytellers. Sharing student successes and teachers’ professional and continuous learning MUST overshadow and outnumber the negative press and reputation that has been building up.”
That concludes this week’s edition of Ed Links. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!