I came across this article that talks about Pixar In A Box (created by Pixar and Khan Academy) that introduces students to the concepts of animation. It is free (!) and has videos and short exercises for students to view and use.
I think I might just use it myself!
I love the article What Makes People Creative? as it explores the aspects of a person that makes them creative by drawing on many pieces of literature. Creativity is something that is sort of, I guess, pushed back in schools, as we teachers tend to focus more on the academic side of learning (times tables, scientific concepts, and so on because of the assessments that students must compete), but we still need to remember that creativeness is still vital to students learning.
I have to say, I like this article over some others on creativity as it compiles a range of literature in one easy place!
This article talks about Guy Claxton (author of “What’s the Point of School”) and his top eight learner dispositions that encourage positive learning behaviours. He also notes that teachers need to create good relationships between themselves and the students. I agree whole-heartedly with this, as in my experience, if a students doesn’t respect and/or like you, they are less willing to collaborate with you in the learning environment.
Lately, I’ve been really researching the Growth Mindset (made “famous” by Carol Dweck). I came across the 6 ways to teach growth mindset from day one of school article, which discusses six ways teachers can support student’s development and understanding of the Growth Mindset. The article also provides some resources (an app, books, and songs) on Growth Mindset.
This post on BlogSpot discusses eBooks that teachers can personally create for their class and the apps they can use to make the eBook. I’ve used a few of these apps before, but I’ve never made an eBook for students. I think it would definitely come in handy for students who have finished the work given to them as sort of an enrichment lesson, or for special needs students to work with support teachers/teacher aides, as I’ve found that students love using technology to complete their work.
This article explains how to implement the Reading Eggs program into the classroom. Reading Eggs can be used on iPad and Android.
This is definitely one area I need to work on as a teacher. To be fair though, as a pre-service teacher, there isn’t much opportunity to build strong relationships with parents and caregivers. On my last professional experience, I worked in a Prep class and spoke often with one of the mothers (she had twin boys in the same class, one with ASD).
This article explains the benefits of strong communication (for the student, teacher and family) as well as a number of startegies that can be implemented.