As regular readers know, I do an annual “The Best…” list on the “words of the year” that various organizations name. They usually don’t start making the announcements until the last few months of the year, but one group has already announced their words for 2015.
So, I figured I’d get a head start on the list, post it now, and add links as new announcements are made.
Here’s one suggested by Reed Gillespie – I just wish it didn’t convey that the teacher would get the student “there.” Instead, I wish it conveyed more clearly that the student would get “there” more on his own – with some assistance from the “teacher.”
Here’s one that sort of relates to a growth mindset, but is more just inspirational:
Jen Marten suggests this from Meet The Robinsons:
Fred Delventhal made these recommendations:
I’d follow up that last video with this one:
Paul Sinnett says, “I like this one as it shows that you don’t always realize how much you have learned. I worry about using Star Wars because The Force is repeatedly described as something you are born with, not something you learn. It comes from a very fixed mindset perspective:
The Supreme Court has just made a terrible decision to hear the Friedrichs case which, if they rule in favor of the plaintiffs (the likely outcome) will eviscerate public employee unions, including our teachers associations.
And those are not the only ones who will be affected. As I said in a tweet earlier today:
A site I learned about today called Write Well has some potential, though its scaffolded instructions are pretty meager and there are no models.
Reader “mrsporterdcis” recommends SAS Curriculum Pathways’ Writing Navigator:
My favorite writing tool to recommend for teachers is the Writing Navigator by SAS Curriculum Pathways. SASCP is a free program that has tons of great content, but their writing tools top the list. There are four parts – the Planner, Drafter, Revisor and Publisher. They are great all together, but I particularly like the Revisor if you wanted to use other tools to do the other aspects. Go check it out! I think you’ll love it.
I LOVE SAS Curriculum Pathways and, in many ways, think it may be the most useful education site on the Web (search them on this blog and you’ll see many posts about their features). However, though I should have originally listed their writing tool on this list, I don’t think it works for my students.
What are tools that you use that I don’t know about?
Here’s a Twitter exchange with a good caution and that also shares what I think would be helpful:
@greg_ashman 1 that used graphic organizers,like ones many of us use in class,that could be moved around, w/accessible models could b useful
As recent readers know, I’ve been doing research on metacognition as part of developing a new lesson plan. Effective note-taking could be an effective metacognitive strategy, and I thought I’d start a list of some resources and invite readers to contribute more:
This post was originally just a request to readers for suggested videos. Though I continue to look for more, I immediately received a number of great recommendations and have turned this post into a “Best” list including videos.
I write a lot about metacognition on this blog (see The Best Posts On Metacognition) and in my books, and help my students develop metacognitive strategies. I’d like to use short clips from TV shows and movies that demonstrate metacognition in action, and was hoping that readers might help me find some.
This post includes several reader-suggested clips – and can always use more! Here are links to a few other similar Best video lists on different learning topics, like: