Middle & High School

3 Tips For Bringing Local Businesses Into Your High School Classroom

contributed by Anita Lamoureux  In Gresham-Barlow School District in Oregon, we recently launched a pilot program that leverages partnerships with local industry to enhance our Career and Technical Education (CTE) offerings and shape career pathways that start in elementary and extend through high school and post-secondary. Spearheaded by Superintendent Dr. A. Katrise Perera and the …

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50 Challenging Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students

50 Challenging Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students by Terry Heick Literacy is changing–not at its core necessarily, but certainly at its edges as it expands to include new kinds of “reading.” Digital media is quickly replacing traditional media forms as those most accessible to most 21st century learners. The impact of this …

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It’s Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom

It’s Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom by Terry Heick Among the biggest changes of modern academic standards is the shift in the burden of general literacy. Rather than only “writing teachers,” teaching reading and writing, now all teachers across all content areas are being asked to do so (something we’ve talked …

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16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning

16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning by Terry Heick We’ve written about inquiry-based learning in the past, as well as its mother project-based learning, and its more complex cousin self-directed learning. So it made sense to take a look at challenge-based learning–the process of anchoring the learning process through problems–usually local, authentic, and personal to the student. …

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25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking

25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking by TeachThought Staff See also 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking Critical Thinking As an organization, critical thinking is at the core of what we do, from essays and lists to models and teacher training. (You can check out What It Means To Think Critically for a wordier survey of the …

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25 Critical Thinking Apps For Extended Student Learning

25 Critical Thinking Apps For Extended Student Learning by TeachThought Staff Critical thinking apps aren’t the sweet spot of mobile app design. Most of the more popular apps are focused on social media, productivity, or what always seem to be mindless games (we’re looking at you Kim Kardashian and Candy Crush). The fact that most …

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Too Much Sitting? 5 Movement Strategies That Get Students Thinking

Too Much Sitting? 5 Movement Strategies That Get Kids Thinking contributed by Kenny McKee Each day more research confirms the link between movement and learning. Brain researcher David Sousa claims that physical activity increases the amount of oxygen in our blood, and this oxygen is related to enhanced learning and memory. A Washington Post article …

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What Great Teachers Know About Their Students

Creating Student-Centered Learning Profiles: What Great Teachers Know About Their Students by TeachThought Staff This is part 2 of our #iteachthought series (because we refuse to say “back to school”–well, except for just then). Part 1 looked at classroom design, specifically offering alternatives to rows of desks. Today, we’re going to help you create smarter, student-centered learning profiles. …

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