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Sometimes, Learning Takes Courage

Learning something new can be risky business.  if I jump in, will I be successful?   What makes one student dive right in and another stay on the side of the pool?

What we know for sure is that if tasks are compellingly valuable AND if learners perceive that success is probable, authentic engagement is likely.  Plus, students are typically more engaged in team or paired settings.

The brain, it seems, is happy to sit there and conserve its resources.  But compelling tasks have a way of telling the brain, “Hey, this is something you really need to jump in on!”

It’s in that context that these items are considered.  Please share with your colleagues…and head to the site to discover the work of ALL of our authors.  https://myedexpert.com

Innovative STEM projects from expert Ann KaiserFrom the impact of diapers to bike power to nutrition, these were designed for Next Generation Standards.  Authentic and global in scope, every middle/high department needs a copy. ($7) While you’re there, grab her open download on engineering design process in the classroom.  https://myedexpert.com/vendor/akaiser/

The incomparable Todd Stanley just added more amazing resources, including “The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf” & “Socrates on Trial.”  He has graciously made his “5 Simple Strategies for Working with Gifted Students” an open download – illuminating for ALL learners – ready to share with faculties.  Student-centered, thought-provoking instruction by this talented author! https://myedexpert.com/vendor/twosox21/

English Language Learning author/expert Beth Skelton has graciously shared several open downloads, including Question Cards and “Formative Writing Assessment Tool and Protocols for ELL’s.”  Read about her work and check these out at https://myedexpert.com/vendor/bethskelton/

A big welcome to assessment expert/author Laura Greenstein.  An author of 4 books, she is a believer in student improvement over test scores.  She has graciously shared several open downloads on our site, including a helpful poster, “The ABC’s of Assessment.”  https://myedexpert.com/vendor/laura-greenstein/

What’s the biggest fear in the math classroom? Often, it’s making a mistake.  Not with Jerry Burkhart’s work! His approach is about discovering the wonders of math.  His “Intrepid Math Problems” might take days to solve and have multiple answers – it’s about the ADVENTURE of learning math! https://myedexpert.com/vendor/jburkhart/

In order to dive in to learn, we need leaders who facilitate a culture of learning.  Could there be a more creative approach than Dr. Rick Jetter’s “Swim Strokes” leadership reflection piece or his “Leadership Profiles from the Sea?” Safe and innocative way to talk about leadership styles…and both are open downloads! https://myedexpert.com/vendor/rjetter/

New Reads from our Authors:

Laura Greenstein’s new blog on “Restorative Assessment.” http://www.assessmentnetwork.net/blog/

Dr. Amanda Shuford Mayeaux‘s article on what she discovered researching expert teachers: http://www.edcircuit.com/expert-lens-education/

Todd’s Stanley’s battle to save social studies – you can even post a video response! http://www.edcircuit.com/the-death-of-social-studies/

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