You will have a wonderful time exploring the ideas in this book. The authors keep one eye on your own search for self-knowledge by providing personal assessment profiles in Appendices A and B, and then go on to show you why and how it would be possible to provide the same kind of awareness of personal preferences and strengths for your students.
The authors are committed to three goals: effectiveness, practicality and fairness for you and your students. As they say in their conclusion, “One of the best places to start when deciding how and where to use the ideas from this book is at the ‘Are-we-having-fun-yet?’ rule,” because brain research suggests that learning, experimenting, and making connections are highly pleasurable activities. And much of staff development seems to need a little less rigor and a little more vitality. And if you are wondering how to put differentiated instruction more easily into your diverse classroom, this book is one of the most enjoyable, sensible, and fascinating books to launch or enhance your efforts.
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by Harvey F Silver, Richard W Strong, Matthew J PeriniASCD
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This course went much further than I had thought it would. There were a few self-analyses that were hard to do, but insightful. The breadth and depth of what I learned surpassed my expectations. I see teaching in a new light, and will keep working at reaching every student as best I can. Mary Ann Johnson is a wonderful instructor of the highest ability. I am so glad I get her tutelage. Her positive comments are a pleasure to read.
This course incorporates Observational Drawing Skills (ODS) based on drawing and design principles that guide participants through the process of creating successful, realistic looking, still life drawings.
Teacher-artists who want to develop, support or advance their ODS will purchase the “Introduction To Advanced Observational Drawing” video course to access thirty (30) online teaching videos constituting approximately 5 hours of step-by step ODS content.
The lessons are open to all ability levels, from emerging to advance drawing skills. Lessons are broken down into a series of small concepts that build upon each other so that participants can practice each concept before incorporating it into their overarching still life project.
From hands on practice projects, exemplars and skill building, lesson plans will be developed for implementation for any studio and/or classroom setting.
Climate change poses the single largest, global threat to life on Earth, and yet the United States and our schools lag far behind the international community in educating and acting responsibly to mitigate the causes and effects of a warming planet. This online course for grades 3-7 teachers uses excellent platforms developed by NASA and the EPA to educate about the science of climate change in kid-friendly, interdisciplinary ways. Youthful graphics, games, lesson samples that cut across science, social studies and math, virtual expeditions to places where climate change is visible, CO2 footprint calculators and more make this a rich learning environment from which grades 3-7 teachers will develop their own units and themes—whether that’s oceans, birds, butterflies, fish, trees, fresh water supplies. Many of your common science units can be modified with a climate change perspective (ie ocean life, plants and animals).