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Managing Your Digital Files April 28, 2015
Author:Greg Noack
Staying organized in the digital age is a unique challenge. The matrix created by a busy life and the combination of devices, accounts, and tools can produce digital chaos and information overload.
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This Strategy Beats Highlighting Textbooks Handsdown! April 24, 2015
Author:Molly Baker
Many of my students begin class with years of experience underlining and highlighting.... To help them learn to mark a page in a way that is meaningful and that prevents the need to reread every word, I begin by...
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Improving Student Achievement with Effective Learning Techniques: Guide Students to Prep for Tests April 17, 2015
Author:Molly Baker
What some students do not yet realize is that the quality of study strategies matters almost as much as the amount of time they spend using them. What advice can be given to these motivated students who struggle to study effectively?
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Skill Building in YOUR Discipline: Employing Cognitive Apprenticeships April 10, 2015
Author:Molly Baker
Learning in a discipline involves more than acquisition of content knowledge. Development of expertise requires students to develop skills in reasoning and strategies for solving disciplinary problems or applying disciplinary models to real-world applications.
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Problem-solving Structures: Six Thinking Hats April 03, 2015
Author:Molly Baker
Creative thinking and critical thinking are both important aspects of problem solving. The “Six Hats” exercise described here provides a framework for students to practice both.
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Making the Most of “reporting out” After Group Work March 27, 2015
Author:Molly Baker
Students are engaged in some form of group work in class; think/pair/share, working through an assignment, or simply brainstorming ideas in small groups. The students may start out slowly, but soon they are actively engaged, everyone is sharing their ideas and the class is filled with energy. Then, it’s time for “reporting out” the learning. Very quickly the energy is sucked from the room. Students don’t pay attention because they are busy thinking of what they will say, there is a lot of repetition, and some students simply tune out.
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