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December 3, 2016
This Week: Connect Science Disciplines | Non-Fiction As A Comic Book | Blogging
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Discover how Tricia Shelton’s students create and use Rube Goldberg machines to understand energy transfers and make connections between physical and life science systems.
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Is non-fiction a challenge for your students? Watch as Sarah Brown Wessling uses the familiar medium of comic books to help her students uncover structure and develop understanding of complex texts.
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Tch Laureate Maria Perryman describes taking the plunge into the digital age with her students through blogging — with great results. Try this twist to make writing in any subject fun and to keep students engaged between the holidays.
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Notes from the Tch Laureates

The time between Thanksgiving break and the winter holidays can be a challenge. How many of us are searching for ways to keep students engaged and learning? It might seem structured worksheets or packets are the way to go. You know, the ones that almost bore our students to death. I’m proud to state, however, this year will be different. This year I’m creating more authentic learning experiences for my students during this stretch so they actually enjoy what they’re doing. I may take a page from the book of Tch Laureate Maria Perryman and have my students post blogs they’ve written, or from Kentucky teacher Tricia Shelton, whose students designed and used Rube Goldberg machines to understand energy transfers. The more their learning is meaningful, hands-on, engaging, and even fun, the better it is for all of us.

Geneviéve DeBose

Teaching Channel Laureate

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Discover how you can design rigorous yet innovative lessons that excite your students with animation.


 

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December 5-11 marks the Hour of Code 2016. Check out this post from Tch Laureate Josh Kwon, who explores the integration of coding into the math curriculum. Will bringing code into the classroom improve students' math skills?
 

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