Myths and mental makeovers for secondary school lessons, will help you replace mental myths with tools for higher motivation and achievement.
Secondary and higher education brain-friendly learning communities can exchange myths for new realities with easy-to-use tools.
For example, it’s commonly held that it’s best to learn a thing before you teach it to others. We now know differently thanks for neuro discoveries, however. Teach others at the time you learn and you will retain far more.
10 such myths tend to limit your students’ brainpower and these mental makeovers listed will help to improve learning as they show brain facts that challenge secondary school myths.
Further instances to exchange myths for realities that improve students’ success:
We have been working on making teen numbers using a large 20 frame. The size of the frame made it fun for whole group and center instruction. The children have started noticing that the teens are ten plus another amount. So, we used this printable to assess individual learning with the 20 frame.
These fun writes are great for students to use when practicing the spelling words, sight words, or for word work. It provides a fun way for students to write their words. Students may choose a fun write or the teacher may assign a one for their students. Teachers can also encourage students to create their own fun write. I also send them home as part of their homework.
You can use this recording sheet to have students search the newspaper for various spelling patterns, vowel patterns, nouns, verbs, etc. You can use any focus that suits your class. I created two sides for your classroom use.
This lesson plan provides directions for a teacher-led experiment to demonstrate to students how clouds are formed.
*Please note, this experiment should NOT be completed by students, as the water needed is extremely HOT*
Included in the lesson plan are directions for the teacher, a worksheet for students to complete, and an answer key. Also provided are suggestions for differentiation and how to assess students on the ability to sequence/give directions. Common core framework references are provided.
This activity utilizes common household objects such as mason jars, ice, and metal cake pans. This is a fun and engaging experiment for students K-3rd, as they explore how clouds are formed on a small scale.
Walking Punctuation is a kinesthetic activity that provides the opportunity for students to move while reading and teachers to spot check prosody. This download contains directions and 4 posters to display in the classroom.
This is a one page document in which students can write sentences about their day. It is called This is My Week. At the end of each day, my class writes 1-3 sentences about what happened. They love to read them out loud to the class. Then on Friday, they can bring them home to share what their week was like with their parents.
This fast-paced game is a great way to for kids to explore with the concept of factors, allowing you to address the Common Core Math Standards within the Grade 4 cluster "Gain familiarity with factors and multiples." Students will quickly discover the difference between prime and composite numbers, as well as realize the fact that 1 is a factor of every number. This two-player game will require two-sided color tokens and a paper clip to use as a spinner. Resources include teacher directions, student directions, a gameboard and spinner, a recording sheet, as well as a resource sheet that students can refer to as they learn the factors of the numbers 1-20.
Do you ever face a class of students and wonder what their little minds are thinking? How do they learn? What can I do to motivate them? Do they prefer working alone? How do they view a difficult task?
Using this simple, easy to understand survey, you can gain more insight into each student's learning style, preferences, and fears. Students can write their answers on provided lines, and simple wording is easy for them to understand.
This is most appropriate for 2nd grade and up, or whenever students are able to read independently AND can make intrapersonal observations.
This survey complements my Parent Learning Survey, which you can find here:
Revised version now has 12 test prep tournaments. Students will have fun reviewing for your state's standardized tests, district tests, and classroom tests. The 72 pages include football, baseball, and tic-tac-toe game boards & specific directions for 12 tournaments.
The tournaments may be used for any grade and any subject, but you need to supply the questions you want your students to study. Go to the Internet to access your state's released questions of past standardized tests. Use questions from test prep booklets or your classroom textbooks. Write your own questions to review the skills you want your students to learn.
Students may review spelling words, vocabulary definitions, and important events in social studies in whole class tournaments or at a learning center. Students may work in cooperative groups to solve computation problems or word problems.
These tournaments work! My students took the California Standards Test. When comparing my students' California Standards Test scores with me and how they had done the year before, one student went from Far Below Basic in second grade to Below Basic to Basic to Proficient with me in third grade and went up three levels. Three of my students went up two levels. Nine of my students went up one level. Three students stayed in their same level from second grade to third grade (one student was Proficient and stayed Proficient & two students were Advanced and stayed Advanced.) The final student in my class last year did not have a second grade test score, but scored Advanced in my class. I receive similar test scores each year.