A Look At Primary STEM Education In The Muslim World

So much of the focus on STEM education these days is on how the US is lagging behind many other countries in the quality of their STEM test results and how many fewer graduates there are in STEM disciplines. As someone who regularly combs through education news, I rarely see STEM news coming from places like the Middle East and Africa , so I was pretty interested when I saw the handy infographic below. It takes a look at Primary STEM education in the Muslim world, showcasing test scores of many countries that are not oft-mentioned and compares them with some of the  global averages. Do you know which countries in the Muslim world score the highest in Math? Science? Keep reading to learn

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All About Me Books for Preschoolers

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An All About Me theme unit is a great way to kick off your preschooler’s year.  It gives them the chance to learn about themselves, their bodies, their family, and so much more.

You can incorporate learning the letters of their names into so many different activities and really, what preschooler doesn’t love seeing their name everywhere?

When we initially started our All About Me unit, we picked out some books

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Small Ideas for Better Readers Workshop | Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension

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I have been discussing reading and writing almost every day these past few weeks preparing for my new job as a 7th grade English teacher.  I haven’t minded one bit either.  It seems if I am not discussing it, I am thinking about it, and that tends to lead to a blog post or five to get my own thoughts straight.  I started to realize that there are little tweaks that I have been using the past few years to make our conversations deeper and to make it run a bit smoother, couple that with new ideas thanks to my amazing PLN, and I am feeling pretty good about the start of school September 2nd.

So if you want

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Computer Science Teacher: Hacking Away at Little Problems

We have a fairly nice system for student information and the like. It is not perfect but then what system is? For example, our student management system will output class rosters as PDF, Word or Excel files. The problem with the excel output is that there is way too much information in it to be easily used for many of the things teachers want to use it for.

If it were just a matter of extra columns it wouldn’t be too bad but there are also extra rows. It is tedious to strip things out. I’ve done it before but it’s just not fun. Writing code on the other hand is fun. Well for me anyway.

So of course I wrote some code. I saved the Excel file as a

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4 Ways to Enhance Your Class with Google Hangouts

If you are familiar with Google Tools, then you have probably heard of Google Hangouts or even used them yourself. Hangouts is Google’s video conferencing tool, and it’s an incredibly powerful way to engage with others. In addition to standard conference calls, Google Hangouts provide a broadcasting option called Hangouts on Air. This allows you to conduct your Hangout LIVE and record it to post on YouTube. You can participate in a Google Hangout from a web browser on your computer or use one of the free mobile apps for your Apple or Android device. It is important to note, however, that participating in a GHO does require that you enable Google+ (Google’s Social

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How to Teach Procedures that Your Students Will Actually Follow | Teach 4 the Heart

Procedures are perhaps one of the most important aspect of a classroom as they help it run efficiently, give the students a sense of confidence and security, and help to prevent discipline issues.  But whether it’s the first week of school or the middle of the year, how you teach your students your procedures will have a huge impact on how successful they are.

How to teach procedures that your students will actually follow

When you implement a new procedure, it is not enough to simply tell your students what you expect of them. You have to practice – and practice everything. This is especially true with elementary and middle school students, but it’s also applicable in high school.

The 4-Step

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Preparing Your Students for Flipped Learning

In this segment we talk about the basic steps teachers should  take to prepare students for flipped learning.


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21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 | MindShift

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Inspired by Sandy Speicher’s vision of the designed school day of the future, reader Shelly Blake-Plock shared his own predictions of that ideal day. How close are we to this? The post was written in December 2009, and Blake-Plock says he’s seeing some of these already beginning to come to fruition.

[Update: I asked Blake-Plock to respond to comments to this post. Read it here.]

By Shelly Blake-Plock

The 21st century does not fit neatly into rows. Neither should your students. Allow the network-based concepts of flow, collaboration, and dynamism help you rearrange your room for authentic 21st century learning.

Foreign language acquisition is only a smartphone away. Get rid

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