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Why a Retake doesn’t enhance learning.

Why a Retake doesn’t enhance learning.

Recently, a post on a listserv I am part of was discussing retakes at the secondary level and how different schools have structured them. The thread was well responded to and well thought out. We had responses from giving them in every case no questions asked to not ever allowing a retake. Some schools require

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A New Perspective: Asking Questions Without an Answer

In my previous blog, Questions that Spark Student Curiosity, I discussed ways to ask questions that would engage students. France Snyder commented, “What is the best way to evaluate our students? What is the effect on our students’ engagement, retention, and transference of skills? What is overall best for our students?” I’ve thought a lot

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WI Community Event- You’re Invited!

From WI Guru, Rita Mortenson and WI DEN STAR Cathy Houchin: Join us at the Apple Store in the West Towne Mall, Madison, WI on Saturday, February 20 at 8:00 a.m. to learn how the iPad can be used in the classroom and for professional development purposes. Specifically, you will learn how to record, edit and

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A New Perspective…Mathematics Retention

It has been said for many years. “I’m not sure last years teachers did such a great job. Students don’t even know (fill in your major topic that students should remember from a previous year).” Teachers had very little way of fixing this without practically going to last years teachers and accusing them of poor

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A New Perspective…

I spend a lot of time, probably more than is healthy, thinking about making math class more engaging, more exciting, and most importantly, more of a learning experience.  Like many others, I work to create depth in instruction.  Opportunities for students to not only learn the “what” of math but more importantly the “why.” As a K-12 coordinator

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iMake iLearn – Strawbees …. Making At Any Age

You know a product has great potential when it spans any age group.  This last week I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do the Tower Activity in the context of creativity and construction with both our educators and students in our summer school program. The Strawbees were donated by Strawbees directly to DENSI 2015

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iMake iLearn: Bringing Images to Life – DE Clip Art, Osmo, and 3D Doodler

App smashing has become more and more prevalent as we realize that integrating different apps can produce amazing finished products.  What about tech smashing?  Have you ever wondered what you could create?  At DENSI (Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute) 2015, we had the opportunity to tech smash using Discovery Education clip art, the Osmo, and

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