Author: Sensory Edge

The Greatest Enemy of Creativity in Schools Isn’t Testing. It’s Time.

Katie White, author and former art teacher, believes that creativity can be measured and nurtured. In her recent book: “Unlocked: Assessment as the Key to Everyday Creativity in the Classroom” she explains how creativity can be measured in students. This is an important part of education. It can be observed in how students approach any subjects and solve the problems. Creative assessment can be divided into four stages- exploration, elaboration, expression, and reflection and response. Some steps are covered in the classroom, but there usually isn’t enough time for the reflection and response step. And that final step is...

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30 Amazing Sources for Free Teacher Resources

We Are Teachers went through a wide variety of internet resources for teachers to pick out the top 30. Their list starts with Amazon Inspire, which lets K-12 teachers interact and share content. Common Lit provides a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction reading passages, complete with questions to check comprehension. Education World offers more than a thousand free lessons, while the Library of Congress helps teachers incorporate primary sources into their lesson plans. Other well-known organizations like NASA, PBS, the New York Times and others all offer content and resources for teachers as well. Key Takeaways: Amazon Inspire...

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Reading Fuels Empathy. Do Screens Threaten That?

Deep reading has the ability to fuel empathy and overall sensitivity, especially when it comes to works of fiction. Unfortunately, with so much technology surrounding us these days, scientists worry that each generation is straying further away from these benefits. Not only does the absence of reading promote a lack of empathy, but it can actually impact how we consolidate memories. Not being able to participate in deep reading practices could end up decreasing our ability to retain information. Key Takeaways: Data has revealed that reading does more than develop cognitive skills, as it also supports the emotional skill of empathy. Empathy occurs because readers find themselves immersed in a world with different challenges and characters with whom they come to identify. Reading is not an innate neural skill, rather the brain repurposes visual cortex skills to make sense of letters. “Wolf started off by explaining to an audience of educators and neuroscientists that the human brain wasn’t made to read. Rather, “when the brain has to learn something new, it creates a new circuit, and that’s what reading does,” explained Wolf, who authored the book “Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World.”” Read more:...

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23 Fun Hands-On Ways to Teach Multiplication

Members of the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE Facebook group shared a wide variety of methods for teaching multiplication. One member brings in bottle caps with a multiplication sentence on one side and a product on the other side. Students try to find the product, and then keep the cap if they got it right. You can also incorporate a multiplication twist into games like rock-paper-scissors, the card game War, Bingo, Squares, and other games, or come up with activities that incorporate dominoes, dice, egg cartons and more. Key Takeaways: There’s no single best way to teach multiplication to children, as every...

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