Author: Sensory Edge

20 Awesome Team-Building Games and Activities for Kids

Team-building activities have the potential to benefit students in many ways, especially in terms of communication skills and increasing their trust within the community. Many teachers find success in playing games such as, “All My Friends”. In this particular game, students will stand in a circle and list an interest of theirs. If someone else also likes that interest, then they will switch places. This can really bring a sense of unity between students once they find a common ground. Key Takeaways: You can use auction paddles that give students the chance to say, “Me too!” when someone lists an interest of theirs. Someone is listed as a “finder”, and they are directed towards classroom objects by three to five other students by following claps that increase in volume. “All My Friends” is a spin-off of musical chairs and gives students a chance to find common grounds by listing what their friends like. “Divide students into groups of equal numbers. Pass out an equal number of marshmallows and wooden toothpicks to each group. Challenge the groups to create the tallest, largest, or most creative structure in a set amount of time, each member taking turns doing the actual building.” Read more:...

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How Transparent Is School Data When Parents Can’t Find or Understand It?

When Mosi Zuberi learned that his 18-year-old son, Kaja, might not graduate from McClymonds High School in Oakland, he anguished over his parenting missteps, wondering where he had gone wrong. Yet, after seeing data from the California School Dashboard and learning that close to one-fifth of McClymonds’ students were not graduating, he mentally shifted some accountability to the school, seeing a systemic failure to meet the needs of all students. Situations like Zuberi are bringing attention to public school officials when it comes to the lack of communication surrounding their children’s academic performance while enrolled in a public school setting. Key Takeaways: Parents can better advocate for their children, possibly preventing school failure, when there is transparency of school data. Such data becomes even more relevant when students are attending traditionally low-performing institutions. Relevant data that could arm advocating parents includes, graduation rates, attendance records, disciplinary measures normally enacted, etc. “after seeing data from the California School Dashboard and learning that close to one-fifth of McClymonds students were not graduating, he mentally shifted some accountability to the school, seeing a systemic failure to meet the needs of all students.” Read more:...

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9 Skills Students Need in the Future Workforce

Our professional world is constantly evolving, and it is substantially important that students have the ability to adapt to each change that will be presented in the workforce. One of the main skills that students need to become well-versed in is digital knowledge. Digital automation is highly prevalent in today’s world, and future employees will need to know how to adapt accordingly. Since many companies are beginning to do business globally, having access to global citizenship is also another important trait to obtain before entering a new professional position. Key Takeaways: While some of the digital literacy skills critical to the jobs of tomorrow come naturally through habitual use of technology, others must be taught like any other academic subject. The jobs of the future will increasingly require cognitive habits such as curiosity, intellectual flexibility and effective analysis of information. Students need to learn emotional intelligence and empathy in order to interact positively with others and build fulfilling relationships across all parts of their lives. “There are lots of factors that contribute to this unemployment, including changes in the economy and shifts in the types of jobs needed to support the economy.” Read more:...

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10 Smart Ideas for Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies

Combining the nearly omnipresent applicability and necessity of language arts with the interesting content of social studies can help kids do better at learning both. Stock some really good-quality nonfiction books and magazines, and consider appointing one (or more) students to act as news anchor(s). Focus on analytical historical thinking, vocabulary and understanding primary sources rather than just lists of factoids, and consider projects such as historical role play or a class timeline instead of limiting yourself to just written reports. Key Takeaways: Social studies tends to be more fun for young students, because it covers far away places and interesting different norms. Teachers can leverage this fascination students have with social studies to integrate some necessary language art skills into the social studies curriculum. This sort of thinking enables students to realize that critical language skills, like reading comprehension and data analysis can fit right in with learning all about volcanoes. “If you have classroom jobs, this is a nice addition to the lineup. The role of the news anchor is to share one to three events happening in the news during your morning meeting or another transition time. Students can then discuss what?s happening or respond in writing.” Read more: Classroom Book Displays to house books at...

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