How to make teaching stick: Part V – EMOTIONAL

Elena Krasnoperova - Friday, July 25th, 2014

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Today, we move on to the fifth principle of the SUCCESs model for how to make your idea (or lesson) stick. The model – and the example – comes from the wonderful book “Made to stick” by Chip and Dan Heath.

To make your lesson stick in the minds of your students, you need to make them care, to feel something. You need to elicit an emotion.

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How to make teaching stick: Part IV – CREDIBLE

Elena Krasnoperova - Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Today, we move on to the fourth principle of the SUCCESs model for how to make your idea (or lesson) stick. The model – and the example – comes from the wonderful book Made to stick: Why some ideas survive and others die by Chip and Dan Heath.

To make your lesson stick in the minds of your students, it needs to be something that the students can believe. It needs to be credible.

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How to make teaching stick: Part III – CONCRETE

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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Today, we move on to the third principle of the SUCCESs model for how to make your idea (or lesson) stick. The model – and the example – comes from the wonderful book “Made to stick” by Chip and Dan Heath.

 To make your lesson stick in the minds of your students, it needs to be something that they can wrap their minds around. It needs to be concrete.

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How to make teaching stick: Part II – UNEXPECTED

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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Today, we move on to the second principle of the SUCCESs model for how to make your idea (or lesson) stick. The model – and the example – comes from the wonderful book Made to stick: Why some ideas survive and others die by Chip and Dan Heath.

To make your lesson stick in the minds of your students, surprise them – make the idea unexpected.

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How to make teaching stick: Part I – SIMPLE

Elena Krasnoperova - Monday, July 21st, 2014

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I just finished reading a wonderful book, Made to stick: Why some ideas survive and others die by two brothers, Chip and Dan Heath. The book has been on the New York Time Bestseller list since its publication in 2007 and has been translated in multiple languages, and for good reason. It gives wonderfully practical – and “sticky” – tips on how to make your ideas “stick”.

Teachers have to make their ideas stick every day, and it is not an easy task. As the Heath brothers say, “few students burst into the classroom, giddy with anticipation for the latest lesson on punctuation, polynomials, or Pilgrims”.

This blog series is designed to make this difficult task a little bit easier. Each day, we will provide a concrete example of how a teacher made a particular lesson “stickier” by practicing one of the 6 elements of SUCCESs framework. On the 7th day, we will provide an example of a lesson that brought all 6 elements together for an unforgettably sticky learning experience.

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Getting Your Child Ready for the First Sleepaway Camp

Elena Krasnoperova - Monday, July 14th, 2014

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It can be hard to decide when your child is ready to attend a sleepaway camp. There is no set age for it – often, kids start showing interest in overnight camps when they are 7-9 years old – but each child is different. So how do you know when to send your kid off to an overnight camp? And how do you prepare your kids for their first sleepaway camp?

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Developing future innovators: Camp Galileo parent workshop

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, July 12th, 2014

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I recently attended a parent workshop on Developing Future Innovators. It was led by Glen Tripp, founder and CEO of Galileo, a popular summer camp in the San Francisco Bay Area. This post summarizes what I learned about the Galileo Innovation Approach, and what parents can do to actively encourage it in their children.

The Galileo Innovation Approach combines three elements: Mindset, Process, and Knowledge. While our schools tend to emphasize Knowledge to the exclusion of the other two elements, all three are necessary.

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Resources for Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers: Top 5 websites to get new ideas for your classroom

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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For the past several days, I have been attending the SDE I Teach K / I Teach 1st conference in Las Vegas. I met some remarkable teachers and heard many incredible stories – some entertaining, some heartbreaking, but all inspiring. I may have been the only non-teacher (and non-principal) participant at the conference, but I am so glad I went there. I learned a great deal from the collective intelligence of thousands of teachers from all around the country, and I feel better equipped as a parent and as an active participant in my own kids’ education journey.

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Top 10 tips for making this 4th of July weekend extra-special

Elena Krasnoperova - Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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The Fourth of July is a special holiday for everyone all across America. This year, the 4th is on a Friday which means one thing – a long weekend! Take advantage of the extra time you have with your family this weekend by making it a holiday they will never forget. We have put together our top 10 tips for making this 4th of July weekend an extra-special one.

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Tips for Planning Your First Camping Trip with the Kids

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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Your kids are officially on summer vacation and the Fourth of July is coming up. If you haven’t already planned a summer vacation for your family, then camping is always a great option. If you are planning to go on your first camping trip with the kids, things can get pretty stressful. That is why we prepared a list of tips for you to use before you head out into the wilderness. Planning should be a fun experience for you family, so read on and lift the stress off your shoulders!

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