Building on Useful Ideas
One of the strands of the Rutgers long-term study was to find out how
useful ideas spread through a community of learners and evolve over
time. Here, the focus is in on the teacher’s role in fostering
Using Resources Workshop 5
How can students use a variety of resources well? This session focuses on how to make the most of the resources that can be used in teaching social studies, from artifacts and primary sources to children’s literature and the Internet. An adaptable mini-lesson uses children’s literature to examine what constitutes a good citizen, resulting in a lively debate among the onscreen teachers.
How People Learn: Introduction to Learning Theory -Session 1
This program introduces the main themes of the course. Teacher
interviews and classroom footage illustrate why learning theory is at
the core of good classroom instruction and demonstrate the broad
spectrum of theoretical knowledge available for use in classroom
Different Kinds of Smarts:Multiple Intelligences-Session 4
This program delves into Harvard University professor Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, describing how people have learning skills that differ in significant ways. Featured are teachers who share a class of five- through eight-year-olds, including several mainstreamed special needs students, and a ninth- and 10th-grade social studies teacher, with expert commentary from Howard Gardner
How to Teach Division
Teaching division in mathematics can be done with using note cards and a group of two or more people. Explain division by handing out note cards and breaking up the group to show the answer with this veteran math teacher.
How to Teach Kids Kindergarten Math : How to Teach Kids Subtraction with Circles
Teach kids kindergarten math, like subtraction, by using circles to demonstrate taking away an item, rather than using the word subtract. In this video, and experienced kinder teacher shares his ideas on how best to teach a child subtraction.
Variation, Adaptation, and Natural Selection
How is it that life always seems to find a way? Changes – both large and small – are ever-present in the environment that surrounds life. But despite sometimes extreme challenges to survival, life forms persist from generation to generation. In the last two sessions, we focused on life cycles and their connection to DNA, and we began to look at life at the level of popula
Experimental Probability with Cube
Students learn that probability can be found by conducting an
experiment. For example, given a number cube that has the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 on its faces, students are asked to toss the number cube 6 times and use the results to determine the probability of rolling a given number, such as 4. Note that the theoretical probability of rolling a 4 is 1/6 (1 favorable outcome) / (6 possible outcomes), but the experimental probability may be different from 1/6. For example, if a student
Extending the Particle Model of Matter
In this session, participants extend their understanding of the particle model to explain additional macroscopic phenomena, including the electrical properties of matter. Participants review the progression of ideas covered in the course and anticipate future developments in the understanding of matter.
Workshop 2: Intellectual Development
Explore the power of the mind and consider the notion that every child can learn everything. Harvard Professor Eleanor Duckworth discusses the importance of teaching for a deep and lasting understanding and explains why it is important to give students time to work through their own ideas and experience confusion in order to achieve such understanding.
The 45 Math Montessori Materials
Montessori uses many materials for a hands on approach to
learning. Get tips for using the 45 layout to teach preschoolers numbers
in this video clip about Montessori math methods.
Recent genetic techniques have led to new theories of evolution and the relationships between organisms. Students examine this "evolution revolution," using molecular sequences to trace the phylogenetic relationships of microbial life. Both the big picture of microbial evolution and the methods necessary for determining molecular phylogenies are examined.
Workshop 4: Conceptual Change
With Dr. Peter Hewson. In this workshop, we explore the role played by prior knowledge in the learning of new science ideas. Only when a new idea is understood, accepted, and found to be useful does it begin to be exchanged for a previously held scientific belief. The workshop examines how teachers’ ideas about teaching and learning may be altered as they eng
Workshop 5: Infusing Critical and Creative Thinking
With Dr. Robert Swartz. Teachers can help students become good thinkers. Good thinkers raise key questions and gather and evaluate pertinent information, thus making informed decisions. But how do we teach students to think skillfully? In this workshop, you will see how thinking skills can be infused into science content instruction, contrasted with
Cartesian Capers & Pascal's Pressure Principle
Life's a Lab Science Club: The Plunger, Egg Trick, Pascal's Principle, Cartesian Catsup, Hook & Squidy Divers, Honey I Shrunk (& Blew Up) the Marshmallows, Shrink-Wrapped Kids!
Treating Depression: Electroconvulsive Therapy
Provides a clear and dramatic presentation of the process and some of the effects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
The Mind of the Psychopath
Presents the definition of and specific behaviors related to psychopathy, and the ongoing research on this subject.
Treating Chronic Pain Studies chronic pain and examines physical and psychological approaches to treatment.
Studies chronic pain and examines physical and psychological approaches to treatment.
Capabilities of the Newborn
Covers infant development and the capacities of the newborn.
Infant Cognitive Development
Illustrates two ways of studying infant behavior: brain activity and visual fixation.