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Stix Discussion
The Stix Discussion (Stix 1999) is a discussion strategy that has four distinct viewpoints as well as an inner circle and an outer circle that equally participate in a discussion. This strategy is a modification of the innerouter circle or … Continue reading
Posted in Conflict resolution, Differentiation, Discussion Strategies, General Strategies, Gifted an Talented, Gifted and Talented, Higher Level Thinking, Interdisciplinary Instruction, Language Arts, Listening, Social Intelligence, Social Studies, Teaching Strategies, Writing Across the Curriculum
Tagged active learning, Andi Stix, coaching students, cooperative learning, differentiation, discovery learning, discussion strategies, empowering students, handson instruction, handson learning, interactive classroom, motivation, multimodal instruction, problem solving, stix andi, stix discussion, student empowerment, student motivation, student ownership, teachers as classroom coaches, teaching strategies, writing across the curriculum
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Inspiring Creativity: Think Outside the Bowl
Join Our Movement: Show that you are a supporter of Inspiring Creativity in our schools. To get your free decal, scroll down for ordering information. So what’s going on? With the resurgence of testing nationwide, many teachers report that they … Continue reading
Posted in Coaching Teachers, creativity, Differentiation, Discussion Strategies, Discussion Strategies, Gifted an Talented, Gifted and Talented, Higher Level Thinking, Motivation, Questioning
Tagged active learning, brainstorming, classroom coaching, creativity, differentiation, discovery learning, empowering students, handson learning, instructional coaching, interactive instruction, interdisciplinary instruction, intrinsic motivation, motivation, student empowerment, student motivation, student ownership
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The Aha Moment: Principals Using Coaching Techniques for Teacher Evaluation
With more and more schools turning to Charlotte Danielson’s framework, districts are requesting that principals train their staff in understanding her rubrics. The difference between the “proficient” and the “distinguished” columns is the presence of teachercentered versus studentcentered instruction. While … Continue reading
Posted in Assessment, Classroom Coaching, Coaching, Coaching Teachers, Rubrics
Tagged active learning, Charlotte Danielson, Danielson's Framework, educational coaching, handson learning, instructional coaching, studentcentered instruction, teacher assessment, teacher evaluation, teaching strategies
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Learnist: The Pinterest for Educators
The most popular bulletin board in social media today is Pinterest. But now, Grockit! is launching its own version called Learnist (http://learni.st) for educators. While both follow a scrapbook styled interface designed for communicative sharing, the focal points of each … Continue reading
Posted in Articles, Speeches & Past Posts, Curriculum Writing, Differentiation, Interdisciplinary Instruction, Motivation, Social Media, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Curriculum
Tagged active learning, coaching students, cooperative group work, differentiation, discovery learning, empowering students, handson instruction, handson learning, interactive instruction, learning, learnist, making connections, motivation, pinterest, problem solving, student empowerment, student motivation, teachers as classroom coaches, visual imagery, visualization, writing across the curriculum
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RolePlay in the Classroom with Delicious.com
© 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D. Delicious.com is an online social bookmarking platform that stores and categorizes photos, videos, and articles that teachers can use to motivate and engage students. It is part of social media because teachers can see each other’s … Continue reading
Posted in Language Arts, Motivation, Social Media, Social Studies, Teaching Strategies, Writing Curriculum
Tagged active learning, communication, concept integration, cooperative group work, cooperative learning, delicious.com, discovery learning, empowering students, handson instruction, handson learning, interactive classroom, interactive instruction, interdisciplinary instruction, internet safety, intrinsic motivation, language art strategies, Language Arts, learning, problem solving, simulations, social media, social media in schools, social media in the classroom, social studies, social studies strategies, strategy, student empowerment, student motivation, student ownership, students coaching students, teachers as classroom coaches, teaching strategies, visual imagery, visualization, writing across the curriculum
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COACHing Questions for Cooperative Group Work
(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D. and PCC For a complete guide to coaching, please see Teachers as Classroom Coaches … Continue reading
Posted in Articles, Speeches & Past Posts, Classroom Coaching, Coaching Teachers, Motivation
Tagged active learning, assessment, authentic assessment, brainstorm, brainstorming, classroom coaching, coaching, coaching strategy, coaching students, communication, cooperative group work, cooperative learning, empowering students, group cohesion, handson instruction, handson learning, instructional coaching, interactive classroom, interactive instruction, interdisciplinary instruction, intrinsic motivation, learning, motivation, selfassessment, student empowerment, student motivation, student ownership, students coaching students, teachers as classroom coaches, teaching strategies
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Imagery Walk
(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D The Imagery Walk is an exercise that allows students to visually bring content alive by utilizing their imaginations. It is based on meditative practices, but allows for scenes in English Language Arts, historical periods in … Continue reading
Posted in Art Integration, Discussion Strategies, General Strategies, Interdisciplinary Instruction, Language Arts, Social Studies, Teaching Strategies
Tagged active learning, brainstorm, brainstorming, comprehension, differentiation, discovery learning, handson instruction, handson learning, interactive classroom, interactive instruction, interdisciplinary instruction, intrinsic motivation, language art strategies, Language Arts, learning, learning styles, making connections, memory, motivation, multimodal instruction, ownership, reinforcement games, simulations, student motivation, student ownership, teaching strategies, visualization, writing across the curriculum
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Carousel Brainstorming
(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D The Carousel Brainstorming strategy is easy to implement. Each cooperative group walks up to an openended question posted on chart paper, discusses it, brainstorms answers or solutions, and writes down responses within a given amount … Continue reading
Posted in Discussion Strategies, General Strategies, Interdisciplinary Instruction, Language Arts, Teaching Strategies
Tagged accountability, active discussion, active learning, active listening, assessment, authentic assessment, brainstorm, brainstorming, communication, comprehension, concept integrated, cooperative group work, cooperative learning, differentiation, discussion strategies, handson instruction, handson learning, language art strategies, learning, making connections, student ownership, teaching strategies, teaching strategy, writing, writing across the curriculum
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Heaping Pennies
by Andi Stix, Ed.D. This experiment portrays the idea that group cohesion is stronger than the individual members who form the group. Essential Question: What is group cohesion? What is a team? Guiding Questions: For what reasons do people form … Continue reading
Posted in Discussion Strategies, General Strategies, Interdisciplinary Instruction, Social Studies, Teaching Strategies
Tagged active learning, discovery learning, group cohesion, handson learning, interdisciplinary instruction, strategy, student motivation, teaching strategy, team building
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Classroom Strategies that Motivate the Reluctant Learner
© 2007 Andi Stix, Ed.D. Speech given at the National Council for the Social Studies, San Diego, CA In a society where no child is left untested, it … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Articles, Speeches & Past Posts, Classroom Coaching, Debate Strategies, Discussion Strategies, General Strategies, Motivation, Teaching Strategies, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Curriculum
Tagged active learning, art and math, at risk gifted, cooperative group work, cooperative learning, debate strategies, discussion strategies, handson instruction, handson learning, interactive classroom, interactive instruction, intrinsic motivation, language art strategies, Language Arts, learning, learning styles, making connections, motivation, multimodal instruction, multiple perspectives, negotiable contracttin, ownership, simulations, social studies strategies, student empowerment, student motivation, student ownership, teaching strategies
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Viewing Events from Multiple Perspectives
by Andi Stix, Ed.D. and Frank Hrbek © 2003 Middle … Continue reading
Posted in Articles, Speeches & Past Posts, Debate Strategies, Motivation, Social Studies, Social Studies, Teaching Strategies
Tagged active discussion, active learning, debate, empowering students, group cohesion, handson instruction, handson learning, interdisciplinary instruction, intrinsic motivation, Lobbyist Hearing, making connections, motivation, ownership, simulations, social studies, strategy, student motivation, teachi
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Enlivening Social Studies to Meet the Test
An Interview by Donna Greene with Dr. Andi Stix By Donna Greene, The New York Times, Sunday, March 5, 2000 Coming soon from the same people who brought New York students new test in reading and math – new … Continue reading
Posted in Articles, Speeches & Past Posts, Interdisciplinary Instruction, Social Studies
Tagged active discussion, debate, discovery learning, discussion strategies, empowering students, handson learning, instructional coaching, interactive instruction, motivation, openended questions, primary source documents, simulation, social studies, social studies strategies, student motivation, student ownership, teaching strategies
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PicJour Math: Pictorial Journal Writing in Mathematics
by Andi Stix, Ed.D. © 1994 The Arithmetic Teacher, vol. 41, no. 5, January Come every fall, teachers of mathematics are confronted with oversized classes filled with students who vary in both their learning style and their way of communicating … Continue reading
Posted in Articles, Speeches & Past Posts, Assessment, Differentiation, Interdisciplinary Instruction, Journal Writing, Language Arts, Manipulatives, Math, Mathematics, Teaching Strategies, Writing Across the Curriculum
Tagged 3.14, active learning, alternative Assessment, art and math, art integration, assessment, authentic assessment, cognitive style, curriculum writing, differentiation, discovery learning, empowering students, handson learning, interactive classroom, interactive instruction, interdisciplinary instruction, journal writing, learning styles, math manipulatives, math strategies, Mathematical Concepts, mathematical instruction, mathematical understanding, mathematics, memory, ownership, picjour math, pictorial journal writing, problem solving, student motivation, student ownership, teaching fractions, teaching math, teaching mathematics, teaching pi, teaching strategies, understanding pi in math, visualization, visualizing mathematics, writing across the curriculum
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Fraction Rings: Teaching Time, Decimals and Degrees
(c) 1993 Fraction Rings designed by Andi Stix were produced by Cuisenaire Company of America. This set of math manipulative rings are to be used with Fraction Circles. If you are interested in ordering this set, please make sure that you … Continue reading
Posted in Journal Writing, Manipulatives, Math, Mathematics, Teaching Strategies
Tagged art and math, brainstorm, brainstorming, communication, comprehension, concept integrated, differentiation, discovery learning, empowering students, fractions, fractions and decimals, fractions and degrees, fractions and time, handson learning, intrinsic motivation, learning styles, making connections, math manipulatives, math strategies, mathematical instruction, mathematical understanding, memory, multimodal instruction, picjour math, pictorial journal writing, problem solving, teaching decimals, teaching degrees of a circle, teaching fractions, teaching math, teaching mathematics, teaching strategies, time and degrees, time and fractions, visual imagery, visualization
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Fun with Picture Grids: Teaching Square Root
A Math Manipulative Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State, Buffalo, NY © 1993 Speech by Andi Stix, Ed.D., ERIC: Eric Resources Information Center #ED408158 (c) 1992 Picture Grids designed by Andi Stix, Produced by ETA/Cuisenaire Company of … Continue reading
Posted in Articles, Speeches & Past Posts, Journal Writing, Manipulatives, Math, Mathematics, Speeches, Teaching Strategies
Tagged art and math, brainstorm, brainstorming, communication, comprehension, concept integration, differentiation, discovery learning, empowering students, fractions, handson learning, instructional Materials, intrinsic motivation, learning styles, making connections, manipulative materials, math manipulatives, math strategies, mathematical instruction, mathematical understanding, Mathematics Activities, memory, motivation, multimodal instruction, picjour math, pictorial journal writing, problem solving, square root, teaching fractions, teaching math, teaching mathematics, teaching square root, teaching strategies, visual aids, visual imagery, visualization, visualizing mathematics
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