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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 inner-outer circle or … Continue reading

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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

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The A-ha 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 teacher-centered versus student-centered instruction. While … Continue reading

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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

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Role-Play 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

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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

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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

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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 open-ended question posted on chart paper, discusses it, brainstorms answers or solutions, and writes down responses within a given amount … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Viewing Events from Multiple Perspectives

 by Andi Stix, Ed.D. and Frank Hrbek                                                                © 2003 Middle … Continue reading

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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

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Pic-Jour 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

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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

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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

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