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Friday, July 29, 2011

[NOW YOU KNOW] Teaching & Learning Edition (Volume 1, Number 3)

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NOW YOU KNOW - July 29, 2011
Teaching & Learning Edition
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http://reachthenteach.blogspot.org

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1. BIG IDEA OF LEADERSHIP - AUTHORITY VS. POWER
2. GRIOT'S CORNER (Homespun stories about what matters to me)
3. [NEW!] THE MIGHTIER SWORD (Food for thought in this hungry world)
4. PUBLISHER'S CLEARINGHOUSE


1. BIG IDEA OF LEADERSHIP - AUTHORITY VS. POWER. Authority is not power - it is the right to exercise power. Power is the ability to work efficiently. Those who work efficiently amass considerable influence in the workplace.


2. GRIOT'S CORNER.

NOW YOU KNOW - What I Wish I Had Known (July 28, 2011)
http://bit.ly/wiwihk

(July 28, 2011, Athens, GA) Excerpt from the intro of "NOW YOU KNOW - What I Wish I Had Known", an address by Derrick Brown to participants in UGA's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Summer Bridge Program.


3. THE MIGHTIER SWORD. Of all the education world's curious buzzwords and trendy jargon, the catchphrase that makes me wince the most is "data-driven instruction" - for two reasons ...
1. Data are simply facts and figures - which in and of themselves do little more than fill unread reports that cover desktops and clog computers. On the other hand, information (well-understood data) and the resulting insight are the higher goals for which we should strive, which require us to work smarter - not harder.
2. Using data to drive the instruction sounds about as awkward and as obvious as
Using the hammer to drive the (home) construction
Using the baton to drive the (orchestra) conduction
Using the donation to drive the (tax) deduction
Using the alcohol to drive the bars
Using the gasoline to drive the cars
Be careful of glorifying the means in ways that obscure the end.

4. PUBLISHER'S CLEARINGHOUSE. This week's feature ...

Math Crossword Puzzle Language Diagnostic
http://bit.ly/rtt_mathpuzz1



Use this creative diagnostic as a formal or informal assessment! It can visually demonstrate your students' level of math proficiency by measuring their command of its language!

Learn the story of its creation and use at http://bit.ly/rtt_mathpuzz1 !











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NOW YOU KNOW - July 29, 2011
Teaching & Learning Edition
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http://reachthenteach.blogspot.org

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Friday, July 22, 2011

[NOW YOU KNOW] Teaching & Learning Edition (Volume 1, Number 2)

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NOW YOU KNOW - July 22, 2011
Teaching & Learning Edition
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http://reachthenteach.blogspot.org

© 2011 KnowledgeBase, Inc.
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IN THIS ISSUE
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1. BIG IDEA - ACTIVITY VS. ACHIEVEMENT
2. GRIOT'S CORNER
3. PUBLISHER'S CLEARINGHOUSE


1. BIG IDEA OF LEADERSHIP - ACTIVITY VS. ACHIEVEMENT. Do not mistake activity for achievement. A dog that chases his tail looks busy, but accomplishes little.


2. GRIOT'S CORNER. A love letter to my wife ...

D&K's Adventure (1080p)
http://bit.ly/d_and_k


3. PUBLISHER'S CLEARINGHOUSE. This week's feature ...

Equation Proverbs: Volumes 1-3 (Character Education Posters)
http://bit.ly/rtt_eqprov



This collection of 20 11" x 8.5" (resolution of each is 3300 pixels x 2550 pixels) digital posters uses equations to illustrate 20 character themes.


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NOW YOU KNOW - July 22, 2011
Teaching & Learning Edition
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http://reachthenteach.blogspot.org

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Equation Proverbs: Volumes 1-3 (Character Education Posters)



Purchase this at http://bit.ly/tpt_eqprov!

This collection of 20 11" x 8.5" (resolution of each is 3300 pixels x 2550 pixels) digital posters uses equations to illustrate the following character themes:








Equation Proverbs: Volumes 1-3 (Character Education Posters)
Table of Contents

Success 4
Power 5
Education 6
Courage 7
Genius 8
Excellence 9
Writing 10
Wisdom 11
Vision 12
Insight 13
Relationships 14
Discipline 15
Effective Leadership (Management) 16
Effective Leadership (Production) 17
Effective Leadership (Tact) 18
Effective Leadership (Authority) 19
Effective Leadership (Boundaries) 20
Effective Leadership (Ideas & Planning) 21
Effective Leadership (Communication) 22
Effective Leadership (Perceptions) 23


Also check out ...

  1. Character Education Visual Dictionary
  2. Math Visual Dictionary
  3. NOW YOU KNOW - Money Math Edition

Friday, July 15, 2011

[NOW YOU KNOW] Teaching & Learning Edition (Volume 1, Number 1)

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NOW YOU KNOW - July 15, 2011
Teaching & Learning Edition
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© 2011 KnowledgeBase, Inc.
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1. BIG IDEA - PERCEPTION vs. REALITY
2. GRIOT'S CORNER
3. PUBLISHER'S CLEARINGHOUSE


1. BIG IDEA OF LEADERSHIP - PERCEPTION vs. REALITY. Perception is not reality, but perceptions *shape* reality. Just as perceptions shape reality, though, reality also shapes perception. Search for and speak the truth in love to inform both your own as well as the perceptions of others. Those who think only with their eyes are often easily fooled. What a fool believes, he sees ... and no wise man has the power to reason away.


2. GRIOT'S CORNER. The perception - we are excelling ... the reality - truth is often stranger than fiction, and is always buried in the details :-).

The 'Texas Miracle' (January 2004)
http://bit.ly/nyk_tx


3. PUBLISHER'S CLEARINGHOUSE. This week's features ...

Math Visual Dictionary (Geometry Edition)
http://bit.ly/tpt_mvd

Language (how we use words and sounds to communicate) and discourse (verbal expression in speech and writing) are more important than vocabulary (knowledge of words). This Geometry visual dictionary presents 50 key terms along with descriptive photos on 8.5" x 11" slides. The slides are suitable for posting on word walls and bulletin boards!

Character Education Visual Dictionary
http://bit.ly/tpt_cevd

Maturity is achieved when your character and personality complement and illustrate a loving heart. This character education visual dictionary presents 78 key terms along with illustrative images on 8.5" x 11" slides. The slides are suitable for posting on word walls and bulletin boards. The PDF can also be displayed on teacher and/or student computers!


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NOW YOU KNOW - July 15, 2011
Teaching & Learning Edition
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Character Education Visual Dictionary

Purchase this at http://bit.ly/tpt_cevd!

Maturity is achieved when your character and personality complement and illustrate a loving heart.

This character education visual dictionary presents 78 key terms along with illustrative images on 8.5" x 11" slides.

The slides are suitable for posting on word walls and bulletin boards. The PDF can also be displayed on teacher and/or student computers.
Table of Contents

ACCOUNTABLE    6
ACHIEVEMENT    7
ANGER    8
ASSUME    9
ATTITUDE    10
AUTHORITY    11
CALM    12
CAPABLE    13
CARING    14
CHARACTER    15
CITIZENSHIP    16
COMMIT    17
COMMUNICATE    18
COMPASSION    19
COMPOSURE    20
CONFIDENCE    21
CONFLICT    22
CONFRONT    23
CONSIDERATE    24
CONSISTENT    25
CONTENT    26
CONTROL    27
COOPERATION    28
COURAGE    29
COURTESY    30
CREATIVITY    31
DECENCY    32
DEPENDABLE    33
DETERMINATION    34
DIDACTIC    35
DILIGENT    36
DIPLOMACY    37
DISCERN    38
DISCIPLINE    39
DOGMATIC    40
DUTY    41
EFFORT    42
EMPATHY    43
ENTHUSIASM    44
EQUALITY    45
ESTEEM    46
FAIR    47
FEARLESS    48
FEELINGS    49
FORGIVE    50
FRIEND    51
GENEROUS    52
GENTLE    53
GOSSIP    54
GRATITUDE    55
GROWTH    56
HABITS    57
HAPPINESS    58
HARMONY    59
HEAL    60
HELPFUL    61
HONESTY    62
HONOR    63
HOPE    64
HUMILITY    65
HUMOR    66
IMPATIENT    67
INDEPENDENT    68
INITIATIVE    69
INTEGRITY    70
INTELLIGENT    71
KNOWLEDGE    72
LAZY    73
LEADER    74
LIKE    75
LOVE    76
LOYAL    77
PEACE    78
POWER    79
PRINCIPLE    80
PROBLEMS    81
PURPOSE    82
WORK ETHIC    83

Also check out ...

  1. NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 1)
  2. NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 2)
  3. NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 3)
  4. NOW YOU KNOW "Jeopardy"-Style Powerpoint Game Template

Big Ideas About Math Education: Math Crossword Puzzle Vocabulary Diagnostic

By Derrick Brown (Email) (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)
Download Math Crossword Puzzle Vocabulary Diagnostic (Free Preview Available)

This week, we move from "Big Ideas" to "Best Practices" for math education.

Learn how a simple crossword puzzle (of elementary and middle school math concepts) can be used as a creative diagnostic, or as a formal or informal assessment.

This resource can visually demonstrate your students' level of math proficiency by measuring their command of its language.

Background

I was named Math Department Head at my charter high school during Summer 2009. This new role made me directly responsible for catalyzing improvement in student achievement, and provided me with the opportunity to begin to formally research, evaluate, and implement language-based approaches to teaching mathematics.

To qualify and quantify the current level of language proficiency, I designed this 25-word diagnostic language test of math terms commonly used from kindergarten to eighth grade. The test was first given in July 2009 to 25 incoming 9th-grade students during our week-long Summer Orientation Camp.

Early results of the test indicated a remarkably low level of math language proficiency.

Less than 10% of the students tested were able to define terms like "square", "volume", "sum", and "circumference".

None of the students were able to define terms like "addition", "subtraction", "multiplication, "division", "area", "line", "circle", "diameter", "principal", and "interest".

One frustrated student put it best as she scribbled the following message at the top of her test: "Some words I could not define because I cannot explain, but I know how to do them."

This rude awakening convinced me that we have to stop congratulating ourselves for drilling our students on rote memorization and pattern recognition techniques to achieve short-term success, and to retain little fundamental understanding.

Students must learn to do math, and must then learn what math does. Establishing that level of proficiency requires a steep, uphill climb that is facilitated by sobering honesty, and a committed work ethic displayed by all school stakeholders.


Also check out:
  1. Reach - Then Teach (Big Ideas About Math Education)
  2. Math Crossword Puzzle Language Diagnostic (Alternate Download from Scribd.com)
Please share your thoughts on these "Big Ideas" and best practices by leaving comments below. Email us or follow us on Twitter @dbrowndbrown to submit your own "Big Ideas" and best practices!
 
Copyright © 2012 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


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Character Education Crossword Puzzles (Volume 1)

Check it out at http://bit.ly/tpt_charpuzz1!

Puzzles 1-4

These puzzles present the following 110 important interpersonal qualities in a fun, interactive, easy-to-complete format:

ACCOUNTABLE
ACHIEVEMENT
ANGER
ASSUMPTION
ATTITUDE
AUTHORITY
BRAVE
CALM
CAPABLE
CARE
CHARACTER
CHEERFUL
CITIZENSHIP
CLEAN
COMMITMENT
COMMUNICATE
COMPASSION
COMPOSURE
CONCERN
CONFIDENCE
CONFLICT
CONFRONT
CONSERVATIVE
CONSIDERATION
CONSISTENT
CONTENT
CONTROL
COOPERATION
COURAGE
COURTESY
CREATIVITY
DEPENDABLE
DETERMINATION
DIDACTIC
DILIGENT
DIPLOMACY
DISCERN
DISCIPLINE
DISCIPLING
DOGMATIC
EFFORT
EMPATHY
ENTHUSIASM
EQUALITY
ESTEEM
FAIR
FAVOR
FEARLESS
FORGIVENESS
FRIEND
GENEROSITY
GENTLE
GOSSIP
GRATITUDE
HABITS
HAPPINESS
HARSH
HONEST
HONOR
HOPE
HUMILITY
HUMOR
IMPATIENT
INDEPENDENT
INITIATIVE
INTEGRITY
KINDNESS
KNOWLEDGE
LAZY
LEADER
LOVE
LOYALTY
MINISTRY
MODERATION
NEGATIVE
OBEDIENCE
OPTIMISTIC
PATIENCE
PEACE
PERSISTENT
PLEASE
POLITE
POSITIVE
POWER
PRIDE
PRINCIPLE
PROBLEMS
PRODUCTIVE
PUNCTUAL
PURPOSE
RELATIONSHIP
RELIABILITY
RESPECT
RESPONSIBLE
RUMOR
SACRIFICE
SELF-CONTROL
SELF-DISCIPLINE
SELFLESS
SELF-RESPECT
SPORTSMANSHIP
STEWARDSHIP
THANKFUL
THRIFTY
TOLERANCE
TRUST
TRUTH
WISDOM
WORK ETHIC
WRATH

Puzzles 5-6

Based on author Derrick Brown’s e-book Reach – Then Teach, these puzzles present the following 50 important interpersonal qualities in a fun, interactive, easy-to-complete format:

ACCEPTANCE
ACCOUNTABILITY
AFFIRMATION
ANDRAGOGY
ARROGANCE
AUTHORITY
AWARENESS
BODY
CHARACTER
CRITICAL THINKING
DISCOURSE
EDUCATION
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
FAITH
FORGIVENESS
HONESTY
IGNORANCE
KNOWLEDGE
LANGUAGE
LEADERSHIP
LITERACY
LOVE
MATH
MIND (CONSCIENCE)
MINISTRY
MISSION
MONEY
NAME
OBEDIENCE
PEDAGOGY
PERSONALITY
POSSESSIONS
POWER
PROBLEM SOLVING
READING
RELATIONSHIPS
SELF-DISCIPLINE
STEWARDSHIP
STUDENT
TALENTS
TEACHER
TEMPERAMENT
TIME
TRUST
VISION
WEALTH
WISDOM
WORK
WORK ETHIC
WRITING

NOW YOU KNOW History Quiz Bowl (Volume 1)


 
Check it out at http://bit.ly/tpt_nyk_hqb!

NOW YOU KNOW is a gameshow played (using a Powerpoint template) in the tradition of "Jeopardy" that presents the exploits of extraordinary people in an inspiring, "edutaining" way.

The History Quiz Bowl (Volume I) presents 26 (5 per category, plus 1 in the final round) inspiring people in a fun, interactive, easy-to-play format that includes these categories:

EDUCATION
FILM, TV, THEATER
FREEDOM FIGHTERS
SISTAH SOULJAHS
SPORTS

The preview file is a read-only, abbreviated version of the game. Check out the vibrant colors, great pictures, the easy-to-understand "answers", and the compelling stories told about each historical figure!

Also check out ...
  1. NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 1)
  2. NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 2)
  3. NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 3)
  4. NOW YOU KNOW "Jeopardy"-Style Powerpoint Game Template

NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 2)



Check it out at http://bit.ly/pVNObS!

NOW YOU KNOW is a gameshow played (using a Powerpoint template) in the tradition of "Jeopardy" that presents the exploits of extraordinary people in an inspiring, "edutaining" way.

The Character Education Edition (Volume 2) presents 26 (5 per category, plus 1 in the final round) important interpersonal qualities in a fun, interactive, easy-to-play format that includes these categories:

"A" WORDS (accountable, achievement, anger, etc.)
"C" WORDS (citizenship, commit, courtesy, etc.)
MORE "C" WORDS (considerate, consistent, control, etc.)
"D" WORDS (dependable, determined, disciplined, etc.)
"E" WORDS (effort, equality, enthusiasm, etc.)

Check out the great pictures and the easy-to-understand "answers" that accompany each interpersonal quality!




Check out the other "Now You Know" Editions:

  1. NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 1)
  2. NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 3)
  3. NOW YOU KNOW History Quiz Bowl (Volume 1)
  4. NOW YOU KNOW "Jeopardy"-Style Powerpoint Game Template

Microsoft Excel Functions Workbook, Volume 2

Download it at http://bit.ly/tpt_exv2!

This is an Excel 97-2003 collection of 15 project-based, problem solving spreadsheet exercises (with complete keys - SEE PREVIEW) that help students learn to use the following powerful Microsoft Excel functions:

SUM
AVERAGE
IF
COUNTIF
COUNTBLANK

Each exercise generally takes between 1 and 2 full class periods to complete. I take 10-15 minutes to explain the problem, the deliverable, and the tools, and then let the students work independently or in small groups.

I created these for the Microsoft Excel portion of my 9th-grade Computer Applications class, but also integrated them into my Geomtery, Algebra 2, and Pre-Engineering classes as projects in later years.

Developing a Microsoft Excel skill set is just that important for college-bound students and teachers!

Check out Volume 1 at http://bit.ly/tpt_exv1!


NOW YOU KNOW Math Edition (Money)


NOW YOU KNOW (http://bit.ly/nyk_money) is a gameshow played (using a Powerpoint template) in the tradition of "Jeopardy".

The Money Edition presents 26 (5 per category, plus 1 in the final round) fundamental money problems in a fun, interactive, easy-to-play format that includes these categories:

BORROWING (DEBT)
BUDGETING
COST, REVENUE, & PROFIT
EARNING & SAVING
INVESTING
SHOPPING

The preview file is a read-only, abbreviated version of the game.



Check out the other "Now You Know" Editions:

  1. NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 1)
  2. NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 2)
  3. NOW YOU KNOW Character Education Edition (Volume 3)
  4. NOW YOU KNOW History Quiz Bowl (Volume 1)
  5. NOW YOU KNOW "Jeopardy"-Style Powerpoint Game Template

Math Visual Dictionary - Geometry




This Geometry visual dictionary presents 50 key terms along with descriptive photos on 8.5" x 11" slides.

The slides are suitable for posting on word walls and bulletin boards. The PDF can also be displayed on teacher and/or student computers.

Check it out at http://bit.ly/tpt_mvd !





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