Hosted by Microsoft at the Redmond Conference Center on May 18, 2013 Washington MESA Day represents a one-day event of excitement and academic challenges for Middle and High School MESA students from MESA Centers across the state of Washington. Continue reading
Neiri Carrasco, director of Yakima Valley/Tri-Cities MESA, fills in the Tri-City Herald about Pi(e) Day on the Richland campus of Washington State University. See the video »
For details on this 21 and over event at the Newport Yacht Club and how to RSVP, see our event page.
The College Success Foundation has announced the online application for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship is available beginning Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.
The scholarship helps low- and middle-income Washington State residents earn first bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health care. The application period is Jan. 7, 2013, through Feb. 18, 2013.
The idea of the”Flipped Classroom” is gathering momentum in the Puget Sound. Do take time to read the article about the Tacoma Teacher who is turning learning upside down in his classroom.
The flipped classroom is a concept that improves active learning; students learn from viewing a prerecorded lecture and the teacher uses the class time to help students grapple with the more challenging concepts.
I have also learned a few tips on best practices for the flipped classroom from edutopia. I have crafted a simple term for this as this relates to flipping.
TEAR ( technology, engagement, access and reflection)
1. Need to Know: Ensure that there is a clear reason for students to know the content- relevance.
2. Engaging Models: Use a pedagogical model that demands it such as: Project-Based Learning (PBL).
3. Technology: Ask yourself- Do you have the technology to support a flipped classroom? a variety of technologies (smart phones, DVD, USB, videos, online) ensure access of materials to all students.
4. Reflection: Build in reflective activities for students to think about what they have learned ( discussions, authentic projects, presentations)
5. Time & Place: Keep flipped content brief (8-10 mins). Provide a place where content is available for students both inside and outside your classrooms.
Washington STEM has posted a great feature article on MESA’s 9th Grade Bridge program. The program uses summer tutoring (Summer Math Scholars), year-round mentoring, and Saturday field trips to boost academic success and exposure to STEM careers.
Support from Washington STEM has allowed Washington MESA to expand Summer Math Scholars to MESA Centers across the state and begin scaling up the whole 9th Grade Bridge program. Read the article on the Washington STEM website (includes slide show).
Six Essentials for PBL
1. Create teams of students (3-4) to work on an in-depth project for three to eight weeks.
2. Introduce a complex entry question that establishes a student’s need to know,
3. Scaffold the project with activities and new information that deepens the work.
4. Calendar the project through plans, drafts, timely benchmarks,
5. Have the teams make presentations to an outside panel of experts drawn from parents and the
6. Provide timely assessments and/or feedback on the projects for content, oral and written communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and other important skills.
Original Source: Edutopia-Project-based learning teaches kids the collaborative and critical-thinking abilities they’ll need to compete
Author: Bob Pearlman
Why Teach with Project-Based Learning?: Providing Students With a Well-Rounded Classroom Experience
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Your brain on culture
The burgeoning field of cultural neuroscience is finding that culture influences brain development, and perhaps vice versa.
When an American thinks about whether he is honest, his brain activity looks very different than when he thinks about whether another person is honest, even a close relative. That’s not true for Chinese people. When a Chinese man evaluates whether he is honest, his brain activity looks almost identical to when he is thinking about whether his mother is honest.