Charles Ames Fischer

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Great Collection of Psychology Articles

Posted by Charles Fischer on January 1, 2012 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a link to the top 10 best psy-blog articles from 2011. Check them out!


Teaching That Makes Sense

Posted by Charles Fischer on June 16, 2011 at 7:48 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a new favorite website for teaching. There are a lot of practical (and free) downloads that many will find immediately useful. As the name implies, these things simply make sense!


http://www.ttms.org/

Critical Thinking Podcasts

Posted by Charles Fischer on May 9, 2011 at 7:38 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out these podcasts on critical thinking by Kevin deLaPlante. Keep in mind that critical thinking is really only one kind of thinking that follows regular, logical, sequential steps. Creative thinking, on the other hand, is more random, spontaneous, and non-linear. There are other types of thinking as well...

Psy Blog

Posted by Charles Fischer on May 2, 2011 at 6:38 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a link to my new favorite blog, Psy Blog. The articles on the blog are informative and often have citations for the research. Many of them are instantly applicable to teaching and learning, such as The Top 10 Self-Control Strategies. A very cool curriculum could be developed just using this blog and all of the implications...

Paideia Seminars

Posted by Charles Fischer on February 21, 2011 at 1:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a great website explaining all about Paideia Seminars. In general, there are two types of seminars: text-based or interpretive seminars and ideas-based or speculative seminars. In the first, the focus is more on the text and reading comprehension, vocabulary, etc. In the second, the focus is more on exploring ideas and being thoughtful, with the text somewhat secondary. Paideia Seminars are more in t...

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Reading Rockets

Posted by Charles Fischer on February 8, 2011 at 8:01 AM Comments comments (0)

I came across this website today while researching reading comprehension strategies and I was impressed with the very practical, very useful ideas and articles. This site is a must-bookmark site for anyone who wants to learn more about the process of reading, from decoding to comprehension. In particular, I was impressed with the strategies page found here.

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Short Zen Texts

Posted by Charles Fischer on December 26, 2010 at 8:12 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a great website for short Zen texts for Socratic Seminar. Many of these would work well for grades 4-12, depending on the level of analysis and the questions involved. 

Parabola

Posted by Charles Fischer on December 23, 2010 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a great website to get short Socratic Seminar texts. I used to subscribe to this magazine when it was in print and loved the readings. Each issue has a theme, making selecting texts easier as well. Check it out!

Problem Solving

Posted by Charles Fischer on October 31, 2010 at 6:27 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a great website with study guides for solving problems. Included here are many steps on gathering information, generating questions and goals, reframing the problem, creative thinking and much more. This could be a great method for students writing research papers. What I like about this is that it focuses more on the thinking involved and less on the content itself. 

Time To Teach!

Posted by Charles Fischer on October 24, 2010 at 7:18 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you have time to teach? I mean the real time to teach what you're really passionate about. I mean those amazing lesson plans that might be sitting idle in your filing cabinet because you "don't have time" to teach them. Are you able to stay focused on what's important in your curriculum? If not it's time to learn about Time To Teach! This is the most amazing behavior management program out there. Check the website for more. I am...

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