Imagine yourself as a student on a beautiful spring day. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you are practically shaking in your seat with the urge to bolt outside. All day, your teachers have been oblivious to the situation, and all you can do is sit in your seat and watch the clock as minute after agonizing minute ticks by. As the teacher in this situation, you would face multiple problems: How can you redirect the energy buzzing in the room? How can you refocus your students on the learning that needs to happen? How can that happen in a productive, controlled manner?
Research has shown that having your students up and moving about can improve your students' cognitive and affective engagement. Movement can help direct your students' energy and focus them on the task at hand. However, having students moving around the room in high-energy situations without clear guidelines can lead to a chaotic, unproductive learning environment. The Appointment strategy an effective tool in these situation because it allows your students to move around, but in a specific, well-controlled fashion.
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One of my biggest blocks as a writer is a constant need to go back and revise my writing. As I write, I am faced with the urge to go back to change this word or tweak that phrase, but I often lose track of the revisions I've made. Add in the desire to get feedback, and the writing process can easily grind to a halt for me, just as it does for many of our students. That's where Draft, a straight-forward, online word processor available at www.draftin.com, can help. Draft focuses on revision and collaboration with quick, easy-to-use tools for tracking your writing over time and sharing it with others to get feedback. Students can use Draft to compare multiple versions of their paper to self-assess their progress, share their writing with their peers and teachers, and even use the collaborative tools to assess their revision skills.
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