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Is Improving Schools All About Money?

Is Improving Schools All About Money? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Is spending more on education the best way to improve schools?
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Great debate about education

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Sir Ken Robinson – Learning {Re}imagined (video)

Sir Ken Robinson – Learning {Re}imagined (video) | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
As a treat for the readers of this blog here is a longer and more complete interview with Sir Ken Robinson that was recorded as part of the Learning {Re}imagined book where he discusses educational technology, creativity, assessment and the future of learning (15 minutes).   There are more exclusive videos contained within the book…

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Patjejtër të shikohet: Sir Ken Robinson flet për edukimin, kreativitetin, ndikimin e teknologjisë në edikim.

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Interesting reflections on the nature of learning and the direction of education in the future.

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I have a great admiration for the thinking of Sir Ken Robinson... He speaks so eloquently and argues for creative learning...and so much more...

 

A stand out quote for me from this interview;

 

"What tends to dull the appetite [for learning] is being force fed things that people can't see an immediately relevance in or don't have an immediate interest in it...or where they are forced to learn in situations where they are inimitable... you know, 8 hours a day, sit still, do as you're told."

 

Bring on different ways of engaging with people around learning so that they not only 'get it' but they really enjoy it and become life long learners.

 

I recommend this 15 minute video to you!

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Critical Literacy Journal

Announcing a Special issue of Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices on the work of Gayatri Spivak. http://t.co/8a5f0hAHaB
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Stenhouse Publishers: Sharing the Blue Crayon

Stenhouse Publishers: Sharing the Blue Crayon | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"Without self-control, persistence, and interpersonal skills, students struggle to learn to read and write. Sharing the Blue Crayon gives primary teachers a flexible, practical program that integrates social, emotional, and literacy learning throughout the school day and week, while bolstering classroom management ..."


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YouTube Symphony Sydney Opera House - Obscura

YouTube Symphony Sydney Opera House - Obscura | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
A collaboration between YouTube, the London Symphony Orchestra, and several global partners, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra is a musical event created through open auditions worldwide. Launched in 2008, it is the first-ever online collaborative orchestra. For the 2011 Grande Finale Concert, conducted by San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Obscura undertook one of their... Read more »
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Interesting visual literacy experience

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Shanahan on Literacy: Teaching Visual Literacy Makes a Big Difference

Teaching Visual Literacy Makes a Big Difference: Would you add some thoughts about visual literacy, that is, q... http://t.co/3ba75BiiTZ
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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

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Why Wordless Picture Books Work | Scholastic.com

Why Wordless Picture Books Work | Scholastic.com | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Does your classroom library feature wordless picture books? Here is a list of the best ones out there, and reasons why you need them in your room.

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Davisburg Elementary's Math fair makes learning a game - The Oakland Press

Davisburg Elementary's Math fair makes learning a game - The Oakland Press | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
At first, Davisburg Elementary student Cohl Beaudin didn’t think he’d like attending the school’s first ever Family Math Fair.
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What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing

What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Educator Larry Ferlazzo details how to make reading and writing relevant to students lives in order to motivate them.


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Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Use these ten reflective questions at the end of class to help learners deepen their understandings of themselves and their work.

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 19, 1:25 PM

Excellent questions to bring closure to a class Instead of the bell.

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Praise for governor's third-grade reading proposal

Praise for governor's third-grade reading proposal | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Education professors in Michigan praise Gov. Rick Snyder’s push to improve third graders’ reading skills, but they caution against adding
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Why Get Critical About Literacy?

Why Get Critical About Literacy? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
There are many takes on critical literacy. I like this one: Critical literacy is the ability to read text actively in a reflective way to develop a deeper understanding of socially constructed conc...
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Teaching Experience Matters: New Research

Teaching Experience Matters: New Research | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
New research challenges the belief that teachers plateau early in their careers, suggesting instead their effectiveness grows over the first decade in the classroom and beyond.

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What about changing teacher mindset?

By now you've probably heard about Carol Dweck's growth mindset versus fixed mindset. What an incredibly novel and simplistic idea! Simply add the word "yet" to anything that a student may be...
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Stephen Mucher: The Collapse of the Teaching Profession?

Stephen Mucher: The Collapse of the Teaching Profession? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Stephen Mucher, director of the Bard Master of Arts Teaching program in Los Angeles, warns about the precipitous decline in enrollments in teacher preparation programs. Teachers are demoralized by ...

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From the article:  "Since 2008, enrollment in teacher education programs in California is down 53%, and other bellwether states report a similar trend. Nationally, U.S. Department of Education statistics that include both traditional and alternative preparatory programs show that there were nearly 90,000 fewer teachers in training in 2012 than in 2008."  The article discusses some of the reasons why this is happening.  Of particular interest are the many comments from readers that follow. 

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Third-grade reading gate sample test unveiled - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Third-grade reading gate sample test unveiled - Jackson Clarion Ledger | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
It's the first year students will be held back for reading delays.
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There is more to this issue,  check out this report about other factors related to third grade reading proficiency: http://www.aecf.org/resources/double-jeopardy/

 

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Effective teaching: 10 tips on what works and what doesn’t

Effective teaching: 10 tips on what works and what doesn’t | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
A new report from the Sutton Trust has reviewed the evidence around successful teaching practices. Here are the key points you need to know
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Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten // KQEDMindshift

Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten // KQEDMindshift | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

By Holly Korbey
"For the typical American kindergartner, unstructured free play during the school day consists of 20 to 30 minutes of recess, and perhaps some time at indoor “stations” — perhaps creating with building blocks, costumes, or musical instruments. But what if there was more? What if the answer to “what did you do in school today?” was, “I climbed a tree, played in the mud, built a fire”?
 

That is exactly the kind of learning going on in the Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, where children ages four to seven spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. With no explicit math or literacy taught until first grade, the Swiss have no set goals for kindergartners beyond a few measurements, like using scissors and writing one’s own name.

They instead have chosen to focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play. With many parents and educators overwhelmed by the amount of academics required for kindergartners — and the testing requirements at that age  — it’s no surprise that the forest kindergarten, and the passion for bringing more free play to young children during the school day, is catching on stateside. Free play and inquiry learning are the cornerstone of Canada’s new all-day kindergarten program; forest kindergartens are popping up in Washington state, Vermont, and even Brooklyn."...

 

For full post, click on title above or here: 

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/let-em-out-the-many-benefits-of-outdoor-play-in-kindergarten/

 

For a link to the School Out documentary: http://www.schoolsoutfilm.com/


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How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning

How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Palo Alto High School teacher Esther Wojcicki shares her guidelines on creating a culture of trust, respect and independence for blended learning.

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When you devalue teachers, you cheat your children

When you devalue teachers, you cheat your children | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
I’ve said more than once that it isn’t fair to expect teachers to solve all the problems of educating our kids. When a child is hungry, or has a chaotic
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The Keyboard Is Dying

The Keyboard Is Dying | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The rise of mobile and other new tech has meant that the keyboard is on its way out, as Pieter Walraven discovers.

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Principals and Focused Instructional Leadership: Fish Don't Rot From the Tail First

Principals and Focused Instructional Leadership: Fish Don't Rot From the Tail First | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Building administrators and school leaders across the nation are challenged to find strategies that will generate continual increased levels of student achievement. But what is the best way?

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The author says "Fish don't rot from the tail first......" Read on!

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Governor on right track with 3rd-grade reading

Governor on right track with 3rd-grade reading | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Unlike legislative efforts to hold 3rd graders back, Gov. Rick Snyder is focused on causes
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