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Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions

Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it

"Having essential questions drive curriculum and learning has become core to many educators' instructional practices.  Grant Wiggins, in his work on Understanding By Design, describes an essential quetion as:  

A meaning of “essential” involves important questions that recur throughout one’s life. Such questions are broad in scope and timeless by nature. They are perpetually arguable – What is justice?  Is art a matter of taste or principles? How far should we tamper with our own biology and chemistry?  Is science compatible with religion? Is an author’s view privileged in determining the meaning of a text? We may arrive at or be helped to grasp understandings for these questions, but we soon learn that answers to them are invariably provisional..."


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So true... I cringe when I am in classrooms with the packaged program "essential question" of the week on the board...and very often those "essential questions" lack cognitive clarity for the students

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, September 29, 2013 5:45 PM

Still thinking about a MUST at any classroom?

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:33 PM

A great summary of why questioning still matters.  We've been talking about metacognition a lot this year in the library.  Learning how to develop questions is a large part of learning how you learn and think.

Stacey Jackowski's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:20 PM

This quote is so true.  Learning how to ask essential questions is a skill that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives and facilitates a lifetime of learning. 

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PD Resource Centers | Corwin

How the PD Resource Center Works
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Corwin offers quality relevant PD... affordable too... practical as well as cutting edge
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See Through a Student's Eyes with the Shadow a Student Challenge

By Devon Young - It can be hard to have an accurate idea of what school is like for your students--the shadow a student challenge can help. Learn more here!
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Dick Allington did this once... fascinating outcome! More principal and school committee people should do this #walkinastudentsshoes
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If Elementary Schools Say 'No' to Homework, What Takes it Place?

If Elementary Schools Say 'No' to Homework, What Takes it Place? | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
No homework policies are popular in more schools, but educators are working with parents on stress-free ways to keep learning going.
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The battle over homework continues... and it needs to be addressed. NEA references the Harris Coopers book on homework.... #plctopic #takeawaythe anxiety
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Sparring over growth and proficiency measures in DeVos’s confirmation hearing | Brookings Institution

Sparring over growth and proficiency measures in DeVos’s confirmation hearing | Brookings Institution | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
One of the more contentious exchanges during Tuesday night’s confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, began with what seemed like an innocuous,…
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"proficiency vs. growth".... a conversation for all to engage in...
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Education Week

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Great piece here on #ESSA and potential impact on bringing quality #PD to districts
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Let's Not Kill The Love Of Reading

Let's Not Kill The Love Of Reading | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
Kelly Gallagher via Pinterest To all my fellow educators, especially those who are in leadership positions and/or the teachers o
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We can all find something on this post that speaks to us, time to reflect and ask ourselves... is what we ask kids to do meaningful? Does it enhance a love of reading or does it diminish a love of reading?
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2 Ways to Publish eBooks from G Suite - via  EdTechTeacher

2 Ways to Publish eBooks from G Suite - via  EdTechTeacher | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
In this post EdTechTeacher Instructor Greg Kulowiec demonstrates how to publish eBooks from G Suite like Google Docs using ePub and Issuu.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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MFaculty's curator insight, January 7, 8:34 AM
Give your students the opportunity to publish their work to a larger audience, and ignight their interest in writing well! Particularly in genre such as fiction, poetry, and areas of self expression, students need more than their audience of one (you). 
Here is a simple means for sharing beyond you; and if they solicit feedback, they can improve their writing and perhaps find an untapped outlet for self expression!
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Education Chats

This is the official site for managing the COMPLETE list of twitter education chats. It is managed by a group of educator tweeps who care about keeping one up to date list of chats which everyone can use.
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Twitter... a teachers best friend.... and go to place for PD
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New Study Says Teacher-Student Relationship In Fifth Grade Sets Stage For Future Behavior

New Study Says Teacher-Student Relationship In Fifth Grade Sets Stage For Future Behavior | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
A new study has been released saying that having a positive relationship in the fifth-grade with a teacher can have a long-lasting effect on student behavior in future grades. Positive teacher-stud…
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Always great tidbits from @larryferlazzo
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Teachers Are Not to Blame

Teachers Are Not to Blame | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
Years of misguided curricular theories are at the core of America’s educational shortcomings.
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A really thoughtful and thought provoking article here.... #curriculumdisabled #whereisthecoherence
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The Teacher Shortage Crisis Is Here

The Teacher Shortage Crisis Is Here | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
A new report examines the multipronged problem of teacher supply and demand.
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A huge problem looming on the horizon...and Linda Darling Hammond weighs in...
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The Reading Workshop: The Best Of Frank Serafini: Getting Ready for the Reading Workshop

The Reading Workshop: The Best Of Frank Serafini: Getting Ready for the Reading Workshop | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
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Love the work of @FrankSerafini, a real practitioner with increasingly insight... Check out his podcasts on iTunes too
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www.leadupnow.com/partner

www.leadupnow.com/partner | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
In today’s educational landscape there are new pressures, unrelenting accountability, and polarizing scrutiny on our teachers, students, and administrators. Yet, the collective “we” are expected to implement, revise, and innovate.
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I love the idea of "thought partners"...we all need think of collaboration and coaching I. Terms of developing thought partners
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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
School 21 develops confident students who can articulate their thoughts and learning with strategies like discussion guidelines and roles and structured talk tasks.
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Talk,talk,talk!!! Talk is the bedrock of reading and writing!
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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
Literacy strategies that waste instructional time include looking up words on lists, prizes for reading, weekly spelling tests, unsupported independent reading, and denial of recess.
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If I posted this before, apologies....but worth a second post @nellduke
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What My Son With ADHD Taught Me About Minecraft and Executive Functioning

What My Son With ADHD Taught Me About Minecraft and Executive Functioning | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
When he’s playing Minecraft, he has no trouble staying calm, patiently working through problems and reaching his goals in the game.
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When are teachers going to understand the value of gaming? Stanford Graduate School of Ed has done so much on this...but its not getting into mainstream teaching. I still hear teachers complaining about video games!  #selectiveuse #gamification
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Boiling Down Critical Thinking - Dave Stuart Jr.

Boiling Down Critical Thinking - Dave Stuart Jr. | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it

Critical thinking is a problematically over-extended term. It’s sort of like close reading — we can all agree we want kids to be great at it, but if you put ten random educators in a room and have them each write down their clearest, most actionable definition of close reading, you’d get a wide range of …

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Given all the hysterical talk about "fake news"... it might be a worthy endeavor for teachers to re-examine what it means to  engage in critical thinking....and how to foster it through our instruction...Its about dialogue, text talk, and meaningful conversations....not about those "critical thinking" worksheets in basal reading programs...
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A Classroom Library Quick Reference Guide

A Classroom Library Quick Reference Guide | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
Use this classroom library reference guide to make sure your library features a wide selection of compelling books and authentic, leveled literature.
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Useful resource when planning on refreshing your classroom libraries
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17 Things for Teachers to Try in 2017

17 Things for Teachers to Try in 2017 | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
17 Challenges for Teachers in 2017! 2017 is upon us, and there are so many new and exciting advances in technology coming our way. I always geek out learning about the latest gadgets, but I especially love learning about new ways that technology can improve learning in the classroom.
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Twitter for Professional Development

Twitter for Professional Development | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
Explore Beth Still’s collection of educator resources on BloomBoard. Beth says, 'Teachers around the world have taken control of their personal learning by connecting with other teachers on Twitter.'
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Some of my best PD has come from interacting with other professionals on Twitter
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From Content & Concepts to Practice: Setting Students Up to Construct Understandings

From Content & Concepts to Practice: Setting Students Up to Construct Understandings | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I invited teachers to construct an understanding of the deeper purposes of realistic fiction and then shared their ideas in a follow-up post.
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Such a rich post... Worthy of several re-reads...
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Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection

Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
When educators take the time to explicitly frame the maker activities and build meaningful reflection in at the end, they're helping to ensure kids are reaching

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Maker ed... hmm... love the "framing and reflecting"
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PD2Go - Professional Development to Go - Choice Literacy

PD2Go - Professional Development to Go - Choice Literacy | Professional Development: Teachers as Learners | Scoop.it
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Choice Literacy always has great PD, great resources, thoughtful posts by real practitioners
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Who’s Asking?

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP September 2015   Who's Asking? By Alfie Kohn It seems only fitting to explore the role of questions in education by asking questions about the process of doing so.
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Ah yes... The all too important role of questioning...Alfie Kohn on the art of questioning
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