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Perpetual Proximity: More Than a Behavior Management Strategy

Perpetual Proximity: More Than a Behavior Management Strategy | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Use proximity to assess and connect with students, not punish them.
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3 Things I Wish I Knew about Classroom Management

3 Things I Wish I Knew about Classroom Management | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Ryan learned about classroom management the hard way, through trial and error. After time in the classroom and coaching he's sharing three things he wishes he'd known.
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10 Tips for Delivering Awesome Professional Development

10 Tips for Delivering Awesome Professional Development | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Having clear objectives and starting on time are some of the tips one expert offers for creating effective professional development for teachers.
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Educational Leadership:Motivation Matters:Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink

Educational Leadership:Motivation Matters:Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
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Motivation matters! "If schools truly want to engage students, they need to downgrade control and compliance—and upgrade autonomy."  This applies to students and teachers!

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Growth vs Fixed Mindset - YouTube

A video that explains the difference between a person who has a growth mindset and person who has a fixed mindset. All design and animation was done by me. A...
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5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it

five research-based tips for providing students with the kind of feedback that will increase motivation, build on existing knowledge, and help them reflect on what they've learned.Teacher feedback must be informative and encouraging for students to fully understand whether they're learning and what they can do to improve the learning process.

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"Five research-based tips for providing students with the kind of feedback that will increase motivation, build on existing knowledge, and help them reflect on what they've learned."

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Connecting the classroom one relationship at a time

Connecting the classroom one relationship at a time | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Todd Nesloney flipped his class and stopped teaching to the test. Now his students’ test scores are higher than ever, and he’s reignited his love for teaching.
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Relationships!

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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
During the summer, you'll want to improve your teaching and lessons, but how do you decide where to start? Your students! I use these three ways to get feedback from my students on my lessons, activi
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Yes!  Students can provide an honest assessment of the learning environment that can give insight in directions that might not occur to us.

"Students are what we do. They are the center of our classroom, not us. However, as a teacher, I am the most impactful single person in the classroom. Honest feedback from our students will help me level up."

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 4:15 PM

These are three good ways to get feedback from students to improve what you do as a teacher. 

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3 Things We Should Stop Doing in Professional Development

3 Things We Should Stop Doing in Professional Development | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Spending the last week in Oslo, Norway, with the visionary Ann Michaelsen and other school leaders here, I have really thought about the way that we deliver professional development, and to be hone...
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What professional development activities do we need to rethink?

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5 fresh ways to keep professional development engaging | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 fresh ways to keep professional development engaging | eSchool News | eSchool News | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Joe Dixon, chief learning officer at Teq, shares 5 innovative ways to make professional development interactive.
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Five principles of engaging PD for teachers that feature "ongoing collaboration and communication among educators, community members, caregivers, and students. The most meaningful PD is continuous, on-demand, and social, while providing for unique classroom situations, individual teaching styles and various comfort levels with technology and new techniques."

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 17, 12:17 AM

PD not only needs to be "continuous, on-demand, and social" but it needs to be tailored to the needs of the teacher within the context of the classroom and the school. PD should be focused on helping teachers within the context of their classrooms and focus on the learning needs of the students. There are many ways to do this but it needs to start where the teacher is at the moment and then proceed forward with support and assistance in any number of forms. The social context is important to provide teachers with a PLN that can provide multiple levels of support. "There is no magic bullet!" but there are many options for assisting teachers and supporting student learning. 

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The Eight Characteristics Of Effective School Leaders

The Eight Characteristics Of Effective School Leaders | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Every leader is different, but successful school leaders share a number of key qualities. Here they are.
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From a research study on turnaround schools (schools that went from the poorest performing in England to among the best in the world)

 

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area
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The Great "Respect" Deception

The Great "Respect" Deception | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
I have visited and trained in schools in every state in America, and at most of these sites, I've had a conversation with teachers and administrators similar to the one below:

Me: How many rules do
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An interesting perspective on classroom rules vs the concept of valuesm (which explain the why of behavior).    

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she de...
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RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us - YouTube

This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace....
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Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Even Geniuses Work Hard

Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Even Geniuses Work Hard | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it

We can all agree that meaningful schoolwork promotes students' learning of academic content. But why stop there? I believe that meaningful work can also teach students to love challenges, to enjoy effort, to be resilient, and to value their own improvement. In other words, we can design and present learning tasks in a way that helps students develop a growth mindset, which leads to not just short-term achievement but also long-term success.  - Carol Dweck

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 12, 11:32 PM

Developing a growth mindset in students is important for their future. Educators have the tools and the knowledge to make this a possible but are often hampered by the policies and policy-makers and sometimes lack support from key individuals. It's not that we lack the tools and ability but sometimes we lack the will! 

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?
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Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Check out these important strategies for creating an inclusive learning space that also challenges students with rigorous thinking and projects.
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SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

SMART Goal Setting With Your Students | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
SMART goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, rigorous, and tracked. Help your students develop them through a series of ongoing peer interviews.
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10 Self-Evaluation Tips for Technology Instructional Specialists

10 Self-Evaluation Tips for Technology Instructional Specialists | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Successful technology integration must include an element of reflection to stay focused on how individual teachers and learners will use this technology in the classroom.
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Good reflection questions for instructional coaches (not just technology)

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How Opening Up Classroom Doors Can Push Education Forward

How Opening Up Classroom Doors Can Push Education Forward | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
What if teachers embraced the idea of transparency as a form of activism, a way of shining light on what works in the classroom?
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"One way to promote change is to allow the outside world to see inside innovative classrooms, hold up positive narratives and be sure everyone knows the consequences of seemingly distant policy decisions."

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Creative Educator - Five Habits of Great Coaches

Creative Educator - Five Habits of Great Coaches | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
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Coach rather than guide or facilitator!

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Creating a Growth Mindset in Your Students

Creating a Growth Mindset in Your Students | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Belief that you can become smarter and more talented opens the doorways to success. That’s what twenty years of research has shown Carol Dweck of Stanford University.
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Overview of fixed mindset vs. a growth mindset with strategies for teachers to use in order to cultivate a growth mindset in their students.

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 4:16 PM

This is a continuation from the discussion we had on #saskedchat regarding mindset. It's important to be willing to reflect on what we are doing and seek different views of what is in front of us. 

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5 Ideas To Bring Parents Into The Learning Process

5 Ideas To Bring Parents Into The Learning Process | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Spiro Bolos “The role of parents in the education of their children cannot be overestimated.” ~Unknown When you ask parents from any country in the worl...
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5 ideas to increase parental involvement by George Couros

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A Conversation With a 'Bad' Teacher

A Conversation With a 'Bad' Teacher | Center for Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
John Owens, author of Confessions of a Bad Teacher, talks about his brief, unhappy career in education and what it says about school systems today.
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