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We Should Be Better Because We Are Together | Practical Theory

"Much of the conversation around education reform has focused so much on how do we get better teachers, get rid of bad teachers, etc… that it powerfully misses the forest for the trees. While, yes, there are some bad teachers, and yes, it is important how to figure out – from a policy perspective – how to recruit more amazing folks into the profession, the conversation is framed in such a way as to miss a major point of what is needed to create healthier, better schools."

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Seating Arrangements with Work Stations

Seating Arrangements with Work Stations | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Seating arrangement of desks in a classroom can have a big impact on the environment and student behavior. Here is one seating arrangement idea that works great for group learning and instructional time.
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How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful

How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Project-based learning continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s time to not only address the flaws in PBL, but to reinvent it in a way that leads to deeper learning, creative inquiry, and a better fit with a collaborative world in which doing and knowing are one thing.
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WeAreTeachers: What Are Students' Biggest Motivation Killers? We Asked Them Point-Blank

WeAreTeachers: What Are Students' Biggest Motivation Killers? We Asked Them Point-Blank | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
With so much talk about student motivation, we often feel like we have the answers. But what if we ask the students themselves what motivates them?
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Research: Collaboration Is Key for Teacher Quality -- THE Journal

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University found in a study of teachers in Miami that collaboration is a significant factor in improving teachers’ ability to impact student learning.
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18 education Twitter chats worth your time

18 education Twitter chats worth your time | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Twitter chats for educators offer free professional learning on your favorite topics and the chance to connect with peers around the world. Here are a handful of the best.
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WeAreTeachers: Your Crash Course on the Science of Well-Being: 6 Great Positive Psychology Books for Teachers

WeAreTeachers: Your Crash Course on the Science of Well-Being: 6 Great Positive Psychology Books for Teachers | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Happiness is booming. Well, the study of happiness at least. Never before have we understood so much about what contributes to human flourishing. Unfortunately, the true gems positive psychology can be hard to find. For anyone interested in teaching (or experiencing) the science of well-being, check out these resources.
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What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching

What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Connecting with people through sincere positive beliefs can influence the brain and open it up for learning possibilities.
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Design Thinking, Making, and Learning From the Heart

Design Thinking, Making, and Learning From the Heart | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
By reflecting on their learning and engaging their senses and empathy, students designed and built models of what they felt would be meaningful WWI memorials.
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Can I Be a Better Teacher Next Fall?

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Can I Be a Better Teacher Next Fall? | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Educator and blogger Richard Curwin reminds us that it's never too early for teachers to consider how they could improve next fall, and offers us six suggestions for getting started now.
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WeAreTeachers: Tips for Measuring & Analyzing Improvement in Your School Culture

WeAreTeachers: Tips for Measuring & Analyzing Improvement in Your School Culture | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
The way to eliminate bullying on your campus is to improve school culture. Here are the questions to ask to analyze your school culture, and where to go from there.
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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.
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The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort

The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Improvement requires change, which often means discomfort. Your school can edge out of its comfort zone by breaking down silos, taking risks, and shifting resources.
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Setting Effective Instructional Priorities for Next Year

Setting Effective Instructional Priorities for Next Year | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Ryan McCarty provides a roadmap for setting - and achieving - effective instructional priorities for next school year.
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The Language of Choice and Support

The Language of Choice and Support | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
For all students, especially those with mental health challenges, the language of empowerment and choice contributes significantly to an environment that helps them grow toward their goals.
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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Check out these five management strategies new teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.
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Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick

Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck's research, which focuses on what makes people seek challenging tasks, persist through difficulty and do well over time, has shown that many girls believe their abilities are fixed, that individuals are born with gifts and can't change.
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Strengthening Parent Partnerships

Strengthening Parent Partnerships | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Photo credit: Kevin Jarrett via flickr (CC BY 2.0)Shira LoewensteinHome-to-School ConnectionsFor effective school-home partnerships, get to know the parents early in the year, get to know the values of each family, and remain consistent and fair.
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Thinking Critically About Practice

Thinking Critically About Practice | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Learn how observing is a powerful tool for professional learning. Teachers define a problem of practice area, observe a lesson and analyze based on actual student evidence to improve their practice.
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Steps to Help Low-Income Students Direct Their Own Learning

Steps to Help Low-Income Students Direct Their Own Learning | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
All kids an benefit from self-directed learning, but students need to learn how to communicate, disagree and create a caring community to make it work.
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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom.
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How to teach students to struggle and fail — productively

How to teach students to struggle and fail — productively | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
The fifth in a series of essays by teachers on the value of allowing students to struggle in class.
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