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Homework Help, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Online Almanac | Fact Monster

Homework Help, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Online Almanac | Fact Monster | collaboration | Scoop.it
Fact Monster is a free reference site for students, teachers, and parents. Get homework help and find facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, biography, education, and health.
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100 Word Challenge - Creative writing for young people

100 Word Challenge - Creative writing for young people | collaboration | Scoop.it
Creative writing for young people
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This is exactly how society kills our creativity – in a breathtaking short film

This is exactly how society kills our creativity – in a breathtaking short film | collaboration | Scoop.it
There’s an aching difference between an adult and the child the adult once was. When I was a small child I wanted to be a…

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 20, 2:23 PM

Well, yes. But this suggests that somehow "society" is a nameless, faceless thing. Every human being is a part of society so how we encourage creativity, how we choose to be who we are, how we support those who are not the same as us and who add beauty to our lives makes a difference in how "society" influence what others think and do.

Mark Cottee's curator insight, August 20, 7:14 PM
Been around for awhile but I seemed to have missed it. 
hayley peluchette's curator insight, August 21, 10:45 AM

Everyone should take 2 minutes to watch this beautiful, brilliant short to remind us why we do the jobs we do! 

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12 Good Word Cloud Generators for Teachers and Students

12 Good Word Cloud Generators for Teachers and Students | collaboration | Scoop.it
A word cloud is a visual representation of the frequencies of words in a text. Teachers can use word clouds for a variety of instructional purposes from creating class groups using students' names to reflecting on lesson plans, this article from 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning Blog outlines over a 100 creative ways you can use word clouds with students in class. Now that you have an idea of the educational and pedagogical potential of word clouds in class instruction, here are some of our favourite web tools an iPad apps we uncovered from our archive which you can utilize to easily generate and share word clouds.

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Skills For Today: Collaboration - P21

Skills For Today: Collaboration - P21 | collaboration | Scoop.it
Education researchers at Pearson teamed up with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) to conduct a review of the research literature on the importance of collaboration skills for employers, as well as how to teach and assess these skills in K-12 and higher-ed
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IMPS | Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards

Explore this site to learn more about the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) and how they can be connected to the content standards. Use our Illustrations, centered on student dialogues, to see the Standards for Mathematical Practice in action.
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Student Interest Surveys: Getting to Know You | Scholastic

Student Interest Surveys: Getting to Know You | Scholastic | collaboration | Scoop.it
Download my student interest survey and hand it out to your students at the beginning of a school year. Use their responses to guide your instruction the rest of the year. 


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Helping Your Students Identify Their Values

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Have your students write about the principles they want to live by, using these prompts to help them get started.
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13 Must-Watch TED Talks to Spark Student Discussions - WeAreTeachers

13 Must-Watch TED Talks to Spark Student Discussions - WeAreTeachers | collaboration | Scoop.it
We curated the TED talks students will love! Use this playlist to engage students in meaningful conversations and spark inspiration!
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4 Ways to Encourage a Growth Mindset in the Classroom - EdSurge News

4 Ways to Encourage a Growth Mindset in the Classroom - EdSurge News | collaboration | Scoop.it

Contrary to popular belief, high achievement isn’t merely a product of talent and ability.


In fact, our internal beliefs about our ow
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Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

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Six key rules for student engagement include making it meaningful, fostering efficacy, autonomy support, collaborative learning, establishing positive teacher-student relationships, and mastery orientations.

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This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun

This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun | collaboration | Scoop.it
Katrina Schwartz has written an excellent article over at MindShift headlined How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea. She’s done a masterful job o…
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Five Sentence Challenge - Creative writing for those starting their journey

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Creative writing for those starting their journey
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Belouga | Connecting the World through Education

Belouga | Connecting the World through Education | collaboration | Scoop.it
Belouga is a web based educational platform that connects classrooms around the world. Our mission is to encourage intercultural communication to create a better tomorrow.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 28, 3:48 AM

A great platform to link up classrooms across the world.

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Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter - Edutopia

Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter - Edutopia | collaboration | Scoop.it
In the age of technology, when students use online databases for home research and when Khan Academy tutorials personalize learning, why does the 21st-century student come to school?

They come to see their friends. They come for the community. They come to be part of a classroom culture that motivates them to stick with the online tutorial and write that last paragraph in an essay.

For my first seven years of teaching, I spent the first week discussing class norms, dutifully posting group expectations on the wall, and asking that students sign an agreement to follow them in an effort to "determine class culture."

Turns out there's a quicker, more fun way to establish a positive atmosphere. With a little reinforcement, this positive culture lasts past the honeymoon of the first two weeks and into the second quarter when the gloves come off.

The secret is improv games. I call them warm-ups and play them once a week at the beginning of class. Many students tell me that warm-ups are the best part of their day.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 22, 9:41 AM
Love love these "warm ups" and can visualize using them throughout the school year. Work with your peers to develop a large inventory.
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16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom

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Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

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I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer. The one thing almost all of them have in common is yelling out, “I can’t do this” when the tasks aren’t completed upon first attempts or get a little too difficult for them. I partially blame this on the way most school curriculum is structured. Too much school curriculum is based on paper for quick and one shot learning experiences (or the comparable online worksheets). Students are asked to do worksheets on paper, answer end-of-chapter questions on paper, write essays on paper, do math problems on paper, fill in the blanks on paper, and pick the correct answer out of a multiple choice set of answers on paper. These tasks are then graded as to the percentage correct and then the teacher moves onto the next task.

So it is no wonder that when learners are given hands-on tasks such as those common to maker education, STEM, and STEAM, they sometimes struggle with their completion. Struggles are good. Struggles with authentic tasks mimics real life so much more than completing those types of tasks and assessments done at most schools.

Problems like yelling out, “I can’t do this” arise when the tasks get a little too difficult, but ultimately are manageable. I used to work with delinquent kids within Outward Bound-type programs. Most at-risk kids have some self-defeating behaviors including those that result in personal failure. The model for these types of programs is that helping participants push past their self-perceived limitations results in the beginnings of a success rather than a failure orientation. This leads into a success building upon success behavioral cycle.

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 2, 2:36 PM
It's important to help students to develop the skills to bridge the gap between not being able to do something right now and the journey to being able do it once skills are developed. 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2:25 PM
Metocognition is a skill students can use to reflect on their learning. Peers learning together and helping each other is beneficial.

Something I did was asked students to tell me what they understood about their learning. It told me where the gaps were. They know what they know, but not what they don't know.

Costa and Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind is a good resource to use with students.
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The Real Value of Emotional Intelligence Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Real Value of Emotional Intelligence Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | collaboration | Scoop.it
Having a high EQ will get you a lot farther in life than you might expect. Check out the Real Value of Emotional Intelligence Infographic to find out more.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 27, 6:43 PM
People with high EQs succeed. In interviews, the interviewer is really asking, "Do I want to work with this person?" We are fundamentally relational is nature. The people most in tune with this reality naturally win our affections and trust. The good news is, EQ can be acquired through practice and reflection.
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Four Student Misconceptions about Learning

Four Student Misconceptions about Learning | collaboration | Scoop.it
Students harbor some fairly serious misconceptions that undermine their efforts to learn. Stephen Chew identifies four of them, which we outline here.
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Read this Book: The Space: A Guide for Educators - @DianaLRendina

Read this Book: The Space: A Guide for Educators - @DianaLRendina | collaboration | Scoop.it
When educators and designers get together to write a book on learning spaces, amazing things happen.  Many books on learning space design focus on lots of gorgeous photos of expensively renovated school environments, language to use with architects or projects that are amazing, but not always easy to replicate.  The Space takes a different approach.  There are many beautiful pictures to be sure.  But this book is more about creating a new mindset.  A mindset that focuses on intentional design and putting your students’ needs first.  What I love about this book is that it can apply to any educational space, be it classroom, library, makerspace, lab, etc.  And the ideas are doable on any budget.  Here are some of my favorite takeaways:

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Marci Milius's curator insight, July 24, 9:45 AM
Love this book!  I use it in many presentations. Great for starting the process of transforming a spaces.  Keeps the focus on student centered learning.
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8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century | collaboration | Scoop.it
Best content around OER Digital Divide selected by the EdTech Update community.
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Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions

Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions | collaboration | 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 question 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…

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, June 29, 9:37 AM
Love it! Learners should develop their own essential questions

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 4, 1:39 PM
I asked my students to mine for questions. We talked about their questions. Questions, without asumed answers, structure conversation and dialogue.
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Why Growth Mindset Isn’t Working in Schools…Yet - EdSurge News

Why Growth Mindset Isn’t Working in Schools…Yet - EdSurge News | collaboration | Scoop.it

The incredible research by Carol Dweck and her colleagues on the
power of mindset in learning has become pervasive in education. The concept o
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5 ways teachers can improve student learning based on current brain research

5 ways teachers can improve student learning based on current brain research | collaboration | Scoop.it
The brain is an experience-dependent organ. From our very earliest days, the brain begins to map itself to our world as we experience it through our senses. The mapping is vague and fuzzy at first, like a blurred photograph or an un-tuned piano. However, the more we interact with the world, the more well-defined our brain maps become until they are fine-tuned and differentiated. But each person’s map will vary, with some sensory experiences more distinct than others depending on the unique experiences and the clarity and frequency of the sensations he or she has experienced.

Educators can positively influence students’ learning by understanding how the brain is shaped by their early experiences—and how it can be rewired and reorganized to work more quickly and efficiently.

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