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How to Build a Better Teacher

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"The natural-born teacher, though, has proven to be a myth. Those studies looking for the personality traits of great teachers? They don’t pan out. Researchers have found that the most effective teachers can be extroverts—or they can just as easily be introverts. Some are humorous, but others are serious. Some are as flexible as rubber; others are as rigid as a ruler. It’s not personality that makes a teacher great, but a specialized body of knowledge that must be learned—and that often goes against what comes naturally. Here are five examples, taken from the findings of the best education researchers, of what great teachers do differently:


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, August 3, 2014 5:41 PM
  • "The best teachers put themselves in their students’ shoes—and grapple with how they arrived at the wrong answer in order to set them right."
  • In American classrooms, students helped initiate the ­solution to a problem in 9 percent of ­lessons; in Japanese classrooms, the figure was 40 ­percent.
  • "Great teachers might need to be mind readers, but children should never have to be."
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Four Classroom Strategies for Integrating Critical Thinking and Kinesthetic Learning

Four Classroom Strategies for Integrating Critical Thinking and Kinesthetic Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Following are four highly effective classroom strategies that fuse critical thinking with kinesthetic learning. Each strategy is designed to spur dialogue, get the oxygen pumping and make the lessons much more dynamic. In particular, struggling learners can benefit from these strategies as they can become frustrated and restless during challenging lessons.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 26, 8:35 AM

Useful ideas that get students up and moving around.

Roberto Aníbal Arce's curator insight, September 28, 9:42 PM
Históricamente hemos separado el cuerpo y la mente, y ciertamente somos seres holísticos (cuerpo, mente, emociones, espíritu, como mínimo), es tiempo de llevarlo a la educación
Carolina Velásquez's curator insight, September 29, 1:12 PM
As the article says, the kinesthetic learning approach emphasis on student-centered;for that reason, teacher sholud implement activities which help the students to engage into the class; for example, the first estrategy " Four Corners", it is excellent if we have to make an interesing activity and take into account the approach and the topic.
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Reciprocal Teaching - A Strategy to Improve Reading Comprehension

Reciprocal Teaching - A Strategy to Improve Reading Comprehension | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One of the best strategies to improve reading comprehension is reciprocal teaching, a teaching strategy involving discussion as well as using reading strategies (summarizing, question generating, clarifying, and predicting) to improve comprehension of text.

Studies have shown that reciprocal teaching greatly influences student comprehension skills. They also found
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How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom

How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Teachers using open educational resources to teach are finding new rewards in the #GoOpen movement.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, July 12, 6:49 PM

Check this out! Thanks to Filomena Gomes.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, July 13, 7:31 AM
Useful post, presenting an interesting concept. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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Supporting students with autism in the classroom: what teachers need to know

Supporting students with autism in the classroom: what teachers need to know | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Teachers' lack of confidence in supporting students with autism calls for a better understanding of the disorder and how it may affect learning.

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Game On! Leadership Lessons Learned From Famous Coaches

Game On! Leadership Lessons Learned From Famous Coaches | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

We know that behind most of these athletes is a highly effective coach. While the athlete is the one who ultimately performs, the coach was undoubtedly there to help facilitate the journey.

There’s a nice analogy here to education, since at a fundamental level, coaches and teachers are trying to do the same thing: help young people realize their full potential. So as we start a new school year, what can we learn from the practices of highly effective coaches?


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8 Basic Steps Of Project-Based Learning To Get You Started - TeachThought

8 Basic Steps Of Project-Based Learning To Get You Started - TeachThought | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The process of designing and implementing project-based learning can be fairly complex. A big part of that complexity is the shift toward inquiry that uncovers learning as you use PBL to flip Bloom’s Taxonomy. With that said, it’s often helpful to break this process down into basic steps to help teachers and schools get started with the caveat that PBL planning and implementation is not a simple, linear process. Readers should keep in mind that some of these “steps” can occur simultaneously as the reality of the messiness of learning and planning for deeper learning kicks in.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, September 16, 5:58 AM
The PBL Chart and the description are helpful, but it made me realize that PD is this area would be necessary for me to implement it in my classroom.
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A Parent's Reflection on School Letter Grades | CTQ #CTQCollab

"... What I am worried about is the consequences that a C rating will have on the choices that her teachers make...."
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Smart Homework: How to Manage & Assess It

Smart Homework: How to Manage & Assess It | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
middle grades teaching expert Rick Wormeli suggests ways to assess take-home assignments and manage the steady paper flow that homework requirements generate.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Cite This For Me - Cite Websites In One Click

Free Technology for Teachers: Cite This For Me - Cite Websites In One Click | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Cite This For Me is a free service designed to help students keep track of the resources that they use in their research work. Cite This For Me offers a free Chrome extension that lets students cite a webpage with just one click. The free extension will format citations in APA, MLA, Harvard, or Chicago style. Students can also use the extension to highlight and save portions of the webpages that they are citing.

All Cite This For Me citations are saved in students' free Cite This For Me accounts. In their account dashboards students can edit citations as well as manually enter citations of books, journals, and other references.

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I also like an extension called REF ME which also provides an annotation tool in addition to bibliographic information.
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8 Good Apps for Visually Impaired Students via @medkh9

8 Good Apps for Visually Impaired Students via @medkh9 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Praising the Process

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Strategy to build a growth mindset in your students: Praise the Process. By focusing on the process instead of the products, students develop skills and continue to learn. Here are tips to bring the growth mindset strategy to your classroom.

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What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking? (EdSurge News)

What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking? (EdSurge News) | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In my last EdSurge article, “Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding,” I wrote about the difference between coding and computer science, to help us understand what we mean by phrases like “Teach kids to code” and “Computer science for all.”In that article and in many other articles, there is another ter

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What Is Web 3.0, Really, and What Does It Mean for Education?

What Is Web 3.0, Really, and What Does It Mean for Education? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Tim O’Reilly, Karen Cator and Shelly Blake-Plock weigh in on why K–12 leaders should care about it and other (r)evolutions in technology.

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk | Cool School Ideas | 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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Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own

Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Neuroscience proves what effective educators have known all along.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 24, 2:31 AM
Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, September 24, 6:29 PM
We are learning so much about how the brain learns! This is amazing but most effective teachers already knew this one.
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Gotta Want It, Gotta Do It: The Motivational and Executional Hurdles to Student Success - Dave Stuart Jr.

Gotta Want It, Gotta Do It: The Motivational and Executional Hurdles to Student Success - Dave Stuart Jr. | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This past summer’s speaking work led me to a clarification in how I think about the character strengths that hang on my ninth grade classroom wall. This is exciting to me because, while my students tend to engage with the reflective or experimental work we do around helping them grow the strengths, I’m not satisfied …
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Lack of Sleep Can Tremendously Affect How Our Brains Deal with Emotions

Lack of Sleep Can Tremendously Affect How Our Brains Deal with Emotions | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Insomnia is a common but highly irritating problem. A new study finds that a person's emotions can be negatively impacted by lack of sleep.

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Darcy Navas's curator insight, September 13, 7:44 AM

I've always had an interest in the psychological field, and this is something that I found extremely interesting. It has to do with insomnia, and it's unbalance on hormones in the human body. It explains how it affects our brain, and the emotions. 

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Tamara Quintana's curator insight, September 13, 8:03 PM

Lack of focus, higher emotions, could be linked to lack of sleep. 

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What is Google classroom?

What is Google classroom? Create your OWN videos on https://explee.com That video has been produced with Explee: http://explee.com. Create animated video

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Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup

Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In this collection of tools and advice from Edutopia and the web, find resources to help you adjust instruction in response to diverse learner needs and interests.
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Some Excellent Back to School Visuals and Posters  via @medkh9

Some Excellent Back to School Visuals and Posters  via @medkh9 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Troy Hicks: Crafting Digital Writing

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A companion site to Troy's Heinemann books , this wiki empowers teachers as they learn how to teach digital writing.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 31, 11:26 AM

Teaching writing online is a natural fit.  Teaching digital writing provides the tools of the trade. Hicks explores the craft with a scholar's eye and a writer's voice.

 

This is a rich WIKI archive of resources supporting Crafting Digital Writing Composing Texts Across Media and Genres

by Troy Hicks.  Enjoy,  sample chapters, expertly curated resource links, example essays -- so many fine ideas!

 

Those interested in crafting a writer's workshop based on 6-traits assessment should consider this great class from UW-Stout: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits.

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WeAreTeachers: 60 Apps to Teach STEAM in the Classroom

WeAreTeachers: 60 Apps to Teach STEAM in the Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
pairing—as kids drag, draw and create they learn more about technology and the world around them. That's why we've gathered 60 of our favorite apps for teaching STEAM in the classroom, with recommendations for every grade level. Read on to get our list!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, September 3, 8:24 PM

Great list - so, so graphics - too much like Comic Sans!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Tools That Help Students Take Notes While Watching Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Tools That Help Students Take Notes While Watching Videos | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Three Tools That Help Students Take Notes While Watching Videos https://t.co/F4BR2cjeqv #digitalcitizenship
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Quick Search Tips for Google, Drive, and Gmail (Downloadable Cheat Sheet) by Jeffrey Bradbury

Quick Search Tips for Google, Drive, and Gmail (Downloadable Cheat Sheet) by Jeffrey Bradbury | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Learn how to become a power searcher in Gmail, Google Drive, and on Google.com using this downloadable cheat sheet. | TeacherCast

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