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Embracing Messy Learning

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I am slowly learning to embrace the struggles that students experience as they engage with authentic work. If I don't allow learning to be messy, I eliminate authentic experiences for students as thinkers and creators. I find it important to regularly remind myself that frustration leads to insights and that learning is not necessarily the equivalent of mastery.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 2014 9:46 PM

Learning is messy. It is a recurring process which is always recommencing itself.

 

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magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 9, 2014 4:24 AM

The article is good, but what I really love is the term "messy learning" itself. So much teaching in school has the ideal of creating clairity and being systematic in every part of the learning process. But that is simply not how learning happens. We need to embrace the messyness!

Josh Round's curator insight, August 10, 2014 12:08 PM

The messy learning described here mirrors the struggles and frustrations our Learners face in communicative classrooms - a inherent part of the process of learning a language.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Inspirational Teachers

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What inspired you to become an educator? For many people, an exceptional teacher can inspired a lifelong interest in education. This video playlist collects stories of inspiring educators across the country.
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Class Games For Secondary Students - Fun Class Games

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Sometimes High School classes can be mundane and boring. However, if you play these games in class your students will love you!
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33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom

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I came across a great blog post the other day – Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think – that told the firsthand account of a teacher, Steven Anderson, who implemented formative assessment in his classroom.


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Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

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Studies confirm the wisdom of teaching social skills first: Children who feel well-liked settle down to learn better in class, and go on to do better in life.

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Teaching in Room 6: First Day of School....the Lesson Plans

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For me, one of my biggest summer stressers is getting my first day of school planned out.  I always want to make sure that I have enough activity to keep the kids engaged and occupied, but I also want to set up my rules and set the tone for our year long classroom culture.   It is tough balancing classroom management, rigorous academic pursuits, and fun.  (I mean, I do want the kids to WANT to come back :) )  So over the years, I have tried my hardest to refine what I do on the first day of school so that we are productive and exciting, all rolled into one.

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Todd on Twitter: "Infographic on Observation Look Fors via @INPLI1 http://t.co/8Iiv0mVuVh"

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Musings from the Middle School: Practicing What You Pin: Textmapping

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50 web tools and mobile apps for showcasing student work - Daily Genius

50 web tools and mobile apps for showcasing student work - Daily Genius | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Students create a wide variety of material on a regular basis. There are a lot of ways that they can showcase their work and what better opportunity is there than web tools and mobile apps?... Continue reading...

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Learn to Code - Do it For the Kids -Teacher Tech @alicekeeler

Learn to Code - Do it For the Kids -Teacher Tech @alicekeeler | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"There is a shortage of people who know how to program. These are high quality, high paying jobs. How do we encourage students to learn how to code? Learning to programming not only is a skill that is in high demand, it is also incredibly useful. We have all wished we had an app or a program that would do a particular thing that is specific to ourselves. I know some HTML and some JavaScript and Google Apps Script and it is amazing what you can do with just a little knowledge"


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Mrs. Robinson's Classroom Blog: Meaningful First Week Activities

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How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students

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Play is often the domain of young children, but as those kids become teens, learning playfully maintains its importance, especially as academics and competitive sports take over.
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10 Truths About Building School Teams

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School teams need time to develop their what, why, and how as well as to develop relationships.
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Create an Almost Famous Chat with the SMS Generator

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Yeah, we all know how much students like to text, right? So, why not take advantage of the SMS Generator, a nifty online generator that mimics the real thing. This cool tool---part of the suite of ...

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Using the science of motivation to guide you through rapid change

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When your organization and people are challenged with impending doom—I mean, impending change—leaders often stick their heads in the sand and hope it passes. Yes, it will pass, but your organizatio...

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Project-Based Learning Research: Annotated Bibliography

Project-Based Learning Research: Annotated Bibliography | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Dig deeper into the specific articles, studies, and reports included in our project-based learning research review.

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What leadership lessons are you taking away?

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I have worked under some amazing principals. In my five years as an AP, I worked under three very different, very lauded administrators, in three completely different environments. Looking back now, I am SO thankful for how different they all were, because I know I am even more prepared than your average bear, er, I mean, principal.


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Teacher Statistics: How Teachers Make a Difference

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You know that bumper sticker that says, “If you can read this, thank a teacher”? It’s the literal truth. While most of us spend more time thinking about reality TV stars and pro athletes, teachers are among the few people who truly affect our ...

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Tiziana Rosanna Iozzi's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:37 AM

Un insegnante ha il ruolo di un mentore, è un modello, sa aiutare i ragazzi nelle difficoltà e li incoraggia a seguire i loro sogni... A chi di voi è capitata la fortuna di conoscerne almeno uno/a nella vita?

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:56 PM

I had the opportunity to tell my first grade teacher thank you 5 years ago. She actually had kept my first grade picture all these years. My teachers were great and school was my favorite place and I excelled there. So thanks to all the teachers that I did not get to thank. :-)

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Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!: Daily Lesson Objectives: More Than Just Wallpaper in your Classroom

Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!: Daily Lesson Objectives: More Than Just Wallpaper in your Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
... How can I make my lesson objectives board more than just wallpaper in my classroom?
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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

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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 Reading & Writing Project - Five Quick Things Teachers Can Do to Increase Vocabulary Awareness

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Give Them Something to Talk About-Promoting Student Discourse in the Mathematics Classroom

Give Them Something to Talk About-Promoting Student Discourse in the Mathematics Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
On Alex’s first day of Algebra class at his new school, the teacher projected a graph on the screen and asked the students to make a list of everything they notice about the graph.  After an appropriate   amount of time, she asked the students to...

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William Muller's curator insight, July 24, 2:44 PM

This is a very good example of a teacher engaging every student, the students doing most of the speaking; articulating what they see or understand, and having the students bring it together while using critical thinking skills to formulate their arguments to support their reasoning. Bravo to all teachers who step outside of the traditional...Bravo!