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Rita Pierson's Funny and Inspiring TED Talk

Rita Pierson's Funny and Inspiring TED Talk | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Rita Pierson died on June 28, 2013 at the age of 61. The lifelong educator kicked off TED Talks Education with an inspiring talk that has been seen by millions.
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Recommended by WendyP....this video clip of about 8 minutes will get you started on the right tone for the school year.

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This is an inspiring way to begin your year. If you get bogged down in the crush of startup, take a look. 

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Education minister drops standardized tests

Education minister drops standardized tests | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
News: National standardized tests harm schools, create 'league table' culture, ministry says in statement. 'We veered from learning to measuring,' Minister Piron claims
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Is this a start of a global trend?

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Hawaii Schools Struggle To Keep New Teachers-Low salaries & high cost of living make it impossible

Hawaii Schools Struggle To Keep New Teachers-Low salaries & high cost of living make it impossible | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Hawaii schools struggle to keep new teachers
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Manage to create a program to help teachers understand the job and the school culture, but economics derails even the best of efforts.

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Do u know what some r saying? Losing Experienced Teachers Is Bad for Schools, Right?

Do u know what some r saying? Losing Experienced Teachers Is Bad for Schools, Right? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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I believe that a fundamental piece of civic discourse is not only knowing what you think is "true" and "right".  But also knowing people on the other side think.  This article will give you that insight.  It's interesting to read and is a good kernal of knowledge to tuck away after you process and know what you think.

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In Sync | Young Adult Authors Collaborate

In Sync | Young Adult Authors Collaborate | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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Great options for your classroom next year....anyone read these?

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More schools allowing students to bring smart phones, tablets to the classroom

More schools allowing students to bring smart phones, tablets to the classroom | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Schools have been wary of allowing students to bring cell phones to class -- with many banning them or only allowing restricted use. But that tide is slowly turning.
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I'm not sure that 73% of my students use phones to complete assignments.....is that true in your room and in your content area.

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A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later

A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
A deal was reached with the family of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells became critical in research after her death from cancer in 1951.
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Real life application about why science class and the humanities (ethics) are important to educating our future citizens.  Consent?  Reimbursement?  Control over your DNA sequence?  Philanthropy?

 

Amazing story that studnets should know and debate?

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8 Great Ideas to MAKE Back to School 2013 Memorable

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Shannon CdeBaca's curator insight, August 28, 2013 6:10 AM

Just the site for those trying to make some meaningful changes to this years start.

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Eight Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

Eight Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.
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Find Your Path through the NGSS

Find Your Path through the NGSS | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Find your path through the new Next Generation Science Standards using the Concord Consortium's interactive pathfinder.
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Another Concord Consortium winner interactive....WOW.  It really helps.

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Do you need 2 update your Tech Vocab...quick infographic 2 bring u up 2 speed

Lebara Mobile offers you low cost international calls and UK calls with your mobile phone. Get a free sim from Lebara Mobile and call abroad at a low standard rate.
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What Induction Coaches Do

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 What Induction Coaches Do   by Dawn Casey-Rowe, Social Studies Teacher and Learnist Evangelist New teachers face many challenges. They are entering the field at one of the most demanding times ever, and turnover is high....

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"The coaches observe and offer suggestions, help teachers design and achieve goals, and give new teachers a sounding board when sticky situations arise. Often new teachers feel insecure asking questions of evaluators, fearing they may not be doing well enough, and that their job could be at risk."

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Why The Brain Benefits From Reflection In Learning

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Why The Brain Benefits From Reflection In Learning

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Paper blogging with my students ...

Paper blogging with my students ... | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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Highly effective...this strategy really helps students understand the difference between the kinds of informal communications they have with each other and what they might use in a more formal setting like school.

 

Time and again, teachers have proved that using something like this paper blogging allows students to learn how to make high quality comments, peer-tutor/edit with each other, and get strategies from looking at each other's work.  Then they are more focused about what they should do once they are working alone in their own blog.

 

This teacher provides an example of that instructional strategy.

 

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How did your summer school program stack up?

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The RAND study shows that it takes at least 6 months to plan a high quality summer school program AND that the programs should operate for 5-6 weeks, 3-4 hours per day in order to have a significant impact on student performance.

 

Do we have the money to do this?  How did your district's summer school program look if you use the bullet points for comparison?

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Mentoring Students to Prevent the 'Summer Slide': Does it work really?

Mentoring Students to Prevent the 'Summer Slide':  Does it work really? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Most students lose a month or more of skills over the summer break. A new program is helping struggling student use that time to move ahead instead.
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Jeb Bush: Eliminate teacher tenure and certification processes

Jeb Bush: Eliminate teacher tenure and certification processes | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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This idea is picking up momentum in the popular culture.....question is.....is that what we want for our profession?  Or do we want to change the conversation to our own ways of reforming? 

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Crafting Digital Writing Webinar Archive

Crafting Digital Writing Webinar Archive | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Aired: June 18, 2013 With so many possibilities for creating and capturing students’ digital compositions, how can we invite them to document all their learning? How can they design an effective we...
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Thinking about how to improve your writing pedagogy for this school year?  Take a look at this archive for loads of good ideas to incorporate.

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Amazing PD courses 2 learn:PBS TeacherLine

Amazing PD courses 2 learn:PBS TeacherLine | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
PBS TeacherLine is the premier online professional development resource delivering courses online for PreK-12 teachers.
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Have you seen this?  Check out the self-pace courses and the schedule to see what might help you up your teaching practice for 2013-2014.

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Big Problem: Why Aren’t More Girls Attracted To Physics?

Big Problem:  Why Aren’t More Girls Attracted To Physics? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Even as the gender divide in some areas of science has diminished, a stubborn gap has persisted in high school physics.
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It's all about role models...so how will get more of these in front of children?

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Catherine Cronin's comment, August 12, 2013 8:25 AM
Thanks for sharing this, Marsha. The under-representation of women in physics, engineering & computer science/IT is a persistent problem. I did research on this in the mid-1990s (examining the previous 20 years of research!). The key to addressing this issue is changing culture, i.e. changing the masculine culture of physics & tech subjects, academic departments and workplaces. Of course, all of these are socially constructed. In my view, the problem with focusing solely on role models is that this usually means asking the few women physicists/engineers/etc. (the 15%) to act as role models/mentors for girls & younger women, without requiring the majority of physicists/engineers/etc. (the 85%) to change at all! Thus the culture does not change. The so-called "leaky pipeline" of women out of tech subjects is testament to this.
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The NEW Remind101 iPhone Teacher App

The NEW Remind101 iPhone Teacher App | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Earlier this summer we released the latest version of our Android app. Afterwards, we got a lot of responses asking for some iOS love. Today we’re happy to share that the love has arrived!
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Will you be using something like this in your classroom this year?  Upping the embedded technology?  Or does your district disallow this kinds of digital tools?

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20 Ways to Influence People at Work

20 Ways to Influence People at Work | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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Good advice...maybe we should print this out and put it by our desk to read every morning.

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PBS LearningMedia: Keeping up with the Jones'

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Amazing resources for fre....PBS has changed their website so be sure to take 10 minutes to review and get up to speed with the changes.

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Planning to Meet CCSS Grade Level Literacy Standards

Planning to Meet CCSS Grade Level Literacy Standards | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Do any of those questions sound familiar? I spent this week with some fabulous teachers working on the Iowa Core Writing Standards. Did we work on all of them? No! Did we talk about all of them?...


Via Darren Burris, Mary Clark, Kim Muncie, Robinson Elementary School
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Overwhelming???  Maybe.  But there are ways in which to consider this in small enough size pieces that make sense.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 5, 2013 8:15 AM

A teacher thinking aloud about CCSS implementation.  Sharing this blog post to show how ELA teachers are working with the standards.

Wendi Pillars's curator insight, August 13, 2013 4:32 PM

Lots of good links on this sight, also.

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The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
What if long-term success doesn't really have that much to do with your potential? A look at recent research that debunks talent in favor of true grit.

Via Robinson Elementary School
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Are you working on teaching students how to hang in there...and overcome obstacles?  I am.  This is a good starter article.  Relevant for anyone involved in CCSS, MakerEd and/or PBL.

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