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Grab Bag Of Awesome

Grab Bag Of Awesome | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

While Dan Meyers is writing about math, you'll love his approach to wrong answers.  Why can't more of us see the power of wrong answers?

 

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Montessori and Khan | Change Agency

Montessori and Khan | Change Agency | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
A mom's perspective broadened my view......Let me begin by saying that while I do view Khan Academy as an additional learning resource, I am not a mindless cheerleader for Khan Academy and I do get a bit irritated by some of the glowing, uncritical praise heaped on it by the media. Having said that, I was a bit intrigued this week to learn that one of the Montessori teachers at my kids school is planning to use it with some of his students over the summer.
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How Canada Is Closing the Achievement Gap

How Canada Is Closing the Achievement Gap | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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Why Teachers Should be Included in Education Policy-Making

Why Teachers Should be Included in Education Policy-Making | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
When making decisions about how to run our schools, teachers are often absent from the conversation. What will we do about this? How can teachers become that pro-active voice?
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annenamuth's comment, May 31, 2012 8:46 AM
Teachers are overwhelmed by what they need to do and are asked to do. I've found that when I volunteer for a committee or a study group, it feels like the decisions have been made and teachers are going through the motions acting like we have influence on those decisions. To become a pro-active voice, teachers need to be a part of a group that will help them and support them in being a teacher leader. Teachers need to get a step ahead of other decision makers. Lead. Not follow.
ratzelster's comment, May 31, 2012 11:33 PM
Leading with ideas for how to help bring about positive change....do you think most teachers know how to fulfill this role? Would you say that most teachers are good negotiators, one of the important tools of a reform policy leader?
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Education Leaders Collaborate to Transform the Teaching Profession

Education Leaders Collaborate to Transform the Teaching Profession | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

"For the State and school district teams journeying to Cincinnati, collaboration is an essential “part of the job”—and one that helps them meet the needs of both teachers and students."

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Why Should Teachers become Teacher Leaders?

Why Should Teachers become Teacher Leaders? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Erin Kelly, guest blogger for Patrick Ledesma's Leading from the Classroom, shares her three big reasons a teacher should consider leadership.  Do they match up with yours?

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How Will We Read: In Schools?

How Will We Read: In Schools? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

How must the role of the school library and the school librarian evolve in the 21st century school? With money issues, technology's rapid evolution and the increase need for expanding literacy...what will libraries and library media specialists do to change with the times?

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What Can Voucher Fans Learn from the Space X Mission? - The Tempered Radical

What Can Voucher Fans Learn from the Space X Mission? - The Tempered Radical | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Bill wonders about the lessons we can learn from Space X....is this kind of innovation a win-win for the public and lessons to be transferred to education?  Or not?

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Education experts disagree on importance of school class size - The Denver Post

Education experts disagree on importance of school class size - The Denver Post | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
This article will call into question lots of things teachers assume are given beliefs about class size and teacher effectiveness. There are some important ideas to consider and to figure out what you think & believe. Forewarned is forearmed.
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School Conditions that help foster teacher leadership

What do these characteristics look like in your school, district and community?
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What Schools Can Learn from Summer Camps

What Schools Can Learn from Summer Camps | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
When the pressure is off grades and performance, kids focus on learning for the sake of learning, not to show off what they know, writes Annie Murphy Paul in this interesting post about a study examining the lasting effects of summer camp.
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The Web Is Not a Data Stream, It’s a LIFE Stream :: Social Media Students

The Web Is Not a Data Stream, It’s a LIFE Stream :: Social Media Students | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
"You matter!". The most important message students can hear....do you agree on how we can do that?
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Denver Teachers Take Stock of Evaluation Options

Hear real teachers analyze how job performance could be accurately and fairly measured?
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This is Your Life: A Mid-Life Dream Check, Part One

This is Your Life: A Mid-Life Dream Check, Part One | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Jennifer Barnett shares a tried and true winner...taking time to reflect.  It's a good piece to help touch what makes us know what we know and why we know it!!!

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John Seely Brown talks about tinkering and play in learning

How do teachers incorporate play into learning?
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The Paradigm Shift

What change in thinking do you see on your horizon?
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Are we asking the right questions?

Are we asking the right questions? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Questioning is a lifeskill that does take a lifetime to perfect.  But it's never too early to get started.  Read about Dan Rothstein's ideas on how to get this going.

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TEDxNYED - April 28, 2012 - Jose Vilson

Jose Vilson is a math teacher, math instructional coach, and data analyst in an NYC Public School. Here he speaks teacher voice, esp. on the release of VAM data and its significance (or lack of significance.)
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Creating conditions for Common Core | EdNewsColorado

Creating conditions for Common Core | EdNewsColorado | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Teacher Mark Sass says teachers can implement Common Core Standards successfully if they and district administrators create the right conditions.  Sounds like what Rod Powell had to say a few months ago in his writing.  Great minds think alike!

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The Coming Meltdown in College Education & Why The Economy Won’t Get Better Any Time Soon

The Coming Meltdown in College Education & Why The Economy Won’t Get Better Any Time Soon | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Mark Cuban sounds off on higher education and college loan debt " Remember the housing meltdown ? Tough to forget isn’t it. The formula for the housing boom and bust was simple."  He sees that happening with colleges.  Agree with him or disagree....but it's interesting to read what a billionaire thinks about how we pay for higher education.  What implications will trickle down to K12?

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Study: How Local Businesses Should Influence Education Reform

Study: How Local Businesses Should Influence Education Reform | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
This study advocates for business involvement with local school boards. It's interesting to note they advise steering away from decisions involving teaching & curriculum....rather staying focused on areas that overlap between business and the running of a bigger district. Is this how you see business becoming viable partners? What can and should teachers do to help this conversation?
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Adam Savage: Permission to Make

Adam Savage: Permission to Make | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Is your school still letting students make things even if the learning is messy, nonlinear and not tested? Here's a great video that tells you why you should if you're not!
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Follow-Up: In PD, Showing Better Than Telling

Follow-Up: In PD, Showing Better Than Telling | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Jessica Shy has been out of the classroom and managing adults for the past five years. And yet, everything she says she knows about adult management and coaching I learned from my middle schoolers. Who would believe this? I would, but then I'm a middle school teacher. Do these lessons apply to all teacher wisdom?
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Teachers’ summers off squeezed by second jobs, training

Teachers’ summers off squeezed by second jobs, training | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Is your summer squeezed in the way this article suggests?
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annenamuth's comment, May 31, 2012 8:52 AM
It's true. More people in the general public need to understand it. Thank you for sharing.
ratzelster's comment, May 31, 2012 11:29 PM
What do you think is the best way to get people into the "know"?
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Illinois teachers offer ideas on effective evaluation methods

Teachers come together to propose pragmatic ways in which teacher evaluations could be done better.
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