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A collection of relevant articles and essays for the DeMatha Catholic High School faculty.
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A Primer on Education’s Hottest New Buzzwords

A Primer on Education’s Hottest New Buzzwords | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
What terms like “grit,” “mindsets,” and “stereotype threat” actually mean in the classroom.
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Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away…

Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away… | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement. I am …
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The Editor of Forbes on Grit

The Editor of Forbes on Grit | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
If you're not pretty or smart don't worry. Intelligence doesn't determine success. Emotional intelligence is more important than general intelligence, but hard work is more important than both. Jus...
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Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School

Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
Teachers at a Norwegian school use video games to teach everything from language and literature, to ethics, art, and science.
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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many (though certainly not most) classrooms.
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Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
With delivery of instruction, one size does not fit all. John McCarthy launches his differentiated instruction series by busting three common myths about DI.
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What the Internet is Doing to Young Minds

What the Internet is Doing to Young Minds | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
87% of US teachers think the internet is creating a distracted generation. Is it really true?
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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
"Active learning" boosts grades, reduces failure rates in undergraduate STEM classes, concludes major review
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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof. Here he shares the science of why storytelling is so uniquely powerful.
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And Now, a Few Words By Way of Conclusion ...

And Now, a Few Words By Way of Conclusion ... | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
In teaching, as in writing, how you end each class period is as important as how you begin it.
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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading
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How To Be Efficient: Dan Ariely's 6 New Secrets To Managing Your Time

How To Be Efficient: Dan Ariely's 6 New Secrets To Managing Your Time | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
Duke professor and bestselling author Dan Ariely reveals research backed insights on how to be efficient with your time at work and at home.
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John Hattie's 10 Myths about Student Achievement

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Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute, John Hattie, shares his 10 myths about student achievement.
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Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This... Then...

Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This... Then... | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
It is the responsibility of all educators to model good digital citizenship for their students. Especially when it comes to copyright, plagiarism and intellectual property. The waters are murky. No...
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Here’s why I never have to teach anything boring again

Here’s why I never have to teach anything boring again | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
I wish I could say that’s because of my teaching panache as a visual journalism professor at UMass Amherst. But the reason is more universal. By creating a blended learning classroom—and incorporating external Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)—I can now confidently outsource what’s boring, remedial, monotonous and binary to self-guided online lessons. This works. After...
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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be …
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Learning That Lasts: Helping Students Remember and Use What You Teach

Learning That Lasts: Helping Students Remember and Use What You Teach | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
How often do you hear the following sentiments from students?
• “I won’t ever use anything I am learning in this class, but I have to take it to graduate.”
• “I don’t care about this class. I just need a passing grade.”
• “I can’t remember anything I learned in that class.”

Granted, not all classes cover interesting material—or at least material that’s of interest to students who may be there only to fulfill a requirement. While we can’t change what needs to be taught, we can change how we deliver it. If we make the right adjustments to our course design and teaching methodologies, we will hear less complaining in our classes. So, what can we do to achieve higher levels of student satisfaction and long-term learning that lasts far beyond the end of our class?
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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material
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Response: Practical Ideas To Help Students & Teachers Stay Organized

Response: Practical Ideas To Help Students & Teachers Stay Organized | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
(This is the first post in a two-part series on this topic) This week's question is: What are the best ways to help students keep their work organized and for teachers to keep their classroom organized? Today, I'll be sharing guest responses from three educators -- Julia Thompson, Ariel Sacks and Gini Cunningham. Part Two in this series will include contributions from two more teachers, along with comments from readers (there's still plenty of time to contribute your suggestions!). In addition, you can listen to a ten-minute podcast on this subject where I talk with Julia and Ariel. Before we...
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Why PowerPoint Presentations Always Die After 10 Minutes And How To Rescue Them

Why PowerPoint Presentations Always Die After 10 Minutes And How To Rescue Them | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
Don’t give your audience a chance to get bored at your next presentation. Pay attention to the 10-minute rule and your audience will pay attention to you.
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Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests

Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
Researchers find that students’ reading comprehension was lower when they read books on electronic devices.
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All Work, No Play: Why High School Students Should Have Fun

All Work, No Play: Why High School Students Should Have Fun | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
In this post, Sarah Fine asks why we see play as so central for young children and again for creative professional work, but treat high schools as play-free zones. She argues for why we should care about playful adolescence, and gives several examples of schools that are realizing these goals in practice.
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12 things we know about how the brain works

12 things we know about how the brain works | DeMatha Faculty Forum | Scoop.it
If workplaces had nap rooms, multitasking was frowned upon, and meetings were held during walks, we'd be vastly more productive
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