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Collaboration as a Change Force: The Power of "Know How" over "Have To"

Every educator has had them: the “ah-ha” moments that happen when teachers pool their collective expertise to crack a tough instructional problem. Maybe it happens in a grade level or depa
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Dialogue is central to learning from preschool to adulthood.  Focus on classroom discourse:  teachers and students using oral communication skills for learnng.
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The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning

The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Learning How to Knit I’ve been a knitter since my best friend in college first gave me a set of needles and taught me the basic stitches. This was back in 2002. When I first started out, I needed a lot

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Collaborative learning

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Note to Self:  Pedagogy and Personal Relationships... then performance tasks and needed technilogy

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learntolearn » Blog Archive » Mistakes: One Key to Learning How to Learn

learntolearn » Blog Archive » Mistakes: One Key to Learning How to Learn | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
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Dialogue between teacher and learner and among learners

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A teacher leading the way

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The Construction Zone | Stenhouse

The Construction Zone | Stenhouse | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Instructional scaffolding is an essential part of teaching literacy. But what is scaffolding exactly? What does it look like in a classroom, and how can we improve the ways we use it? Despite its prominence in the repertoire of teaching strategies, scaffolding remains a vague concept for many teachers. In essence, scaffolding is the idea of supporting students as they build independence. In The Construction Zone, Terry Thompson identifies four critical processes to deepen your understanding and improve your practice of instructional scaffolding:
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I am not promoting his book, but I do think we need to look critically at the concept of "scaffolding."

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PD: From epic fail to epic sail @impactfulcoach

PD: From epic fail to epic sail @impactfulcoach | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
During my years in school administration, I often had mixed feelings about scheduling professional development in-service workshops. On one hand, I recog
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What do teachers, parents, providers have to say about professional development?

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How to actually get something out of parent-teacher conferences

How to actually get something out of parent-teacher conferences | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
It’s that time of year. Kids have been in school for a while, and now you get about 15 minutes with their teacher to talk about ... what, exactly?
Parent-teacher conferences can be confusing. They’re rushed, with parents lingering to ask questions and more hovering at the door.
But education researchers...
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Dialogue: Central to Learning.

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8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more | The Cornerstone

8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more | The Cornerstone | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
If you do fewer teacher-directed activities, that means the kids will naturally do more talking, doesn't it? Not necessarily. I have often found myself talking
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Parent-Teacher Conferences ... or Collaborative Conversations? | Edutopia

Parent-Teacher Conferences ... or Collaborative Conversations? | Edutopia | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
For productive parent-teacher conferences, teachers can team up with students' families, encouraging them to take a more active role in driving the conversation.
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Conversing helps language development more than reading alone

Conversing helps language development more than reading alone | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Adult-child conversations have a more significant impact on language development than exposing children to language through one-on-one reading alone, according to a new study in the July issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Thanks for these links to Annie Murphy Paul

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Good Talk: Raising Smart Learners Through Rich Conversations

Good Talk: Raising Smart Learners Through Rich Conversations | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Many studies show that engaging in reciprocal back-and-forth conversations gives children a chance to try out language for themselves, and also gives them the sense that their thoughts and opinions matter.
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Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher

Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Forget about all the vague, superficial information out there. Edutopia blogger Terry Heick cuts to the chase with 19 meaningful questions parents can ask their children's teachers at the beginning of the school year.
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Seesaw: The Learning Journal - YouTube

Please join myself and +Jonna Mcgaughy a Kindergarten teacher from Georgia and +Angela Gadtke as they share how they use Seesaw to connect and engage with th...
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Giving children a voice!  I really hope you take 30 minutes to watch this.  I would want all of the children I know to have this kindergarten experience.

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Oral Language Matters Short Videos

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Oral Language Matters Videos

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Classroom Storybook Reading: The Creation of Texts and Learning Opportunities

Classroom Storybook Reading: The Creation of Texts and Learning Opportunities | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
By William H Teale in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Literacy.
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Teale does such good work on early language and literacy skills.

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Family Stories - Vermont Family Network

Family Stories - Vermont Family Network | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Family stories from Vermont Family Network.
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Families...essential to dialogue about learning.

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In This Classroom, Knowledge Is Overrated

In This Classroom, Knowledge Is Overrated | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Can the internet redesign the way students learn?
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I love this idea, and I wonder what kind of dialogue skills kids have and need for this kind of learning?  How do we assess that and provide the right kind of instruction for dialogic learning?

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Frances's curator insight, November 7, 2015 3:30 PM

I love this idea, but I wonder how many kids are ready for this kind of self directed learning.  And if not, how do we help them to get ready?

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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies | Cult of Pedagogy

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies | Cult of Pedagogy | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging.
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a concise guide to the science of learning

a concise guide to the science of learning | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
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What if we started a dialogue about these principles of learning with kids in grades 4-12?

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Frances's curator insight, October 12, 2015 10:23 AM

Do you think these principles of learning apply to k-12 school as well?

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Personalize Learning: Why is Change and Transforming Education so Complex?

Personalize Learning: Why is Change and Transforming Education so Complex? | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Change is complex. This post describes the process and the five reasons and reactions that people might have to change.
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Frances's curator insight, September 4, 2015 11:04 AM

A question worth thinking about.  What has your experience with change  in education been?

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Parenting, Politics, and Social Mobility

Parenting, Politics, and Social Mobility | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
The deep divides in American education, from pre-kindergarten to post-graduate, threaten to create a class-based society as advantage and disadvantage are inherited to a degree that undermines our claims to be open and fair. Beyond education, though, Richard Reeves, Isabel Sawhill and Kimberly Howard discuss how the parenting gap is a major and overlooked factor in the opportunity gap.
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Unlock Learning by Improving Oral Fluency

Unlock Learning by Improving Oral Fluency | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Of all the ways educators can improve learning in their classrooms, "the Number 1 way is to strengthen students’ speaking and listening skills and habits," writes teaching coach and literacy expert...
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New Beginnings....

New Beginnings.... | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
As summer starts to fade away I am thinking about another wonderful year inside/outside of Kindergarten.  What will it be like? How will I connect and engage alongside my students and families?  Wh...
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Parents' Guides to Student Success - For Parents - National PTA

Parents' Guides to Student Success - For Parents - National PTA | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
Created by teachers, parents, education experts and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.
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Two way communication is essential to a child's success.

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Podcast: School Success Starts in Infancy

Podcast: School Success Starts in Infancy | Dialogue and Learning | Scoop.it
In this show Dr. Lally talks about why we should take a closer look at supporting infants if we want our children to succeed in school. Dr. Lally discusses th
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