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4 Ways to Get Truly Honest Feedback From Employees - Entrepreneur

4 Ways to Get Truly Honest Feedback From Employees - Entrepreneur | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
While positive feedback encourages people to continue doing what they do well, it's the constructive feedback that helps people -- and businesses -- grow.
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Feedback is a valuable resource for improving customer service.   This article introduces the concept of using Feedback Coaches to elicit responses from employees making the process less impersonal

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Lesson Study in Maths – The Experience of 3 Teachers | Class ...

Lesson Study in Maths – The Experience of 3 Teachers | Class ... | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Maths teacher and 'Learning Innovator' Shane Borrett, has led a group of 3 maths teachers through a cycle of lesson study. His account of this process follows. The Japanese have one of the best education systems in the ...
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Facilitation First | Introverts And Extroverts: Myers-Briggs And ...

Facilitation First | Introverts And Extroverts: Myers-Briggs And ... | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
In my last blog posting, I argued that Myers-Briggs Type Indicator results do not determine how well people can perform as facilitators – MBTI measures preferences, not skills. As facilitators however, we can benefit from being ...
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Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
No more PowerPoints! And 9 more secrets of meaningful professional development for teachers.
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Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment | Edudemic

Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment | Edudemic | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue
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Assessments are the giant panda sitting in the middle of your PLC team meetings.  This article and corresponding infographic will help you and your team navigate the type of assessment you should use aligned to your learning targets and ultimately your team's SMART goal(s).

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How To Successfully Set Goals | Live, Love, & Run

How To Successfully Set Goals | Live, Love, & Run | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
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Goal setting is the key to successfully implementing any plan.  In this example, the author shares her insights on how setting a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely goal helps her with her achieve her running goals.  Have you revisited your SMART goal for your PLC this quarter?  How did you do?

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INFOGRAPHIC: Process Tools for Effective Meeting Facilitation

INFOGRAPHIC: Process Tools for Effective Meeting Facilitation | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Good facilitators use a wide range of process tools, but what are they?
Here are 16 of the best facilitation tools...
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This is a wonderful infographic to post as a reminder of the variety of process tools good facilitators use when facilitating a meeting. 

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Educational Leadership - March 2011

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Professional Learning Communities develop SMART goals to drive their team's learning.  How does this translate into the classroom?  Learning targets translates the objectives the adult (teacher) needs to meet into digestible and attainable bites for children.  Learning targets guide lesson planning, formative assessments, and classroom observations.  Read this article for more information about this process and how your team could use the concept to drive transformative change.  Learning targets are reviewed every year and a half by each team for validity and reliability.  How has your team used learning targets aligned to the PLC SMART Goal to drive your instruction?

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WritingFix: Using Song Lyrics as Mentor Texts...our iPods Across the Curriculum Project

WritingFix: Using Song Lyrics as Mentor Texts...our iPods Across the Curriculum Project | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
WritingFix: Using Song Lyrics as Mentor Texts...iPods Across the Curriculum Project http://t.co/aDMFUS5OJ4
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Diffusing the Tension Between Tech and Instructional Leaders (EdSurge News)

Diffusing the Tension Between Tech and Instructional Leaders (EdSurge News) | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
One might expect bandwidth, data privacy and device rollouts to dominate discussions at this year’s Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) conference, where over 900 chief technology officers (CTO) and other administrators gathered.But the...

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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The ground is shifting in the K12 educational stratosphere with Michael Fullan, the keynote speaker for Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), opens the session with a call to shift the focus from all things digital to making the focus all things pedagogical.  Having the digital toys means nothing if the educator using them does  not have a firm grasp on the pedagogy behind why they are using it.  Less is more...

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 30, 6:53 AM

The fact that it has taken this long for the tech folks to come to grips with the importance of having meaningful conversations with classroom teachers is astonishing, and somewhat depressing. Let's not waste any more time.

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Teaching Smart People How to Learn

Teaching Smart People How to Learn | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Every company faces a learning dilemma: the smartest people find it the hardest to learn.
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I loved the connection between defensive learning and the downward spiral of results for the adult learner.  The correlation between coaching adults to use more productive learning techniques as they learn is a tremendous challenge to overcome.  

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The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology

The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
To assess your students' ongoing awareness of what and how they're learning, consider using cameras, screenshots, video, and screencasting as everyday classroom tools.
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Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use -

Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use - | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education What is leadership in curriculum? Whatever the answer, the question should not be confused with a related but far different query: What is management in...
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Personalize Learning: Coalition of Essential Schools (Model)

Personalize Learning: Coalition of Essential Schools (Model) | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Coalition of Essential Schools provides examples of personalized learning communities and guiding philosophy of personalization.
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I'm a Coalition of Essential Schools educator.  As you review the model for a CES school, how many of these beliefs are the same as the PLC model?  I would venture to say almost all. 

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Top 10 Posts About Training and Facilitation Skills | phase(two ...

Top 10 Posts About Training and Facilitation Skills | phase(two ... | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Since the other topic I love to explore in this blog is training and facilitation skills, tips and tricks, I thought it was fitting to devote the second “summer break” edition to that very topic. Whether you are a novice trainer or a master ...
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I love this list and will add it to my arsenal...

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What makes us feel good about our work?

What makes us feel good about our work? | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose.
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As we reflect on our work for this year, how have we incorporated a sense of purpose into what we do?  In our haste to complete tasks and to do more with fewer employees, we often overlook this...

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'World's best teacher' does not believe in tests and quizzes - PBS NewsHour

'World's best teacher' does not believe in tests and quizzes - PBS NewsHour | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
For 25 years, Nancie Atwell has run a small, independent K-8 school in Maine, where the goal is not just teaching young students, but also teachers.
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Excellence in teaching is not an obscure or unfathomable feat.  It's a combination of integrity, a willingness to tailor instruction to each child you teach, an inherent curiosity, and, in the words of Nancie Atwell, giving students' choice in what they want to learn.  In this PBS interview, we get a glimpse into Atwell's school, The Center for Teaching and Learning as well as hear from her about her philosophy about the educational field.

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Taking PLC Work to the Next Level

Taking PLC Work to the Next Level | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Five years ago, our school undertook the monumental challenge of dedicating ourselves to a system which placed “Learning for All” at the forefront of our work.  Donna Johnson, our assistant princip...
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The Adult Learning Theory - Andragogy - Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Adult Learning Theory - Andragogy - Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
The Adult Learning Theory Infographic explores Malcolm Knowles’ Adult Learning Theory, the Assumptions of Adult Learners and Andragogy Principles.
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Malcolm Knowles is the grandfather of Adult Learning Theory.  When working with adults, it is a good idea to review how adults learn and what motivates them.   This is a great tool to share at your next professional development session. 

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What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning

What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Reflecting on one's work can be instrumental to growth and improvement, but it's an activity that's often under utilized.
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The author highlights how reflection can be used as an embedded part of a child's learning.  Sometimes as a reflective loop to coax children to dive deeper into how they learn and at other times as a mechanism for future applications of the learning.  

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3 Case Studies on How to Grow an Email List With Online Quizzes

3 Case Studies on How to Grow an Email List With Online Quizzes | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
You have seen those stupid headlines. They are everywhere. Here are 3 case studies that show how to grow an email list with silly quizzes.

Via Kamal Bennani
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The article shares findings of how curious clickers can sustain your organizations email strategy.  I'm always curious about how this could be used effectively in public education. 

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Signing up for a newsletter is so boring - why not capture leads via quizzes?

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Google, proving it still hasn’t figured out social, will strip Google+ for parts

Google, proving it still hasn’t figured out social, will strip Google+ for parts | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
It's no Facebook.

Via Danielle M. Villegas
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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, March 3, 9:01 AM

Thanks to Nick Kellet of List.ly for finding this. 

 

I have to say, while I'm on Google+, I'm not a big fan of it. It seems horribly disjointed, and when I've tried to fix or rectify things, well, you just can't. I even had a tech writer from Google who works on the documentation of Google+ try to help me at one point, and she couldn't.  Now, the article mentions Google Wave. I did try that before they pulled the plug, and that seemed like it was going in the right direction. I didn't understand why they stopped that.  Google+ is touted as something big, but if users can't figure out how to use it for posting their own stuff and adding "+1s", then what's the point? As the intro to this says, "It's no Facebook," and that's fine--it doesn't have to be. But it should be easy to use, easy for people to share and post on different groups and move around to customize like other social media outlets. I'm usually good  at figuring this stuff out, but have never quite gotten a handle on Google+. Hopefully, they'll get their act together soon. 

--techcommgeekmom

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Not a Google+ fan myself.

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Why Texting Should Be Part of Teaching - EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education

Why Texting Should Be Part of Teaching - EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Research into texting between teachers and students shows that it can drive engagement and deliver results.
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Less-costly Chromebooks offer entry point to technology - Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Less-costly Chromebooks offer entry point to technology - Philadelphia Public School Notebook | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Are they glorified workbooks, just a substitute for paper and pencils? Or are Chromebooks shaping the way a new generation learns?
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Why Everyone Believes In Formative Assessment, But Nobody Does It

Why Everyone Believes In Formative Assessment, But Nobody Does It | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
RT @eduleadership: Why Everyone Believes In Formative Assessment,But Nobody Does It http://t.co/Cm250ygAdq http://t.co/xGLlzu32Ql @matvcamp
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