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Beyond School Walls: Connecting Students and Teachers Around the World

Beyond School Walls: Connecting Students and Teachers Around the World | Educational resources, links and topics that will make you think! | Scoop.it

"The laughter turned to shock, empathy, sadness and tears. One of my kids stepped forward, looked in to the camera and said, "We are with you." Suddenly two communities, thousands of miles apart, were strongly connected. To this day, students still come by and want to talk about the Icelanders and their volcano."


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Visible Thinking

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Visible Thinking is a broad and flexible framework for enriching classroom learning in the content areas and fostering students' intellectual development at the same time. Here are some of its key goals:

Deeper understanding of content
Greater motivation for learning
Development of learners' thinking and learning abilities.
Development of learners' attitudes toward thinking and learning and their alertness to opportunities for thinking and learning (the "dispositional" side of thinking).
A shift in classroom culture toward a community of enthusiastically engaged thinkers and learners.


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Deep thinking is engaging!

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Creating the Conditions: Student Discipline | Connected Principals

Creating the Conditions: Student Discipline | Connected Principals | Educational resources, links and topics that will make you think! | Scoop.it

“The proper question is not, ‘How can people motivate others?’ but rather, ‘How can people create the conditions within which others will motivate themselves?’ ” — Edward Deci

 

All students are good kids – some come to school with more skills than others in certain areas. When we have a student struggling with reading, we find ways to create a support network to teach the skills; this support network also must be developed when children struggle with behaviours.

Create the conditions for students to be successful: back up to where they are, support them through coaching, be patient… and watch them flourish.

 

 

 


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5 Guiding Principles for Effective School-Wide Discipline

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Something I have come to know is that effective schools take a thoughtful approach to student discipline. Admittedly, there are some who believe student behaviour will take care of itself; that we'...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 10, 2013 6:50 PM

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Tom Schimmer shares five guiding principles for Effective School-Wide Discipline in his article posted February 7, 2013.  He starts out by stating that effective schools take a thoughtful approach to student discipline.  He says increasing overall level of student engagement will reduce negative behaviors.  The principles are as follows:

1. Every school-wide discipline plan is designed to be an instrument of support and inclusion, not removal and isolation.

2. Be clear about expected behaviors and what success can/should look like.

3. Be reasonable, consistent, and air when responding to inappropriate behaviors.

4. Pre-correct for anticipated behavioral errors.

5. Respect the uniqueness of each student, each incident, and each set of circumstances.

 

I really wanted to include this article because discipline in the schools is not limited to just the classroom.  The culture of the schools sets the tone for the way students and teachers act.  I appreciate how the said schools have to be thoughtful about how they approach discipline.  As soon as discipline becomes an after thought, students will get reckless.  Principles four and five stood out the most to me.  I think good schools anticipate when bad behavior might occur, not because they think their student are bad but simply through years of experience dealing with such things.  Pre-correcting or letting the student know that this is not the expectations and spelling out the consequences is a great way to minimize bad behavior in one fell swoop.  The fifth concept of uniqueness is really important to me.  Each child is different and there is never a one size fits all discipline policy and procedure.  Circumstances and motivation are always different and each incident should be considered individually.  It's important to have the school wide discipline policies act as support and aid to the teachers’ policies in the classroom, I feel they should never be in conflict.  This was my only curated sources that dealt with school-wide discipline, but I think some of the other principles outlined in the other items curated would work on a school wide level, too.

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Infuse Learning

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1.  Take a look at the first part of this video to see a brief introduction of Infuse Learning. 2.Go to the Infuse Learning website . You can also use the guide below to help you get started.

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Six Common Misperceptions about Teamwork

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This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Making Collaboration Work. Teamwork and collaboration are critical to mission achievement in any organization that has to respond quickly to changing circumstances.
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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 10, 2013 6:52 PM

Teamwork can be hard.  As with most group work, fidelity of implementation matters!  Working through problems is essential!

Gene Shklover, PhD's curator insight, June 12, 2013 6:05 AM

Good points though my definition of harmony does not exclude conflicts. On the contrary it encourages conflicts, different opinions, etc. but resolves them in the congruent way

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I used to think…

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My students are competent to show me what they need. I'm becoming a better teacher by giving up a lot of what I used to think.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:31 PM

How do I comment?  One of the BEST entries ever!  How courageous! Major applaud.  

 

"I used to think that some kids weren’t cut out for school. They were lazy, unmotivated, and not “academic,” as if being academic was the most important thing in the world. Now I’ve come to realize that it’s the cutout school that’s the problem. Kids love to learn and do it quite naturally. They just might not be buying what I’m selling."

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Teaching Presentation Skills with Ignite

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I know that, in my project-based learning classroom, students did presentations all the time for a variety of purposes. One of the key components of a PBL project is the 21st-century skill of present

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What a nice way to use PowerPoint and not read the slides one at a time! 

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 28, 2012 10:17 PM

Love this.  "Ignite is a specific genre of presentation. An Ignite presenter only has five minutes to speak about the topic, and 20 slides to do so. Every 15 seconds, slides are moved along automatically. The overall purpose of an Ignite session is to empower and excite the audience around a specific subject matter, idea or topic. Ignite is used at conferences all around the world, at EdCamps, and even within professional organizations and businesses."


Perfect way to engage.  Short, sweet and to the point!  

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PLNs begin in Kindergarten!

PLNs begin in Kindergarten! | Educational resources, links and topics that will make you think! | Scoop.it

The KC children liked the alphabet video so much that they asked me to tweet the link in case other children were learning about letters. Another Kindergarten class on the other side of the world tweeted back to say that they really liked the video because that's just what they were learning about! The KC children tweeted back to ask them if they had any other good ideas for learning letters. We are waiting for their reply.

 

This is a delightful example, initiated and followed up by students, of how class learning networks can support learning.


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How Social Media can Enhance Schools as Professional Learning Communities

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Responsible school improvement requires a change in the culture of the school--a change in the attitudes, beliefs, values, and professional pratices.

Changing the culture cannot be done by fiat or in one or two meetings a year. Changing the culture requires that school leaders simplify, clarify and amplify the school's vision. The effectiveness of our efforts to "amplify" the vision is based on the frequency with which we communicate that clear and simple message. In our school, our vision was R-A-G-S. Reading plus Attendance means better Grades and a Safer school. We knew that if we could improve student attendance and teach our students literacy (reading for comprehension, writing, thinking, speaking, and listening), student achievement would improve and discipline problems would decrease.

Mel Riddile

 

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How Social Media an Enhance Schools as PLCs

by resourcelinkbce

September 21, 2011

 

"For over ten years, I wrote a weekly newsletter on topics related to our school's vision, mission, and goals. Writing 1,500 words a week is a daunting task. Today, I can use social media to, not only increase the quality and frequency of communications, but also reduce the time it takes to generate the messages.

 

"The field of social media is a burgeoning area of communication, and one that educators cannot ignore. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Diigo, GooglePlus – these platforms for communication are not going to go away; and while there is a great deal of negative media surrounding their use, they can be harnessed to create myriad possibilities for schools as learning communities. Current research only proves the dominance of Social Media as a modern communication medium: http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/social/

 

1. Social media providing time to collaborate

 

2. Social media providing leadership support

 

3. Social media providing information

 

4. Social media providing ready access to colleagues"

 

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11 States Use Score Cards to Target School Climate

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"As states tackle the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the balance between addressing the conditions necessary for students to learn and what students are actually learning has become more difficult to strike. The S3 grants aim to eliminate the need to prioritize one or the other. Under a federal grant program, 11 states are using student surveys and select data to monitor and address issues around safety, discipline, and engagement....in an attempt to put safety and discipline, student engagement, and students' connection to school on the same footing as their performance in mathematics and reading." This is the "first attempt at this benchmark—really measuring in some tangible way—school climate, and then blending that with incident data like attendance, referrals, suspensions."
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Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline -- suspensions drop 85% | AcesTooHigh.com

Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline -- suspensions drop 85% | AcesTooHigh.com | Educational resources, links and topics that will make you think! | Scoop.it

 

The first time that principal Jim Sporleder tried the New Approach to Student Discipline at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, he was blown away. Because it worked. In fact, it worked so well that he never went back to the Old Approach to Student Discipline. This is how it went down:

 

A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly:

 

“Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?” He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?”

 

The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.

 

The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.”

 

Whoa.

 

And then he goes back to the teacher and apologizes. Without prompting from Sporleder.

 

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How to Exercise More Influence - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity

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My 10 Favorite iPad Apps Used In The Classroom

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Whether you're a new iPad owner or old salt, here are a few of my favorite iPad apps used in the classroom this year.
The post My 10 Favorite iPad Apps Used In The Classroom appeared first on Edudemic.

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Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice

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By Robert Rothman

Harvard Education Letter

August 2, 2012

 



Math

FocusCoherenceSkills, Understanding, and ApplicationEmphasis on Practices

 

ELA

More NonfictionFocus on EvidenceStaircase of Text ComplexitySpeaking and ListeningLiteracy in the Content Areas
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Clear, concise, brief summary of the effects of Common Core

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Beyond School Walls: Connecting Students and Teachers Around the World

Beyond School Walls: Connecting Students and Teachers Around the World | Educational resources, links and topics that will make you think! | Scoop.it

"The laughter turned to shock, empathy, sadness and tears. One of my kids stepped forward, looked in to the camera and said, "We are with you." Suddenly two communities, thousands of miles apart, were strongly connected. To this day, students still come by and want to talk about the Icelanders and their volcano."


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PLNs begin in Kindergarten!

PLNs begin in Kindergarten! | Educational resources, links and topics that will make you think! | Scoop.it

The KC children liked the alphabet video so much that they asked me to tweet the link in case other children were learning about letters. Another Kindergarten class on the other side of the world tweeted back to say that they really liked the video because that's just what they were learning about! The KC children tweeted back to ask them if they had any other good ideas for learning letters. We are waiting for their reply.

 

This is a delightful example, initiated and followed up by students, of how class learning networks can support learning.


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