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Going easy on yourself may improve health - Futurity

Going easy on yourself may improve health - Futurity | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A new study finds a connection between having compassion for yourself and lower levels of stress-induced inflammation.

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When I slow down and am less frenetic, I have less to forgive myself about.

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A Novice→Expert Model of Learning - David Didau: The Learning Spy

A Novice→Expert Model of Learning - David Didau: The Learning Spy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson One of the best understood principles of cognitive psychology is that novices learn and think differently to experts. These labels are domain-specific, not person-specific; I can be an expert at particle physics whilst still being a novice at evolutionary biology. Or skateboarding. Similarly, you could be
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The post explores learning for novices, which is more superficial and, as we become more expert, it deepens. The Dreyfus model of skill acquisition is referenced. Hubert Dreyfus is critical of overusing digital tools and the Internet in learning.
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Cultivating Communication in the Classroom

Cultivating Communication in the Classroom | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Lisa Johnson, author of Cultivating Communication in the Classroom, shares how to foster positive interactions in and out of school in this interview.

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Communicating with each other is about sharing and forming community. It is learning about the other person, what makes them like us and different.
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How students learn/ test mania / stressed teachers / lessons from Leonardo da Vinci

How students learn/ test mania / stressed teachers / lessons from Leonardo da Vinci | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me a
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The article that stuck out for me was the one about not looking for best practices. Teachers share, but we cannot take something that worked in another classroom setting and apply it to what we are doing. In fact, it may not work well a second time in the same classroom.
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Mastering the Teaching Game

Mastering the Teaching Game | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
After listening to an interview with top tennis coach Sven Groeneveld, Carol Tomlinson clarifies eight essential principles that teaching shares with high-level sports coaching.
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I am not sure good teachers think they master teaching. I wanted to become better each day.

Having said that, Carol Tomlinson offers good ideas about how to become a better teacher: drive to succeed, accepting responsibility for one's teaching, serving through teaching, etc.

Responsibility is essential. We should remember we are responsible for teaching, not learning, and should ask what that means in our context.
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What is self-efficacy and how can we help our students to get more of it?

What is self-efficacy and how can we help our students to get more of it? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
"If you think you can, you probably can.  If you think you can't, well that self limiting and self-fulfilling belief might well stop you doing something you're perfectly capable of doing." Albert Bandura Last week I was fortunate enough to be asked to talk at the Osiris Teaching & Learning conference, with Andy Tharby about…

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Self-efficacy and one's confidence are formed on what a person has succeeded at doing in the past. It occurs in a zone that overlaps comfort and discomfort. Good teachers model, coach, and offer students feedback as they form self-efficacy.
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The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds…

The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds… | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Ever wondered why history’s great minds including Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, Leonardo Da Vinci, Marcus Aurelius, Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Ernest…
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In my dissertation research, the teachers described how they reflected, but only two of us journaled.
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Education Readings June 22nd

Education Readings June 22nd | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions ‘Emotion is essential to learning, Dr. Immordino-Yang said, and should not be underestimated or misunderstood as a trend, or as merely the “E” in “SEL,” or social-emotional learning.…
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There are always good links to various posts and articles at this site. Today, there are articles about engaging students, Montessori, and why teachers leave the profession.
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Why losing control of your classroom is a good thing by  STEPHEN NOONOO

Why losing control of your classroom is a good thing by  STEPHEN NOONOO | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
BY STEPHEN NOONOO

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My classroom was often a busy, hectic, and noisy place. That signalled it was healthy and students learned. They shared with each other and were talking about their learning. My role was to teach and guide.
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How diplomas based on skill acquisition, not credits earned, could change education - The Hechinger Report

How diplomas based on skill acquisition, not credits earned, could change education - The Hechinger Report | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
NEWPORT, Maine — Algebra was not Kylee Elderkin’s favorite subject at the beginning of the school year. “I was a little behind,” said Kylee, 14. “I wouldn’t understand.” The Nokomis Regional High School ninth grader said she used to routinely miss key skills and do poorly on tests. Struggling students like Kylee might not have …

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Skills, not content and tools, are essential to learning. With skills, students can solve problems, choose tools well, decide what is valid information, etc.
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School, Self-Regulation, and the Brain - Learning and the Brain blog

School, Self-Regulation, and the Brain - Learning and the Brain blog | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

From Learning and the Brain June Newsletter:


"A just-published study asks about the effect of schooling on the brain. (A chatty, readable summary by one of the authors can be found here.)

More specifically, it looks at a young child’s ability to self-regulate: a skill that early schooling emphasizes–and, of course, one that’s highly necessary for sustained success in almost any meaningful activity or relationship.

The authors take advantage of the arbitrary cut-off date for schooling, and look at brain development for children who were just old enough–or not quite old enough–to enroll in 1st grade.

The research question was: can we find meaningful differences in self-regulatory areas of the brain after a year of 1st grade (children just within the cut-off date) compared to a year of kindergarten (children just beyond the cut-off date)? Did these brains develop alike over the course of this year, as part of typical human development? Or, did the more academic structure of 1st grade influence brains to develop differently than the more playful freedom of kindergarten?"


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Yes, school and structure change brains. What role does play play in the structure?
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Come for the computers, stay for the books - The Hechinger Report

Come for the computers, stay for the books - The Hechinger Report | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Traci Chun, a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, is all done with shushing. “When my library is quiet, that’s a red flag,” said Chun. In fact, the busier it is, the better—whether it’s kids experimenting with the Makey Makey circuitry or uploading designs to a 3D printer, or a class learning media …
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Libraries and librarians can play an essential role in supporting teachers and students.
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ASCD Express 12.20 - Bringing Marginalized Voices into the Classroom

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I used The Cay, Touching Spirit Bear, A Single Shard, etc. in junior high to create a conversation about social justice issues and how we marginlize others. Good novels are a way to bring voices into the classroom we might not otherwise be aware of and hear. For example, The Cay has a strong social justice theme and was dedicated to Martin Luther King. It led to exploring the roles Black Canadians played in sports, politics, and communities i.e. Willie O'Ree and the role of Nelson Mandela in changing South Africa
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Rethinking the parent-teacher conference: Meeting more often, working as a team

Rethinking the parent-teacher conference: Meeting more often, working as a team | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

“It’s a whole shift with how we think parents can collaborate with teachers. Parents can also collaborate with each other,” said Maria Paredes, a former teacher who created a model known as Academic Parent-Teacher Teams, or APTT. “We can keep everybody in the know on what’s happening in the classroom.”


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I had parents in my junior high class. It helped get to know one another, understand the roles we played in each student's lives, and form a sense of community.

Teachers should make a concerted effort to talk to parents on an ongoing basis, individually and collectively.
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Sir Ken Robinson: Finding Market Pressures To Innovate Education | #ModernEDU #Innovation

Sir Ken Robinson: Finding Market Pressures To Innovate Education | #ModernEDU #Innovation | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I never say that in criticism of teachers or of school principals or even of superintendents. That's something in the culture ─ at least, the political culture ─ of education. There is pressure on the system that gets in the way of what people most urgently need to do in schools to make them more humane and more personal places. There's really a lot more room for innovation in schools than people suspect. A lot of what goes on isn’t required by law; it's more a function of habit and tradition and routine than anything else.”

This habit of tradition and routine is exactly why education has remained woefully behind the times. In the business of education, we don’t have the usual market pressures that require innovation. Public education is a monopoly with no real competition to require forward movement.

 

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Educating and school are not synonomous. Educating can happen outside a school and is a 24/7 proposition. It is not subject to market pressures as we have allowed schools to become in a neo-liberal world.
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I never say that in criticism of teachers or of school principals or even of superintendents. That's something in the culture ─ at least, the political culture ─ of education. There is pressure on the system that gets in the way of what people most urgently need to do in schools to make them more humane and more personal places. There's really a lot more room for innovation in schools than people suspect. A lot of what goes on isn’t required by law; it's more a function of habit and tradition and routine than anything else.”

This habit of tradition and routine is exactly why education has remained woefully behind the times. In the business of education, we don’t have the usual market pressures that require innovation. Public education is a monopoly with no real competition to require forward movement.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Sir-Ken-Robinson

 

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Why ‘Unlearning’ Old Habits Is An Essential Step For Innovation

Why ‘Unlearning’ Old Habits Is An Essential Step For Innovation | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Educators at a school near Boston is making the effort to unlearn old habits and perspectives that get in the way of more effective solutions.

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When we learn something, by its very definition, learning is unlearning something.
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Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics.

But no one agrees on what to call that "stuff".

There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. New ones are being coined all the time. This bagginess bugs me, as a member of the education media. It bugs researchers and policymakers too.

"Basically we're trying to explain student success educationally or in the labor market with skills not directly measured by standardized tests," says Martin West, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. "The problem is, you go to meetings and everyone spends the first two hours complaining and arguing about semantics."

West studies what he calls "non-cognitive skills." Although he's not completely happy with that term.

The problem isn't just semantic, argues Laura Bornfreund, deputy director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation. She wrote a paper on what she called "Skills for Success," since she didn't like any of these other terms. "There's a lot of different terms floating around but also a lack of agreement on what really is most important to students."

As Noah Webster, the great American lexicographer and educator, put it back in 1788, "The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head."

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Skills are the essential piece in teaching and learning today.
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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on America's skill gap and efforts to close it

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on America's skill gap and efforts to close it | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Latest labor statistics show number of U.S. job openings rose to more than 6M in April, an all-time high

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The main point is a question: "what skills do students need to learn?" It is less about content, which becomes a vehicle for learning skills i.e. cooperation, creativity, resilence, etc.
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Agree with it or not, Weiner's thinking encapsulates why the "future ready" movement is gaining momentum. While K-12 educators might not know what that really is, they are eager to try to make sure their students are ready for their futures and are, therefore, using the 4Cs (collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity) as part of their framework. Many K-12 teachers and administrators do worry, however, that universities are a stumbling block for their students' success.

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5 Barriers To More Authentic Teaching And Learning - TeachThought PD

5 Barriers To More Authentic Teaching And Learning - TeachThought PD | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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The five barriers are important to acknowledge: rigid curriculum and standards, fear to testing, and silos and schedules. Schools look and feel much like they did when I went to school in the 1960's. The one change is they are bigger and more crowded.

The article points teachers towards project-based learning. When well thought out, projects engage students and teachers. They offer potential for cross-curricular teaching and teachers teaching together.
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Wow... when did teaching and learning get so complicated? When we let the policy wonks who never taught create complex mandates!
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The 5 Biggest Reasons Why Teachers Quit the Profession - WeAreTeachers

The 5 Biggest Reasons Why Teachers Quit the Profession - WeAreTeachers | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The reasons why teachers quit are varied and personal. We asked readers to share insights in hopes of learning how to keep good teachers in the classroom.
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Challenging work conditions, lack of support/respect, testing, schools failing students, and family takes priority. If we think we make a difference and have voice, we might stay.
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Rethinking Literacy (and All) Assessment

Rethinking Literacy (and All) Assessment | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
To whatever degree I have been an effective teacher over a 33-year (and counting) career directly and indirectly connected to teaching literacy has been grounded in my inclination to assess constantly my practices against my instructional goals. Teaching is some combination of curriculum (content, the what of teaching), instruction (pedagogy, the how of teaching), and…
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The post argues for a holistic way of teaching and assessing literacy. It includes focusing on what is accomplished, learning together, providing feedback along the learning path, revising learning based on feedback, and use equitable grading rather than averaging.
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5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners

5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Author and engagement expert Barbara Blackburn looks at five keys that can help teachers build motivation and persistence while also setting high expectations.

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Forming a relationship with each student is essential to teaching. Gert Biesta refers to teaching as relational. This means we are learning about each student.
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The Potential Benefits of High School Music Classes - Learning and the Brain blog

The Potential Benefits of High School Music Classes - Learning and the Brain blog | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

From Learning and the Brain June Newsletter:


"Should 9th graders start music classes–even if they’ve never played an instrument before? Are there academic benefits to studying music? Is 9th grade too late a start to get those benefits? Should my school’s STEM program become a STEAM program?

A recent study by Adam T. Tierney offers some answers to these compelling questions.

The Short Version

Tierney & Co. followed 19 high school students who enrolled in a high school music ensemble, and compared them to 21 students at the same school who started a JROTC program.

These groups started off nicely matched in various academic and linguistic measures. However, at the end of 4 years, the group that had studied music improved in some suggestive ways.

First, the neural signatures of their response to speech changed meaningfully; oversimplifying a bit here, they were “more mature.”

Second, the musicians improved more than the JROTC participants in their ability to distinguish between and manipulate language sounds."


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The fine arts benefit learning and the brain. I wonder if there are links to coding?e
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To Train an Athlete, Add 12 Minutes of Meditation to the Daily Mix

To Train an Athlete, Add 12 Minutes of Meditation to the Daily Mix | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Division I football players who learned mindfulness meditation or relaxation techniques showed improvements in mood and attention.

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I think this benefits teachers and students. It is about getting into the right frame of mind. It is not enough just to talk about a growth mindset. We need to offer strategies to help people get there.
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New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.
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Well thought out projects were quite effective in engaging students. I spent considerable time with the curriculum-as-plan, designing rubrics and rethinking the projects.
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New Zealand Education / Helicopter parents / Achievement gaps / Finland and creative principals ?

New Zealand Education / Helicopter parents / Achievement gaps / Finland and creative principals ? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me a
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Play is an essential part of teaching and learning. The Kindergarten teacher I interviewed felt play was overlooked at the older ages.
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