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Subtext to build interaction around online text

Subtext to build interaction around online text | Education Leadership | Scoop.it

Subtext is a free iPad app that allows classroom groups to exchange ideas in the pages of digital texts. You can also layer in enrichment materials, assignments and quizzes—opening up almost limitless opportunities to engage students and foster analysis and writing skills.


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As we are developing our digital tools to support teachers in our 1:1 iPad Mini rollout this could be a great tool to support CCSS.

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Terry Yelmene's curator insight, December 12, 2013 4:28 PM

This development might serve a a simple model for more comprehensive evolving seven-dimensional  knowledge artifacts.

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, December 14, 2013 4:15 PM

This is awesome.  Use digital text for discussion with the class on your iPad and the academic can see what the class discussion is, and can also interact...

Aunty Alice's curator insight, December 28, 2013 2:00 PM

Sounds like a great tool that also fosters discussion and interaction with others

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Supporting students with learning core transferable academic skills

Supporting students with learning core transferable academic skills | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
When observing classes in high schools, it is possible to see two extremes of teacher support. Firstly, there is complete hand-holding or, as some teachers would like to say, spoon feeding, with th…
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The power of this article for me was the balance of teaching students content and skills that will transfer to all content areas. In addition to making sense developmentally, the clear connection of student gains and success  to instructional support of transferrable skills, provides a clear value to schools articulating transferrable and content knowledge. 

" A school wide approach could, in the first instance, take two or three vital generic skills that teachers collectively believe students should have and all teachers go through training in how to explicitly teach these skills and identify the areas of the curriculum where the skills should be taught. The key to the success of either approach is that teachers must understand that they have a responsibility for teaching core skills that are applicable in any academic discipline"
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The Paralysis of Fear

The Paralysis of Fear | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Image by twitter.com/alytormala “Perfect is the enemy of done.” I saw this quote and it has stuck in my thinking.  Often we hold back our ideas because we are scared of being criticized…
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Reading this post reminded me to give myself permission to create, share and grow even when things are not perfect. I remind myself of the Cognitive Coaching mantra to "know my intentions and choose congruent behaviors."

I embrace there are flaws and imperfections with what I create, write, share, and do. To be the first one to acknowledge this also gives me ownership and ensures that I do not become paralyzed by my own thoughts.
 
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9 Ways to Make Learning Irresistible

9 Ways to Make Learning Irresistible | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
True story. The bell rang and nobody moved. They were completely focused, totally engrossed. They probably didn't even hear the bel
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Moments of flow in the classroom. Those times where student interest and attention are so focused. Here are good reminders to aspire toward in lessons. "We should create conditions where students are disappointed there isn't more time to work on whatever they are learning. As for my promise of social time, my students should've been interacting throughout the whole class. I don't have to reserve time for you to visit. You will be talking with your classmates as part of the process. You will be sharing the amazing things you are learning."
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5 Blind Spots Educators Must Address

5 Blind Spots Educators Must Address | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
More than likely, you've seen the video below. It is designed to test the power of your attention. It will take careful concentratio
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Asking teachers to think about their lessons and whether they are designed to help the teacher teach better or to help students learn more will be a powerful question during coaching this semester.  

The challenge for #3 is more than teaching for the world our students live in now but preparing them for the world that will evolve over the next years. We cannot remain teaching as we learned it just as teaching for now is still too limiting.
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Guest Post: Increase the Impact of your Feedback as Instructional Coach

Guest Post: Increase the Impact of your Feedback as Instructional Coach | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
A teacher was talking to me this week about her instructional coach. She said, “You can’t just give feedback to me. Giving feedback in the wrong way has no impact.” Wow. You have so many delicate relationships to navigate as an instructional coach. Your principal, associate principal, curriculum and district coordinator, and teachers all require…
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Roles as an instructional coach are sometimes not clear to coaches or teachers. The frame of the different purposes for feedback allows a coach to know their intent and choose congruent behaviors.
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Is Your Lesson a Grecian Urn?

Is Your Lesson a Grecian Urn? | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Far too many students are doing projects that look creative but offer almost no opportunity for real learning. Time for the Grecian Urns to go.
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Helpful ways to work with teachers as they discern purpose of instructional projects. the focus is on learning and connecting, not just a craft.
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Peeling Away Cultural Cataracts to Reveal Humanity’s Beauty

Peeling Away Cultural Cataracts to Reveal Humanity’s Beauty | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Alhassan Susso shares how being an immigrant in America helped him become a more compassionate, understanding, and tolerant teacher.
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This post gives a personal story to the importance of compassion and the power that we have to impact others.

Moving from a small village in The Gambia to the United States, a large nation with so many diverse cultures, taught me that we often develop what I like to call cultural cataracts. It’s when the social lenses through which we see become increasingly opaque and blurry.
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10 ways for leaders to build trust in schools

10 ways for leaders to build trust in schools | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Trust and trust-building qualities frequently top polls and surveys that attempt to show the most important qualities of a leader. A 2016 McQuaig Global Talent Recruitment Survey places trust as th…
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This builds on works such as Trust Matters.  Having concrete school-based steps is helpful.  "A 2016 McQuaig Global Talent Recruitment Survey places trust as the second most important quality of an effective leader while a PewResearch Center survey shows honesty to be most important. More recently in the run up to the 2016 US election a Fortune poll showed that of the 2000 American voters surveyed, honesty and integrity were seen as most important qualities for leaders to possess. In the area of school leadership, Gary Hopkins, editor of Education World, writes that from a survey of 43 Principals, trustworthiness and credibility were viewed as highly important qualities for school leaders."
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100 Questions that promote Mathematical Discourse

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The categories: Help students work together to make sense af mathematics, help students rely more on themselves to determine whether something is mathematically correct, help students learn to reason mathematically are three of the key areas that helping teachers to plan explicitly around is important.  
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New campaign promotes power of teachers to reduce stress of traumatized students

New campaign promotes power of teachers to reduce stress of traumatized students | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
A non-profit journalism website reporting on key education issues in California and beyond.
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Examples and videos are powerful to illustrate the importance of teachers in student learning.

"The need for adults to take steps, small or large, to encourage these children is urgent, the campaign said. More than 60 percent of children from birth to age 17 in the United States were exposed to violence, crime and abuse in the past year, according to a paper published in 2015 in JAMA Pediatrics that analyzed the results of the 2013-14 National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence."
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The Science Behind Smarter Decision Making: 7 Mental Models You Should Know

The Science Behind Smarter Decision Making: 7 Mental Models You Should Know | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
There are highly impactful people who've developed mental models to create processes for smarter decision making. Here's the top 7 we've curated for you.

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This blog begins with the 4 quadrants. I especially like the Action steps. Having the additional models like 10-10-10 makes this a rich resource.
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Ginger Jewell's curator insight, February 27, 1:32 PM
Decision making in the era where making decisions sometimes gets overthought.  I liked it.
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Five Classroom Dimensions That Show Deep Math Learning Is Happening

Five Classroom Dimensions That Show Deep Math Learning Is Happening | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Narrowing down essential elements of teaching math to five dimensions can help teachers provide students the agency they need to be competent learners.
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I will probably se this with math teachers as a part of our ongoing video work. This will combine well with pivotal teaching moments.
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The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools

The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools | Education Leadership | Scoop.it

Bruner found that even very young children constructed their own knowledge—that is, they made sense of new information based on prior experience and understanding. The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew.


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"The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew. So it didn’t make sense to fill children with facts, which they would forget as soon as the test was over. The goal was to help them recognize relationships between facts. You didn’t have to be a physicist or a historian to understand gravity or the Civil War. But you did need a teacher who could help you think like a physicist or a historian, ordering and analyzing information just like they did."

Interesting insights. Again demonstrating the importance of teaching students to think and make sense of content.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 10, 2016 4:08 AM

Well worth reading.

Haiden Jacob-Byrd's curator insight, September 21, 2016 2:27 PM

Bruner believes that teachers have to specialize in critical thinking.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 21, 2016 5:45 PM
The challenge is that the work of Dewey, Bruner, and Pestalozzi is hard work in classrooms. It will require rethinking what we call school and leadership rather than management.
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How To Empower Your Students' Learning TODAY (Infographic)

How To Empower Your Students' Learning TODAY (Infographic) | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by
striking.”

— William Butler Yeats

I had a conversation with Jim the other day. He was frustrated that his
students weren't understanding how to do a chemistry lab. He actually said:
We make them too dependent. I think
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Structures to support student independence need to be taught and clearly identified. 
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8 Ways to Gift Your Students With a Lifelong Learning Mindset

8 Ways to Gift Your Students With a Lifelong Learning Mindset | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
The lifelong learning mindset is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our students as educators. Here are some great ways to begin its cultivation.
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The 8 steps are reminders that we are creating learning patterns and habits for the students we teach, just as we create patterns in our children.  

"Consider the effects of equating mistakes with opportunities for strengthening understanding and awareness. Think of how we reward progress as with a baby taking those first few steps before falling down. We don’t admonish the child for not taking one step more than we expected them to, do we? ...Instead, we celebrate the achievement that was made with joy and love. We clap for their progress we were fortunate enough to bear witness to. The child becomes happy, encouraged, and determined to do even better. That’s why we must ensure learning is presented as a rewarding journey to students early on. If this happens, they are much more likely to continue wanting to learn as they grow older."  

I plan to share this with teachers as they think about mindset in the classroom.
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Tan Lishan's comment, February 27, 3:34 AM
Nowadays more students are more concerned about their grades than their “learning”, especially in Singapore where the competitions between youth are fierce. Failures are considered to be bad and even humiliating in extreme cases. Depression break out in students who faces too much stress and most do not enjoy learning, thus life long learning will never be their mindsets.Perhaps we should change our focus and look at things in a different perspective. We should all follow what the article says and all focus more on the journey of learning, instead of the results, by doing this, we can promote lifelong learning in students, and change the old learning ways altogether.
Tan Lishan's comment, February 27, 3:34 AM
Nowadays more students are more concerned about their grades than their “learning”, especially in Singapore where the competitions between youth are fierce. Failures are considered to be bad and even humiliating in extreme cases. Depression break out in students who faces too much stress and most do not enjoy learning, thus life long learning will never be their mindsets.Perhaps we should change our focus and look at things in a different perspective. We should all follow what the article says and all focus more on the journey of learning, instead of the results, by doing this, we can promote lifelong learning in students, and change the old learning ways altogether.
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3 Areas Where Having “The Innovator’s Mindset” is Crucial

3 Areas Where Having “The Innovator’s Mindset” is Crucial | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
As I have contended for years, “Innovation” is about mindset, not skill set.  How we look at the world, is how we move forward, learn, and create.  In my book, “The Innovator&#821…
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Couros helps explore being ethical, being entrepreneurial and being empowered and how to connect these ideas to school.
The critical questions for moving forward on each topic are challenging. Here is part of his insight into empowerment.  "An empowered learner does not only learn math; they do things with the math they have learned. To get to that level, they have to have an ability in math, but they also need to go beyond, see relevancy to their own lives, and then apply and create their knowledge. Focusing on this notion of the empowered learner, does not simply have students become “good at school”, but to be able to learn and create far beyond it." 
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Leadership: The Bully Within - Lolly Daskal | Leadership

Leadership: The Bully Within - Lolly Daskal | Leadership | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
No one is born a bully. Bullying develops as a behavior like any other behavior. For a very few people, bullying is at the core of their “leadership” style, although actual leadership and bullying are miles apart. For most of us, bullying is only a response in certain situations, with certain people, or at certain times. All the things we’re scared of flare up and we respond by bullying someone. Leadership suffers when bullying occurs, so even if the bully within us makes only rare appearances, we need to be aware of our own insecurities and confront them in a way that shuts down any tendency we may have to bully others.
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this provides a context for how leadership is used or misused within an organization.
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4 Non-Negotiables for Schools

4 Non-Negotiables for Schools | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
As my daughter just passed her fourth month in this world, it is amazing to see how curious she is about the world.  Her wide eyes seemingly notice everything around her, and watching her try new t…
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The quote "A professional is anyone who does work that cannot be standardized easily and who continuously welcomes challenges at the cutting edge of his or her expertise.1 Educators need to put their own learning at the forefront to ensure that schools go beyond being relevant to students, but immerse students in the reality of their current world, while preparing them for the future." for me is important because it gives perspective on our role and mindset as a professional. 
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Skills for Success in a Disruptive World of Work

Skills for Success in a Disruptive World of Work | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
“Skills young people should be learning to be prepared for a career in 2020 include:


The ability to concentrate, to focus deeply.

 

The ability to distinguish between the “noise” and the message in the ever-growing sea of information.

 

The ability to do public problem solving through cooperative work.

 

The ability to search effectively for information and to be able to discern the quality and veracity of the information one finds and then communicate these findings well.

 

Synthesizing skills (being able to bring together details from many sources).

 

The capability to be futures-minded through formal education in the practices of horizon-scanning, trends analysis and strategic foresight.”

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/what-are-the-skills-needed-from-students-in-the-future/

 


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Infographic and discussion of the range of skills we need to help students learn as well as colleagues is helpful.  I was struggling with deep focus before I read this. It was a gentle reminder to step it up in many ways.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, December 14, 2016 8:05 AM
All of these made sense to me and a couple recently sharply resonated with me.
Gilson Schwartz's curator insight, December 18, 2016 8:30 AM
Antigamente a gente falava em "profissões do futuro". Agora são os "skills" do futuro"
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Discomfort, Growth, and Innovation

Discomfort, Growth, and Innovation | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Foster a culture of successful innovation by empathizing with fellow educators who are uncomfortable with risk, modeling a growth mindset, and celebrating effort as well as success.
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This blog helped me think about the dynamics of fostering change within a diverse system.
According to Simon Sinek’s discussion of the Law of Diffusion of Innovation, only about 16 percent of any group actively pursue change. Why? In my experience, these individuals thrive on it. They naturally follow a continuous cycle: Risk: They enjoy experimentation. They look for opportunities to try new technology with their students, redesign assessments, suggest curriculum shifts, or pilot new programs. Learn: Each risk may result in success or failure. They embrace both. They gather data, self-assess, reflect, and collaborate so that they can learn as much as possible. Grow: They have the growth mindset described by Carol Dweck. They believe that they can and should continuously improve themselves and their practice. Innovate: They embrace what George Couros calls the innovator’s mindset. They seek new and different ways to solve any challenges they might encounter, which usually means identifying a new risk to start the process all over again. illustration of a circle with the words risk, learning, growth, and innovation around it 
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Ring Their Bells: A New Way to Deliver Bell Work

Ring Their Bells: A New Way to Deliver Bell Work | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Because students bring a broad variety of needs and emotions, start class with bell work that engages their working memory and sets the tone for positive, productive learning.
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Bell work, starters or other quick engagement strategies are especially important.
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Promoting Change in Your Coaching Practice ‹ http://coachfederation.org/blog

Promoting Change in Your Coaching Practice ‹ http://coachfederation.org/blog | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
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Great coaching conversation today thinking through the idea of testing implications especially with short-term targeted coaching.
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Find the Fireflies – Help Students to Shine

Find the Fireflies – Help Students to Shine | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Through my work in promoting a strengths-based education and culture in schools, the question often gets raised: where do we to start? People often agree that to bring out the best in people, shift…
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This idea of reaching into the heart and passions of our teachers and students is vital to enable them to shine. 
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Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own

Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
In some instances, research illuminates a topic and changes our existing beliefs. For example, here’s a post that challenges the myth of preferred learning styles. Other times, you might hear about a study and say, “Well, of course that’s true!” This might be one of those moments.
Last year, Dr. Karlsson Wirebring and fellow researchers published a study that supports what many educators and parents have already suspected: students learn better when they figure things out on their own, as compared to being told what to do.  

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, July 12, 2016 6:51 PM

I had already figured this out on my own. ;) Thanks to John Evans.

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The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer

The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer | Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
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I am thinking this would be a great topic for a seminar or seminars as well as coaching conversations.
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