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Educational Leadership:How to Be a Change Agent:The Tug of War Between Change and Resistance

Educational Leadership:How to Be a Change Agent:The Tug of War Between Change and Resistance | Education Sites | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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15 Picture Books That Support Children’s Spatial Skills Development

15 Picture Books That Support Children’s Spatial Skills Development | Education Sites | Scoop.it

Spatially challenging picture books can help young children develop their ability to mentally manipulate objects, a skill connected to creative pursuits.


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Arts Integration Allows Students to Engage Abstract Concepts in New Ways

Arts Integration Allows Students to Engage Abstract Concepts in New Ways | Education Sites | Scoop.it

Schools are finding that integrating arts into academic subjects is a powerful way to help students deepen their understanding.


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8 Strategies To Improve Executive Functions Of The Brain -

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8 Strategies To Improve Executive Functions Of The Brain by TeachThought Staff What are the executive functions of the brain, and what can you do a
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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, April 14, 2:17 PM

Great tips to help students become more in control and thoughtful about who and how they are in their world!  

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Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter

Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter | Education Sites | Scoop.it
Start class with improv exercises to get students laughing together, demonstrate the rewards of risk-taking and failure, and model a listening, supportive environment.
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Arts Integration Allows Students to Engage Abstract Concepts in New Ways

Arts Integration Allows Students to Engage Abstract Concepts in New Ways | Education Sites | Scoop.it

Schools are finding that integrating arts into academic subjects is a powerful way to help students deepen their understanding.


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Motivating Students With Effective Feedback and Clarity

Motivating Students With Effective Feedback and Clarity | Education Sites | Scoop.it
In today's guest post, school superintendent and Visible Learning trainer BR Jones shows how feedback can motivate students in a whole new way.

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2015 1:16 PM

Where are we going?  How am I doing?  Where to next?  Vital questions kids should be able to answer.  Feedback tells them how they are doing.  It also keeps them engaged.

irene's curator insight, August 3, 2015 9:04 PM

Where are we going?  How am I doing?  Where to next?  Vital questions kids should be able to answer.  Feedback tells them how they are doing.  It also keeps them engaged.

irene's curator insight, August 3, 2015 10:19 PM

Where are we going?  How am I doing?  Where to next?  Vital questions kids should be able to answer.  Feedback tells them how they are doing.  It also keeps them engaged.

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Step by Step: Designing Personalized Learning Experiences For Students

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The phrase “personalized learning” gets tossed around a lot in education circles. As with most education jargon, the phrase isn’t fixed, but it usually connects to the idea that not all students need the same thing at the same time. It implies choice, multiple pathways to learning, many ways to demonstrate competency and resists the notion that all students learn the same way.


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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs | Education Sites | Scoop.it

A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.


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ASCD EDge - The Power of Reflection: 3 Ways Educators Can Reflect

ASCD EDge - The Power of Reflection: 3 Ways Educators Can Reflect | Education Sites | Scoop.it
ASCD EDge - ASCD EDge
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Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain | Education Sites | Scoop.it
Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, August 10, 2014 9:42 PM

Lovely article....the words we use matter a great deal.

Les Howard's curator insight, August 11, 2014 9:51 AM

Lots of good insights into making assessment an effective aspect of learning.

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2015 1:19 PM

Lovely article....the words we use matter a great deal.

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Podcast # 7: Reflections on & Implications of John Hattie’s Visible Learning Institute at Oakland Schools | Oakland Schools Literacy


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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, August 25, 2014 10:17 PM

My colleagues, Bryan Dean and Les Howard, host a podcast from John Hattie's visit this month.  Check it out!

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2015 1:19 PM

My colleagues, Bryan Dean and Les Howard, host a podcast from John Hattie's visit this month.  Check it out!

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SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

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SMART goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, rigorous, and tracked. Help your students develop them through a series of ongoing peer interviews.
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Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains

Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains | Education Sites | Scoop.it

Approaching the world with a growth mindset can be very liberating. It gives educators and students freedom to try new approaches, reflect on the positives and negatives, and then try again.


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60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves

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60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves


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Can there be too many Ideas to help students think for themselves? Here are sone more great ideas!

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Teachers are using theater and dance to teach math — and it’s working

Teachers are using theater and dance to teach math — and it’s working | Education Sites | Scoop.it

A study found that educators trained in integrating art into math lessons saw better test results from students.


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What is Student Engagement?

The Learning Achievement Coalition-Oakland asked this question to district staff and students. The following video highlights their responses.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 7, 9:34 AM

Oakland County students and staff were asked what student engagement meant to them. 

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What is Student Engagement?

The Learning Achievement Coalition-Oakland asked this question to district staff and students. The following video highlights their responses.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 7, 9:34 AM

Oakland County students and staff were asked what student engagement meant to them. 

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Five Steps to Create a Progressive, Student-Centered Classroom

Five Steps to Create a Progressive, Student-Centered Classroom | Education Sites | Scoop.it
By Mark Barnes A student-centered classroom is built on autonomy and the elimination of traditional teaching practices. The student-centered classroom operates on collaboration, project-based learning, technology integration, and plenty of conversation between students and teachers about learning. Here are five steps to building a remarkable student-centered classroom. 1. Create ongoing projects. The ongoing project plays an essential role in promoting mastery. The key to ongoing projects is to provide plenty of project choices that enable students to demonstrate what they are learning. Many objectives or standards can be met in one well-crafted project that allows students to decide what the final product looks like. The ongoing project stimulates the workshop environment that is the foundation upon which the student-centered classroom is built. 2. Integrate technology. In today’s digital world, it doesn’t matter if your classroom is filled with computers; students have them in the palms of their hands. Mobile learning is no longer the wave of the future; it’s the present. Learners will be more engaged in any activity or project if they can choose from the hundreds of amazing, free web tools that provide excellent platforms for presenting, curating, and sharing information. When students have an array of exciting web tools at their disposal, they become eager to participate in almost any class activity. 3. Replace homework with engaging in-class activities. The research on the effectiveness of homework ends up on both the pro and con sides. Most studies that support assigning homework suggest that it increases grades in class or on tests. Whether this is true or not is irrelevant. Measuring achievement with grades and test scores is a false barometer of learning because all the control in these areas is in the hands of the teacher, and there is no place for control in a student-centered classroom. With engaging, ongoing projects that are driven by interactive web tools, students produce more in class, making homework obsolete. Best of all, when not faced with “do-this-and-do-it-my-way” assignments, students become eager to complete the projects that they have created and choose to do schoolwork outside of class. This autonomy breeds learning for the sake of learning—one of the best parts of the student-centered classroom. 4. Eliminate rules and consequences. The workshop environment of a bustling student-centered classroom encourages a pursuit of learning that allows little time for disruption. Set the tone from the first day of the school year by eliminating all discussion of rules and consequences. Explain that your learning environment is built on mutual respect and a quest for knowledge, so there won’t be time for any behavior issues. Keep activities engaging, and behavior will never be an issue. 5. Involve students in evaluation. Numbers, percentages, and letters on activities, projects, and report cards say little about learning. A student-centered environment thrives through the use of narrative feedback that follows a specific formula and encourages students to resubmit assignments that do not demonstrate mastery. This approach relies on reciprocal feedback between the student and the teacher. Involving students in conversations about their learning not only builds trust, but also helps them become critics of their own work, which is a remarkable part of the amazing student-centered classroom. If you teach in a student-centered classroom, how does it differ from traditional learning? If your classroom is a traditional one, what fears do you have about converting to a student-centered learning environment? Mark Barnes is a 20-year classroom teacher and creator of the Results Only Learning Environment (ROLE), a progressive, student-centered classroom that eliminates all traditional teaching methods, including grades. While transforming his classroom into a ROLE, Barnes has also revolutionized K–12 web-based instruction by bringing private student websites into his classroom—an extension of school into cyberspace. Barnes has developed five online courses on digital strategies for educators, taught through two accredited colleges in Ohio. A popular speaker and presenter, Barnes is also a Discovery Educator Network STAR Educator and has been honored for his work in education technology. You can learn more about Barnes’ book or purchase a copy of Role Reversal .
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Personalized Learning: Ready, Set, Blend!

Personalized Learning: Ready, Set, Blend! | Education Sites | Scoop.it

The conceptual age is upon us. How does your classroom need to change? This infographic presents the basics of new blended learning models that will enable you to rethink school and prepare students for the world they’re about to enter.


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Student Voice: Transforming Relationships

RT @jca_1975: Ontario: Student Voice - Transforming R'ships http://t.co/hoOlAinbFS @philmcrae @CarolCampbell4 @HargreavesBC #ptchat http://…

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners | Education Sites | Scoop.it
Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?
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Helping Students See Themselves As Thinkers

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TEST Merging Metacognition & Citizenship by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been updated from a previous post in 2013. Why should someone learn?


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What works in education - Hattie's list of the greatest effects and why it matters

What works in education - Hattie's list of the greatest effects and why it matters | Education Sites | Scoop.it

I have been a fan of John Hattie’s work ever since I encountered Visible Learning. Hattie has done the most exhaustive meta-analysis in education. Thanks to him, we can gauge not only the relative ...


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Les Howard's curator insight, August 6, 2014 10:41 AM

John Hattie will be speaking at Oakland Schools;, Michigan, August 15th.

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VideoScribe on John Hattie's Visible Learning - YouTube


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