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4 Ways to Eliminate Success Blocking Blind Spots

4 Ways to Eliminate Success Blocking Blind Spots | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Those who can’t see themselves feel alone and isolated. Real relationships are built between real people.   7 reasons leaders have blind spots: The birds of a feather problem. You hang with people who think like you and agree with you. Credit bias. You give yourself credit for success and blame others for failure. Illusion…
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As a school leader, I found that it was important to seek out feedback from those with whom I didn't always see eye-to-eye as a way to continue to ground myself to to reflect about what we were doing as a school. Building connections with other is important and being aware of your reactions is also important. Seek feedback from those you trust will give you honest feedback not just what they think you want to hear. Learn to reflect on the feedback to see how you can be a better leader but also how to improve your support of others and how to follow when it is necessary. 

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6 Silent Culture Killers - TalentCulture

6 Silent Culture Killers - TalentCulture | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
HR Pros, people leaders, owners, executives, and CEO’s spend countless resources these days building culture. Following the likes of Zappos, Google, Lululemon, and more – culture is no longer just a buzzword. It’s an essential business strategy. If ... Read More
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In schools, culture is so important. A culture that is focused on growth and support will thrive and the focus will be "doing what is best for students" with adults pushing themselves, stretching and growing. In this type of culture, these 6 culture killers are things that educational leaders need to be aware of and work to disempower. 

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There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb

There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that's how it should be. The term was popularised long ago-

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 13, 7:00 PM

This post begins with a number of definitions for critical thinking, from the basic (as seen above) to more complex (as seen through the eyes of Common Core). It then goes on to look at:

Where did the concept come from?

The next section, "What does the term really mean?" provides two lists. The first list is "what we know critical thinking isn't. Below are two of the items on this list.

* Simply mimicking others thinking.

* Being biased towords (or against) one way of thinking.

The second list, "what we know critical thinking is."  This list includes:

* Willingness to be wrong.

* Questioning one's own thinking.

The final section provides Three Rules of Thumb - one for Essays, one for Discussions and one for Tests.

Below is one example from each of the Three Rules of Thumb.

* Discuss the phrasing of prompts.

* Highlight the mysterious.

* Include the "how" and "why" in multiple choice questions.

Each section of this post provides additional details.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 14, 1:32 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

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The Science of Storytelling Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Science of Storytelling Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The Science of Storytelling Infographic: In the The Science of Storytelling Infographic you will find invaluable information concerning storytelling.

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A nice infographic of the art of storytelling. 

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Cynthia Day's curator insight, September 14, 8:46 AM

Making your mind up.

Marvin Marcelino's curator insight, September 14, 9:07 AM

The only method that never fails to have the effect of enduring learning

Paul's curator insight, September 17, 6:21 AM

Would love to get a story-teller at our school this year!

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Cheat Sheet: Twitter For Teachers

Cheat Sheet: Twitter For Teachers | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Cheat Sheet: Twitter For Teachers
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This is a very concise and organized "cheat sheet" that will be of benefit for teacher starting out using twitter and is a good reminder of some things for those who have been using it for some time! 

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Stefanie Mietzner's curator insight, September 15, 3:44 AM

This is a well thought , precise 'cheat sheet' for teachers on how to exploit the social media. I have learnt one or two things now. Great post. Hope you post more soon.

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Implementing Evernote in the classroom. | Evernote as Portfolio

Implementing Evernote in the classroom. | Evernote as Portfolio | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
How I implement the use of Evernote portfolios with students.
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Evernote is a great tool for teachers. I believe more teachers need to harness the power of this tool. This is a great article about using Evernote in documentation. 

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Why Half-Brain Teaching Isn't Enough [Infographic]

Why Half-Brain Teaching Isn't Enough [Infographic] | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Half-Brain Teaching Isn’t Enough Infographic In today’s societies there is a lot of focus on the logical and analytical brain functions. Many schools are cutting the ‘extras’ like art and music. However, students need to be well rounded and really need subjects like those to be con...

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http://elearninginfographics.com/half-brain-teaching-isnt-enough-infographic/

 


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Basically I really like the graphic here. It's leaps out and grabs your attention. The design is appealing yet simple and easy to navigate. Are we teaching these aspects as we engage students in using technology? Design is so utterly important. 

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Laura Gekeler's curator insight, September 10, 9:40 AM

K-12 esp. needs to note the move from STEM to STEAM in how we teach.

 

W. Bradley Gooderham's curator insight, September 10, 9:27 PM

Love the A in STEAM.  This is what I believe #SteveJobs was talking about when he describes Apple as being at the intersection of #LiberalArts and #Technology.    I also love these #Infographics and their ability to feed my visual learning.

Reina Cruz's curator insight, September 11, 10:06 AM

Still need to read

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The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop - User Generated Education

The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop - User Generated Education | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
I had the great privilege of facilitating a staff workshop on growth mindsets for the teachers and staff at Carlos Rosario International School.Staff were given access to the slide deck in order in...

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I like the infographic that is used in this piece as it shows clearly how a growth mindset can help both teachers and students to shift how they think and become more open to different possibilities. 

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Mark Solomon's curator insight, September 12, 2:23 PM

We will always encounter challenges and obstacles in our career and in our personal lives.  How will we meet those challenges? What is our mindset?

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 14, 3:03 PM

add your insight...


Cynthia Day's curator insight, September 14, 8:29 PM

making up my mind

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Advanced Google Search Tip: Sort by Reading Level

Advanced Google Search Tip: Sort by Reading Level | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
While presenting a series of Google trainings in Alaska last week, I discovered that very few participants knew how to do an advanced Google search by reading level. It's such a useful trick for differentiating reading materials in the classroom, I wanted to share it. Step 1: Enter your search

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This is a great idea to share with all educators! 

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Toby Grosswald's curator insight, September 12, 8:47 AM

Differentiating reading levels!

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Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Even Geniuses Work Hard

Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Even Geniuses Work Hard | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

We can all agree that meaningful schoolwork promotes students' learning of academic content. But why stop there? I believe that meaningful work can also teach students to love challenges, to enjoy effort, to be resilient, and to value their own improvement. In other words, we can design and present learning tasks in a way that helps students develop a growth mindset, which leads to not just short-term achievement but also long-term success.  - Carol Dweck


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Developing a growth mindset in students is important for their future. Educators have the tools and the knowledge to make this a possible but are often hampered by the policies and policy-makers and sometimes lack support from key individuals. It's not that we lack the tools and ability but sometimes we lack the will! 

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6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together | Edudemic

6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together | Edudemic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Education is a pretty hot-button issue for so many people out there. The issues in education are numerous and varied, and interestingly, many people find themselves feeling pretty strongly about one or two issues, and could take or leave many of the others. So whether special needs students, public funding, gender equality in education, or …

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Love TED-talks. I've seen some of these and they are worth watching, alone or with students. 

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BYOT network digital age learning ecosystem

BYOT network digital age learning ecosystem | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

An ecosystem is a system formed by the interaction of a community of living organisms with each other and their environment. (Dictionary.com, 2014)

When I visit a digital age classroom where students are actively using technology tools for inquiry and creating new products to show their learning, I see a similarity to an ecosystem. The students and teacher interact within the classroom environment in an organic way to construct learning experiences. What are the components of this digital age learning ecosystem? What facilitates a sustainable learning environment that endures over time and through adversity? After reading my suggested attributes of a digital age learning ecosystem, post a reply with your own suggestions that I may have overlooked and should consider for future reflection.


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A key component for this type of classroom is for the teacher to have a growth mindset and a desire to collaborate and share with students and other teachers. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 10, 10:38 AM
John Dewey's suggestions about the teacher being and becoming responsible for the environment learning occurs within came to mind. That invitation is processes emerging from what Whitehead described as the genius of the teacher. @ivon_ehd1
En Français - Alix Creuzé's curator insight, September 10, 11:17 AM

L'écosystéme de l'apprentissage.

june holley's curator insight, September 11, 12:40 PM

Not just for schools but for all network learners!

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U32 MS Planning ePortfolios

U32 MS Planning ePortfolios | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Planning ePortfolios at U-32 Middle School Team Project

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Some good tools and ideas for ePortfolios. It's time that all schools begin to take this more seriously and begin to help students develop their learning portfolio/profile. 

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Using Video Messaging in Classrooms Improves Student Engagement - A Case Study in Dallas

Using Video Messaging in Classrooms Improves Student Engagement - A Case Study in Dallas | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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Vidopop is a tool that allows teachers to take a video and post it for students or others to watch. If you're thinking of trying to flip your classes or use video for review, stations or having students use it as an option for responses, vidopop gives you some nice options. 

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Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom

Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Successful technology integration includes always having a non-tech Plan B, staying with what works instead of trend-hopping, and minimizing the elements beyond your control.
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It is important to differentiate when you plan and having options that will allow students to continue their learning even if the technology glitches because sometimes, despite what some experts say, you can't just wait for it to reset or to be fixed because that could be tomorrow! 

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Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection

Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
I am an adjunct faculty for several teacher education and educational technology programs.  I have been so for a few decades.  During that time I have noticed the changing nature of student behavio...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 13, 7:45 PM

Do you discuss growth mindset with your students? Do you also discuss what a fixed mindset is? In this post Jackie Gerstein provides her insights into these areas, and also talks about the grwoth of what she defines as a "toxic mindset" where a students might think:

  • Mediocre is often good enough for me as long as I get the work done.

We are fortunate that she has also provided a "Personal Accountability and Reflection" series of questions, which is shown in the infographic above, and also listed in the post. Below are two of the questions.

  • Did I work as hard as I could have?
  • Did I regulate my procrastination, distractions, and temptations in order to complete my work?

These are great questions to use with your students. How do you think  your students would answer them? Would they acknowledge how they are working accurately?

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 14, 1:41 PM

Thx Beth Dichter

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A choir as big as the Internet

A choir as big as the Internet | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
185 voices from 12 countries join a choir that spans the globe: "Lux Aurumque," composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre, merges hundreds of tracks individually recorded and posted to YouTube. It's an astonishing illustration of how technology can connect us.
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5 Tips for Teachers Getting Started on Twitter

5 Tips for Teachers Getting Started on Twitter | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Twitter is by far the most powerful professional learning network (PLN)  I participate in. Using it is like being at a teaching conference every day. I am constantly exposed to new ideas that inspi...
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For teachers starting out on twitter, these five tips may help you make the transition to SM. 

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Twitter for Digital Citizenship

Twitter for Digital Citizenship | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

I have been a longtime advocate for using Twitter in education, in fact, it was more than three years ago now when I started using Twitter to model and teach authentic global digital citizenship. It has been almost two years since this article was published in The Age, celebrating the positives use of such a tool in a variety of educational contexts.


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/how-to-use-twitter-with-success-for-education-and-more/


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=eCitizen


 


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Because some teachers are exploring the use of twitter in the classroom, this article helps to explain how it can be used in positive ways and gives some ideas for connecting it to the learning outcomes. 

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The best laid lesson plans...

The best laid lesson plans... | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
This article was written for Sec Ed Magazine and appeared in their NQT special edition in June 2014.  You can read the original here or download the NQT Special here.There's a free info graphic to ...

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Simple and effective! I like the four different components, especially 3 and 4. We sometimes focus too much on 1 and 2. Making it "Real" is important as it helps to see how things will actually unfold. Making it "Satisfying" speaks to how we sometimes make plans that fulfill the "Get it done" category but do not fulfill the deeper connections. 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, September 9, 12:17 AM

Mitä muuta tarvitaan?

Deb Kalikow-Pluck's curator insight, September 9, 1:34 PM

Check this out!

Deb Kalikow-Pluck's curator insight, September 9, 1:36 PM

Using more of your brain is a good thing.

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Good Professional Development: It's not only about the 'how' but about the follow-up

Good Professional Development: It's not only about the 'how' but about the follow-up | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours—or years—of hands on training and practice. Sure, we’d show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of …

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Follow up is a critical component of professional development and something that is so often overlooked and usually ignored. 

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 11, 3:38 PM

80% of the success of any professional development depends on what we do to follow-up after the sessions. 'Spray and pray' PD never worked because there was no follow-up component. Smaller chunks with follow-up and feedback will work.

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, September 11, 7:38 PM

This is a point I always pushed when involved with teacher training. How many things did you totally " get" the first time you did them?

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, September 12, 4:19 PM

Absolutely!  Professional learning in buildings with effective instructional coaches has the highest transfer to practice.  It's that ongoing, sustained pd. @AL Reading Initiative

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What is open education? | Opensource.com

What is open education? | Opensource.com | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Open education is a philosophy about the way people should produce, share, and build on knowledge.

Proponents of open education believe everyone in the world should have access to high-quality educational experiences and resources, and they work to eliminate barriers to this goal. Such barriers might include high monetary costs, outdated or obsolete materials, and legal mechanisms that prevent collaboration among scholars and educators.


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To overcome the problems of today and tomorrow, we need to think differently than we are right now. Open Education is one such move that provides all people with access to learning and gives new space to new ideas for creating new knowledge. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 11, 10:23 PM

Breaking down the barriers to access is important.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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No need to teach girls differently online

No need to teach girls differently online | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
To hear some ed tech enthusiasts tell it, online learning is sweeping aside the barriers that have in the past prevented access to education. But such pronouncements are premature. As it turns out, students often carry these barriers right along with them, from the real world into the virtual one. Female students, for example, are …

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Have to agree with @Ivon Prefontaine, we need to teach them as individuals, meeting them where they are and moving forward. 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 12, 6:08 PM

Absolutely right! 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 12, 8:26 PM

We should teach each student as we encounter them, as a unique person whose learning experience will be particular to them.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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A Must See Visual Featuring The Do's and Don'ts of Digital CItizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must See Visual Featuring The Do's and Don'ts of Digital CItizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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Digital Citizenship is important. This is a good visual to aid in discussing Digital Citizenship with students and is a good avenue to bring up the discussion of being a good citizen everywhere - on the net, on the street, in the school or in the community. 

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Why Good Professional Development Is Like Learning How To Fly

Why Good Professional Development Is Like Learning How To Fly | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours—or years—of hands on training and practice. Sure, we’d show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of flight, but then we’d slap on a graduation cap and let them take off into the big blue sky. Not only would it likely be ineffective, it would be borderline criminal. Yet when it comes to professional development for classroom teachers, that’s almost exactly what we do.


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PD is vital for teacher growth and sustainability yet it is often undervalued and often is not focused on what individual teachers need but, instead, on generic ideas and concepts or on "feel good" presentations about topics that are nebulous and non-specific like using technology or implementing reading programs. A shift is needed to move PD towards a growth mindset that focuses on how individual teachers can improve their teaching by beginning where they are as a teacher and sharing their ideas and growth with other teachers. It's not about presentations, even by "real teachers in real classrooms" but about change for individual teachers through support and collaboration of other teachers who also have a growth mindset. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 10, 10:50 AM
In this article, learning and training are somehow interchangeable. Learning is a human process which involves imagining what the meaning is in what is being learned. Training is a checklist process used in industrial settings where we go through the prescribed steps. The two are not the same thing, Having said this, good learning should help us fly and take off in new and adventurous ways. @ivon_ehd1