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50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: An Updated List For 2014

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50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: Updated For 2014

by Sara Briggs

 

"The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. Moreover, the title educator embodies many forms within these talks.

 

So it’s precisely for this reason that any educator benefits from so many of these talks. Each speaker reveals his or her passion of a view or a subject with the enthusiasm of a first-year teacher."


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Claudine Revol's curator insight, April 28, 2014 5:00 AM

The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. Moreover, the title educator embodies many forms within these talks.

So it’s precisely for this reason that any educator benefits from so many of these talks. Each speaker reveals his or her passion of a view or a subject with the enthusiasm of a first-year teacher.

Using TED Talks to convey an important message or spark creativity might be more effective in teaching students than an individual agenda or preconceived notion of what should be said. Furthermore, TED Talks challenges educators everywhere to think differently and encourage the same in their students.

These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder, challenging your educator perspective.

 
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By Sara Briggs

Using TED Talks to convey an important message or spark creativity might be more effective in teaching students than an individual agenda or preconceived notion of what should be said. Furthermore, TED Talks challenges educators everywhere to think differently and encourage the same in their students.

These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder, challenging your educator perspective.

50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: Updated For 2014

Jen Judge's curator insight, July 21, 2014 3:42 PM

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35 Psychology-Based Critical Thinking Strategies

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35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, February 25, 2014 8:47 AM

These strategies are always useful for planning curriculum, asking better questions, probing for deeper answers and much more.

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15 Articles That Will Change Your Teaching

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Articles that will change your teaching in 2014!

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What Students Should Do With Technology!

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The Reflections of an Innovative Educator

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The Rice Process's curator insight, December 29, 2013 1:37 PM

Insightful!

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 29, 2013 11:20 PM

This pretty much seems to be worthy goals for us to strive for.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 29, 2013 11:20 PM

Everyone should be working in this direction.

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Edutopia's Top 10 Most Viewed Blog Posts for 2013; Described by Vicki Davis

Edutopia's Top 10 Most Viewed Blog Posts for 2013; Described by Vicki Davis | Educational Research | Scoop.it

Jim Lerman's insight:

Davis is one of my favorite go-to people in ed tech. She always shares great resources and offers tons of creative and thoughtful ideas to not just integrate tech with ed, but to improve learning across the board.

 

Davis offers a descriptive paragraph for each of the top 10, highlighting what appeals to her about each one. Click on the headline or the image above to go to the article's webpage. Links to all blog posts are located there.

 

Titles of the blog posts:

 

1. 6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students

2. Teach with Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom

3. Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

4. Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

5. Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

6. 20 Ideas for Engaging Projects

7. 8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

8. Top 5 iPad Apps for Teaching Across All Content Areas

9. 5 Quick Classroom Management Tips for Novice Teachers

10. Bell Ringer Exercises


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Remaking the Grade, From A to D - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Remaking the Grade, From A to D - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Educational Research | Scoop.it
Too many professors need some remediation in how they assign classroom grades, writes Douglas B. Reeves.

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Nancy Ruth's curator insight, April 3, 2013 10:30 AM

This is a really interesting article- some of which is questionable, but nonetheless food for thought.  The way I feel, especially in a middle school, is that teaching should be about feedback and about teaching the skills (especially in reading, writing, math, etc) that students need to become informed, productive, and insightful individuals.  Teachers who are tired of trying to get students to do work, give zeros as punishment and hope they speak for themselves, when in reality, students who get zeros don't care, and dig themselves into holes so deep they don't see the point in trying to climb back out. If we make students do the work and give them the opportunity to improve, many will.  We have used the 0-100 system forever, and we still have people in the work force who don't care, don't do anything, and have a terrible attitude about school and learning in general.  If we give them a chance, I have a pretty good feeling this will change.  I speak as someone who has family in England and attended school in Switzerland where the grading and school systems and overall attitude about education is very different from here, and very different from each other.  We need to step back and take a look at how we are educating our youth and what options we are providing them with, and stop thinking that grades are the ultimate punishment. The students we should be worried about are not the students who will be scared by a 0- those students will be fine.  

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Study: Middle School Algebra Push Yields Minimal Performance Gains

A new study finds that increasing enrollment in advanced math classes before highs school hasn't let to higher math performance for states on the NAEP.

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How do inquiry teachers….teach?

How do inquiry teachers….teach? | Educational Research | Scoop.it

Twelve great points about inquiry teaching! When I first became fascinated in inquiry-based approaches (too many years ago to say!), the focus for many of my conversations and indeed, my early research, was on how to plan.  Back then, learni...


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Charles Fischer's curator insight, March 11, 2014 11:28 AM

Twelve great points about inquiry teaching! The number one, talking less, is hugely important. Students can't form their own opinions (right or wrong) unless they have time and opportunity. 

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Other Data: 20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher

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Other Data: 20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, March 1, 2014 9:47 AM

This is a perfect list of signs to effectively see if facilitating Socratic Seminars is working for you and your students. Pay particular attention to the first six.

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Interesting Chart Outlining the Differences between Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Heutagogy

Interesting Chart Outlining the Differences between Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Heutagogy | Educational Research | Scoop.it

Preparing our kids and students for a global knowledge economy necessitates a new teaching approach; one that will equip them with the skills and competencies needed to thrive in such an economy. It is widely believed that pedagogy as an educational method per see is no longer enough; teachers and educators need to embrace new methodologies that are more relevant to the exigencies of today's learning. Andragogy and Heutagogy are probably the answer.


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Pick One Thing to Try - An Idea from Tom Whitby

Pick One Thing to Try - An Idea from Tom Whitby | Educational Research | Scoop.it

- Try Genius hour?

 

-  Try a Mystery Skype?

 

- Student blogging?

 

- Start A classroom website? 

 

- Give Choice in learning?

 

-  Read more books?  

 

- Get rid of grades?

 

- Get rid of homework or reduce it?Join the Global Read Aloud?  

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, December 29, 2013 12:06 PM

 

Very interesting read!!!

 

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40 Educational Tweeters Every Teacher Should Follow

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Knowing who to follow on Twitter is  essential for growing and effectively benefiting from your PLN. As a teacher and literacy researcher I always make sure the people I follow are really worth...

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Study Links Academic Setbacks to Middle School Transition

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"The weakest point of any system is at the transitions."

 

While much research points to 9th grade as a problem transition year for students, a new study suggests the move from elementary to middle school may be more of a worry.

 

Study: part of the Program on Education Policy and Governance Working Papers Series at Harvard University

 

Findings:

 

1. students moving from grade 5 into middle school show a “sharp drop” in math and language arts achievement in the transition year that plagues them as far out as 10th grade, even risking thwarting their ability to graduate high school and go on to college.

 

2. students who had attended a middle school were 18 percent more likely than students who attended a K-8 school before high school to not enroll in grade 10 after attending grade 9—an indicator that they may have dropped out.

 

2. Students who make a school transition in 6th grade are absent more often than those who remain in one school through 8th grade, and they are more likely to drop out of school by 10th grade.

 

Conclusions

 

“I don’t see eliminating the transition at the high school level as important or beneficial as eliminating the transition at the middle school level,” said Martin R. West, an assistant education professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a co-author of the study."

 

"The Florida findings are “almost identical” to the results of a smaller, 2010 study of New York City public schools, Mr. West said. In it, Columbia University researchers found that students who started in K-5 or K-6 schools performed slightly better than their K-8 peers in math and language arts in 5th grade, but when they moved to a middle school, the K-8 and middle school students changed places, and the achievement gap between those groups increased through 8th grade."

 

"The onset of puberty can exacerbate normal transition problems for younger students, according to Patti Kinney, an associate director of middle-level services at the National Association of Secondary School Principals, in Reston, Va. “You’re looking at students making a transition during a time when tremendous physical, cognitive, and emotional transitions are going on at the same time,” Ms. Kinney said. “There’s a wide variety of maturation among different children at that level.”

 

Transitions

 

Ms. Kinney of NASSP said that effective transitions should be “a process, not an event. A lot of times, people talk about transition programs, and they are talking about what they are doing in 9th grade, when they really need to be working with their middle schools to support students much earlier,” she said.

 

“Kids develop at their own rates; what’s important is how you are personalizing that environment for them,” Ms. Kinney said. “The grade configuration in a lot of ways is a secondary consideration.”


The NASSP’s Breaking Ranks in the Middle book on improving student achievement in middle grades calls for schools serving those grades to provide each student with a “personal adult advocate” to help him or her understand the changing academic requirements and social dynamics.


“It is easy for those who don’t work regularly with middle-level students to forget that 6th graders are only five or six years removed from their teddy bears,” Breaking Ranks notes, and “those who do work with middle-level students sometimes forget that, by the time students leave ‘the middle,’ the rigors of college are only four short years away.”

 


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