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How We Can Actually Create Lifelong Learners - Edudemic

How We Can Actually Create Lifelong Learners - Edudemic | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
I’m now enjoying the most exciting times of my career because I see that the dream of developing lifelong learners can be a reality.

Via Grant Montgomery
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Lovely article.  Indeed, being lifelong learner is one of the major goals we have for our students as educators.  The more we are able to design so that students are driving the car , the more pratice they have with questioning and problem solving.  Learning is an active process!

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2015 1:54 PM

Lovely article.  Indeed, being lifelong learner is one of the major goals we have for our students as educators.  The more we are able to design so that students are driving the car , the more pratice they have with questioning and problem solving.  Learning is an active process!

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Explanations: Top Ten Teaching Tips

Explanations: Top Ten Teaching Tips | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
“There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell i...
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I have not read an article specifically about giving explanations before!  This one give ten great tips to ponder when we are attempting to explain to others.   May favorite is the last:  "check for understanding"!  

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2015 2:24 PM

I have not read an article specifically about giving explanations before!  This one give ten great tips to ponder when we are attempting to explain to others.   May favorite is the last:  "check for understanding"!  

Vladimir Kukharenko's curator insight, August 4, 2015 3:08 AM

I have not read an article specifically about giving explanations before!  This one give ten great tips to ponder when we are attempting to explain to others.   May favorite is the last:  "check for understanding"!  

Dennis Swender's curator insight, August 4, 2015 10:08 AM

I have not read an article specifically about giving explanations before!  This one give ten great tips to ponder when we are attempting to explain to others.   May favorite is the last:  "check for understanding"!  

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Learning To Learn: 7 Dimensions Of Effective Learning

Learning To Learn: 7 Dimensions Of Effective Learning | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Guy Claxton is professor of education at Bristol University, and author of Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less (1997). Among other concepts, he is interested in how people learn.
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More than anything else, the concept of self-directed, entrepreneurial learning and transfer stand out. Learning how to learn is very different than learning content. In the 21st century, access to content and resources is no longer in short supply, but rather access to learning pathways, and authentic reasons to learn, which is where meaning making, critical curiosity, and resilience come in. Making that shift in your own mind is important for these dimensions to be relevant.

The shift is from learning content to learning how to learn.

The takeaways for teachers probably start with the role of the student in the learning process: voice, choice, personalization, self-direction, project-based learning, and other low-hanging fruit of current trends in learning.

 

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Peeling the Fruit: A Routine to Explore Complex Subjects

Peeling the Fruit:  A Routine to Explore Complex Subjects | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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We will be using this routine to explore the concepts around students who are not engaged in their learning.  Great way to look at surface issues before diving into the core problems.  

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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

 

"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"

 

"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.

 

Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."

 

This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.

 

And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"

 

What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

 

 

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

 

Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/

 

(Image credit: Behance.net)

 

 


Via Robin Good, João Greno Brogueira, Amanda McAndrew, THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*, LaiaJoana, Rui Guimarães Lima, Ramon Aragon, Paulo Simões, Deborah Arnold, Peter Bryant
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Wonmderful article.  Peter's response is deep!  Read it!

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Education Creations's curator insight, May 12, 2014 12:00 AM

How to turn students into curators.

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We often ask our students to create annotated bibliographies, and this focuses on their capacity to evaluate and make decisions about the validity, reliability and relevance of sources they have found. using Scoop.it, we can ask them to do much the same thing, but they will publish their ideas for an audience, and will also be able to provide and use peer feedback to enhance and tighten up their thinking. This is relevant to any curriculum area. Of course it is dependent on schools being able to access any social media, but rather than thinking about what is impossible, perhaps we could start thinking about what is possible and lobbying for change.

Sample Student's curator insight, May 5, 2015 10:18 PM

We often ask our students to create annotated bibliographies, and this focuses on their capacity to evaluate and make decisions about the validity, reliability and relevance of sources they have found. Using Scoop.it, we can ask them to do much the same thing. But they will publish their ideas for an audience, and will also be able to provide and use peer feedback to enhance and tighten up their thinking. This is relevant to any age, and any curriculum area. Of course it is dependent on schools being able to access social media. But rather than thinking about what is impossible, perhaps we should start thinking about what is possible, and lobbying for change. Could you use a Scoop.it collection as an assessment task?

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Wabi-sabi in Knitting, Learning and Life

Wabi-sabi in Knitting, Learning and Life | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
I officially see myself as "someone who knits".  I am a knitter.   A close-up of the hideous Chartreuse sweater I knitted for my cat a decade ago would reveal serious flaws.  My rectangles became h...
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The flaws are precious.  They urge us to keep problem solving; keep going.  If you stick with it, you learn (in knitting and in life).  

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Ten Obvious Truths That We Shouldn’t Be Ignoring: Alfie Kohn

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articles by alfie kohn
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What's it all about............Alfie?

 

Alfie highlights and discusses 10 controversies that exist.  Despite knowing better, we seem to ignore these truths.  

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Substance matters more than...

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What's it all about............Alfie?

 

Alfie highlights and discusses 10 controversies that exist.  Despite knowing better, we seem to ignore these truths.  

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This Week In The Brilliant Report: Why A Sense Of Belonging Is Essential To Learning

This Week In The Brilliant Report: Why A Sense Of Belonging Is Essential To Learning | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
From the latest issue of my newsletter, The Brilliant Report: “This week I blogged about a new study that suggests one reason why there are so few women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math): they are vulnerable to feeling...
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Belonging is a fundamental human need.

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Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)

Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Beginning during my Doctoral studies and continuing throughout my professional career as an educator, I discovered and keep re-discovering how congruent the concepts related to Progressive Educatio...
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"Students should be part of the research process. Note that the emphasis here is on part of the research process not the subjects of the research.


Students assess what they learned, how they learned it . . . and reflect on their learning as part of their participation. They learn the skills for reflective practice. They learn to be critical consumers and producers of their own learning.The boundaries between assessment and research become blurred . . . as it should be. Assessment becomes naturalistic and descriptive rather than reductionistic and contrived.Best practices are described, developed, and disseminated through the collaborative efforts of educators and students, the populations who have the vested interest in these practices. This increases the validity of these practices in the eyes of these stakeholders and the chance/opportunity for implementing these best practices. The quality of education improves.Nice entry, Jackie.  I am encouraged and hope this is heard.  The students have so very much to say.  How often do we really ask them what they need?


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Using the internet in place of memory doesn’t make us dumber | ExtremeTech

Using the internet in place of memory doesn’t make us dumber | ExtremeTech | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers at UCLA have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to show that people experienced in web searching actually show increased brain activity while searching for new information when compared to internet novices.
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Interesting....we don't like low level thinking/learning, but many are concerned technology is interfering with low level thinking/learning. Hmm.  The article states that "googling" is actually a brain work-out.  Add time to reflect and synthesize the low-level learning to create and you are onto something.  If you know your purpose, tech is a vehicle to take you to creation more quickly.  


"Until there is actual hard data showing a decline in mental capacity thanks to technology, people in Carr’s camp seem a bit like old men yelling at kids that about how rock ‘n’ roll isn’t realmusic and how the television will rot their brains."  This reminds me of the bumper sticker:  "If it's too loud, you're too old!"

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 2015 11:49 PM

Interesting....we don't like low level thinking/learning, but many are concerned technology is interfering with low level thinking/learning. Hmm.  The article states that "googling" is actually a brain work-out.  Add time to reflect and synthesize the low-level learning to create and you are onto something.  If you know your purpose, tech is a vehicle to take you to creation more quickly.  

 

"Until there is actual hard data showing a decline in mental capacity thanks to technology, people in Carr’s camp seem a bit like old men yelling at kids that about how rock ‘n’ roll isn’t realmusic and how the television will rot their brains."  This reminds me of the bumper sticker:  "If it's too loud, you're too old!"

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Danielson The Framework for Teaching

Danielson The Framework for Teaching | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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TY to @auntyerika for pointing out this framework for teacher observations.  Teachers get feedback from principals, curriculum coordinator and peer.  

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Teaching Ahead of the Curve: Assessment Of, For and As Learning

Teaching Ahead of the Curve: Assessment Of, For and As Learning | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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What is your purpose for assessing?  

 

This post argues that learning must be at the core of all good assessment.

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 2015 11:51 PM

What is your purpose for assessing?  

 

This post argues that learning must be at the core of all good assessment.

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Why Highlighting Is a Waste of Time: The Best and Worst Learning Techniques

Why Highlighting Is a Waste of Time: The Best and Worst Learning Techniques | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Some of the most common strategies for retaining knowledge are the least effective, according to a new report
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Best of the best, based on science!  

 

I love my multi-colored highlighters!  Must I get rid of them?!?

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Turning Students Into Teachers

Turning Students Into Teachers | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The best way to learn anything is to teach it to someone else . Isn't that what you've always been told? It's true ... and also a great philosophy to apply in…

Via Kylie Joyce, Elena Keating
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Great philosophy!

 

Many tools that can be used for students to TEACH what they understand!

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I just love your curated picks. Wonder and awe
Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, August 26, 2013 6:28 AM

Crystal clear. I truly cannot understand why we don't make any profit of this at schools. As a related issue, also absolutely worthy for  those high skilled learners at our own schools, instead of searching only  for individual gateways.

Randall Crosby's curator insight, September 29, 2013 4:17 PM

Let our kids teach. They will learn more.

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What Questions Did You Ask Today?

"The average five-year-old asks 65 questions per day, most of them starting with "why." The average 44-year-old manager only asks six questions per day; most of them starting with "when," "where," or "how much."

The number of questions we ask per day doesn't increase until retirement. Why retirement? Because that's when we start asking, "Where are my keys?" and "Why did I walk into this room?" 

In this animated three-minute video, Chic Thompson the author of What a Great Idea!, will help you "jump start" your question asking ability."


Via Ariana Amorim, Les Howard
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Fabulous!    

 

Jonas Salk:  "The answer to every problem pre-exists.  We need to ask the right Questions to reveal the answers."

 

Great tips...........Parents:  instead of asking "what did you learn today?", ask "what questions did you ask today?"

 

Desinging learning, we need to ask HOW last.  What and why first.  "What is the result we want to see, feel and hear."  Then:  Why do you want to achieve these results.  LAST:  How will we do it.  

 

 

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john dimitriou's curator insight, April 14, 2014 5:49 AM

Questions, questions and more questions. What are the right questions?

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Fabulous!    

 

Jonas Salk:  "The answer to every problem pre-exists.  We need to ask the right Questions to reveal the answers."

 

Great tips...........Parents:  instead of asking "what did you learn today?", ask "what questions did you ask today?"

 

Desinging learning, we need to ask HOW last.  What and why first.  "What is the result we want to see, feel and hear."  Then:  Why do you want to achieve these results.  LAST:  How will we do it.  

 

 

Dennis Swender's curator insight, August 4, 2015 10:08 AM

Fabulous!    

 

Jonas Salk:  "The answer to every problem pre-exists.  We need to ask the right Questions to reveal the answers."

 

Great tips...........Parents:  instead of asking "what did you learn today?", ask "what questions did you ask today?"

 

Desinging learning, we need to ask HOW last.  What and why first.  "What is the result we want to see, feel and hear."  Then:  Why do you want to achieve these results.  LAST:  How will we do it.  

 

 

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The Creative Power Of Memory: Engaging in Creative Ways

The Creative Power Of Memory: Engaging in Creative Ways | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
You probably think that memory is the exact opposite of creativity. After all, the things you memorize already exist, they're not new. And creativity is all about a new idea that didn't exist before...
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We have to move past the notion that there is ONE answer.  Creativity is the cornerstone of innovation (which is our future).  


"One of these techniques is the habit of looking: being aware and mindful of what is happening around you. A second technique is making: putting your ideas out in the world, creating through drawing and building. A third technique is asking: Identifying good questions and formulating problems in productive ways."


"Creative insights always come from combinations of existing mental material. New ideas don't just appear out of thin air; they build on existing ideas, concepts, and perceptions, that you've stored in your mind over the years."

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We have to move past the notion that there is ONE answer.  Creativity is the cornerstone of innovation (which is our future).  

 

"One of these techniques is the habit of looking: being aware and mindful of what is happening around you. A second technique is making: putting your ideas out in the world, creating through drawing and building. A third technique is asking: Identifying good questions and formulating problems in productive ways."

 

"Creative insights always come from combinations of existing mental material. New ideas don't just appear out of thin air; they build on existing ideas, concepts, and perceptions, that you've stored in your mind over the years."

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Teach Kids Before Subjects

Teach Kids Before Subjects | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Ask any teacher what they teach, and you’ll get the typical responses: “I teach science.” “I teach 3rd grade.” “I teach English.” Words matter. And when we give those answers, we miss a chance to h...
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Early childhood and elementary have this nailed, mostly!  

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My Voice National Student Report 2012:

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My Voice provides educators with a powerful tool for understanding both what motivates and inspires students to achieve, and how well students believe their school is meeting those objectives. My Voice is a powerful tool for initiating innovative, meaningful school reform.  

 

Global summary:  

 

Student-teacher relationships, which can be powerful contributors to student engagement
and academic success, are in need of improvement; moreover, perceptions of studentteacher relationships appear to weaken, rather than strengthen, through the middle school
and into the high school years.
– At all levels of secondary education, students need to be more engaged—and trends across
the grade levels suggest this problem gets worse, not better, the longer students are in
school; and
– While learning in school in general is perceived as important, it is not perceived as
particularly relevant to many students’ lives, and this perceived relevance generally declines
as students progress through school.

 

This document needs to be read and read well for those looking to change the culture of their building.  

 

 

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Sharing Learning Creating

Sharing Learning Creating | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Wonderful day of creating for this lucky group of kids!  

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Wonderful day of creating for this lucky group of kids!  

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6 ways to use social media to connect with parents | SmartBlogs

6 ways to use social media to connect with parents | SmartBlogs | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Social media can be a powerful tool to coordinate and connect with parents. At the school level, this is important work for everyone, from the classroom te
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Keeping engaged with parents is an effective way to build relationships.

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 2015 8:39 AM

Keeping engaged with parents is an effective way to build relationships.

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Keeping engaged with parents is an effective way to build relationships.

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for the love of learning: Here's what learning looks like

for the love of learning: Here's what learning looks like | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Continuous learning!! what we might experience everyday in the classroom and staff meetings!! http://t.co/wOb8FVB6
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Yep, learning can be "all that".  When you hit your flow it is glorious!  

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 21, 2013 11:24 AM

Concerning ===> Safe. One of the first things I learned in teacher school was that learning only happens when people feel safe. This includes physical and emotional safety. It's important to note that the girl says "I'll be fine." Despite her obvious fear of the unknown, she is telling us that she feels safe.


In 21st Century while using e-Learning, m-Learning and "Bring Your Own Device" [BYOD] WE MUST also consider the Internet Safety and the Security in School Environment as well as the Security of Home Environment because of HomeWork and the Protection of the devices!


A MUST know...

 

Learning the basics of Cyber-Security is ALSO a MUST in 21st Century! Education should follow this and teaching it up from the early age as nearly anyone is Online today!

 

It is actually very easy, so don't fear about, and check my FREE courses to find out and to help protecting the kids worldwide:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/cyber-hygiene-ict-hygiene-for-population-education-and-business/

 

The "Practice" is very easy to implement, YOU can do it in ONLY 1 week and less, it's ALL about the reflexes later to NOT forget it ;)

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com

 

https://gustmeesen.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/why-ict-security-why-the-need-to-secure-a-computer/

 

When #Kids use Internet they MUST know the #dangers ===>  #InternetSafety ===> http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Internetsafety… and #protection ===>  #CyberSecurity ===> https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/cyber-hygiene-ict-hygiene-for-population-education-and-business/

 


Gianfranco D'Aversa's curator insight, January 23, 2013 1:59 PM

Continuous learning!! what we might experience everyday in the classroom and staff meetings!! http://t.co/wOb8FVB6

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User-Generated Learning: A Must-Do for School Leaders Today

User-Generated Learning: A Must-Do for School Leaders Today | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
School leaders must move beyond passive PD & take charge of their professional growth. A new book on user-generated learning can help, says principal Lyn Hilt.
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A must read.  Today's learners take charge of their professional growth via:  

 

learning acquired through active curation, reflection, and contribution to a self-selected collaborative space

 

A book to assist individual's with a self-made plan is:  http://www.eyeoneducation.com/bookstore/productdetails.cfm?sku=7228-4

 

I've learned more, in this manner, than ever since leaving grad school.  

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A must read.  Today's learners take charge of their professional growth via:  

 

learning acquired through active curation, reflection, and contribution to a self-selected collaborative space

 

A book to assist individual's with a self-made plan is:  http://www.eyeoneducation.com/bookstore/productdetails.cfm?sku=7228-4

 

I've learned more, in this manner, than ever since leaving grad school.  

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Three Surprising Secrets to Creating Simplicity

Three Surprising Secrets to Creating Simplicity | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Fog rolled in last week in Central Pennsylvania. Warm temperatures collided with cold snow and gray mist blanked our valley. Everything slows in fog. Everything’s more dangerous. Complexity creates...
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Purpose, purpose, purpose!  Always know the "why" to what you do!  

 

Nice entry regarding ways to simplify your life.  

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 8, 2015 6:39 PM

Purpose, purpose, purpose!  Always know the "why" to what you do!  

 

Nice entry regarding ways to simplify your life.  

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Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning: What Works Clearinghouse

Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning: What Works Clearinghouse | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
This guide includes a set of concrete actions relating to the use of instructional and study time that are applicable to subjects that demand a great deal of content learning, including social studies, science, and mathematics.

Via Dennis P. Garland
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The guide was developed with some of the most important principles to emerge from research on learning and memory in mind.  Take time to look at the individual documents within.

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Dennis P. Garland's curator insight, January 13, 2013 1:34 PM

 "A recommendation from one of the earliest WWC practice guides reads: “To help students remember key facts, concepts, and knowledge, we recommend that teachers arrange for students to be exposed to key course concepts on at least two occasions—separated by a period of several weeks to several months.” A recent Time article highlighting new findings from IES-funded research agrees, referring to this as “distributed practice” and finds it has high utility for improving student learning. The practice guide link is below, and the Time article can be found at:http://ideas.time.com/2013/01/09/highlighting-is-a-waste-of-time-the-best-and-worst-learning-techniques/";

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 2015 11:51 PM

The guide was developed with some of the most important principles to emerge from research on learning and memory in mind.  Take time to look at the individual documents within.

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EdCamp

Edcamp is free, democratic, participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators worldwide. Edcamps are: • free • non-commercial and conducted with...
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Rethinking professional learning.  

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