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Moving from Knowing to Doing.

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An edupeep on #educoach (@PrincipalJ) recommended this article re: going from knowing to doing.  Includes a discussion of what to do about the main three barriers:   to translating knowledge 

into action: knowing what to do is
not enough; when talk substitutes
for action; and when measurement
obstructs good judgment.

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The Two Things Teachers Focus on Most....Instead of Learning

The Two Things Teachers Focus on Most....Instead of Learning | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Nice.  The focus needs to be on the learning and thinking.  Many pratical things need to be in place (ie classroom organization, classroom routines) but if the focus is on thinking and learning, engagement is more likely to happen.  Problems fade away

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Using The Habits Of Mind To Promote Teacher Happiness

Using The Habits Of Mind To Promote Teacher Happiness | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, Institute for Habits of Mind A Whole Child Deserves A Whole Teacher: Using The Habits Of Mind To Promote Teacher Happiness A lot is said and written about the whole...
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Teaching and learning well require that we remember the purpose.

 

 "Habits of the Mind" does include goals that we need to focus on, but I'm not seeing the "how" part.  HOW do you teach these things?

 

I believe Making Thinking Visible has a variety of routines to help us meet many of these goals.    http://www.pz.harvard.edu/vt/visiblethinking_html_files/VisibleThinking1.html

 

 

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A Useful Social Media Cheat Sheet - Edudemic

A Useful Social Media Cheat Sheet - Edudemic | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The infographic may be designed for small business owners but it's worthwhile for any teacher, student, parent, or other Edudemic reader looking for the quick bites of the social networks.
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This is nice!  Complete with a compare and contrast!

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The 7 Styles of Online Learning

The 7 Styles of Online Learning | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social, solitary. As an online educator, teacher, consultant, facilitator you probably wonder what kind of the 7 styles of learning are the most effective for your audience. Here's an overview. 

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I think most of us are a nice and nifty package of all.  Preferences vary, depending on many factors. 

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Ruth Garner's curator insight, January 5, 2013 3:35 AM

It is always good to revisit learning styles in order to reflect on whether or not we are giving the best opportunities for learning online.

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No Teacher Should Major in Education?

No Teacher Should Major in Education? | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

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Why teach?  What do teacher prep programs do to prepare teachers to teach (and learn)?

 

" It is better to teach our teachers how to teach and how to learn for themselves than it is to teach them a finite amount of information that is quickly outdated. Our teachers need to be cutting edge thinkers and learners, instructional designers, child advocates, activists, politicians, and motivational speakers. Many have these qualities naturally, but teacher education programs can, or should aim to cultivate them in the next generation of educators."

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The 8 Aspects of Teacher Learning

The 8 Aspects of Teacher Learning | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The way teachers teach their students has, I believe, a direct correlation to the way in which they learn themselves. We have all read in the latest teaching journals that teachers of today have to be devoted to lifelong learning.
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Ruth Garner's curator insight, January 5, 2013 3:43 AM

Great common sense în this blog!  Off to buy this book - sounds like there are some good messages in it. 

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Reggio Emilia Approach Gives Students a Voice in the Curriculum | NEA Today

Reggio Emilia Approach Gives Students a Voice in the Curriculum | NEA Today | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
By Teal Ruland When Newsweek magazine recognized Reggio Emilia in the early 1990s as one of the top approaches to preschool education in the world, the

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Reggio Emilia in Missouri.

 

"“The Reggio approach equips them to use problem-solving strategies,” says Bailey. “The children have a strong sense of self, and they construct their own knowledge and do it well.”"

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8 Research Findings Supporting the Benefits of Gamification in Education

8 Research Findings Supporting the Benefits of Gamification in Education | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
There are myriad ways in which gamification can play a positive role in the educational setting.

Via EDTC@UTB, Thaisa Ferreira
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Gaming has benefits!  

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Howard Gardner: Digital Technology and A Well-Rounded Education | DMLcentral

Howard Gardner: Digital Technology and A Well-Rounded Education | DMLcentral | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
As digital technologies become daily staples in both our personal and professional lives, there's been much discussion among educators and community leaders as to whether these devices and innovations could in some way be accountable for shifts in...
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"Anything we can do to create models for young people as they are growing up as to what it’s like to live in an environment where ethics and morality is what we aspire to -- we don't necessarily achieve it but we aspire to it -- and if we screw up how can we do a better job, I think that's the best gift we can give young people growing up in any society."

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30 Surprising (And Controversial) Ways Students Learn - Edudemic

30 Surprising (And Controversial) Ways Students Learn - Edudemic | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
What are the real ways students learn? Is daydreaming a good thing? Should they play violent video games? A new report takes a close look.
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Always been a fan of blocks, music and movement!

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A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools - Edudemic

A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools - Edudemic | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
We've needed a strong pedagogical framework for digital tools since the introduction of technology into education. Hopefully this helps.

Via Timo Ilomäki, Jesse Soininen
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Wow!  "The teacher and student jointly select the subject matter that is to be worked with in the classroom. They are equal in this process, just as they are in their subsequent efforts to process the subject matter and produce common knowledge within the field."


Great idea.  

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Turn off iPhone, Take Hike, Creativity Soars [study]

Turn off iPhone, Take Hike, Creativity Soars [study] | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Humans have long recognized the value of “getting away from it all,” but a new study, co-written by a University of Utah psychology professor, attempts to put a measurable meaning on the old saying.

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Paying Tom Sawyer has its advantages..........and there are many~!

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, December 12, 2012 9:43 PM

I'm there (the man says typing into his computer at 1:00 am). 

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Cultures of Thinking History

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Cultures of Thinking is a program designed to promote thinking in classrooms. It is based on Six key principles (http://www.ronritchhart.com/COT_Resources_files/6Principles%20of%20COT_V2.pdf).  

 

Essentially, CoT takes a dispositional view.  A dispositional view considers not only what one can do but also what one does. Dispositions bring ability into play, by bridging the gap between the ability to think and the ability to take action that occurs as result of the thinking.


Here is the history leading up to the development of the Cultures of Thinking Project.  

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Learning As Pattern Recognition « Annie Murphy Paul

Learning As Pattern Recognition « Annie Murphy Paul | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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REally love this though provoking post.  Competence does come from repeated exposure and practice.  You need to jump in and work with concepts to truly understand.  Mere exposure won't cut it.  Reflecting on what did and didn't work is part of growing.

 

Templates?  One of mine is this:  Kids are not as engaged in school as they could be.  There ARE things we can do to increase their engagement.  That is what this scoop.it is about, for me.  What can WE do to increase likelihood that kids will "buy into" learning for learning's sake.  

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50 Professional Development Tips for the New Year : EFL 2.0 – Teacher Talk

50 Professional Development Tips for the New Year : EFL 2.0 – Teacher Talk | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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50 tips for engaging teaching (and learning!)

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New research helps explain why girls do better in school

New research helps explain why girls do better in school | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Why do girls get better grades in elementary school than boys -- even when they perform worse on standardized tests?
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This really is an engagement issue.  As a former preschool, toddler and first grade teacher- I firml believe students "look different" based on gender at these early ages. 

 

So then what?  

 

Again.........I question the content we teach and the timeline we put boys on for learning that content.  I suspect more damage is done by expecting them to be something they aren't.  

 

I can vision a different reality where boys are allowed to be boys with strong men supporting and guiding along the way.  Yes.  We need more men in elementary schools.  

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The Learners vs. The Learned: Which one are you?

The Learners vs. The Learned: Which one are you? | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

This past summer I had the very fortunate opportunity (with my good friend and colleague @triciainter) to spend two days with the fine people of Miles College talking about Leadership and Learning ...

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"I believe a rip current is an extraordinary metaphor for how individuals and organizations perceive and react to this new age of networked intelligence.  While many have successfully pulled away from this undercurrent of resistance and came out strong on the other side, some individuals and organizations struggle in the current, floating around, and possibly even drowning."


Ride the pony in the direction it faces or be left behind.  

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Encouraging Students to Question

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Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health, and how educators can help young people find common ground. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com.
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"The imporant thing is to not stop questioning."  Albert

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Edmodo Help Center - 20 Ways to Use Edmodo |

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I love Edmodo......hoping it catches on!

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DaveGuymon.com: How to Create Twitter Lists and Increase Your Interactions

DaveGuymon.com: How to Create Twitter Lists and Increase Your Interactions | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Concise.  Precise.  Informative.  

 

How to use Twitter lists to become more effective as a learner (and teacher)!  

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 1, 2013 9:05 AM

 

A very well done screencast available on YouTube and an interesting blog to follow.

 

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27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking

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27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking

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Thinking is the basis for learning.....

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35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom's Taxonomy

35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom's Taxonomy | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Bloom's Taxonomy and digital tools creates an innovative learning environment where students are engaged in their assignments.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Katie Frank, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 11, 2012 4:59 PM

Students will only be engaged if teachers are engaged.

lymari's curator insight, January 3, 2013 8:30 AM

add your insight...

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Understanding Video Gaming’s Engagement

Understanding Video Gaming’s Engagement | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Media Psychology Review
Media psychology journal for the psychology of media technologies, social media, and transmedia
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Watching my 3 year old granddaughter with a video game, engaged for 45 minutes now.  Amazing what can happen with attention./concentration when you hit flow.  

 

Needed?  

Goals are clear--an individual is aware of what she or he wants to doImmediate feedback--an individual knows how well he or she is doing at any momentSkills match challenges--the skill level of an individual is in balance with the task at handConcentration is deep--the individual focuses all attention on the task at handProblems are forgotten--the individual is able to dismiss irrelevant stimuli that may interfere with concentrationControl is possible--a feeling of mastery is gainedSelf-Consciousness disappears--an individual feels able to transcend the limits of the egoThe sense of time is altered--an individual either loses track of time or time seems to pass with rapidityThe activity is intrinsically rewarding—the experience is worth engaging in for its own sake
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Messy Learning and Tidy Classrooms

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My students will be making towers with straws today. Every Friday, we do a quick design challenge. It will get loud in here. Chaos will ensue. It will be safe, but it will be messy. Students will forget to throw pieces of straw in the trash.


Via Karen Rockhold
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Love this!  The deal is, you simply have to become pals with the folks who vacuum.  Or you need to buy your own.  

 

At home, I go through about 2 yearly.  Small price to pay for sanity.  Without creating............: (

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