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52 Education Blogs You Should Follow

52 Education Blogs You Should Follow | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
If you are an teacher, student, parent, or administrator, you should be following education blogs. Why? Simply because blogs are an ever-increasing way to spark ideas, creativity, and innovation. The following list is a compilation...
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Yow.  52 of them.  My plan is to embed each into my RSS feed for scoop.it!  Thank you!  

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Courtney Duffield's curator insight, March 16, 2014 4:49 PM

Good source of different blogs for teachers

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Secrets%20for%20Working%20with%20Districts%20in%20Need%20of%20Improvement%20NCSM%204:25:12.pdf

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Tips for working with difficult districts.  Includes little secrets that will make the work more effective.  

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Misconceptions of Teaching with Technology

Misconceptions of Teaching with Technology | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
We all know at least one person who refuses to be drawn to technology. 'It's too difficult', 'I'm too old', 'It's not for me'....the excuses are vast and reasoning fairly simple to understand for technology is at once scary and exciting.
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"We all know at least one person who refuses to be drawn to technology. ‘It’s too difficult’, ‘I’m too old’, ‘It’s not for me’….the excuses are vast and reasoning fairly simple to understand for technology is at once scary and exciting. For a multitude of people who have not yet experienced  the draw of technology, even if they do have to use a computer, they simply do not ‘see’ beyond their own experiences."


It isn't going away.  STILL-  purpose first!

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"We all know at least one person who refuses to be drawn to technology. ‘It’s too difficult’, ‘I’m too old’, ‘It’s not for me’….the excuses are vast and reasoning fairly simple to understand for technology is at once scary and exciting. For a multitude of people who have not yet experienced  the draw of technology, even if they do have to use a computer, they simply do not ‘see’ beyond their own experiences."

 

It isn't going away.  STILL-  purpose first!

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Catching Up With Myself

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Remember the song "Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks?  Yes.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYsrKDSKzWg  

 

I sing thy song to thy powerpoint.  Hoping to grow.  

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

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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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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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Student Tech Assistant - Help Develop Roles and Responsibilities

Student Tech Assistant - Help Develop Roles and Responsibilities | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Keep tech kids engaged by putting them to work on a practical assignment:  being the tech go-to in a school.  Details with supporting google doc infor here. 

 

Thanks to @InstTechTalk for sharing this on #patue

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Cultures of Thinking: Thinking Routines Matrix

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Cultures of Thinking:  Project Zero (Harvard University)

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Thinking Routines are used within the Culture of Thinking framework in order to allow teachers to facilitate learning with their students.They are tools and structures used over and over again to support deep thinking.  Students are able to use thoughts, reason and reflect using these routines.  

 

This matrix summarizes many of the routines .  Google the name of a routine to get more information (or go here:  http://www.ronritchhart.com/COT_Resources.html)

 

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Top Articles by Gamification Experts in 2012 - Gamification Co

Top Articles by Gamification Experts in 2012 - Gamification Co | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
We're about halfway done with our Best of 2012 series and today we're going to look at top gamification posts by gamification experts in 2012.
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Much to ponder here.  

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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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10 Tools To Get Kids Excited About Programming

10 Tools To Get Kids Excited About Programming | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Precocious. That was the single adjective used to describe a child displaying some natural talent straying from the normal. A generational leap later, I am not so sure that the word holds the meaning it used to.

Via Jon Samuelson, Michelle Cordy
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Nice resource!  "From games to programming tools, from logic to intuition, let’s take a gander at ten tools that should help to show that programming is not all about functions and loops. Here are the honorable mentions (restricted to ten programming tools)."

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Jon Samuelson's curator insight, December 24, 2012 8:12 PM

Wow, I love doing programming with students. 

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's curator insight, February 17, 2014 3:20 PM

Una de las fuertes tendencias prometedoras de los video juegos es la de dotar a los usuarios de herramientas informáticas y de cómputo para que sean co-creadores de sus propios recursos y puedan compartir en redes sociales, en congresos y exposiciones, sus productos, esto rompería con el abultado y creciente mercado de esta reciente industria.

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 7, 2015 12:05 AM

Nice resource!  "From games to programming tools, from logic to intuition, let’s take a gander at ten tools that should help to show that programming is not all about functions and loops. Here are the honorable mentions (restricted to ten programming tools)."

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What Makes a Great Teacher, Pt. 2 — Student’s Perspectives

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High quality instruction is vital to student success.  Sure, there are students who will “get it” no matter what the teacher does.  There are also those students who really struggle in ... (What Makes a Great Teacher, Pt.
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Out of the mouths of babes...

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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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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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In Search of Hecuba's Torch: An Educator's Quest for Meaning: Data: A Love Story

In Search of Hecuba's Torch: An Educator's Quest for Meaning: Data: A Love Story | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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A delightful entry about data.  

 

"As we are able to identify what kind of data are needed to help us improve what we do, we can move from assessment victim to assessment consumer to assessment developer. The results of these assessments will provide us data that is finally worthy of our love."


Purpose, purpose, purpose.  Those who love data use it WELL.  Not too much.  Not too little.  JUST right.  It must inform .  We must know the "why".  

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

 

Nice entry regarding ways to simplify your life.  

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Danielson The Framework for Teaching

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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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What Is Your Special Purpose

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Like Navin R. Johnson, in The Jerk:   everyone has a special purpose.  Knowing and monitoring the “why” of your … Continue reading »
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Reflections on the repeating themes in my head around my work.  What is my purpose?  

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

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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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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 2015 11:52 PM

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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Learning As Pattern Recognition « Annie Murphy Paul

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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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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

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50 tips for engaging teaching (and learning!)

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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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This is nice!  Complete with a compare and contrast!