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Comic Book Kids

A group of teenagers from Roebourne, Western Australia, have taken their passion for comic books into the digital age.


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Student Partnership in Professional Development

Student Partnership in Professional Development | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“Through directed research and thoughtful session planning, students can play a significant role in their teachers' professional development.”
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Louise Robinson-Lay's insight:
Students help improve learning. Now there's a headline worthy of shouting out. Encouraging more student participation in the structures and processes of schools is the way to improve ownership, engagement and learning for all concerned.
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What Is Your Educational Philosophy?

What Is Your Educational Philosophy? | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“While lesson planning this summer, educators might also take time to reflect on their core beliefs about learning and teaching.”
Louise Robinson-Lay's insight:
I have recently had to redraft my educational philosophy. It is a document that I revisit on a regular basis as I learn more about myself and about teaching and learning. This article gives some starting points that may align to your philosophy on education.
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Secret Teacher: Elizabeth is 12 and homework is stealing her childhood

Secret Teacher: Elizabeth is 12 and homework is stealing her childhood | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“The girl I tutor seems more like a busy business executive than a child. But her gruelling schedule of work and extracurricular activities is taking its toll I received a phone call from one of my tutees, Elizabeth, at 10pm one night last week.”
Louise Robinson-Lay's insight:
Aside from the discussion of the validity of homework, it seems that many students are simply far too busy to enjoy being kids. We need to address this as schools and as communities. Children need to play, the creative and unfocused time that is allowed during free time is necessary for creativity, imagination and mental health. It is vital that children's time is not so carefully managed that they do not have this important time for themselves.
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Ten Questions to Ask After Setting Your Goals

Ten Questions to Ask After Setting Your Goals | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ Here are ten questions to ask yourself that can accelerate your goal achievement whenever you ask them.”
Via Kevin Watson, Roy Sheneman, PhD, Roger Francis
Louise Robinson-Lay's insight:
We are setting PL goals at our school to improve student learning. Great help here about what to do next.
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Top tips for teachers on engaging parents in learning

Top tips for teachers on engaging parents in learning | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
From having parents come in to speak about their jobs to sending postcards home, education experts share advice on parental engagement
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Some great advice here on improving community engagement in your school.
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Five ways teachers can improve student feedback

Five ways teachers can improve student feedback | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ A lot of evidence has pointed to the significant positive impact of feedback on student learning and performance over the last 10 years. Many schools have placed great emphasis on tackling how teac...”
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Get rid of marks.
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Imagine an Education Nation: Six Leading Edges

Imagine an Education Nation: Six Leading Edges | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Edutopia's Senior Fellow and Executive Director Emeritus on the six leading edges - innovations that will redefine schools, teaching, and learning.
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Six leading edges of Innovation by Milton Chen.
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A Communications Coach’s 3 Favorite Decks on Presenting

A Communications Coach’s 3 Favorite Decks on Presenting | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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A lot of what we do as teachers is presenting ideas and speaking. The slideshare blog is a great help.

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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions
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Great questions lie at the heart of great learning. The guide here shares some strategies that are shown to assist students in asking good questions.

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35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better - InformED

35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better - InformED | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam?

 

Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures?

 

Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more?

 

If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment.


Via CM Elias, steve batchelder, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Suvi Salo, Ivo Nový, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Interesting...

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WOOP - a scientific strategy to find and fulfill wishes

WOOP - a scientific strategy to find and fulfill wishes | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Woop is a scientific strategy that people can use to find and fulfill their wishes and change their habits. It is also known as Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII). Its about rethinking positive thinking.
Louise Robinson-Lay's insight:
This book is going on my mindset booklist. WOOP stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle and Plan.
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Behaviour – Train your sights on discipline - news - TES

Behaviour – Train your sights on discipline - news - TES | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Drill pupils in simple techniques to keep classes on track
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Training students to behave in class is important. It does not mean you are not teaching independent and mature students, it means the opposite.
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Teachers and parents criticise ‘robotic’ software-generated school reports

Teachers and parents criticise ‘robotic’ software-generated school reports | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“As children across the country receive their end-of-year school report, teachers highlight lack of time to write truly personal reports The end-of-year school report, prized and feared by children and parents alike, is no longer quite what it seems.”
Louise Robinson-Lay's insight:
What's your approach to reports? Do you use preset comments? Do you write each one from scratch?
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The Importance of a Healthy Teacher Ego

The Importance of a Healthy Teacher Ego | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“Rather than trying to be the star performer in the classroom, teachers should strive to maintain faith in their ability to help students learn.”
Louise Robinson-Lay's insight:
An important article. Many teachers enjoy being the centre of the classroom, at times this is as it should be, but often they need to build the learning capacity rather than entertain. The old adage "it's not all about you" is pertinent here. If we find ourselves interrupting to relate something important to us, or joining in the banter at the expense of quiet work, we are stopping the learning. This is not what we are here for. We have all done it, I know I have, particularly early on when I was establishing myself as a teacher, but let's face it, if we need the approval of adolescents and want so desperately for them to like us, if we find ourselves getting too involved with their lives we are trying too hard to fit into their social lives rather than their academic lives. We do not need to talk like, act like or seek approval from teenagers. We need to build positive and constructive teaching relationships with them. This is why for many of us classroom teaching strategies such as Socratic Circles are hard. We find it difficult not to participate, we want to join in. This is fine, but we need to identify it and consider if we really need to interrupt for the students or for ourselves. This is something most of us will experience at some point. This article allowed me to reflect on this, and I'm sure you can see that I have definite views on it!
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Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
When asked what my first language is, I often answer, “visual.” I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to express what I know through images. I find it disconcerting that as learners progress to the higher grades, there is less use of images and visuals to teach concepts.

The power of the use of vision for learning is emphasized by developmental molecular biologist, John Medina, where in his publication, Brain Rules, he states:

Vision Trumps All Other Senses

We are incredible at remembering pictures. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%. Professionals everywhere need to know about the incredible inefficiency of text-based information and the incredible effects of images (http://www.brainrules.net/vision).

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Louise Robinson-Lay's insight:

There have been lots of research papers written on visual learning. Many learners need to see things as well as hear them and do them. Brain science aside, it seems common sense to ensure that we deliver material to learners in a variety of modes in order to help them to retain it and than connect it to prior knowledge. 

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, July 16, 5:55 PM

With regard to learning, we forget this basic information regarding memory and visual stimuli at our peril. Our own learning and that of students deserves greater use of and focus on visual learning cues and aids, as well as an understanding of visual literacy.

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22 Powerful Alternatives to "You're Smart!" - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

22 Powerful Alternatives to "You're Smart!" - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ Much has been written about the detriments of praise in recent years, particularly the kind that focuses on inherent intelligence. It was Carol Dweck who inspired me to consider the unintended consequences of over-celebrating my students’ smarts, and as this conversation continues within and beyond the field of education, everyone seems to be a bit more sensitive when it comes to reinforcing learners. Wondering how you can motivate and inspire in ways that build confidence, stamina, and perseverance? Take a few of these statements for a test drive.”
Via John Evans
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Praise needs to be rethought. There are better ways to give feedback.
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Teacher Assessment Practices in a Competency-based Education System

Teacher Assessment Practices in a Competency-based Education System | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ (Wordle created by Ellen Hume-Howard) I continue to be amazed and impressed by our staff’s progress over the past five years related to our implementation of a competency-based education system. Ou...”
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This can be done in any school
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HFRP Home / HFRP - Harvard Family Research Project

HFRP Home / HFRP - Harvard Family Research Project | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The Harvard Family Research Project strives to increase the effectiveness of public and private organizations and communities as they promote child development, student achievement, healthy family functioning and community development.
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Planning for curriculum change
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A Visual on Building Excellence

A Visual on Building Excellence | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter, Louise Robinson-Lay
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Building excellence
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ASCD EDge - 5 Myths About Engagement

ASCD EDge - 5 Myths About Engagement | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

We hear a lot about student engagement. Everyone, it seems, believes that it’s the key to, well, just about everything. If students aren’t engaged, they argue, then they cannot learn.


Via Adrian Bertolini
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We don't just have to entertain to achieve engagement. Mythbusting.

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, April 22, 6:46 PM

Many teachers and administrators I talk to tend to buy into one or more of the five myths about student engagement. 

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7 Strategies That Make Speechwriting Easier

7 Strategies That Make Speechwriting Easier | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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As teachers we all need help with this. Not only to share with students

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A Visual on Building Excellence

A Visual on Building Excellence | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter
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This is worth sharing. Attitudes of learning.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 12, 10:36 PM

Check out this visual using the quote "Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude." Consider printing out a copy and putting on the wall, reminding students that with time and effort they will improve!

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, April 13, 3:23 AM

and it's an important one ...

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The A-B-Cs of Giving Feedback to a Colleague

The A-B-Cs of Giving Feedback to a Colleague | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
While there are many things to consider before providing feedback, narrowing the focus to a few simple A-B-Cs can be quite helpful.
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It is crucial that we get constructive and targeted feedback in order to improve. Some guidelines are here.
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Classroom practice Are posters a strategy worth sticking to? - news - TES

Classroom practice Are posters a strategy worth sticking to? - news - TES | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Motivational quotes and messages litter classroom walls across the land, but research suggests they may do more harm than good
Louise Robinson-Lay's insight:
Far more important than some amorphous message about success being in their reach, a map to show them how to get there and letting them understand that it will take work and perseverance as well as help from others, to get where they want to be. This is what motivation is.
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