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English for Prostitutes

English for Prostitutes | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
I wanted to start the year with a very positive, motivational, ‘nice’ blog post. But maybe next year. Here’s the story: Brazilian prostitutes will be given the chance to study Eng...
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It certainly highlights people's attitudes to the ownership of language, and by extension, its cultural capital. Amazing post!

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Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson? | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Students engage more passionately when trying to answer a question that interests them. Here are ten opening questions that have inspired this kind of learning.
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Questions drive good learning. It stNds to reason that if we have a need to know something then we are more interested in the outcome and will ask questions designed to getting at answers. This article describes some of the ways in which teachers can use this to spark curiosity and get to better learning through engagement.

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Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ Questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. The same with questions that promote factual recalling. Questions that emphasize the mechanical on the analytical are out of the list. In today's post, I am sharing with you this mini guide created by Foundation of Critical Thinking which you can use with your students to help them better comprehend and apply critical thinking in their learning. This could also be a very good resource teachers can draw on to enhance their questioning strategies.”
Via John Evans
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Frameworks for thinking allow us to design more meaningful curriculum that links to students knowledge and encourages greater engagement. These ones are handy to use when planning.
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How teams really work, from the perspective of the brain - part 2

How teams really work, from the perspective of the brain - part 2 | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
We tackle the neuroscience behind high-performing teams.

Via Roger Francis
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This works just as well for the classroom as the staff room.

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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

Why Curiosity Enhances Learning | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.
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Asking questions stimulates curiosity and curiosity stimulates learning. Could staff meetings be better spent asking more questions too?

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Debunking Myths about Gifted Students

Debunking Myths about Gifted Students | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“Gifted students do not need scaffolding is just one of the misconceptions that doesn't help teachers or schools reach gifted kids efficiently.”
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There is still much hype around the contested idea of 'giftedness' the editorial article here attempts to bring some clarity to the issue. Regardless of our beliefs about the idea of giftedness, students who are talented and need to be extended have the right to an individualised approach.
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Random Choices!

Random Choices! | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
One of my favourite teaching books is Drama and Improvisation by Ken Wilson. There is an activity from this book called 'Actions and Locations,' which you can find on page 37. I have enjoyed using ...

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Giving choices works to engage many students.

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Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Now you can stream videos wherever you are from Shakespeare's Globe. A great classroom tool for English and Drama teachers.
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CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology

CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Strategies and resources for assisting students with different learning needs.

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Could you make your story more...interesting? Six ways to improve children’s writing

Could you make your story more...interesting? Six ways to improve children’s writing | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
We know a good piece of writing when we read it. But what makes the writing “good” and how can we teach all our kids the skills that seem to come naturally to a few. Here are six principles teachers and…
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This piece has some good advice on encouraging writers. I do take issue with her statement that 'the write word is the one your story needs'. Surely that's why so much school writing is bad. Because how do students know which word is the one they need?

anyway, it would be a great staff room discussion.

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103 famous faces in one painting - Telegraph

103 famous faces in one painting - Telegraph | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Josef Stalin and Leonardo da Vinci are deep in conversation, Vladimir Putin rests his legs next to a sprawled Mike Tyson, while Margaret Thatcher – clutching her handbag – looks on with disdain.
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The photo on the page linked to here would make an amazing backdrop for a Humanities classroom. 103 famous faces in one Renaissance style painting.

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Blog | All Things PLC | Powered by Solution Tree

Blog | All Things PLC | Powered by Solution Tree | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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The post in the link here discusses the work that teachers do in PLCs and how protocols assist us in clarifying our intentions. 

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Socratic Seminar: The "N-Word"

Socratic Seminar: The "N-Word" | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Teaching the N Word is a delicate subject for teachers. Watch how one class uses Socratic Seminar to engage students in a lesson surrounding the N Word. This lesson covers different CCSS reading, speaking and listening goals.
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This is one of the best ways of learning through texts that I have ever used.socratic Seminars make students responsible for their own learning.

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How to Get Teenagers Interested in Poetry | Going Down Swinging

How to Get Teenagers Interested in Poetry | Going Down Swinging | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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I came across this site as part of my preparation for teaching poetry to year 7s. It is inspiring.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
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Formative assessment strategies allow you to gauge student understanding in a constructive way that then allows you to further build on understanding and address any misconceptions along the way. This ensures more effective learning and less disappointment for students in summative tasks. Edutopia's post here has a handy downloadable PDFs with 53 strategies that you can try in your classroom.

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How I Track My Reading: The Ultimate Reading Spreadsheet - BOOK RIOT

How I Track My Reading: The Ultimate Reading Spreadsheet - BOOK RIOT | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Data: I lurve it. While some folks around here track their reading with giant, single-spaced, hundreds-of-pages-long Word docs, and others use good old-fashioned book journals, I’m Team Ultimate Reading Spreadsheet (With A Sprinkle of Goodreads). I started tracking my reading on … Continued
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What a great way to look over what you have read throughout the year. I love that you can turn it into pie charts and bar graphs too.
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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.

Via Kevin Watson, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roger Francis
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Storytelling comes naturally to many speakers. Here's how to build it if you're not one of the 'naturals'.

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You might want to check out these tips for engaging presentations using storytelling techniques!

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Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard? | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Computers may dominate our lives, but mastery of penmanship brings us important cognitive benefits, research suggests Continue reading...
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Writing still dominates in schools. Our exams are handwritten and many students are still encouraged to handwrite notes. There are some benefits to handwriting. It allows for thinking time which can assist in clearer writing and it gives students the space to be more creative as it slows down the process. While it is crucial to be computer literate a blended approach to writing must be adopted by schools in order to allow students the benefits of both approaches. 

A tablet computer, where students can handwrite, are a good option for note taking too, but less useful for writing essays and longer texts.

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Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Reflections on the value of recording our inner lives from Woolf, Thoreau, Sontag, Emerson, Nin, Plath, and more.

"You want to write, you
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Add Your Insight...a diary is a wonderful way of recording, observing and sifting. It is also a road to better writing through observation. Many great writers have kept diaries. Some of them have been saved for us.
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Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Now you can stream videos wherever you are from Shakespeare's Globe. A great classroom tool for English and Drama teachers.
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Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Buying essays: how to make sure assessment is authentic

Buying essays: how to make sure assessment is authentic | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The essay, as the primary form of assessment, should be dead. This is the kind of comment that terrifies academics everywhere – but it is an idea that I think we all need to consider. The “news” that there…
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Authentic assessment. Common sense. That doesn't mean schools and universities will use it!

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Accountable Talk | Institute for Learning

Since 1995 the Institute for Learning has been dedicated to improving the education and achievement of all students, especially those traditionally underserved. Our research-based curriculum, tools and professional development build the capacity of teachers, administrators, and systems to provide students with high quality instruction and learning opportunities. We put research on effort-based learning to work for students and educators.
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Talking in the classroom is one of the best ways to promote student responsibility for their own learning. Productive classroom talk is the basis of good thinking; indeed it is thinking made visible; and of good writing. This page offers a guide to implementing a talking classroom, one where teachers talk less and students talk more.

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Google Drive Blog: Celebrating National Novel Writing Month: 3 authors, 1 Google Doc, 1 hour, and 1 line provided by YOU!

Google Drive Blog: Celebrating National Novel Writing Month: 3 authors, 1 Google Doc, 1 hour, and 1 line provided by YOU! | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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A NaNoWriMo activity to watch on Google.

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8 Psychological Principles to Make a Memorable Presentation

8 Psychological Principles to Make a Memorable Presentation | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Valuable and straightforward help for presenters.

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World's top universities 2014 according to Times Higher Education

World's top universities 2014 according to Times Higher Education | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The California Institute for Technology has been named the worlds best institution for the fourth consecutive year. How do other universities compare? Continue reading...
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The worlds best Iniversities?

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