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The Noun Project

The Noun Project | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Creating, Sharing and Celebrating the World's Visual Language.
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Visual icons for free. Use them in your slideshows and sheets.

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40 Of The Most Powerful Social Issue Ads That’ll Make You Stop And Think

40 Of The Most Powerful Social Issue Ads That’ll Make You Stop And Think | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Many people complain about advertisements as an obnoxious way for companies to invade our everyday lives and cram their products down our throats, but that's not all that advertisements are good for. The advertisements on this list are excellent examples of effective advertising strategies for social issue campaigns that let their voices be heard.
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Clever ad campaigns. Make you go hmmmmm.

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Ashton Kutcher Just Told A Bunch Of Teenagers How To Be Sexy, In The Smartest Way Ever

Ashton Kutcher Just Told A Bunch Of Teenagers How To Be Sexy, In The Smartest Way Ever | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
He could have just accepted his award and sat down, but he did this instead.
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Good advice from an unlikely place?

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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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It is great that we are collaborating, but without a strong focus that effort is not as useful for students as it should be. The central focus of all PLTs should be student learning. 

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Being bilingual 'slows brain ageing'

Being bilingual 'slows brain ageing' | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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More benefits of learning a second language. The really good news is that you can gain these benefits even as an adult learning a new language.

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ASCD Express 9.17 - Building Academic Vocabulary and Concepts, Brick by Brick

ASCD Express 9.17 - Building Academic Vocabulary and Concepts, Brick by Brick | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Students need to be able to describe their learning in language that is accurate and subject specific as well as clear and articulate. Teaching academic vocabulary need not be a boring exercise in learning lists of words. The article in ASCD gives some strategies.

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Ubd Workshops at Hawker Brownlow 2014 - Edutect

Ubd Workshops at Hawker Brownlow 2014 - Edutect | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Get access to a web-based comprehensive integrated planning tool for teachers and a reporting tool for educational leaders. If you are attending the UbD workshops please fill in the form below and you will be sent login details for your 30 day access to the Unit Planner.
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An electronic unit planner for teachers tending the Hawker Brownlow conference.

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What Relationships Mean in Educating Boys

What Relationships Mean in Educating Boys | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The connection between male students and their teachers is crucial, Michael Reichert and Richard Hawley write.
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Relationships are crucial in every classroom. This study discusses their research into the importance of relationships when teaching boys. Teachers who are willing to adapt in response to boys' needs but who are fair and can 'control their classes' are valued by boys and thus, are more likely to reach them and improve learning. When teachers are inconsistent, combative or defensive boys find it difficult to learn with them. The study takes evidence from a variety of sources and would make for an excellent staff and indeed class, discussion.

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The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback | Think Tank | Big Think

The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback | Think Tank | Big Think | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“If you look at the neuroscience, the way that we're wired has a profound effect on how we hear and respond to feedback,” says Sheila Heen, the co-author, with Douglas Stone, of
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well.
“Now, we took a look at three variables that are ...
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interesting findings on how we receive and take on feedback.

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Climate Revolution

Climate Revolution | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Free Technology for Teachers: An Interactive Atlas of the Valley of the Kings

Free Technology for Teachers: An Interactive Atlas of the Valley of the Kings | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Great way to begin teaching Ancient Egypt. An interactive site explaining the Valley of the Kings.

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Grammar matters and should be taught – differently

Grammar matters and should be taught – differently | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
I’m going to put it out there - most teachers don’t know enough about how the English language works [aka grammar], and this inevitably impacts upon student literacy outcomes. There are grammar pundits…
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Hooray for getting rid of grammar workbooks that straight jacket kids' language capacity and creativity. The author here is asserting that teachers need to teach grammar as part of literature and embedded in the everyday texts that they give students. She also Rgues for more explicit teaching and professional development of teachers who teach English. I wholeheartedly agree and do admit that my knowledge of how to teach grammar in text can improve too. 

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Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill. I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills -- r
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There are some great strategies here to get students listening more attentively in class. We have all been guilty of repeating things in class and this article shows us why we shouldn't do so. I particularly like the paraphrasing to a partner strategy as it allows time for understanding to develop and for students to fully come to grips with information.

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6 Critical Factors that Affect How People Learn

There are several factors that affect the learning process during eLearning courses.
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Useful reading.

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See This Teacher's Amazing Response To The Question, 'But When Are We Gonna Have To Use This?'

See This Teacher's Amazing Response To The Question, 'But When Are We Gonna Have To Use This?' | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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No One Applauds This Woman Because They're Too Creeped Out At Themselves To Put Their Hands Together

No One Applauds This Woman Because They're Too Creeped Out At Themselves To Put Their Hands Together | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
I'm totally guilty of what she says, too.
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Shocking. This video of a 'marketing guru' is beautifully done. It gradually builds up until you are outraged. And it's all true.

this would be an amazing way to begin persuasive language. 

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Student Motivation: Age-Old Problem Gets New Attention

Student Motivation: Age-Old Problem Gets New Attention | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Amid a nationwide push to ratchet up academics, some educators, researchers, and policymakers are renewing and reshaping efforts to engage students in learning and motivate them for success.
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It is a difficult thing to take when a student is really not motivated to do well. Some of us may give up on them, some of us may be frustrated and some even attack them as lazy. Looking closer, we can see that motivation is complex nd there are things we can do to improve it. 

If we are motivated enough.

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Understanding by Design - 2-Day Institute

Understanding by Design - 2-Day Institute | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Create a rigorous and engaging curriculum that focuses on understanding and leads to improved student performance in today’s high-stakes, standard-based environment! In this institute participants will explore “backward by design”, to
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looking forward to this learning session with Jay McTighe on Understanding by Design. A great chance to learn from the master.

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Careers Question

Careers Question | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

what do you want to do when you leave school?'

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Out can be an anxious time for families at course selection time. This site has some support for Victorian families.

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Ten ways to improve student literacy

Ten ways to improve student literacy | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Teachers' ideas on how to improve student literacy
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Some great tips here on connecting literacy strategies and good lessons. 

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On compromise - David Didau: The Learning Spy

On compromise - David Didau: The Learning Spy | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The right of thinking freely and acting independently, of using our minds without excessive awe of authority, and shaping our lives without unquestioning obedience to custom, is now a finally accepted principle in some sense or other with every school of thought that has the smallest chance of commanding the future. Under what circumstances does
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If we compromise too often we run the risk of seeming unprincipled. If we never compromise ( thatcher's 'the lady's not for turning' is the example used here) we run the risk of being tarred with the same brush as the Iron Lady herself. Compromise is important and common sense may lead us to choose to compromise on small things in order to focus on the larger ones. Sometimes the problem is our larger things are larger things to others who also refuse to 'turn'. In the end integrity demands that we stick to our principles for important issues and aim to persuade others of the importance of our point of view. 

Then there's the related issue of really knowing what our principles are and listening to other points of view rather than sticking to our guns. 

This is an interesting discussion for anyone, whether in education, or not.

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How to make marking more efficient: three new techniques for teachers

How to make marking more efficient: three new techniques for teachers | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
English teacher Andrew Tharby shares his advice on how to significantly reduce the time spent marking while improving the quality of feedback for students
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There has to be a better way of marking. English teachers in particular, seem to have to spend an inordinate amount of time marking student work. This post has some suggestions for making it not only easier, but more effective. We all know students need feedback but how often do you sit for hours for them only to look at a a mark and then put it down? Good feedback can avoid this and force students to take responsibility for their own progress. 

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Busting the learning myths - Telegraph

Busting the learning myths - Telegraph | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Author and educationalist Daisy Christodoulou says long-term memory is the key to learning. Teacher Tom Payne agrees
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There is time for chalk and talk. This article looks at the importance of teacher knowledge and their  recitation of facts and information to their students. Any good teacher knows that we have to tell them things. They cannot do it all by osmosis or inquiry. There is an important place for both the sage on the stage and the guide on the side.

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Historical Figures' Letterheads

Letters have changed the world, from Churchill's letters to Roosevelt during World War II to Martin Luther King's letter from Birmingham jail. Here at MOO, we wondered how those letters would have looked today. To reimagine how iconic figures could have branded themselves in the modern world, our creative team have designed unique Letterheads and Business Cards for some of the most famous letter writers in history, capturing each identity in a set of stationery.
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Historical figures ' business cards and letterheads as imagined by MOO.

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Interpretive Discussion: A Route Into Textual Interpretation

Interpretive Discussion: A Route Into Textual Interpretation | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Professor Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon extols the virtues of interpretive discussion for enhancing the understanding of curricular material, as opposed to more-restrictive forms of instruction.
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This approach is similar to Socratic Circles that I am doing with my year 7 students. It is a great way to put focus on interpretive skills, active listening and discussion skills and on constructing knowledge. The focus is on questioning the text and then listening for different interpretations in order to broaden understanding.

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Denise Lombardo's curator insight, April 18, 9:07 PM

A worthwhile approach for anyone seeking to develop more meaningful questioning and discussions in their classrooms.

Denise Lombardo's comment, April 18, 9:08 PM
Thanks Louise...always great stuff from you!
Louise Robinson-Lay's comment, April 19, 1:36 AM
Thank you for your kind words Denise. I often get them from other clever people :)