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How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond

How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Improvisation is being used as a way to help students and educators feel supported, open up to new ideas and think on their feet.
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“We always talk about the four ‘c’s of improv: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication." Good for an classroom.
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Teacher Collaboration: Matching Complementary Strengths

Teacher Collaboration: Matching Complementary Strengths | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
At Wildwood IB World Magnet School, teacher collaboration fosters a supportive professional culture, lessens teacher conflict, and provides students with schoolwide best practices.
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Useful ideas to facilitate teacher collaboration
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Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education

Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Personalized education comes alive in a classroom when Genius Hour invites students to engage with projects about which they are truly passionate.
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Good overview of Genius Hour principles and self-directed, collaborative learning.

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A sharing economy where teachers win

A sharing economy where teachers win | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
On TeachersPayTeachers.com, some educators have been able to convert hours of class preparation into thousands of dollars, and 12 have become millionaires.
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Collaboration with a twist.

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Lisa Power's curator insight, September 9, 2015 2:50 PM

When resources are scarce does collaboration improve?

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Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012

Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012 | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
For some reason we unlearn how to learn as we progress from elementary school through middle school and high school. And in a sense, maybe I’m bringing kindergarten back to college by having people talk to each other!
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Benefits of peer instruction from the guru, Eric Mazur. And a call to changing the space from the lecture auditorium to a more collaborative learning environment.

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
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So Finland is moving to no longer "teaching subjects" to "teaching topics". And "there will be a more collaborative approach, with pupils working in smaller groups to solve problems while improving their communication skills." Will others follow?

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How to Create a Professional Learning Community

How to Create a Professional Learning Community | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
It takes careful planning to form a useful and functional PLC, but once the foundation is built, the benefits will soon be evident.
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Good overview of Professional Learning Communities

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Richardson: From Digital Collaboration to Digital Cooperation: New Ways of Working Together in the Modern World - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Richardson: From Digital Collaboration to Digital Cooperation: New Ways of Working Together in the Modern World - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
October 14, 2014, Volume 1, Issue 8, No. 18 Driving Question: What If We've Got It Wrong?
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Moving from digital collaboration to digital cooperation allows us to focus on our our goals and needs more readily.

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Deeper Learning: Why Cross-Curricular Teaching is Essential

Deeper Learning: Why Cross-Curricular Teaching is Essential | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Deeper learning has some specific requirements, not the least of which is collaboration. Ben Johnson shares some tips to establish cross-curricular collaboration even in the most isolated of environments.
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A compelling case highlighting the benefits and challenges of cross-curricular teaching and programming.

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be …
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Good overview of some of the possibilities of Google Docs.

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For Effective Schools, Teamwork is Not Optional

For Effective Schools, Teamwork is Not Optional | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The greatest resource that teachers have is other teachers. But sadly, teamwork and collaboration are not commonly found in schools. Having taught for 20 years myself, I know how it works.

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Importance of teacher collaboration and community building to schools.

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The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration

The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
For Connected Educators Month, a key theme this year is how to move from merely connecting with other educators into collaborations that push pedagogy and the education conversation forward. A panel of educators who’ve made this kind of connection and collaboration the center of their work discussed the challenges posed by the current American education system and helped present a dream for what truly collaborative learning could look like.
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The benefits of moving to authentic and empowering collaborations.

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How Collaborative Learning Leads to Student Success

How Collaborative Learning Leads to Student Success | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A culture that emphasizes collective wisdom and collaborative work has helped students at The College Preparatory School (above) in Oakland, California, achieve academic success. Credit: Zachary
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The importance of collaborative learning. "What our collaborative learning style empowers and enables is a student's resilience -- how do you look to your neighbor as a resource, how do you test your own theories, how do you understand if you're on the right track or the wrong track?"

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Twilight of the Lecture

Twilight of the Lecture | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
"Active learning" may overthrow the style of teaching that has ruled universities for 600 years.
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And oldie but a goodie....

"In addition to student resistance, there is architectural resistance. “Most classrooms—more like 99.9 percent—on campus are auditoriums,” Mazur says. “They are built with just one purpose: focusing the attention of many on the professor. The professor is active, and the audience is just sitting there, taking in information. Instead, you could get away from the auditorium seating and set up classrooms like you see in elementary schools, where four children sit around a square table facing each other, and you give them some kind of group activity to work on: that’s active learning. It’s no accident that most elementary schools are organized that way. The reason is, that’s how we learn. For some reason we unlearn how to learn as we progress from elementary school through middle school and high school. And in a sense, maybe I’m bringing kindergarten back to college by having people talk to each other!”
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The 4 conditions that support deeper learning

The 4 conditions that support deeper learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A new white paper examines how teachers and their classroom role must change to help students achieve deeper learning.
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Link to excellent paper on developing strategies for deeper learning. Develop self-directed, collaborative learners and shift the role of teacher to facilitator or "learning strategist".

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DLTV Ignite - Permission to Innovate

DLTV Ignite - Permission to Innovate | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
I had the opportunity to be part of the Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria Fringe Festival over the past two days. On the Friday I had students from Year 5 through to Year 11 showcasing their 3...
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Love the Permission to Innovate Card.

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Insight for schools: Trends in university learning space design, big shift from lectures to collaborative learning

Insight for schools: Trends in university learning space design, big shift from lectures to collaborative learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
For many school-based educators, one of the justifications for maintaining a traditional teacher and content focused culture is the need to prepare students for university. But what if universities...
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Another reason for collaborative learning environments - preparing students for university!

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Aphrodite Cox's curator insight, January 5, 5:26 PM

Is Leanne onto something? Great for discussion prior to your QT round.

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What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A survey of schools around the world reveals what schools could look like, trends in personalized learning, the role of teachers and challenges to exciting techniques.
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Excellent summary of always informative Horizon Report.

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What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future?

What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Technology and rapidly evolving student needs are influencing how schools can think about trust, autonomy and collaboration.
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A great look at the benefits of more open learning systems. They place an emphasis on innovation through collaboration and professional learning is more collegial and self-determined. Whoo hoo!

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How Should Professional Development Change?

How Should Professional Development Change? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When it comes to professional development, teachers need more time and a structure to engage in deep collaboration. Read more on the findings and recommendations from a recent report.
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Good points about improving professional development by looking at different studies from different countries. The key is allowing, fostering teacher collaboration. Yes!

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The Power of the 4Cs: The Foundation for Creating a Gold Standard for Project Based Learning (PBL) | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

The Power of the 4Cs: The Foundation for Creating a Gold Standard for Project Based Learning (PBL) | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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God overview of PBL focusing the 4Cs: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication.

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How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Tips to make sure classroom technology is focused on asking students to be creative, collaborative and analytical.
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More benefits of BYOD. One key is "developing engaging lessons that use technology in collaborative and creative ways".

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In Search of a Voice by Dr Helen Street | The Positive Times

In Search of a Voice by Dr Helen Street | The Positive Times | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Great article on positive schools movement focusing on areas such as student creativity and imagination, student voice, collaboration and learning from mistakes. Thanks, Quincey.

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For Effective Schools, Teamwork is Not Optional

For Effective Schools, Teamwork is Not Optional | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The greatest resource that teachers have is other teachers. But sadly, teamwork and collaboration are not commonly found in schools. Having taught for 20 years myself, I know how it works.

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Avoiding isolation. Benefits of collaboration and teamwork for teachers.

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Research Supports Collaborative Learning

Research Supports Collaborative Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The College Preparatory School (College Prep) in Oakland, California, is among the top 20 best prep schools in the country according to a 2010 Forbes magazine report. Over the past ten years, 100
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More benefits of collaborative learning and examples in English and Maths.

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