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Background reading relevant to learning and teaching goals at Newington College
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There's no app for good teaching

There's no app for good teaching | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
8 solid, actionable tips for using tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.
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Excellent strategies and tips for authentic and effective technology uses in the classroom

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Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Motivate reluctant readers by engaging them with the three critical elements of healthy child and youth development: connection, contribution, and competence.
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The three Cs of student learning: Connection (students feeling connected), Contribution (families and others involved), Competence (feeling they are able to achieve).

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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.
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Research showing grammar being something that is best learned through writing. Applicable to other skills in other subjects?

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What Does Learning Look Like? A Look At Physical And Digital Spaces - Edudemic

What Does Learning Look Like? A Look At Physical And Digital Spaces - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
What does learning look like? Is it a classroom? Is there a teacher? Are students working by themselves or collaborating with others? Are they listening or constructing? Can all of these answers be correct?
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Good question to get you thinking: what does learning look like? Interesting look at some Future Schools.

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
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Great "skills" to focus on any time of the school year: critical researching, meaningful work, follow passions and explore teachers' resources.

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A Job Description For Teaching

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A Job Description For Teaching
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A push for a job description that moves beyond teaching age or teaching content, to facilitating student learning and growth such as: 

 

greater interest in the subject and in learning than was there before, as determined by observations, surveys, and client feedbacksuccessful learning related to key course goals, as reflected in mutually agreed-upon assessmentsgreater confidence and feelings of efficacy as revealed by student behavior and reports (and as eventually reflected in improved results)a passion and intellectual direction in each learner
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Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder'

Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder' | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Research shows that reflecting after learning something new makes it stick in your brain.
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Importance of reflection in learning.

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Why It's Important To Take Risks While Learning - Edudemic

Why It's Important To Take Risks While Learning - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Sometimes the process of learning something in order to be able to do it seems daunting. You know you want to get from point A to point B so that you can do C, but you really just want to be able to do C without a long wait. As teachers, you want your students …
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Learning by doing and taking risks.

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