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Reading relevant to learning and teaching issues, trends and strategies.
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How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning

How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Technology should be implemented to increase engagement, but that engagement must lead to support, enhancement, or an increase in student learning. It should not be used as a digital pacifier or gimmick to get students to be active participants in class. With technology there should be a focus on active learning where students are doing.
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A focus to make sure technology is not just about student engagement but also about student learning.

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Dawn Rubio's curator insight, February 28, 2016 1:51 PM

Tech used just to increase engagement is like a pacifier. Tech that is used to deepen learning is a full meal.

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Personally Significant Learning - Erica McWilliam -

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Personally Significant Learning

Why our kids need a powerful disposition to be self-managing learners when they finish their schooling

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"Ten Propositions we set out below are intended to help us all unlearn what counts as the best educational experience we can provide for our kids and their teachers, and work towards more relevant schooling." Excellent blog post. Worth a read!

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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 | Learning and Teaching Musings | 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' | Learning and Teaching Musings | 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 | Learning and Teaching Musings | 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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The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment
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Great checklist to return to....

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Wayne Cox's curator insight, August 9, 2015 7:41 PM

Great checklist to return to....

Aphrodite Cox's curator insight, January 5, 2016 5:27 PM

Check it against your classroom environment!

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There's no app for good teaching

There's no app for good teaching | Learning and Teaching Musings | 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 | Learning and Teaching Musings | 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 | Learning and Teaching Musings | 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 | Learning and Teaching Musings | 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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