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Reading relevant to learning and teaching issues, trends and strategies.
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The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort

The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Improvement requires change, which often means discomfort. Your school can edge out of its comfort zone by breaking down silos, taking risks, and shifting resources.
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How to make the uncomfortable nature of school change more comfortable.

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Aphrodite Cox's curator insight, January 5, 2016 5:34 PM

Article useful for QT Rounds discussions and with your faculty.

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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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Interview with David Perkins, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education - YouTube

http://www.facebook.com/21foundation David Perkins, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education Perkins considers what's worth learning and how to educat...
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Great overview of the direction of education today. If "90% of what we teach probably constitutes particular skills...that those kids will never encounter again in their lives," then what is the purpose of education?

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Why Neo-Plessyism Failed to Improve Chicago Schools

Why Neo-Plessyism Failed to Improve Chicago Schools | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Reformers care about kids trapped in the most challenging schools. They just didn't care enough about the complexity of the task they volunteered to take over....
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Negative effects of sorting students across schools. Similar effects when sorting in schools?

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This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To

This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To: 7 Ways Teaching Has Changed
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If teachers are the arbiters of knowledge and culture and these things are changing rapidly, then surely we need to respond. The world has changed a lot in five years, in ten years and "since we did that in the 70's". An exciting and daunting challenge for all of us.

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The School That Is Changing American Education | TIME

The School That Is Changing American Education | TIME | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Two years ago, I visited a school in Brooklyn called P-TECH, the Pathways in Technology early college high school, which seemed very much like the future of education to me.
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A six year degree and a focus on innovation and STEM to best prepare "innovators" (not students) for the modern work place. Interesting.

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Money can't guarantee a good education

Money can't guarantee a good education | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
SHE would probably have been less shocked had I confessed to selling my children into slavery.
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"A truly extraordinary school... will teach children how to learn rather than just what to learn." So how can we move our education system to valuing how to learn instead of what to learn?

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We're educating our youth into unemployment

We're educating our youth into unemployment | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Despite long-term unemployment in Australia being at a 16-year high, little acknowledgement is given to fact that the school system isn't preparing these kids for the "real world".
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Outlines the imperative for schools today in preparing youth for tomorrow.

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Aphrodite Cox's curator insight, January 5, 2016 5:30 PM

Are we preparing our students well enough today for the world of tomorrow?

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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
'Teachers work hard, but I now think that conscientious students work harder. '
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More in depth reflection on Grant Wiggins' earlier post. Be a student for a day- PD all teachers should do.

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Creating Learning Environments

Creating Learning Environments | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes that in the digital information age, the teacher's main role will be to guide and motivate students and provide rationale for learning.
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Evolving role of teacher in technology rich classrooms.

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Schools as Factories: Metaphors That Stick

Schools as Factories: Metaphors That Stick | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
You have seen images like these time and again:                               The idea of the school as an efficient facto...
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School as factory metaphor and why it is still around.

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Together We Innovate

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Most companies continue to assume that innovation comes from individual genius. But most innovations are created through groups of people working in concert.
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Three problems that stifle innovation in a company and five solutions to overcome these problems. Really applicable to schools. 

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Why is the Finnish school system so good? | Left Foot Forward

Why is the Finnish school system so good? | Left Foot Forward | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
A look at Finnish schools reveals an education system built on unapoligetically social democratic principles.
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Another interesting look at why the Finnish education system is successful. Which of these ten reasons would work in your school district?

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