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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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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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Every kid needs a champion

Every kid needs a champion | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
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Inspiring TED Talk which reminds us of the importance of relationships in learning and teaching. Even if you saw it previously, worth another look.

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What the best education systems are doing right

What the best education systems are doing right | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
In South Korea and Finland, it's not about finding the "right" school.
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Two different but successful educational approaches. Both have one thing in common: a deep respect for teachers and their academic accomplishments.

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Superintendent's Office - DPS109 | John Hattie’s 8 Mindframes for Teachers

Superintendent's Office - DPS109 | John Hattie’s 8 Mindframes for Teachers | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Hattie's Eight Mind Frames to maximise impact on student learning. Excellent list. "The greatest effects on student learning occur when the teachers become the learners of their own teaching and when students become their own teachers." (Hattie)

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A Middle-School Cheating Scandal

A Middle-School Cheating Scandal | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
One afternoon in the spring of 2006, Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta, unlocked the room where standardized tests were kept. It was the week before his students took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which determined whether schools in Georgia had met federal standards of achievement. The tests were wrapped in cellophane and stacked in cardboard boxes. Lewis, a slim twenty-nine-year-old with dreadlocks, contemplated opening the test with scissors, but he thought his cut marks would be too obvious. Instead, he left the school, walked to the corner store, and bought a razor blade. When he returned, he slit open the cellophane and gently pulled a test book from its wrapping. Then he used a lighter to warm the razor, which he wedged under the adhesive sealing the booklet, and peeled back the tab.
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An moving and in depth article from the New Yorker on the dangers of high stakes testing, over-reliance on data, merit pay. 


'“They didn’t see the value in the test, so they didn’t see that they were devaluing the kids by cheating,” she said. Unlike recent cheating scandals at Harvard and at Stuyvesant High School, where privileged students were concerned with their own advancement, those who cheated at Parks were never convinced of the importance of the tests; they viewed the cheating as a door they had to pass through in order to focus on issues that seemed more relevant to their students’ lives.'

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher
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Similarities today to John Dewey's thoughts 100 years ago. 

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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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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.
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"The role of the teacher moves from being a distributor of information to one of nurturing students as they collect, evaluate, and process information into unique learning products. The students’ role consequently moves from that of a receiver of the teacher’s knowledge to that of a researcher, curator, and creator.


Need for context so important.

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Teach teachers how to create magic

Teach teachers how to create magic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.
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Great TED Talk getting to the heart of teaching- creating the magic in the classroom. Thanks, Marco.

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What My Students Think Makes a Great Teacher

What My Students Think Makes a Great Teacher | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A day doesn't go by that my students don't enlighten me with their genuine innocence or entertain me with their youthful ignorance....
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Any surprises here? Interesting comments.

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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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That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
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A personal reflection on being a teacher: selfless, disruptive and in love with understanding,

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The Hardest Part of Teaching

The Hardest Part of Teaching | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate....
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What they don't tell you in teacher education. The hard part of teaching? There is "not enough".

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Creating Learning Environments

Creating Learning Environments | Newington Professional Reading | 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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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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Relationships Play Primary Role in Boys' Learning | Alliance for Student Activities

Relationships Play Primary Role in Boys' Learning | Alliance for Student Activities | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Useful summary of this excellent article by Reichert and Hawley highlighting the importance of teacher-student relationships to boys' learning. “Relationship does not merely contribute to or enhance teaching and learning; relationship is the very medium through which successful teaching and learning occurs.”

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Every Teacher an Innovator

Every Teacher an Innovator | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Innovation. It's a word being thrown around education an awful lot these days. Call it a buzzword or edu-cliché. There seems to be consensus, however, that all of our schools need to be more inn
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Enjoyed hearing Valerie Hannon speak last year. "Plainly stated, each of us (teachers, parents, principals, organizational and community leaders) has the responsibility to be the innovators our kids so vitally need to help them grow and leverage their strengths."

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The Wisdom Of Patient Teaching

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The Wisdom Of Patient Teaching
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I like the term, "Patient Teaching". Applicable in so many ways.

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The five principles of teacher enquiry - SecEd

The best and most effective schools are those that encourage their teachers to continue to learn alongside their pupils using enquiry-based approaches. Gareth Mills offers five ideas to help you embrace this approach.
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Strategies for creating a school-wide community of inquiry of students and teachers. 

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