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27 Ways To Make Sure Students Pay Attention In Class - Edudemic

27 Ways To Make Sure Students Pay Attention In Class - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
It's just about the end of the school year and that means you need to figure out ways to make sure students pay attention. It's not easy, but this'll help.
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"Engaged students pay attention." Useful grid.

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Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences

Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Students own their struggles and strengths when they lead parent-teacher conferences.
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Good strategies to get students at the centre of parent-teacher conferences.

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Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Improve your grasp of instructional design by looking at five game design dynamics and applying them to how you build curriculum and run your class.
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Moving from "gaming" to incorporating gaming principles in a class.

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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 Challenges of Adolescence (and How Parents and Educators Can Help)

The Challenges of Adolescence (and How Parents and Educators Can Help) | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Three recent studies show why we need to divert middle and high school students from values and behaviors that may harm them in adulthood.
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Findings from three studies on social and emotional health of students. Caution on "pseudo-maturity" and the need for more empathy in our children. Some excellent links to studies and resources in article.

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Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths

Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
It's time to tackle myths like project-based learning is mostly fluff and not academically rigorous. See other PBL misnomers and read how they deserve myth-busting.
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Good insights into value of Project Based Learning and differentiation with "old school" projects. "They rightly describe PBL as main-course learning, not dessert." Nice.

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How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In …
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Some useful tips to reduce stress and anxiety in the classroom to help develop student learning.

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Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions
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Great list of essential questions across a range of areas. Good for inquiry based projects.

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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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Connected Professional Development Is Now An Imperative 

Connected Professional Development Is Now An Imperative  | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Connected Professional Development Is Now An Imperative
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Professional learning through digital professional learning networks has many benefits.

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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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Letter Grades Deserve an 'F'

Letter Grades Deserve an 'F' | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The adoption of the Common Core could usher in a new era of standards-based grading.
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Benefits of standards based assessment

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Making Students Partners in Data-Driven Approaches to Learning

Making Students Partners in Data-Driven Approaches to Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Increasingly educators are relying on student data to make instructional decisions, but how much more useful could that information be in the hands of students themselves?
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Getting students to use data to improve learning. "When students themselves identify, analyze, and use data from their learning, they become active agents in their own growth. They set personal goals informed by data they understand, and they own those goals. The framework of student-engaged assessment provides a range of opportunities to involve students in using data to improve their learning. "

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Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker

Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. There were the neurosurgeons who worried about the “cut-and-paste chart mentality” that their students exhibited, missing crucial details because they failed to delve deeply enough into any one case. And there were, of course, the English teachers who lamented that no one wanted to read Henry James anymore. As the letters continued to pour in, Wolf experienced a growing realization: in the seven years it had taken her to research and write her account, reading had changed profoundly—and the ramifications could be felt far beyond English departments and libraries. She called the rude awakening her “Rip van Winkle moment,” and decided that it was important enough to warrant another book. What was going on with these students and professionals? Was the digital format to blame for their superficial approaches, or was something else at work?
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Excellent article exploring the issues of online reading and especially "deep reading".

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PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students

PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The PBL pilot program rollout continues as two adventurous teachers open lines of communication with parents and engage their fifth graders with a driving question.
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Two benefits of PBL.

 

"The 2014 version of the annual "Job Skills" survey given by the National Association of Colleges and Employers listed "Ability to work in a team structure" as their number one desired trait in future employees.

 

Recent literature by Dr. Tony Wagner and Paul Tough demonstrates the need for students to be as adaptable with their physical, emotional, and cognitive selves as they are in understanding core content knowledge."

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Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Giving feedback that is non-evaluative, specific, timely, and goal-related will provide students with opportunities to revise and improve their work and deepen their understanding.
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Good overview of the importance of formative assessment. "... good formative assessment, among other key factors, 'includes feedback that is non-evaluative, specific, timely, and related to the learning goals, and that provides opportunities for the student to revise and improve work products and deepen understandings.'"

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New Research Report: The Children We Mean to Raise | Making Caring Common

New Research Report: The Children We Mean to Raise | Making Caring Common | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Worthwhile report on empathy v happiness. Excellent links to infographic and parenting tips.

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it.
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Importance of actively teaching kindness to students. Many benefits, including reducing bullying and depression.

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Why the Growth Mindset is the Only Way to Learn | Edudemic

Why the Growth Mindset is the Only Way to Learn | Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
“You’re too old to learn a foreign language.” “I couldn’t work on computers. I’m just not good with them.” “I’m not smart enough to run my own business.” Do you know what these statements have in common? They’re all examples of the fixed mindset- the belief that intelligence, ability, and success are static qualities that …
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Importance of a growth mindset to both student and teacher learners.

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Teachers Shadowing Students: Doing What Students Do

Teachers Shadowing Students: Doing What Students Do | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Teachers Shadowing Students: Doing What Students Do
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Great activity for all teachers to sept into their students' shoes: shadow a student for a day. Interesting takeaways: "Students sit all day, and sitting is exhausting."; "High School students are sitting passively and listening during approximately 90% of their classes."; "You feel a little bit like a nuisance all day long."


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1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review

1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review
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Interesting findings from four year iPad study. Positives on organisation, collaboration, research, note-taking, independent learning. Not as positive on reading and typing. Balanced approach needed.

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To Think For Themselves, Students Must See Themselves

To Think For Themselves, Students Must See Themselves | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
To Think For Themselves, Students Must See Themselves
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The importance of a self-directed learning framework to get students to "think for themselves".

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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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Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it

Putting kids to work on meaningful projects can transform classrooms into beehives of inquiry and discovery, but relatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works. An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.

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Benefits of PBL in Science classrooms - applicable to all areas. Engagement and deep learning. 

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Dylan Wiliam & the 5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Improve Student Learning

Dylan Wiliam & the 5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Improve Student Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Dylan Wiliam outlines 5 formative assessment strategies that work to improve student learning, but what is formative assessment? Read our blog to access a free webinar that clarifies formative assessment.
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Five strategies at the core of successful formative assessment in the classroom.

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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Textbooks and other student reading material are increasingly going digital, but can students still interact with the text in ways that promote deep reading?
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Pros and cons of online reading. Difficulty to develop "deep reading" and use annotations. Need to teach new skills to teachers and students.

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