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How to Create Effective Homework

How to Create Effective Homework | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Strategies on how to make time spent on homework as effective and helpful as possible.
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Good reflective questions for teachers. “Does this homework ask each student to practice something that the student hasn’t yet mastered? Does the student clearly see its purpose? When students are asked to repeat or rehearse something, does it require them to focus? Or can they do it without really paying attention?” If the homework meets these criteria, she said, then it falls into the desirable realm of deliberate practice."

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Wayne Cox's comment, October 22, 2013 7:00 AM
The criteria for effective homework makes a lot of sense- however, if homework is not valued in the sense of marks,checking etc- then its value is drastically reduced and students begin to play the game of working out teachers that do or do not check homework.

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Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape

Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
In Japan, many schools don't employ janitors. Instead, they ask the students to pitch in with the daily upkeep. Some U.S. schools are doing the same.
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We were doing this at the middle school I was working in 15 years ago. The purpose was not cost cutting, but teaching students responsibility and to take ownership for the space. Vandalism and graffiti was not a problem. It worked....

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The Long-Term Effects of Skipping Your Reading Homework | Edudemic

The Long-Term Effects of Skipping Your Reading Homework | Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
No one is going to debate the importance of reading to learn & navigate through life. But reading provides many surprising and important additional benefits
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Importance of regular reading for students. And it even helps Maths!

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Personally Significant Learning - Erica McWilliam -

Personally Significant Learning - Erica McWilliam - | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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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No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects

No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and...
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An integrated, PBL approach to learning. Will other nations follow?

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Digital Exit Tickets: 6 Tools for Creating Powerful Formative Assessments

Digital Exit Tickets: 6 Tools for Creating Powerful Formative Assessments | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
After an instructional lesson is over, educators are left with a classroom
full of students looking at them. Did my students get the lesson? Are there
any ideas, concepts or skills they are still unsure of? Do my students have
any misconceptions about the lesson and its content? Do I have to review
anything tomorrow? These are just a few of the questions reflective
educators are left to contemplate after the bell has rung.  (...)
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Some effective ways to use technology for reflection and checking learning.

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How to Create a Professional Learning Community

How to Create a Professional Learning Community | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
It takes careful planning to form a useful and functional PLC, but once the foundation is built, the benefits will soon be evident.
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Good overview of Professional Learning Communities

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Teacher-tested Tools for Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher-tested Tools for Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Some effective tools for flipped classrooms.

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Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners

Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Creating learning opportunities that don’t rely on lectures, textbooks or sitting quietly goes against established educational patterns and can feel foreign to many adults who learned that way themselves. It requires trust, but once given, can often produce incredible projects from students that might never have materialized without giving them the freedom to think and act independently, Luhtala said.
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Benefits and importance of developing self-directed and independent learners. Classrooms and teaching need to change and develop, too.

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What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning

What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Reflecting on one's work can be instrumental to growth and improvement, but it's an activity that's often under utilized.
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The benefits of reflection for students.

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The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning

The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
We all do it, and some see it as a badge of honour, but if we think multitasking makes us more productive then we need to think again.
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Article from Myles Carrick on the effects of trying to multitask. Much to think about for class learning and home learning for students. 

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Everybody hates Pearson

Everybody hates Pearson | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The publishing company is trying to reinvent itself for the Digital Age ­­in the most fraught field there is: your children’s education.
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Many of the same issues but on a smaller scale in Australia. Except controlling 60% of the testing market. Watch this space...

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You Can't Teach Understanding

You Can't Teach Understanding | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
You Can't Teach Understanding
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"If you want students to have meaningful learning experiences that culminate in transferable insight and know-how, then you have to lose time to gain it. You have to slow down the teaching to speed up the learning. You have to engineer understanding by design." Great post by Grant Wiggins.

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Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately?

Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Teach Reflection: Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately?
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Good self reflection questions for your videoed lesson.

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What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future?

What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Technology and rapidly evolving student needs are influencing how schools can think about trust, autonomy and collaboration.
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A great look at the benefits of more open learning systems. They place an emphasis on innovation through collaboration and professional learning is more collegial and self-determined. Whoo hoo!

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Expanding our teaching repertoire: why is it so important and so bloody difficult? - Erica McWilliam -

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Moving from the "Sage on the Stage" and the "Guide on the Side" to the "Meddler in the Middle". Reasons for this movement and research to show why it can be difficult for teachers to change.

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Evidence-based education is dead — long live evidence-informed education: Thoughts on Dylan Wiliam - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community

Evidence-based education is dead — long live evidence-informed education: Thoughts on Dylan Wiliam - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
TES Community connects teachers around the world to share classroom support, healthy debate and extra-curricular fun
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Instead of extremes, let's explore the grey area a little more. Individual contexts are so important before sweeping conclusions can be made.

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What disruptive innovation means

What disruptive innovation means | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
EVERY so often a management idea escapes from the pages of the Harvard Business Review and becomes part of the zeitgeist. In the 1990s it was “re-engineering”....
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"But perhaps the most surprising disruptive innovations will come from bottom-of-the-pyramid entrepreneurs who are inventing new ways of delivering education and health-care for a fraction of the cost of current market leaders." 

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Introduction - Issues ...about Change, Professional Learning Communities: What Are They And Why Are They Important?, Volume 6, Number 1

Introduction - Issues ...about Change, Professional Learning Communities: What Are They And Why Are They Important?, Volume 6, Number 1 | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Overview of the benefits of professional learning communities.

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Life of an Educator: 10 things students want all educators to know

Life of an Educator: 10 things students want all educators to know | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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A great list for all teachers to reflect on.

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Quality teaching: An elusive goal? - The Centre

Quality teaching: An elusive goal? - The Centre | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
No one can improve if they don’t receive feedback, and specifically feedback that is given in such a way as to encourage growth. I believe everyone can improve and grow. My expectation is that we are all getting better at our craft. The quality of teaching won’t improve unless people know how they are going and how they are going to be supported to grow to the next level
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Interesting insights for discussions here.

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Turning 3-Year-Olds Into Scientists

Turning 3-Year-Olds Into Scientists | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
They may not be doing algebra, but pre-K kids can master scientific concepts that will make a big difference later on.
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Importance of being an inquisitive learner.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.
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Effects of stimuli, drinking and marijuana on children's brains.

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How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond

How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Improvisation is being used as a way to help students and educators feel supported, open up to new ideas and think on their feet.
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Great article on benefits of improv for all students and teachers. 

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How Google Impacts The Way Students Think

How Google Impacts The Way Students Think | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
How Google Impacts The Way Students Think
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Differences between search and inquiry.

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Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps

Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps
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Useful application of the SAMR model to teaching with apps.

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