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The Inquiry Process, Step By Step

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Created by educators in Australia, this diagram can be a helpful resource for students, as they embark on the inquiry learning process.
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A good diagram with useful questions.

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Aphrodite Cox's curator insight, January 30, 4:32 PM

This is a great tool to use when handing out inquiry based homework or assessment tasks.

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Time to put the ATAR to the test

Last year more than 250,000 people applied for places in the hundreds of degrees offered by Australia’s 39 universities. So it stands to reason that any system of tertiary admission needs some sort of metric, a ranking device to compare would-be students.
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Great points about the problems with the ATAR university entrance system.

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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A twelve-year teaching veteran and a California regional Teacher of the Year, Heather Wolpert-Gawron's musings on educational policy, curriculum design, and daily school life can also be read at www
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Good tips for student engagement... from students.

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Why It's Important To Take Risks While Learning - Edudemic

Why It's Important To Take Risks While Learning - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | 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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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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Cultivating the Habits of Self-Knowledge and Reflection

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Once it’s begun, you can’t fully separate the person from the task. When the artist is painting, the painter and the act of painting become a single "thing." The emerging artwork becomes a part of it
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Tips for helping students overcome insecurity and develop greater self-knowledge and reflection

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This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To

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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 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 School That Is Changing American Education | TIME

The School That Is Changing American Education | TIME | Newington Professional Reading | 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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Ink on Paper: Some Notes on Note Taking* - Association for Psychological Science

Ink on Paper: Some Notes on Note Taking* - Association for Psychological Science | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Some early research into the benefits of writing out note.

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How To Use The SAMR Model For Classroom Tasks - Edudemic

How To Use The SAMR Model For Classroom Tasks - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The SAMR (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) model is a framework used to evaluate the technology being employed (or that you’d like to employ) in your classroom. Basically, it offers a way for you to look at how technology integration might affect teaching and learning. Accordingly, many teachers and administrators who are in the process of choosing between classroom technology …
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Interesting ideas for applying SAMR in the classroom.

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Rachel Vartanian's curator insight, March 28, 1:42 PM

EdTech is implemented with purpose: transforming learning experiences. 

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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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The Overprotected Kid

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A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
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An interesting read of parents and teachers.

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Do the Right Thing: Managing the Digital Lives of Teens

Do the Right Thing: Managing the Digital Lives of Teens | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A few days ago a student approached me and said he needed to talk about something, and he wanted to meet the next day at recess. I appreciated the way he reached out to me and I looked forward to the
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Good insights.

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Your child's brain on technology: video games

Your child's brain on technology: video games | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Our kids are awash in technology 24/7 – should we worry about the effects on their developing brains?
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Interest research on the effect of gaming on kids.

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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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.
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"The emphasis has been on feeding children static information and rewarding them for doing only what they’re told, instead of helping them develop the transferable, higher-order skills they need to become life-long learners and thrive in an uncertain future." Need for paradigm shift.

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The idea of co-constructing knowledge with students can be a scary thing for many of us teachers. The age-old role of teacher as orator, director, sage has been handed down for centuries and most of u
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Some useful ideas of co-constructing knowledge with students - not always an easy task.

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Innovation Excellence | 50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition)

Innovation Excellence | 50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition) | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder.
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Some excellent ones to watch here.

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How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process

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How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process by Terry Heick Gamification is simply the application of “game” mechanics to non-game entities. The big idea…
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Pros (and cons) of applying "game mechanics" to teaching and learning.

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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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Teach teachers how to create magic

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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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How do inquiry teachers teach?

How do inquiry teachers teach? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
This post was first published a few weeks ago on my own blog justwondering.com.  It has sparked many useful discussions for me both on and off line. Given the followers of THIS illustrious blog are...
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Excellent article on inquiry based learning and especially teaching. Well worth a read.

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Innovative Ed. Model Challenges Teachers to Adjust

Innovative Ed. Model Challenges Teachers to Adjust | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A controversial gamble by Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite to expand innovative school models is revealing the difficulties of changing and improving how students are taught.
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The challenges and benefits of innovative classrooms and schools.

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Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends

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Read the latest 10 innovations in Blended Learning. Written with Getting Smart.
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Some recent trends in education through a blended learning environment. Interesting directions.

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White paper available.

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Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
For the last ten years, we've worked one-on-one with students from elementary school through graduate school. No matter their age, no matter the material, when you ask what they're struggling with, s
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Getting students to see mistakes rationally and not emotionally.

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Lisa Power's curator insight, April 1, 10:34 AM

getting students to think about feedback differently through dialogue