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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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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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Bet you it’s good to be competitive

Bet you it’s good to be competitive | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Can you make a child’s natural inclination work to his (or her) advantage?
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A look at competitiveness in sports and school and how parents and kids might harness it for good and not allow it to negatively affect them.

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Why do so many HS history teachers lecture so much?

Why do so many HS history teachers lecture so much? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Really, why do HS teachers lecture so much? Almost every HS I go to I see teachers talking and kids listening (or not) more in History than any other course. And you needn't take my anecdotal word ...
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Interesting data and questions.

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A New Visual on Flipped Learning

A New Visual on Flipped Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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A good visual on flipped learning....

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No, Finland isn’t ditching traditional school subjects. Here’s what’s really happening.

No, Finland isn’t ditching traditional school subjects. Here’s what’s really happening. | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Children will look at broader topics and use multi-disciplinary modules, one expert says.
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But they are having an integrated, multidisciplinary, student designed approach....


"Educators in Finland think, quite correctly, that schools should teach what young people need in their lives rather than try to bring national test scores back to where they were.


What Finnish youth need more than before are more integrated knowledge and skills about real world issues, many argue. An integrated approach, based on lessons from some schools with longer experience of that, enhances teacher collaboration in schools and makes learning more meaningful to students."

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When School Leaders Empower Teachers, Better Ideas Emerge

When School Leaders Empower Teachers, Better Ideas Emerge | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Distributed leadership is not about delegating tasks, but giving individuals ownership over outcomes and creating a culture of innovation.
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Insights into a distributed leadership model. 

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The Death of Textbooks

The Death of Textbooks | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Artificially intelligent software is reshaping traditional teaching materials—but it's unclear what the new technology will take away from the learning experience.
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A peak into the future?

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Carol Dweck - A Study on Praise and Mindsets - YouTube

For over a decade Carol Dweck and her team studied the effects of praise on students. This study involved a series of experiments on over 400 5th graders fro...
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Good five minute video giving an overview of the positives of praising process and effort and the negatives of praising abilities or intelligence. Worth a look for teachers and coaches.

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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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4 Ways Positive Psychology Can Reduce Adolescent Depression, Stress and Anxiety - Generation Next

4 Ways Positive Psychology Can Reduce Adolescent Depression, Stress and Anxiety - Generation Next | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Positive Psychology has become the ‘buzz’ trend among educators and others who work with children. Living our best … Read More »
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Good overview of effects of positive psychology.

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Teacher - ACER

Teacher - ACER | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A new online national publication for school educators, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research.
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Some of the issues and strategies moving forward to better serve the learning needs of all students- especially the most able.

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10 Essential Skills for The 21st Century Worker/ Learner

10 Essential Skills for The 21st Century Worker/ Learner | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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No surprises here....

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Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement

Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Inserting longer pauses throughout classroom instruction time can help students and educators open up to greater possibilities.
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The importance and benefits of mindful pauses. Allows for deeper thinking.

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
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So Finland is moving to no longer "teaching subjects" to "teaching topics". And "there will be a more collaborative approach, with pupils working in smaller groups to solve problems while improving their communication skills." Will others follow?

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How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom

How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Break-out spaces and furniture on wheels can do wonders to enhance a person's learning experience. Here are six low-cost ideas for creating those environments in the classroom.
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Tips for making the learning space more flexible and conducive to design thinking strategies.

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The Moral Bucket List

The Moral Bucket List | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
What kind of adventures produce goodness, rather than build résumés?
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A great article about the importance of developing eulogy virtues and not just resume virtues. Worth a read.

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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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