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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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The Meaning of ‘Man Up’

The Meaning of ‘Man Up’ | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Behind a simple imperative lurks a complex web of masculinity.
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Complexity of terms such as "man up" and "cowboy up" for boys in figuring out masculinity 

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How I Became an Unfair Teacher

How I Became an Unfair Teacher | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
It's easy to forget how tiny, arbitrary, everyday decisions can shape a kid's school experience.
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Good reflection on the complexities of classroom management.

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Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder'

Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder' | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Research shows that reflecting after learning something new makes it stick in your brain.
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Importance of reflection in learning.

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Are Your Students Distracted by Screens? Here's A Powerful Antidote - Edudemic

Are Your Students Distracted by Screens? Here's A Powerful Antidote - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
I was fortunate to teach in a 1:1 laptop classroom for seven years. In my classes, students took daily notes on computers, did research, wrote essays, created various multimedia publications, and worked on collaborative projects. Yet I knew that if I wasn’t watching their screens, my students would at some point be doing something they …
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Student engagement and presentation of work to get students focused with devices.

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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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4 Tips for Getting to Know the Blended Instructional Model

4 Tips for Getting to Know the Blended Instructional Model | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The days of talking at students are finally over. I recall many a college class filled to the brim with students feverishly taking down notes, as our professor talked at us.

Sounds familiar? Probab
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Some useful tips for teaching in a blended learning environment.

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EduTECH 2014: Sir Ken shares his insights

EduTECH 2014: Sir Ken shares his insights | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
MILEY Cyrus, a Vegas wedding and a $100 pink Cadillac aren’t the first three things that spring to mind when you think of a Sir Ken Robinson keynote speech. But they’re just a few of the things tha...
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Interview with Ken Robinson from EduTECH Conference.

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What is a teacher?

What is a teacher? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
What Is A Teacher by Allan Glatthorn pic.twitter.com/xPoAQQIJBB
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Good take aways here.

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when there is a correct answer Exercise in creative thinking - YouTube

A correct answer kills the creativity. See what happens when third grade students think there is a correct answer. http://www.segevelad.com/english
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Great video on the power of creative thinking. Shown by Ken Robinson at 2014 EduTECH Conference.

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Here's To Humanity - YouTube

In the beginning, we saw a glimpse of the future. That future has arrived. We're connecting the physical world to the Internet. Now, everyday objects become ...
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Great video from EduTech Conference (Cisco) on technology in the past present and future.

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Key Elements of Project-Based Learning

Want to design a great PBL activity? Follow these step-by-step tips.
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Another useful overview and tips for successful PBL.

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
In school, we learn about geniuses and their ideas, but how did they get those ideas? What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to vi
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Good tenets for students and (and teachers) for creative thinking.

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Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, May 18, 7:02 PM

Parents as well as teachers could implement these tenets to help their children approach problem solving in new ways. And failure will be an option. It's the only way to learn what will work.

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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Scientists have come a long way in understanding how the brain generates creative ideas. Their work can inform classroom structures if educators want to inspire more creativity in students.
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Not surprisingly, giving students freedom allows them to be more creative. PBL is good for this.

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Classroom Management and the Flipped Class

Classroom Management and the Flipped Class | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The flipped classroom casts a different light on classroom management issues, as teachers rethink one-on-one time, off-task students, freedom vs. control, and parent expectations.
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Instead of having to keep students quiet, we were spending time interacting with them individually and in small groups. Amazingly, most of our classroom management issues just vaporized. Our goal wasn't to keep students quiet, but rather to have them engaged in the learning process. The class became noisier -- and it was good. The amount of energy we'd been expending to keep kids quiet hadn't been used for getting students to take responsibility for their own learning.

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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.
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Research showing grammar being something that is best learned through writing. Applicable to other skills in other subjects?

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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Cognitive benefits of handwriting.

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The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic

The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
This year’s “The Learning Curve” report from Pearson takes a look at education across the globe. One of the main things the report does is rank the world’s educational systems (which we’ll talk about in a different post). What I find even more interesting is the focus on what skills current students need to meet …
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Skills students need to meet changing needs of global market. How successfully do we focus on or teach these?

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Joel Weekes's curator insight, June 15, 2:39 PM

To often schools focus on content - teaching students skills to be life-long learners and global citizens is the key for us as educators.

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The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom

The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A backchannel -- a digital conversation that runs concurrently with a face-to-face activity -- provides students with an outlet to engage in conversation. Every time I think about this tool, I rememb
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Like the use of a "backchannel" in the classroom. Works with a shared Google Doc, too.

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Why It's Time To Rethink (And Question) Homework - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Rethink (And Question) Homework - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The concept of homework as we have known it in the past is changing rapidly, since it often distorts the overall picture of learning. Flipped classrooms, the ability to use the same technology and tools both in and out of the classroom, and personalized learning are making ripples in the education world. And while most …
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Really good reflection on role and value of homework. Worth a read.

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Educational technology and the future of the classroom

Educational technology and the future of the classroom | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
As a parent of a child in education in Australia today, it would be hard not to notice the ever increasing role that technology is playing in their everyday learning. The former Labor Government’s Digital…
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Good overview of this month's EduTECH Conference.

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Rubik's Cube: A question, waiting to be answered - YouTube

Rubik's cube is more than a puzzle- it's a question waiting to be answered. And when the right person finds the right question, it can set them on a journey ...
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Great Google ad on the power of questions, not answers. Shown at 2014 EduTECH Conference.

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley - YouTube

In the beginning, we saw a glimpse of the future. That future has arrived. We're connecting the physical world to the Internet. Now, everyday objects become ...
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Here is the complete 2013 TED Talk from Ken Robinson. Powerful.

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Inquiry into Guided Inquiry

Inquiry into Guided Inquiry | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Imagine for a moment that you are preparing to return to your job as a teacher librarian after a few years’ leave. What changes will you notice? What areas
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Some insights into guided inquiry - useful for any teacher.

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Main Course Not Dessert (by BIE) | Project Based Learning | BIE

Main Course Not Dessert (by BIE) | Project Based Learning | BIE | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Good overview of PBL and how it is more than just "doing a project".

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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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Avoiding isolation. Benefits of collaboration and teamwork for teachers.

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