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5 Things Innovative Schools Do Differently - A.J. Juliani

5 Things Innovative Schools Do Differently - A.J. Juliani | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered why some schools become innovative while others stay stuck in the 20th century? Here's 5 things innovative schools do different.
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How innovative is your school? A good checklist.

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Why Emotions Are Integral to Learning

Why Emotions Are Integral to Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Understanding how deeply connected emotions are to learning can help reframe the conversation around what works in schools.
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Developing emotional connections can lead to deeper understanding. Not surprising?
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3 Reasons to Keep Your Laptop Closed This Weekend

3 Reasons to Keep Your Laptop Closed This Weekend | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
It's easy to cheat our rest by cramming more into our weekends. But there are three very good reason to take it easy and unplug for a change.
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Importance of downtime for well-being and productivity.
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Teacher Collaboration: Matching Complementary Strengths

Teacher Collaboration: Matching Complementary Strengths | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
At Wildwood IB World Magnet School, teacher collaboration fosters a supportive professional culture, lessens teacher conflict, and provides students with schoolwide best practices.
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Useful ideas to facilitate teacher collaboration
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Big Brains, Small Minds

Big Brains, Small Minds | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
We risk becoming a society of technological prowess and philosophical illiteracy.
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Importance of humanities in education
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20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture

20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture
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Good tips to develop a self-directed learning culture. 
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TeachThought: A Diagram Of Pedagogy in the 21st Century -

TeachThought: A Diagram Of Pedagogy in the 21st Century - | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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An overview of some of the important learning domains for today.
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Talking About Failure: What Parents Can Do to Motivate Kids in School

Talking About Failure: What Parents Can Do to Motivate Kids in School | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When children view their abilities as something they can change over time, they're more apt to deal well with challenges, researchers say. And what parents say
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Role of parents in developing growth mindsets in kids.
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Could this be the real secret to success?

Could this be the real secret to success? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
BY CONVENTIONAL measures, David Fitter is the picture of success. After almost a decade playing rugby including two tests for the Wallabies, he decided to become a doctor. (As you do.)
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Useful tips towards a growth mindset.
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Wayne Cox's comment, May 15, 7:18 PM
5 excelent tips to develop a growth mindset. Interesting- that by not being great at a single skill- it allowed confidence and encouragement not to be afraid of failure.
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Finland – where ‘equality starts at the blackboard’

One educator reflects on the Finnish school structure and culture, teacher education programs and processes.
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Slow education and an unhurried schedule with 15 minute breaks every hour. Sounds good to me.
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Learning: Employees take charge

Learning: Employees take charge | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The learning organization must help learners figure out how to obtain the learning they need for themselves, from both inside and outside the company.
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Interesting read on fostering a culture of learning in the corporate sector. Fit with more personalised and flexible professional learning systems.
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Schools Should Teach Kids To Think, Not Memorize

Schools Should Teach Kids To Think, Not Memorize | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Fourth-grader Scout is struggling to keep her composure during a parent-teacher conference as the teacher expounds upon the character-building aspects of having failed a math quiz. She fixes her tearf
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Great film to stimulate discussion and debate around schooling today.
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This is why Finland has the best schools

This is why Finland has the best schools | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just abou
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Play. Little focus on standardised tests. Strong professional culture for teachers.
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What's going wrong with Australia's schools?

What's going wrong with Australia's schools? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it

Schleicher identified a lack of investment in Australia's teachers as the central reason for the lacklustre results. He described Australia's education system as "a classroom led by robotic widgets", forced into delivering a rigid curriculum.

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The need for better professional learning and development of our teachers at the heart of school improvement.
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Why Character Can’t Be Taught Like The Pythagorean Theorem

Why Character Can’t Be Taught Like The Pythagorean Theorem | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Can character be taught to kids? Author Paul Tough writes about how kids develop character through relationships with caring adults instead of through formal
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A different paradigm for teaching non-cognitive skills?
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The skill that 65 per cent more employers want

The skill that 65 per cent more employers want | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Cassandra Mayo is backing humans in the tech race.
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Employers want creativity. What are schools doing to develop it?
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Helsinking

Helsinking | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Europe’s top-performing school system rethinks its approach
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A new national curriculum meant to restore the “joy and meaningfulness of learning”. Nice.
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5 Keys to Successful Peer Tutoring

5 Keys to Successful Peer Tutoring | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Peer tutoring involves one student helping another student to learn and master some aspect of the curriculum. One student (the tutor) helps another student (the tutee) to master something that they have not yet mastered in class.   Why Use Peer Tutoring? Peer tutoring helps students to make more academic progress than they would without …
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Some strategies for effective peer tutoring
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The Point Of School Isn't To Get Good At School: Transfer As The Goal Of Education

The Point Of School Isn't To Get Good At School: Transfer As The Goal Of Education | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The Point Of School Isn't To Get Good At School: Transfer As The Goal Of Education
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Building opportunities for students to successfully transfer and apply learning.
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Why Emotions Have a Place in English Class

Why Emotions Have a Place in English Class | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Grappling with the way books make students feel—not just analytical skills—should be part of the high-school English curriculum.
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"English teachers, it seems, are in a unique position to impose some degree of emotional and moral rigor on the curriculum." 

Remembering to not just focus on the analytical but also remember the emotional.
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Marissa Kossoff's curator insight, June 17, 8:59 PM
This was a great article to read. I have always been a student that tried to connect to text at a personal level, but the student used as an example in this piece shows that it can go beyond that. She had developed such a clear understanding of the text yet still made a personal connection to it that made continuing unbearable. It's something that could happen in any classroom and something teachers should be able to address if the moment arises. 
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Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation

Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Ironically and tragically, rather than adapt our educational system to the needs of our modern times we have doubled down on the old system, so it i
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Will employers move away from test scores and look for innovation orientation? Interesting findings.
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Are we making space for imagination? – John Spencer

Are we making space for imagination? – John Spencer | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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I like these 7 strategies. Good for imagination and more!
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Open Your Door: Why We Need to See Each Other Teach

Open Your Door: Why We Need to See Each Other Teach | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Although we work together, we usually follow parallel, rather than intersecting lines. We rarely ever actually see each other teach. We're missing out.
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Good outline of benefits of classroom observation.
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Goodbye grades 8, 9 and 10: Year levels scrapped

Goodbye grades 8, 9 and 10: Year levels scrapped | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
TRADITIONAL year levels will be scrapped, lessons will start later and failure will not be an option in a radical overhaul of a struggling northern suburbs high school set to become a blueprint for transforming underperforming schools around the state.
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Some interesting changes. Would be interested to hear update of progress. Thanks @Mark_S_Scott
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'The reality is that technology is doing more harm than good in our schools' says education chief

'The reality is that technology is doing more harm than good in our schools' says education chief | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The number of Sydney schools banning laptops and tablets is increasing as education experts find technology is impeding learning.
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Most disturbing aspect of this current debate is the outdated assumptions about pedagogy. Yes, if you stand in front of students and lecture them and they have devices on their desks and your lecture is not engaging, then they will certainly go off task. Using technology poorly in classrooms will lead to poor outcomes. 

 But if the concern is about them going onto social media, as the article states, then are parents not allowing students to have mobile phones? Because that is how they are primarily accessing social media. (It is banned on most schools' web filters….) 

Just wondering….
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Tips on reducing teacher stress from the ‘happiest school on earth’

Tips on reducing teacher stress from the ‘happiest school on earth’ | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
With news that half of England’s teachers plan to leave in the next five years, what can be done to keep them?
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Invest in professional development and trust teachers to make good professional judgements.
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