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Math and Inquiry: The Importance of Letting Students Stumble

Math and Inquiry: The Importance of Letting Students Stumble | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
For subjects like math and foreign language, which are traditionally taught in a linear and highly structured context, using more open-ended inquiry-based models can be challenging. But inquiry learning is based on the premise that, with a little bit of structure and guidance, teachers can support students to ask questions that lead them to learn those same important skills -- in ways that are meaningful to them.
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Using a project-based inquiry approach to learning Maths and Languages.

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How Google Impacts The Way Students Think

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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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The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model

The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model
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Useful connections between student and teacher in self-directed model.

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The Millions : The Last English Teacher

The Millions : The Last English Teacher | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When I started teaching, I thought my purpose was to create a legion of English majors. I have learned that my purpose is to pause the lives of my students for long enough that a line of poetry is the loudest sound they encounter during the day.
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A inspirational read for all teachers... but especially English teachers.

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Latest research shows class size DOES make a difference: pay attention Minister

Latest research shows class size DOES make a difference: pay attention Minister | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Money spent on reducing class sizes has not been wasted as Education Minister Christopher Pyne believes. The advice he has been given is wrong. Reducing class size does make a difference, and the b...
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More individualised attention. More differentiated instruction. Quicker and more frequent feedback. Makes sense.

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Getting to the essence of assessment

Getting to the essence of assessment | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Overview of different ways assessment can be used.

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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
'Teachers work hard, but I now think that conscientious students work harder. '
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More in depth reflection on Grant Wiggins' earlier post. Be a student for a day- PD all teachers should do.

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Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences

Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Students own their struggles and strengths when they lead parent-teacher conferences.
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Good strategies to get students at the centre of parent-teacher conferences.

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Joel Weekes's curator insight, October 20, 2014 4:42 PM

Student-led conferences are one of my highlights of the school calendar. Great way to see and hear what the students have been learning about from their point of view - great way to show independence and ownership of their learning!

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Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Improve your grasp of instructional design by looking at five game design dynamics and applying them to how you build curriculum and run your class.
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Moving from "gaming" to incorporating gaming principles in a class.

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How Should Professional Development Change?

How Should Professional Development Change? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When it comes to professional development, teachers need more time and a structure to engage in deep collaboration. Read more on the findings and recommendations from a recent report.
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Good points about improving professional development by looking at different studies from different countries. The key is allowing, fostering teacher collaboration. Yes!

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The Challenges of Adolescence (and How Parents and Educators Can Help)

The Challenges of Adolescence (and How Parents and Educators Can Help) | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Three recent studies show why we need to divert middle and high school students from values and behaviors that may harm them in adulthood.
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Findings from three studies on social and emotional health of students. Caution on "pseudo-maturity" and the need for more empathy in our children. Some excellent links to studies and resources in article.

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Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths

Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
It's time to tackle myths like project-based learning is mostly fluff and not academically rigorous. See other PBL misnomers and read how they deserve myth-busting.
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Good insights into value of Project Based Learning and differentiation with "old school" projects. "They rightly describe PBL as main-course learning, not dessert." Nice.

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How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In …
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Some useful tips to reduce stress and anxiety in the classroom to help develop student learning.

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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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Answering A Familiar Call For Progressiveness

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Answering A Familiar Call For Progressiveness
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Similarities in the call for progressiveness to the early 20th century. The video is worth a look.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to Use in Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to Use in Class | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Good lists of critical thinking questions.

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Debate rages over how many hours Maryland students should be tested each year

Debate rages over how many hours Maryland students should be tested each year | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Even as public school systems in Maryland and other states prepare to give longer and more challenging standardized tests this spring, a national debate has erupted over just how many hours students should be tested in a year.
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More testing hours...

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For Gold Standard PBL, What Matters Most for Teachers? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

For Gold Standard PBL, What Matters Most for Teachers? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Great list of teacher considerations for effectively using Project Based Learning. Love, "Get comfortable with messier learning"!

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Interview with David Perkins, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education - YouTube

http://www.facebook.com/21foundation David Perkins, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education Perkins considers what's worth learning and how to educat...
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Great overview of the direction of education today. If "90% of what we teach probably constitutes particular skills...that those kids will never encounter again in their lives," then what is the purpose of education?

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PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students

PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The PBL pilot program rollout continues as two adventurous teachers open lines of communication with parents and engage their fifth graders with a driving question.
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Two benefits of PBL.

 

"The 2014 version of the annual "Job Skills" survey given by the National Association of Colleges and Employers listed "Ability to work in a team structure" as their number one desired trait in future employees.

 

Recent literature by Dr. Tony Wagner and Paul Tough demonstrates the need for students to be as adaptable with their physical, emotional, and cognitive selves as they are in understanding core content knowledge."

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Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Giving feedback that is non-evaluative, specific, timely, and goal-related will provide students with opportunities to revise and improve their work and deepen their understanding.
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Good overview of the importance of formative assessment. "... good formative assessment, among other key factors, 'includes feedback that is non-evaluative, specific, timely, and related to the learning goals, and that provides opportunities for the student to revise and improve work products and deepen understandings.'"

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New Research Report: The Children We Mean to Raise | Making Caring Common

New Research Report: The Children We Mean to Raise | Making Caring Common | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Worthwhile report on empathy v happiness. Excellent links to infographic and parenting tips.

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it.
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Importance of actively teaching kindness to students. Many benefits, including reducing bullying and depression.

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Why the Growth Mindset is the Only Way to Learn | Edudemic

Why the Growth Mindset is the Only Way to Learn | Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
“You’re too old to learn a foreign language.” “I couldn’t work on computers. I’m just not good with them.” “I’m not smart enough to run my own business.” Do you know what these statements have in common? They’re all examples of the fixed mindset- the belief that intelligence, ability, and success are static qualities that …
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Importance of a growth mindset to both student and teacher learners.

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