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Promoting a Culture of Learning

Promoting a Culture of Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Learning is a culture.

It starts as a culture with the students as human beings needing to understand their environment. And it ends as a culture with students taking what we give them and using it
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Developing a culture of learning in the classroom. Good to see!

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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Creativity can seem like an abstract concept, but having a definition can give a learner the power to practice it on a regular basis.
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Great overview of creativity and creative teaching.

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What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A survey of schools around the world reveals what schools could look like, trends in personalized learning, the role of teachers and challenges to exciting techniques.
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Excellent summary of always informative Horizon Report.

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to th
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Excellent strategies, not just for inquiry learning, but any deep learning. 

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We're educating our youth into unemployment

We're educating our youth into unemployment | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Despite long-term unemployment in Australia being at a 16-year high, little acknowledgement is given to fact that the school system isn't preparing these kids for the "real world".
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Outlines the imperative for schools today in preparing youth for tomorrow.

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Introduction

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Excellent resource on inquiry based learning principles and practices.

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The case for project-based learning

The case for project-based learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Far from an educational flash in the pan, project-based learning has been proven to engage and motivate learners, improve comprehension and retention, aid the transfer of knowledge to new contexts, lead to better collaboration, and help students master critical-thinking skills.
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A strong case for PBL made here.

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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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Could Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose Be the Keys to Motivating Students?

Could Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose Be the Keys to Motivating Students? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Author Dan Pink says the complex problem solving skills now required for most white collar jobs demand that students be intrinsically motivated, not lured by external rewards.
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"Instead, companies around the world have shown that employee motivation increases when people have autonomy, a driving purpose and the desire to perfect their craft." Keys to link to education?

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How to Trigger Students’ Inquiry Through Projects

How to Trigger Students’ Inquiry Through Projects | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When students engage in quality projects, they develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions that serve them in the moment and in the long term. There are several ways to start designing projects. Here are six steps that will help you get started.
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Good steps for designing quality projects.

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.
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True self-directed learning - interesting model.

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The case for 21st-century learning - OECD

The case for 21st-century learning - OECD | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Knowledge and skills are important to the future of our economies. But what we learn, the way we learn it, and how we are taught, are changing. This has implications for schools and higher level education, as well as for lifelong learning. OECD’s Andreas Schleicher explains.
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Good points for schools today.

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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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Geoff Masters discusses the limitations of an A-E grading system and some alternatives.

 

"The alternative is to find ways of showing where students are in their long-term progress through an area of learning. What point have they reached, what progress have they made, and what are they ready to learn next?"

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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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