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The ONE Thing You Wish You Could Change About High School

The ONE Thing You Wish You Could Change About High School | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
On Sunday evening, we asked our teen Twitter followers to tell us the ONE thing they wish they could change about school and why. From cafeteria food, to early start times, to common core standards -- their thoughtful answers may surprise you. Read 2...
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Thanks @tamaamas! Revealing - especially in 140 characters.

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ASCD Express 12.18 - Go and See: The Key to Improving Teaching and Leading

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Importance of Go and See Classroom Observations

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Educational Leadership:Gearing Up for Change:Making Progress Possible: A Conversation with Michael Fullan

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Love the idea of collaborative professionalism in schools to develop authentic and long lasting cultural change. A level of autonomy with a sense of teamwork.

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How Kids Learn Better By Taking Frequent Breaks Throughout The Day

How Kids Learn Better By Taking Frequent Breaks Throughout The Day | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Initially, I thought that the true value of Finnish-style breaks is related to free play, but I no longer hold this view. I’ve concluded that the primary benefit of Finnish breaks is in the way it keeps kids focused by refreshing their brains
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Importance of breaks in the academic day.

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Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation

Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Justin Reich outlines ways school leaders can identify, apply and nurture changes that are needed to make sure education is keeping up with students' needs.
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Excellent strategies here to effectively develop innovation in schools.

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How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School

How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
The trendy concept is in high demand among educators, but its specifics are vague.
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Avoid the oversimplification of education "trends".

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Too Fast To Think: why switching off unlocks creativity

Too Fast To Think: why switching off unlocks creativity | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
We’re living in a constant state of distraction. Notified about everything from a colleague’s latest Tweet to a classmate from primary school’s birthday, the internet interrupts us incessantly. Anxiety about smartphone addiction has been running high for some time, with articles claiming that it’s damaging relationships and attention spans. But our always-on culture could also be costing us creatively. In his new book _Too Fast To Think_, Chris Lewis, CEO of global agency Lewis, explains how modern life is suffocating the part of our brain where ideas come from. To find out more about how we can create conditions that serve the mind’s creative process rather than subdue it, we decided to speak to Chris and a collection of creatives about their own experiences.
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Slow thinking = more creativity. Not surprising, really.
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The San Antonio Spurs Are Coached to Think for Themselves

The San Antonio Spurs Are Coached to Think for Themselves | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Why Gregg Popovich wants his San Antonio Spurs players to be engaged in the world and knowledgeable about current events.
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The importance of culture, community and collegiality. 
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Packing up box thinking

Packing up box thinking | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Our everyday lives are quite squared away.
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The importance of thinking outside the box. 
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Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility

Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Learning to handle negative emotions is critical for children, but parents tend to teach avoidance rather than acceptance.
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Some good strategies to help children work through, rather than go around, negative emotions.
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The fallacy of single-sex education

The fallacy of single-sex education | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
A review of 1.6 million students has failed to find any advantages to single-sex education, says the former president of American Psychological Association Dian
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Debate over benefits of single sex education.
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Thoughts on Pedagogy and Space

Thoughts on Pedagogy and Space | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Pedagogy and space are inextricably linked. They are not mutually exclusive. Progressive pedagogies can exist within even the most traditional of spaces, as can traditional pedagogies in the most m…
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Remove front of room. Multiple focal points, Fewer chairs than students. And different height work spaces. Interesting classroom design.
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About HundrED

About HundrED | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
We want educational developers who challenge the traditional teaching methods and procedures, as well as utilize diverse of learning environment.
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Great to see a government move beyond testing and standardisation to look at innovation and encouraging every school to experiment with new ways of teaching and learning. Would love to see Australia follow suit.
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Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson said the current education system is designed to create conformist and compliant students, but this approach doesn't honor the diversity and
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Conformity and compliance hindering education.
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Preparing our children for life-long learning

Preparing our children for life-long learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Today's education system needs to set the foundations for these young children to thrive in life and work in 2050.
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Good to see more robust discussions around the future of schooling.

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How to Raise a Feminist Son

How to Raise a Feminist Son | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
We raise our girls to fight stereotypes and pursue their dreams, but we don’t do the same for our boys.
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Tips for raising and schooling boys.

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Emotional Agility as a Tool to Help Teens Manage Their Feelings

Emotional Agility as a Tool to Help Teens Manage Their Feelings | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Teens who who are able to identify and manage emotions may be better equipped to navigate life situations.
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The mportance of developing emotional agility in teens.

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Could our obsession with exams lead to long term failure?

Could our obsession with exams lead to long term failure? | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
While many children spent Christmas cramming for January’s common entrance exams and my colleagues await the publication of the Secondary School Performance tables, as Head of a non-selective independent school, I have to ask myself the question;
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Another article encouraging us to rethink assessments and exams.

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Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset'

Carol Dweck, who parsed the difference between a "fixed" and a "growth" mindset, clarifies her theories of intelligence.
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Dweck warns about oversimplifying mindsets. Good to see.

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I sat the most important maths exam of my life when I was twelve

I sat the most important maths exam of my life when I was twelve | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
I am among the most examined maths students of my generation. Hailing from the UK, the original high-stakes testing capital of the education world, I sat national exams at age 11, 14, 16 and 18. At…
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The pitfalls of ability testing and grouping.
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How to praise your child: why simply saying 'well done' is not helpful

How to praise your child: why simply saying 'well done' is not helpful | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Praising kids in a generalised way through phrases like, 'well done' or 'aren't you clever' isn't helpful and can actually damage children.
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How to give proper feedback and praise.
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School league tables 'should show well-being' - BBC News

School league tables 'should show well-being' - BBC News | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Parents should be able to find about pupils' well-being from school league tables, says Sir Anthony Seldon.
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Yes, to put more of a focus on students' mental health and well-being. But a big no to put these on league tables. Seriously.
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Philosophy, beauty, complexity: what you are missing out on if you don't do the maths

Philosophy, beauty, complexity: what you are missing out on if you don't do the maths | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
By corralling mathematics and science as (male) subjects for the unimaginative and the arts as (female) subjects of expression, we commit educational crimes.
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Great insights into benefits of Maths.
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Want to improve NAPLAN scores? Teach children philosophy

Want to improve NAPLAN scores? Teach children philosophy | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Teaching philosophy for just one hour a week can improve children's progress in writing, maths and reading.
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Good for NAPLAN scores... and so much more.
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What will school education look like by 2020?

What will school education look like by 2020? | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Teacher education is set to become increasingly part-time, female-dominated, with more teachers working outside their area of expertise.
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Some education trends over the next five years in Australia.
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Education system ‘has to evolve’ to spur creativity

Education system ‘has to evolve’ to spur creativity | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — The Republic’s educational system has served the country well in increasing social mobility, but it will also have to evolve to spur innovation and create a sense of individuality among Singaporeans, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam yesterday.
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Interesting to see Singapore move beyond PISA testing to focus more on creativity and "free play of the mind".
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