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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Are our schools doing a good job of preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill?
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The importance of insightful questioning skills now and into the future for our students. Love it.

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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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Teachers Shadowing Students: Doing What Students Do

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Teachers Shadowing Students: Doing What Students Do
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Great activity for all teachers to sept into their students' shoes: shadow a student for a day. Interesting takeaways: "Students sit all day, and sitting is exhausting."; "High School students are sitting passively and listening during approximately 90% of their classes."; "You feel a little bit like a nuisance all day long."


Would this be the same in your classes? At your school?

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1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review

1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review
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Interesting findings from four year iPad study. Positives on organisation, collaboration, research, note-taking, independent learning. Not as positive on reading and typing. Balanced approach needed.

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To Think For Themselves, Students Must See Themselves

To Think For Themselves, Students Must See Themselves | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
To Think For Themselves, Students Must See Themselves
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The importance of a self-directed learning framework to get students to "think for themselves".

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Richardson: From Digital Collaboration to Digital Cooperation: New Ways of Working Together in the Modern World - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Richardson: From Digital Collaboration to Digital Cooperation: New Ways of Working Together in the Modern World - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
October 14, 2014, Volume 1, Issue 8, No. 18 Driving Question: What If We've Got It Wrong?
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Moving from digital collaboration to digital cooperation allows us to focus on our our goals and needs more readily.

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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, 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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Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions
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Great list of essential questions across a range of areas. Good for inquiry based projects.

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Every kid needs a champion

Every kid needs a champion | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
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Inspiring TED Talk which reminds us of the importance of relationships in learning and teaching. Even if you saw it previously, worth another look.

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Connected Professional Development Is Now An Imperative 

Connected Professional Development Is Now An Imperative  | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Connected Professional Development Is Now An Imperative
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Professional learning through digital professional learning networks has many benefits.

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