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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The idea of co-constructing knowledge with students can be a scary thing for many of us teachers. The age-old role of teacher as orator, director, sage has been handed down for centuries and most of u
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Some useful ideas of co-constructing knowledge with students - not always an easy task.

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A Middle-School Cheating Scandal

A Middle-School Cheating Scandal | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
One afternoon in the spring of 2006, Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta, unlocked the room where standardized tests were kept. It was the week before his students took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which determined whether schools in Georgia had met federal standards of achievement. The tests were wrapped in cellophane and stacked in cardboard boxes. Lewis, a slim twenty-nine-year-old with dreadlocks, contemplated opening the test with scissors, but he thought his cut marks would be too obvious. Instead, he left the school, walked to the corner store, and bought a razor blade. When he returned, he slit open the cellophane and gently pulled a test book from its wrapping. Then he used a lighter to warm the razor, which he wedged under the adhesive sealing the booklet, and peeled back the tab.
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An moving and in depth article from the New Yorker on the dangers of high stakes testing, over-reliance on data, merit pay. 


'“They didn’t see the value in the test, so they didn’t see that they were devaluing the kids by cheating,” she said. Unlike recent cheating scandals at Harvard and at Stuyvesant High School, where privileged students were concerned with their own advancement, those who cheated at Parks were never convinced of the importance of the tests; they viewed the cheating as a door they had to pass through in order to focus on issues that seemed more relevant to their students’ lives.'

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A Job Description For Teaching

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A Job Description For Teaching
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A push for a job description that moves beyond teaching age or teaching content, to facilitating student learning and growth such as: 

 

greater interest in the subject and in learning than was there before, as determined by observations, surveys, and client feedbacksuccessful learning related to key course goals, as reflected in mutually agreed-upon assessmentsgreater confidence and feelings of efficacy as revealed by student behavior and reports (and as eventually reflected in improved results)a passion and intellectual direction in each learner
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Why Neo-Plessyism Failed to Improve Chicago Schools

Why Neo-Plessyism Failed to Improve Chicago Schools | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Reformers care about kids trapped in the most challenging schools. They just didn't care enough about the complexity of the task they volunteered to take over....
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Negative effects of sorting students across schools. Similar effects when sorting in schools?

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher
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Similarities today to John Dewey's thoughts 100 years ago. 

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Relationships Play Primary Role in Boys' Learning | Alliance for Student Activities

Relationships Play Primary Role in Boys' Learning | Alliance for Student Activities | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Useful summary of this excellent article by Reichert and Hawley highlighting the importance of teacher-student relationships to boys' learning. “Relationship does not merely contribute to or enhance teaching and learning; relationship is the very medium through which successful teaching and learning occurs.”

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My PBL Pet Peeves: 4 Common Misconceptions

My PBL Pet Peeves: 4 Common Misconceptions | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Andrew Miller firmly addresses some common misunderstandings about PBL, including the ideas that projects are lessons and the public audience can be random.
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Useful tips and ideas for PBL.

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Trends and Predictions for K-12 Classrooms

Trends and Predictions for K-12 Classrooms | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The NMC Horizon report predicts the trends, challenges and tech developments to look for in one, five and ten years.
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Good overview of NMC Horizon Report technology trends.

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There Is No Education Without the Arts

There Is No Education Without the Arts | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The best education enables artistic voice and creative habits of mind.
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Importance of creative arts in education. “We’re talking about a way of educating that involves artistic sensibilities—artistic habits of mind. The ability to re-assess and to imagine."

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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
We need to cultivate empathy in all children, but gender stereotypes -- often reinforced in playrooms -- risk leaving boys, in particular, with a social deficit.
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Some early learning strategies, but we should also look at teaching empathy to older boys, too. 

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The Meaning of ‘Man Up’

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Behind a simple imperative lurks a complex web of masculinity.
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Complexity of terms such as "man up" and "cowboy up" for boys in figuring out masculinity 

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How I Became an Unfair Teacher

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It's easy to forget how tiny, arbitrary, everyday decisions can shape a kid's school experience.
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Good reflection on the complexities of classroom management.

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Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder'

Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder' | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Research shows that reflecting after learning something new makes it stick in your brain.
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Importance of reflection in learning.

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Are Your Students Distracted by Screens? Here's A Powerful Antidote - Edudemic

Are Your Students Distracted by Screens? Here's A Powerful Antidote - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
I was fortunate to teach in a 1:1 laptop classroom for seven years. In my classes, students took daily notes on computers, did research, wrote essays, created various multimedia publications, and worked on collaborative projects. Yet I knew that if I wasn’t watching their screens, my students would at some point be doing something they …
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Student engagement and presentation of work to get students focused with devices.

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Mystery Location - hello little world Skypers

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Hello Little World Skypers is a group of educators dedicated to collaborative International learning.
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Overview of Mystery Skype. One of may new, innovative and relatively easy uses of Skype in the classroom.

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In Search of a Voice by Dr Helen Street | The Positive Times

In Search of a Voice by Dr Helen Street | The Positive Times | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Great article on positive schools movement focusing on areas such as student creativity and imagination, student voice, collaboration and learning from mistakes. Thanks, Quincey.

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Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue

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Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue
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The what and how of developing "grit" in the classroom.

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The Learning Curve | 2014 Report Summary | Pearson

The Learning Curve | 2014 Report Summary | Pearson | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Good outline from Pearson of where education is now and where it is going. The new skills the world is looking for? Leadership, digital literacy, communication, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship, global citizenship, problem solving, teamwork.

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Grit Happens in PBL

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Looking for practical applications of grit? Try project-based learning and move beyond character education to teach students how stuff gets done in the real world.
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Grit (resilience) and project based learning. Benefits of PBL to character education.

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Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Teachers, by their nature, are storytellers. You can improve this skillset with seven steps for engaging younger students through narrative.
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The power of narratives. The power of storytelling.

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A really significant resource, especially for those teaching I. Africa who have never had teacher training.

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How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.
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Importance of free play and frequent breaks for students.

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Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others

Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that parents and teachers may be sending kids the wrong message.
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Putting achievement and personal happiness above empathy and care for others.

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Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms?

Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Maker Faire has catalyzed a global interest in tinkering to understand. Is it only a matter of time before this approach to learning makes it into mainstream classrooms?
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Maker Movement- great way to develop authentic learning and student engagement in STEM subjects. Ready to take off in Australia?

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Classroom Management and the Flipped Class

Classroom Management and the Flipped Class | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The flipped classroom casts a different light on classroom management issues, as teachers rethink one-on-one time, off-task students, freedom vs. control, and parent expectations.
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Instead of having to keep students quiet, we were spending time interacting with them individually and in small groups. Amazingly, most of our classroom management issues just vaporized. Our goal wasn't to keep students quiet, but rather to have them engaged in the learning process. The class became noisier -- and it was good. The amount of energy we'd been expending to keep kids quiet hadn't been used for getting students to take responsibility for their own learning.

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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

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No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.
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Research showing grammar being something that is best learned through writing. Applicable to other skills in other subjects?

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

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Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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Cognitive benefits of handwriting.

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