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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.
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A challenge for all teachers- making sure we try to create "work that matters" and not just work.

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Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems

Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Across the globe, we are experiencing rapid changes to our environment and social structures. Climate change, population growth, and social unrest are causing ever increasing problems. The rate of change…
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Great to see the benefits of integrated projects like the Year 7 CBL on sustainability. Thanks, Marco.

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
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Great "skills" to focus on any time of the school year: critical researching, meaningful work, follow passions and explore teachers' resources.

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Personal Best - The New Yorker

Personal Best - The New Yorker | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
I’ve been a surgeon for eight years. For the past couple of them, my performance in the operating room has reached a plateau. I’d like to think it’s a good thing—I’ve arrived at my professional peak. But mainly it seems as if I’ve just stopped getting better.
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Great article on benefits of peer coaching.


"California researchers in the early nineteen-eighties conducted a five-year study of teacher-skill development in eighty schools, and noticed something interesting. Workshops led teachers to use new skills in the classroom only ten per cent of the time. Even when a practice session with demonstrations and personal feedback was added, fewer than twenty per cent made the change. But when coaching was introduced—when a colleague watched them try the new skills in their own classroom and provided suggestions—adoption rates passed ninety per cent. A spate of small randomized trials confirmed the effect. Coached teachers were more effective, and their students did better on tests."

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Complexity and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule

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Talent, training and the ten thousand hour rule. Interesting read.

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Awesome Chart for Teachers- Alternatives to Traditional Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Chart for Teachers- Alternatives to Traditional Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Some great examples of different approaches to homework,

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The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning

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The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning
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A good outline of the differences between projects and project based learning.

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Superintendent's Office - DPS109 | John Hattie’s 8 Mindframes for Teachers

Superintendent's Office - DPS109 | John Hattie’s 8 Mindframes for Teachers | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Hattie's Eight Mind Frames to maximise impact on student learning. Excellent list. "The greatest effects on student learning occur when the teachers become the learners of their own teaching and when students become their own teachers." (Hattie)

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Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

Why Do Americans Stink at Math? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The Common Core should finally improve math education. The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it.
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A look at the issues around the teaching of Maths in American schools. 

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How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic

How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …
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More information on Finland education, including a lack of homework.

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How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms

How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education.
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Great overview, links, ideas and resources on the Maker Movement.

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Creating Learning Environments

Creating Learning Environments | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes that in the digital information age, the teacher's main role will be to guide and motivate students and provide rationale for learning.
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Evolving role of teacher in technology rich classrooms.

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Glossary of Hattie's influences on student achievement - VISIBLE LEARNING

Glossary of Hattie's influences on student achievement - VISIBLE LEARNING | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
This Glossary explains influences related to student achievement published in John Hattie’s Visible Learning for teachers (Hattie 2012; 251ff). You can find an older list of  influences related to student achievement in Hattie (2009) Visible Learning. 1. Student Self-Reported Grades Self reported grades comes…Read more ›
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Glossary of some of the key terms from Hattie, including formative evaluation. formative evaluation refers to any activity used as an assessment of learning progress before or during the learning process itself. In contrast with formative assessment, the summative assessment evaluates what students know or have learned at the end of the teaching, after all is done. 

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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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How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Tips to make sure classroom technology is focused on asking students to be creative, collaborative and analytical.
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More benefits of BYOD. One key is "developing engaging lessons that use technology in collaborative and creative ways".

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'Crap' parents raising a generation of brats: psychologist

'Crap' parents raising a generation of brats: psychologist | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Australia is raising a generation of spoilt brats, a prominent psychologist warns, because parents never say no.
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Harsh but fair assessment of current parenting practices.Puts more profession on schools to make up for or correct these deficiencies?

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Two schools bad, one school good: Ideas for improving school behaviour - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community

Two schools bad, one school good: Ideas for improving school behaviour - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
TES Community connects teachers around the world to share classroom support, healthy debate and extra-curricular fun
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Importance of focusing on classroom management in teacher training.

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The McDonaldization of Education: the rise of slow

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Slow.  I love this word, and yet it tends to have many negative connotations  in education. Which is too bad because it's the very philosophy we need to save our education system, and give kids the...
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Slow Education Movement: individualised, authentic and formative learning. Excellent focus.

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The Hardest Part of Teaching

The Hardest Part of Teaching | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate....
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What they don't tell you in teacher education. The hard part of teaching? There is "not enough".

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8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century
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Great benefits of project-based learning in developing these 21st century skills.

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One-size-fits-all textbooks don’t make sense in the digital age. Here’s a better option.

One-size-fits-all textbooks don’t make sense in the digital age. Here’s a better option. | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A nonprofit borrows tricks from Google, Amazon and Netflix to provide a better learning experience.
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Imagine personalised, interactive textbooks? About time. "Baraniuk isn't just reproducing physical textbooks on digital devices, a mistake eBook publishers have made. He’s fundamentally rethinking what the educational experience should be in a world of digital tools."

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Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices

Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Does reading online or in digital format negatively impact comprehension?
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Link to New Yorker article on how to develop deep reading in students on digital devices.

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be …
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Good overview of some of the possibilities of Google Docs.

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.
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Using a range of questions to develop students' understanding.

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Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Motivate reluctant readers by engaging them with the three critical elements of healthy child and youth development: connection, contribution, and competence.
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The three Cs of student learning: Connection (students feeling connected), Contribution (families and others involved), Competence (feeling they are able to achieve).

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138 Influences Related To Achievement - Hattie effect size list

138 Influences Related To Achievement - Hattie effect size list | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Hattie effect size list of 138 influences across all areas related to student achievement.
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A good reminder of some of Hattie's research on influences on student. Self-report grading and formative evaluation two of the top three.

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