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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Scientists have come a long way in understanding how the brain generates creative ideas. Their work can inform classroom structures if educators want to inspire more creativity in students.
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Not surprisingly, giving students freedom allows them to be more creative. PBL is good for this.

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It’s no secret that most professional development for teachers is awful. Less well known is that some of it is great.

It’s no secret that most professional development for teachers is awful. Less well known is that some of it is great. | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
'It’s time we drastically alter course and deploy professional development funding more intelligently.' -- Howard Gardner and two co-authors
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Good article about positives and negatives of professional development for teachers.

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joanna murray-smith’s keynote address: national play festival 2015 | Playwriting Australia

joanna murray-smith’s keynote address: national play festival 2015 | Playwriting Australia | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
What is the artist’s role? To stand apart from authority, to be sceptical of power, to engage with human struggles and articulate them for others, to be free of cant, to embrace mystery, to be self-revelatory as a means of articulating the human experience and the determination to say what needs to be said.
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Wonderful piece about the role and importance of drama, art, creative expression.

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The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort

The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Improvement requires change, which often means discomfort. Your school can edge out of its comfort zone by breaking down silos, taking risks, and shifting resources.
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How to make the uncomfortable nature of school change more comfortable.

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Insight for schools: Trends in university learning space design, big shift from lectures to collaborative learning

Insight for schools: Trends in university learning space design, big shift from lectures to collaborative learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
For many school-based educators, one of the justifications for maintaining a traditional teacher and content focused culture is the need to prepare students for university. But what if universities...
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Another reason for collaborative learning environments - preparing students for university!

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Making Student Data Part of the Conversation

Making Student Data Part of the Conversation | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Humboldt Elementary, a school once on the verge of being labeled under-performing, turned to data to move the bar on student success.
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Some useful tips for creating a culture of data in a school. Collaborative, transparent and improvement focused.

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Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers

Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers by Terry Heick Clocks and old watches are miracles. If you’ve ever taken one apart and had a…
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Avoid the "bad question" - guess what's in the teacher's head!

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I realised I produce lots of poor (bad) questions
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Avoid the "bad question" - guess what's in the teacher's head!

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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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To cultivate creativity is an extremely difficult goal to achieve at times- but when done, is the thing that drives teaching and learning.
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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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A dangerous downgrade: undervaluing the arts

A dangerous downgrade: undervaluing the arts | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
What price will we pay for taking the humanities for granted? asks Christopher Bigsby
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That arts should not be seen as a commodity or just valued for economic impact. The arts and humanities make us more human.

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Personalization, Tailored Instruction Vital to Blended Learning, New Report Says

Personalization, Tailored Instruction Vital to Blended Learning, New Report Says | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
"Blended learning is not about the technology itself," the report says. "It is about the shift in the instructional model to personalized, student-centered learning to ensure each student's success."
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Good discussion on how blended learning can lead to more personalised learning. Thanks for the article, Graeme!

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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Scientists have come a long way in understanding how the brain generates creative ideas. Their work can inform classroom structures if educators want to inspire more creativity in students.
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Explores some of the cognitive traits of creativity and looks at how schools can foster these. Really useful.

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Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012

Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012 | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
For some reason we unlearn how to learn as we progress from elementary school through middle school and high school. And in a sense, maybe I’m bringing kindergarten back to college by having people talk to each other!
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Benefits of peer instruction from the guru, Eric Mazur. And a call to changing the space from the lecture auditorium to a more collaborative learning environment.

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The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment
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Great checklist to return to....

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Great checklist to return to....

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Why High Schools' biggest problem is Lessons

Why High Schools' biggest problem is Lessons | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A major problem in High schools is their lessons. Those short 1 hour sessions that relate to a specific subject, where in most cases, the teacher stands and delivers 'learning'.from the front. I've...
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A call for integrated and inquiry-based learning and a move away from traditional lesson structure.

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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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There is much research linking healthy sporting involvement and competition with improved academic achievement. More than this- some of the lessons on collaboration and commitment are too valuable to measure.