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Inquiry into Guided Inquiry

Inquiry into Guided Inquiry | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Imagine for a moment that you are preparing to return to your job as a teacher librarian after a few years’ leave. What changes will you notice? What areas
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Some insights into guided inquiry - useful for any teacher.

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No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects

No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and...
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An integrated, PBL approach to learning. Will other nations follow?

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Digital Exit Tickets: 6 Tools for Creating Powerful Formative Assessments

Digital Exit Tickets: 6 Tools for Creating Powerful Formative Assessments | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
After an instructional lesson is over, educators are left with a classroom
full of students looking at them. Did my students get the lesson? Are there
any ideas, concepts or skills they are still unsure of? Do my students have
any misconceptions about the lesson and its content? Do I have to review
anything tomorrow? These are just a few of the questions reflective
educators are left to contemplate after the bell has rung.  (...)
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Some effective ways to use technology for reflection and checking learning.

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How to Create a Professional Learning Community

How to Create a Professional Learning Community | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
It takes careful planning to form a useful and functional PLC, but once the foundation is built, the benefits will soon be evident.
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Good overview of Professional Learning Communities

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Teacher-tested Tools for Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher-tested Tools for Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Some effective tools for flipped classrooms.

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Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners

Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Creating learning opportunities that don’t rely on lectures, textbooks or sitting quietly goes against established educational patterns and can feel foreign to many adults who learned that way themselves. It requires trust, but once given, can often produce incredible projects from students that might never have materialized without giving them the freedom to think and act independently, Luhtala said.
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Benefits and importance of developing self-directed and independent learners. Classrooms and teaching need to change and develop, too.

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What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning

What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Reflecting on one's work can be instrumental to growth and improvement, but it's an activity that's often under utilized.
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The benefits of reflection for students.

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The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning

The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
We all do it, and some see it as a badge of honour, but if we think multitasking makes us more productive then we need to think again.
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Article from Myles Carrick on the effects of trying to multitask. Much to think about for class learning and home learning for students. 

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Everybody hates Pearson

Everybody hates Pearson | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The publishing company is trying to reinvent itself for the Digital Age ­­in the most fraught field there is: your children’s education.
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Many of the same issues but on a smaller scale in Australia. Except controlling 60% of the testing market. Watch this space...

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You Can't Teach Understanding

You Can't Teach Understanding | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
You Can't Teach Understanding
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"If you want students to have meaningful learning experiences that culminate in transferable insight and know-how, then you have to lose time to gain it. You have to slow down the teaching to speed up the learning. You have to engineer understanding by design." Great post by Grant Wiggins.

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Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately?

Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Teach Reflection: Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately?
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Good self reflection questions for your videoed lesson.

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Answering A Familiar Call For Progressiveness

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Answering A Familiar Call For Progressiveness
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Similarities in the call for progressiveness to the early 20th century. The video is worth a look.

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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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What disruptive innovation means

What disruptive innovation means | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
EVERY so often a management idea escapes from the pages of the Harvard Business Review and becomes part of the zeitgeist. In the 1990s it was “re-engineering”....
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"But perhaps the most surprising disruptive innovations will come from bottom-of-the-pyramid entrepreneurs who are inventing new ways of delivering education and health-care for a fraction of the cost of current market leaders." 

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Introduction - Issues ...about Change, Professional Learning Communities: What Are They And Why Are They Important?, Volume 6, Number 1

Introduction - Issues ...about Change, Professional Learning Communities: What Are They And Why Are They Important?, Volume 6, Number 1 | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Overview of the benefits of professional learning communities.

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Life of an Educator: 10 things students want all educators to know

Life of an Educator: 10 things students want all educators to know | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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A great list for all teachers to reflect on.

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Quality teaching: An elusive goal? - The Centre

Quality teaching: An elusive goal? - The Centre | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
No one can improve if they don’t receive feedback, and specifically feedback that is given in such a way as to encourage growth. I believe everyone can improve and grow. My expectation is that we are all getting better at our craft. The quality of teaching won’t improve unless people know how they are going and how they are going to be supported to grow to the next level
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Interesting insights for discussions here.

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Turning 3-Year-Olds Into Scientists

Turning 3-Year-Olds Into Scientists | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
They may not be doing algebra, but pre-K kids can master scientific concepts that will make a big difference later on.
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Importance of being an inquisitive learner.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.
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Effects of stimuli, drinking and marijuana on children's brains.

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How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond

How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Improvisation is being used as a way to help students and educators feel supported, open up to new ideas and think on their feet.
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Great article on benefits of improv for all students and teachers. 

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How Google Impacts The Way Students Think

How Google Impacts The Way Students Think | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
How Google Impacts The Way Students Think
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Differences between search and inquiry.

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Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps

Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps
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Useful application of the SAMR model to teaching with apps.

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The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model

The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model
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Useful connections between student and teacher in self-directed model.

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The Millions : The Last English Teacher

The Millions : The Last English Teacher | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When I started teaching, I thought my purpose was to create a legion of English majors. I have learned that my purpose is to pause the lives of my students for long enough that a line of poetry is the loudest sound they encounter during the day.
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A inspirational read for all teachers... but especially English teachers.

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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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