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Why Teach and Study English?

Why Teach and Study English? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Whence, and where, and why the English major? The subject is in every mouth—or, at least, is getting kicked around agitatedly in columns and reviews and Op-Ed pieces. The English major is vanishing from our colleges as the Latin...
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A good defense of English and the humanities. "We need the humanities not because they will produce shrewder entrepreneurs or kinder C.E.O.s but because, as that first professor said, they help us enjoy life more and endure it better. The reason we need the humanities is because we’re human. That’s enough."

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a
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Importance of empathy in the classroom.

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Why It's Time To Start Teaching Students How To Think - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Start Teaching Students How To Think - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
As an elementary teacher, I can’t help but notice that children today want quick answers and do not take the time to think things through.
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Good strategies to develop deep thinking.

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Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, August 19, 2013 3:12 PM

Right on the money. Teaching a student to think is equivalent to teaching a hungry girl to fish. It gives them the ability to problem solve. This whole site is a gem for teachers and students.

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The research around learnable intellegence is changing education.
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Why Teachers Should Use Hand Gestures - Edudemic

Why Teachers Should Use Hand Gestures - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Teaching with hand gestures is important. How important? It's as useful to helping a student learn as the spoken word. Here's why.
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Interesting findings on the importance of hand gestures when we teach.

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10 Teacher-Tested Tools for Flipping Your Classroom

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Useful tips for flipped teaching.

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21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020

21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Flickr: Corey Leopold Inspired by Sandy Speicher's vision of the designed school day of the future, reader Shelly Blake-Plock shared his own predictions
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Two year old article but still relevant.

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Teacher or Learning Architect?

Teacher or Learning Architect? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
"I think...", "I feel like ...", "Try this...", "It sounds like...", "I'm not sure how exactly to describe it, but it's like...", "Ahhh...", "I'm not sure...", "There has to be...", "It is...but it...
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A further focus on inquiry.

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Flipping My Classroom With Edmodo

Flipping My Classroom With Edmodo | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When my principal approached me and asked if I’d ever heard of “flipping my classroom,” my initial chuckle was soon replaced with confusion since I wasn’t familiar with the term.
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Another practical example of flipped teaching.

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17 ways iPads will be used in schools in 2013

17 ways iPads will be used in schools in 2013 | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
New classroom tablet programs are beginning and others are expanding. Here's a look at what's taking shape.
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Specific examples of iPad use in schools.

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iPad uses in schools.

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Mobile Learning: 5 Advantages and 5 Disadvantages - Edudemic

Mobile Learning: 5 Advantages and 5 Disadvantages - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Learning is becoming more mobile and easier for the average student. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of mobile learning? Is easier better?
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Good overview of pros and cons.

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New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores?

New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A recent report by the RAND Corporation, in partnership with the Department of Education, tries to provide an objective overview of blended learning.
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Positive effects of blended learning.

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A Practical Guide For Teachers Who Just Got iPads - Edudemic

A Practical Guide For Teachers Who Just Got iPads - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
There are some big DOs and DON'Ts if you're on the receiving end of an iPad in the classroom. This is a guide for teachers to save time and trouble.
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Some effective tips.

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School Change: Make Room for "Wrongdoing"

School Change: Make Room for "Wrongdoing" | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

In schools, we ask kids to change all the time, from one class and teacher to the nex
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Learning by wrongdoing. Good ideas.

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Study Shows Mindfulness Training Can Help Reduce Teacher Stress and Burnout

Study Shows Mindfulness Training Can Help Reduce Teacher Stress and Burnout | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Teachers who practice "mindfulness" are better able to reduce their own levels of stress and prevent burnout, according to a new study conducted by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman...
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Benefits of mindfulness extending beyond students to teachers. (Thanks, JLA.)

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Building Classroom Community Amongst the Machines

Building Classroom Community Amongst the Machines | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
There’s no denying that most of us are engrossed daily with technology. The attachment is evident in just about every public place. Mobile devices, for many of us, have become our closest friend. In
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Streategies for building classroom community.

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30 Simple Ways To Connect With Students - Edudemic

The school year is about to start up again, so it's time to figure out some simple but effective ways to connect with students.
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A good chart on ways to connect with students.

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How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections

How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
"Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought."

For as long as I can remember -- and certainly long before I
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Importance of combimation play for creativity.

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To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks!

To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks! | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Second-grade teacher Erin Klein wanted a classroom where students could move around freely, sit comfortably, and work together. So she got rid of her desks.
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Redesigning learning spaces to foster creativity in 21st century learners,

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NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition | The New Media Consortium | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Link to the 2013 Horizon Report looking at emerging technologies in schools. Well worth a read.

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More schools giving kids iPads to make the most of apps

More schools giving kids iPads to make the most of apps | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The iPad is becoming a standard instructional tool that educators say is helping to engage students and preparing them for an increasingly technology-based society.
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Overview of iPad use in some US schools.

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5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers - Edudemic

5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
There are some issues that come up when you have a flipped classroom. Here are tips and solutions for teachers living on the flip side.
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Some good tips and links to apps, as well.

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Schools Set Boundaries for Use of Students' Digital Devices

Schools Set Boundaries for Use of Students' Digital Devices | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Crafting smart policies that outline privileges and restrictions will help keep schools on track for responsible yet dynamic use of student-owned tech tools.
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Good overview of issues and tips for use.

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Five Tips for Fostering Learning in the Classroom | Faculty Focus

Five Tips for Fostering Learning in the Classroom | Faculty Focus | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Build a community of learners, make learning relevant, let students know you care, incorporate active learning with high expectations, and make learning fun.
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Five good tips for fostering learning int he classroom.

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What Are the Risks in Using Data to Predict Student Outcome?

What Are the Risks in Using Data to Predict Student Outcome? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Clever tools can even allow us to measure and monitor our own progress. Newly awash in data, the question becomes: What do we do with this information?
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Using data in the early years.

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Design Thinking in the Classroom: Free Inspiration from the Ad Award Winners

Design Thinking in the Classroom: Free Inspiration from the Ad Award Winners | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
"For students, the best classroom experience is a space of possibility." - Anne Stevens1

Design thinking can transform your classroom into a space of creativity, excitement and possibility. The desi
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Good overview of design thinking approaches for the classroom.

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