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The Neurological Benefits Of Practice

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The Neurological Benefits Of Practice
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Fascinating benefits of overlearning and practice. More energy for the actual activity. Great for music, sports...and classroom?

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Design Your Class Like A Video Game

Design Your Class Like A Video Game | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Design Your Class Like A Video Game
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Strategies from student-directed, personalised and project based learning.

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“Graduating All Students Innovation Ready”

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Great article on the role schools play in developing innovators.

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How Technology Changes Student-Teacher Interaction - Edudemic

How Technology Changes Student-Teacher Interaction - Edudemic | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Learning technologies change student-teacher interactions in several ways, but there's one specifically that really stands out and makes the most difference in our classrooms.
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"The result of this is that it’s no longer about what students know, it’s about what they do with what they know, and how they do it. The role of the teacher is evolving from having students answer every question, to teaching them how to question every answer."

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Bell Ringer Exercises

Bell Ringer Exercises | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Because of pressure to teach bell-to-bell -- the pedagogical equivalent of force-feeding geese to make foie gras -- many classrooms now start with bell work, short exercises that students complete wh
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Some effective activities to start the class.

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ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning

ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
The Maker movement is poised to transform learning in our schools. To counteract educational standards, testing and uniformity, this fresh approach emphasizes creation and creativity -- products and
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"Transform your classroom into a vibrant makerspace where students actively make content-specific products, invent processes, and forward new ideas...." Elements of blended and project based learning. 

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Why High-Stakes School Testing Is, and Should Be, Doomed

Why High-Stakes School Testing Is, and Should Be, Doomed | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
It’s a terrible time for advocates of market-driven reform in public education.
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Another damning indictment of high stakes testing. Worth a read.

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Six Ways To Motivate Students To Learn

Six Ways To Motivate Students To Learn | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Scientific research has shown us ways to get the learning juices flowing. Here are six ways to motivate students to learn.
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Connect very well to PBL strategies.

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5 Ways To Encourage Creativity In The Workplace - The Web Shoppe

5 Ways To Encourage Creativity In The Workplace - The Web Shoppe | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
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Good tips to apply to classrooms, as well.

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5 Things Great Teachers Are Not (and 5 Things They Are)

5 Things Great Teachers Are Not (and 5 Things They Are) | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Around this time of year, great teachers around the country are meeting their new students for the first time. They are diving into the start of the school year with hope, tenacity, and skill.
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Great attributes to aim for as teachers.

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How Collaborative Learning Leads to Student Success

How Collaborative Learning Leads to Student Success | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
A culture that emphasizes collective wisdom and collaborative work has helped students at The College Preparatory School (above) in Oakland, California, achieve academic success. Credit: Zachary
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The importance of collaborative learning. "What our collaborative learning style empowers and enables is a student's resilience -- how do you look to your neighbor as a resource, how do you test your own theories, how do you understand if you're on the right track or the wrong track?"

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Why Should Schools Care About John Hattie's Visible Learning?

Corwin Press announced that they are bring John Hattie's Visible Learning to North America and schools should pay attention because this is not about school reform, it's about school transformation.
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Some thoughts on how to use Hattie's reasearch to improve schools.

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Back to School: Teaching with Authenticity

Back to School: Teaching with Authenticity | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
"When you're authentic, so is your art." - Sarah Breathnach

When I was a new teacher, I came to my first teaching position with a tremendous sense of excitement. I was ready to embrace all that the
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I believe that one of the best classroom management strategies is being authentic.

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Teaching Research: What Happens When Students Research With Physical Texts

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Teaching Research: What Happens When Students Research With Physical Texts
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Importance of physical text and kinetics of marking it important for understanding.

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4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating - Edudemic

4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating - Edudemic | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
How do you actually ensure students learn while creating and exploring? Here are four different tips from Shawn McCusker that should keep learning rolling along.
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Looking at moving beyong the "flashy" aspects of creating (from the top opf Bloom's Taxonomy) to the important aspects of deeper learning.

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An Obituary For Student Desks - Edudemic

An Obituary For Student Desks - Edudemic | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Learning doesn't happen just in desk chairs these days. Read about the student desks and the long life it has lived!
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Technology and different approaches to teaching and learning are changing the way classroom spaces are used and set up.

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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In my mind, the first and most basic obligation of a teacher is to see the beauty that exists within every student. Every child is infinitely precious. Period.

When we start from this vantage point
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Some useful classroom managment tips.

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Getting Specific About Student Success

Getting Specific About Student Success | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Getting ready for the new school year can feel like preparing for a race. Anticipation of that opening bell gets hearts beating faster for students, teachers, and parents alike.
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Benefits of project based learning and growth mindsets.

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How to Trust Your Students

How to Trust Your Students | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Education is catastrophically deficient in trust. Pro-accountability education reformers presume that, absent carrots and sticks, classrooms would be overrun with lazy and incapable teachers. Traditi
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The benefits of building trust with students.

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125 Top Blogs on Blended Learning

125 Top Blogs on Blended Learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
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Links to 125 blogs on blended learning.

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20 Basic Rules For Digital Citizenship

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20 Basic Rules For Digital Citizenship
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Good chart with rules for digital citizenship

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A simple move to avoid 'coverage' and make time for more learning

A simple move to avoid 'coverage' and make time for more learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
We have all said it and we have all heard it: there's just no time to slow down and [fill in the blank], I have so much to cover... This, despite the fact that we all know, at some level, that it i...
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Some tips to find more time for deep learning with students.

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Making Friends With Failure

Making Friends With Failure | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
No one likes failure, the F-word, no matter how you sugarcoat it. But failure is a part of life. Sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes you don't get what you want. Stuff happens. But if we recas
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The importance of failure and resilience. "Education's focus on the right answer and the grades has made students afraid to ask questions. Deborah Stipek, Dean of Stanford's School of Education, writes in Science that schools incubate the fear of failure, which causes stress and anxiety to perform, which do not enhance learning."

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Exercise: Ten Teacher Questions for Self-Reflection

Teachers: Here are ten questions to ask yourself, answer, and consider as part of a self-reflection about your teaching…
Administrators: Here are ten questions to suggest that your teachers answer…
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Some good self-reflection questions.

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Research Supports Collaborative Learning

Research Supports Collaborative Learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
The College Preparatory School (College Prep) in Oakland, California, is among the top 20 best prep schools in the country according to a 2010 Forbes magazine report. Over the past ten years, 100
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More benefits of collaborative learning and examples in English and Maths.

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