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Background reading relevant to learning and teaching goals at Newington College
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This is why Finland has the best schools

This is why Finland has the best schools | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just abou
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Play. Little focus on standardised tests. Strong professional culture for teachers.
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What's going wrong with Australia's schools?

What's going wrong with Australia's schools? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it

Schleicher identified a lack of investment in Australia's teachers as the central reason for the lacklustre results. He described Australia's education system as "a classroom led by robotic widgets", forced into delivering a rigid curriculum.

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The need for better professional learning and development of our teachers at the heart of school improvement.
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Stop treating teachers as 'widgets': OECD education chief blasts Australia's education system

Stop treating teachers as 'widgets': OECD education chief blasts Australia's education system | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Speaking at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, Mr Schleicher said Australia's emphasis on having teachers in front of a class over their own professional development was an area that needed addressing.
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A strong case for the benefits of targeted and "disruptive" professional learning for teachers instead of worrying about counting hours in front of a class by one of the world's leading educational voices.
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Shining the Spotlight on Performance Development | Circle Education

Shining the Spotlight on Performance Development | Circle Education | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Good piece on developing a professional learning and growth culture straight out of the AITSL handbook.

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Removing grades from student reports

The traditional A to E report card is a thing of the past at Nossal High School, where grades have been removed to give more targeted and useful feedback to students and parents.
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Importance of useful, meaningful feedback as opposed to grades.

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Importance of useful, meaningful feedback as opposed to grades.

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LEARNING LEADING CHANGE: Blue Sky High - five things every secondary school should implement...now

LEARNING LEADING CHANGE: Blue Sky High - five things every secondary school should implement...now | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Some great food for thought for organisation of schools. (Thanks, Brenda.)

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Wayne Cox's comment, February 7, 7:49 PM
Particularly like the "do less" issue!
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How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning

How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Technology should be implemented to increase engagement, but that engagement must lead to support, enhancement, or an increase in student learning. It should not be used as a digital pacifier or gimmick to get students to be active participants in class. With technology there should be a focus on active learning where students are doing.
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A focus to make sure technology is not just about student engagement but also about student learning.

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Dawn Rubio's curator insight, February 28, 1:51 PM

Tech used just to increase engagement is like a pacifier. Tech that is used to deepen learning is a full meal.

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Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters

Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
As Detroit teachers organize 'sickouts' to protest the condition of their public schools, new research confirms the impact classroom environments have on academic performance.
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Poetics of space: creating classroom environments which promote "daydreaming".

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Australian students are becoming increasingly disengaged at school – here's why

Australian students are becoming increasingly disengaged at school – here's why | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Around one in five Australian school students are disengaged, leading to disruptive behaviours in class and students dropping out.
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Personalised learning, relational teaching and authentic learning experiences help help students to become more engaged. Are we doing these things in our schools?

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The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as Quartz...
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Growing consensus that VAK learning styles are not all they were cracked up to be.

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How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School

How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The types of messages students receive can make a difference in how eager they are to learn subjects like math.
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Power of positive expectations for students.

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Teachers, Parents Often Misuse Growth Mindset Research, Carol Dweck Says

Teachers, Parents Often Misuse Growth Mindset Research, Carol Dweck Says | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Praise strategies and results, not effort alone, she says.
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Clarifying key tenants of growth mindset.

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DESIGNING LEARNING SPACES - Part 1

DESIGNING LEARNING SPACES - Part 1 | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Recently, as part of my work, I have been working with schools who have come into some serious money for new building projects. Architects have already been introduced to those schools; however, it was thought wise to actually see other spaces 'at work'. Further to this, it was also thought worthwhile to look at what researchers and thought leaders offer about designing learning…
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Importance of learning spaces to student learning.

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Tips on reducing teacher stress from the ‘happiest school on earth’

Tips on reducing teacher stress from the ‘happiest school on earth’ | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
With news that half of England’s teachers plan to leave in the next five years, what can be done to keep them?
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Invest in professional development and trust teachers to make good professional judgements.
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Report: Creative Public Leadership - how school system leaders can create the conditions for system-wide innovation - RSA

Report: Creative Public Leadership - how school system leaders can create the conditions for system-wide innovation - RSA | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Not surprising.
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6 Things We Can Learn from Successful Teachers

6 Things We Can Learn from Successful Teachers | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Successful teachers share these 6 key traits. Cultivate these attributes in yourself to maximize your effectiveness in the classroom.
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Not surprising the traits listed here.

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The Bias Against Creativity - The Psych Report

The Bias Against Creativity - The Psych Report | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Is there a bias against creativity? It’s usually only after an idea has gained acceptance and recognition that we applaud the idea and its creator.
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"Conformity, of course, tends to get in the way of creativity." A common tension across education.

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The 4 conditions that support deeper learning

The 4 conditions that support deeper learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A new white paper examines how teachers and their classroom role must change to help students achieve deeper learning.
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Link to excellent paper on developing strategies for deeper learning. Develop self-directed, collaborative learners and shift the role of teacher to facilitator or "learning strategist".

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Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains

Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Teaching practices around growth mindset have come a long way in the last few years. Common pitfalls have emerged, as well as strong examples of programs that
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More developed approaches to implementing practices around growth mindsets.

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Is it time to redesign your curriculum for the 21st century learner?

Is it time to redesign your curriculum for the 21st century learner? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A new framework advocates for carefully curating what students learn. Is it time to rethink your curriculum?
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A focus on the "what" of learning in today's world.

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10 Ways To Teach Students Resilience. An Assembly by @TeacherToolkit

10 Ways To Teach Students Resilience. An Assembly by @TeacherToolkit | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Are you resilient? How can you develop your ability to deal with stress and adversity?
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Some useful resources for teaching resilience.

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Focus on individual students helps improve learning outcomes

Focus on individual students helps improve learning outcomes | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Schools in Sydney's western suburbs see a dramatic improvement in academic outcomes after overhauling an education system they say is missing the mark.
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Student centred design working in Catholic schools in Western Sydney.

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Design Thinking - The New Innovation Strategy

Design Thinking - The New Innovation Strategy | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Today we are living and doing business in complex modern technology driven environment. There are various types of complexities, in different forms and faces, and in this volatile environment, business need to experiment with different approaches to thrive. They not only need to understand the complex technologies but also make sense to start using the…
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Good overview of design thinking - its approaches and benefits.

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Block Teaching 101 - Loyola: Teaching and Learning

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Strategies for moving from shorter to longer periods.

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Get Time Right; Don’t Settle for “Vanilla+”

Get Time Right; Don’t Settle for “Vanilla+” | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Every school serious about change will struggle with the use of time. After our people, time is our most precious resource. Reimagining the use of time is one of the most impactful discussions your…
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Backward design model on how to use time at schools.

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