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Inquiring Minds: Tackling The Process Of Inquiry In The Clasroom - Edudemic

Inquiring Minds: Tackling The Process Of Inquiry In The Clasroom - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
In a story last year about Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap, they quote him as saying, “The culture of schooling as we know it is radically at odds with the culture of learning that produces innovators.” We can tell you the kinds of environments where we know kids are excited, enthusiastic, and …
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Good focus on the use of questioning.

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What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
What keeps students motivated to learn? Relevance, connections, and their teachers' emotional investment, among just a few criteria.
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Great points about what makes students motivated to learn from a small panel of students. Exam marks is not on the list.

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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.
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A challenge for all teachers- making sure we try to create "work that matters" and not just work.

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Test Prep Endures in New York Schools, Despite Calls to Ease It

Test Prep Endures in New York Schools, Despite Calls to Ease It | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
New York City’s schools chancellor said in December that she would limit state exams’ role in measuring student progress, but test prep, and the anxiety it causes, is as robust as ever.
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A warning for us in Australia if we allow NAPLAN got get out of control. "We’re going to do all we can to roll that back to focus on the best quality teaching as opposed to test prep.” New York City’s schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña.

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Time to put the ATAR to the test

Last year more than 250,000 people applied for places in the hundreds of degrees offered by Australia’s 39 universities. So it stands to reason that any system of tertiary admission needs some sort of metric, a ranking device to compare would-be students.
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Great points about the problems with the ATAR university entrance system.

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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A twelve-year teaching veteran and a California regional Teacher of the Year, Heather Wolpert-Gawron's musings on educational policy, curriculum design, and daily school life can also be read at www
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Good tips for student engagement... from students.

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Why It's Important To Take Risks While Learning - Edudemic

Why It's Important To Take Risks While Learning - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Sometimes the process of learning something in order to be able to do it seems daunting. You know you want to get from point A to point B so that you can do C, but you really just want to be able to do C without a long wait. As teachers, you want your students …
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Learning by doing and taking risks.

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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.
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"The role of the teacher moves from being a distributor of information to one of nurturing students as they collect, evaluate, and process information into unique learning products. The students’ role consequently moves from that of a receiver of the teacher’s knowledge to that of a researcher, curator, and creator.


Need for context so important.

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Cultivating the Habits of Self-Knowledge and Reflection

Cultivating the Habits of Self-Knowledge and Reflection | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Once it’s begun, you can’t fully separate the person from the task. When the artist is painting, the painter and the act of painting become a single "thing." The emerging artwork becomes a part of it
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Tips for helping students overcome insecurity and develop greater self-knowledge and reflection

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This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To

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This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To: 7 Ways Teaching Has Changed
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If teachers are the arbiters of knowledge and culture and these things are changing rapidly, then surely we need to respond. The world has changed a lot in five years, in ten years and "since we did that in the 70's". An exciting and daunting challenge for all of us.

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The Wisdom Of Patient Teaching

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The Wisdom Of Patient Teaching
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I like the term, "Patient Teaching". Applicable in so many ways.

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The School That Is Changing American Education | TIME

The School That Is Changing American Education | TIME | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Two years ago, I visited a school in Brooklyn called P-TECH, the Pathways in Technology early college high school, which seemed very much like the future of education to me.
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A six year degree and a focus on innovation and STEM to best prepare "innovators" (not students) for the modern work place. Interesting.

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Ink on Paper: Some Notes on Note Taking* - Association for Psychological Science

Ink on Paper: Some Notes on Note Taking* - Association for Psychological Science | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Some early research into the benefits of writing out note.

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Every Teacher an Innovator

Every Teacher an Innovator | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Innovation. It's a word being thrown around education an awful lot these days. Call it a buzzword or edu-cliché. There seems to be consensus, however, that all of our schools need to be more inn
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Enjoyed hearing Valerie Hannon speak last year. "Plainly stated, each of us (teachers, parents, principals, organizational and community leaders) has the responsibility to be the innovators our kids so vitally need to help them grow and leverage their strengths."

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Music, Art and Language Programs in Schools Have Long-Lasting Benefits - US News

Music, Art and Language Programs in Schools Have Long-Lasting Benefits - US News | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Subjects such as art, music and foreign languages have long-lasting benefits.
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The importance of a true liberal arts education.

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Radical test prep

Radical test prep | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it

TeApril is test-prep month (apparently). So, what better use of my blog than to provide harried readers with some test-prep tips? But beware: the tips I am going to provide are very different than th...

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And a counter point here to the test prep instead of quality teaching focus.

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Grading system for schools gets a fail from Australian Council for Education Research

Grading system for schools gets a fail from Australian Council for Education Research | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Grading students from A to E in their twice-yearly reports can fail to help them reach their academic potential, a leading education researcher says.
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A-E grades failing students. More thorough and useful feedback is needed.

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Your child's brain on technology: video games

Your child's brain on technology: video games | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Our kids are awash in technology 24/7 – should we worry about the effects on their developing brains?
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Interest research on the effect of gaming on kids.

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What Does Learning Look Like? A Look At Physical And Digital Spaces - Edudemic

What Does Learning Look Like? A Look At Physical And Digital Spaces - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
What does learning look like? Is it a classroom? Is there a teacher? Are students working by themselves or collaborating with others? Are they listening or constructing? Can all of these answers be correct?
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Good question to get you thinking: what does learning look like? Interesting look at some Future Schools.

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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.
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"The emphasis has been on feeding children static information and rewarding them for doing only what they’re told, instead of helping them develop the transferable, higher-order skills they need to become life-long learners and thrive in an uncertain future." Need for paradigm shift.

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The idea of co-constructing knowledge with students can be a scary thing for many of us teachers. The age-old role of teacher as orator, director, sage has been handed down for centuries and most of u
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Some useful ideas of co-constructing knowledge with students - not always an easy task.

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Innovation Excellence | 50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition)

Innovation Excellence | 50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition) | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder.
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Some excellent ones to watch here.

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How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process

How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process by Terry Heick Gamification is simply the application of “game” mechanics to non-game entities. The big idea…
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Pros (and cons) of applying "game mechanics" to teaching and learning.

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Together We Innovate

Together We Innovate | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Most companies continue to assume that innovation comes from individual genius. But most innovations are created through groups of people working in concert.
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Three problems that stifle innovation in a company and five solutions to overcome these problems. Really applicable to schools. 

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Teach teachers how to create magic

Teach teachers how to create magic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.
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Great TED Talk getting to the heart of teaching- creating the magic in the classroom. Thanks, Marco.

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