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Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices

Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Does reading online or in digital format negatively impact comprehension?
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Link to New Yorker article on how to develop deep reading in students on digital devices.

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be …
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Good overview of some of the possibilities of Google Docs.

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.
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Using a range of questions to develop students' understanding.

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Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Motivate reluctant readers by engaging them with the three critical elements of healthy child and youth development: connection, contribution, and competence.
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The three Cs of student learning: Connection (students feeling connected), Contribution (families and others involved), Competence (feeling they are able to achieve).

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138 Influences Related To Achievement - Hattie effect size list

138 Influences Related To Achievement - Hattie effect size list | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Hattie effect size list of 138 influences across all areas related to student achievement.
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A good reminder of some of Hattie's research on influences on student. Self-report grading and formative evaluation two of the top three.

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Mystery Location - hello little world Skypers

Mystery Location - hello little world Skypers | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Hello Little World Skypers is a group of educators dedicated to collaborative International learning.
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Overview of Mystery Skype. One of may new, innovative and relatively easy uses of Skype in the classroom.

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In Search of a Voice by Dr Helen Street | The Positive Times

In Search of a Voice by Dr Helen Street | The Positive Times | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Great article on positive schools movement focusing on areas such as student creativity and imagination, student voice, collaboration and learning from mistakes. Thanks, Quincey.

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Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue

Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue
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The what and how of developing "grit" in the classroom.

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The Learning Curve | 2014 Report Summary | Pearson

The Learning Curve | 2014 Report Summary | Pearson | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Good outline from Pearson of where education is now and where it is going. The new skills the world is looking for? Leadership, digital literacy, communication, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship, global citizenship, problem solving, teamwork.

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Grit Happens in PBL

Grit Happens in PBL | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Looking for practical applications of grit? Try project-based learning and move beyond character education to teach students how stuff gets done in the real world.
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Grit (resilience) and project based learning. Benefits of PBL to character education.

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Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Teachers, by their nature, are storytellers. You can improve this skillset with seven steps for engaging younger students through narrative.
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The power of narratives. The power of storytelling.

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A really significant resource, especially for those teaching I. Africa who have never had teacher training.

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How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.
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Importance of free play and frequent breaks for students.

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Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others

Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that parents and teachers may be sending kids the wrong message.
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Putting achievement and personal happiness above empathy and care for others.

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How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic

How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …
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More information on Finland education, including a lack of homework.

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How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms

How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education.
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Great overview, links, ideas and resources on the Maker Movement.

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Creating Learning Environments

Creating Learning Environments | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes that in the digital information age, the teacher's main role will be to guide and motivate students and provide rationale for learning.
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Evolving role of teacher in technology rich classrooms.

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Glossary of Hattie's influences on student achievement - VISIBLE LEARNING

Glossary of Hattie's influences on student achievement - VISIBLE LEARNING | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
This Glossary explains influences related to student achievement published in John Hattie’s Visible Learning for teachers (Hattie 2012; 251ff). You can find an older list of  influences related to student achievement in Hattie (2009) Visible Learning. 1. Student Self-Reported Grades Self reported grades comes…Read more ›
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Glossary of some of the key terms from Hattie, including formative evaluation. formative evaluation refers to any activity used as an assessment of learning progress before or during the learning process itself. In contrast with formative assessment, the summative assessment evaluates what students know or have learned at the end of the teaching, after all is done. 

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A Middle-School Cheating Scandal

A Middle-School Cheating Scandal | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
One afternoon in the spring of 2006, Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta, unlocked the room where standardized tests were kept. It was the week before his students took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which determined whether schools in Georgia had met federal standards of achievement. The tests were wrapped in cellophane and stacked in cardboard boxes. Lewis, a slim twenty-nine-year-old with dreadlocks, contemplated opening the test with scissors, but he thought his cut marks would be too obvious. Instead, he left the school, walked to the corner store, and bought a razor blade. When he returned, he slit open the cellophane and gently pulled a test book from its wrapping. Then he used a lighter to warm the razor, which he wedged under the adhesive sealing the booklet, and peeled back the tab.
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An moving and in depth article from the New Yorker on the dangers of high stakes testing, over-reliance on data, merit pay. 


'“They didn’t see the value in the test, so they didn’t see that they were devaluing the kids by cheating,” she said. Unlike recent cheating scandals at Harvard and at Stuyvesant High School, where privileged students were concerned with their own advancement, those who cheated at Parks were never convinced of the importance of the tests; they viewed the cheating as a door they had to pass through in order to focus on issues that seemed more relevant to their students’ lives.'

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A Job Description For Teaching

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A Job Description For Teaching
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A push for a job description that moves beyond teaching age or teaching content, to facilitating student learning and growth such as: 

 

greater interest in the subject and in learning than was there before, as determined by observations, surveys, and client feedbacksuccessful learning related to key course goals, as reflected in mutually agreed-upon assessmentsgreater confidence and feelings of efficacy as revealed by student behavior and reports (and as eventually reflected in improved results)a passion and intellectual direction in each learner
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Why Neo-Plessyism Failed to Improve Chicago Schools

Why Neo-Plessyism Failed to Improve Chicago Schools | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Reformers care about kids trapped in the most challenging schools. They just didn't care enough about the complexity of the task they volunteered to take over....
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Negative effects of sorting students across schools. Similar effects when sorting in schools?

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher
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Similarities today to John Dewey's thoughts 100 years ago. 

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Relationships Play Primary Role in Boys' Learning | Alliance for Student Activities

Relationships Play Primary Role in Boys' Learning | Alliance for Student Activities | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Useful summary of this excellent article by Reichert and Hawley highlighting the importance of teacher-student relationships to boys' learning. “Relationship does not merely contribute to or enhance teaching and learning; relationship is the very medium through which successful teaching and learning occurs.”

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My PBL Pet Peeves: 4 Common Misconceptions

My PBL Pet Peeves: 4 Common Misconceptions | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Andrew Miller firmly addresses some common misunderstandings about PBL, including the ideas that projects are lessons and the public audience can be random.
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Useful tips and ideas for PBL.

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Trends and Predictions for K-12 Classrooms

Trends and Predictions for K-12 Classrooms | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The NMC Horizon report predicts the trends, challenges and tech developments to look for in one, five and ten years.
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Good overview of NMC Horizon Report technology trends.

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There Is No Education Without the Arts

There Is No Education Without the Arts | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The best education enables artistic voice and creative habits of mind.
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Importance of creative arts in education. “We’re talking about a way of educating that involves artistic sensibilities—artistic habits of mind. The ability to re-assess and to imagine."

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