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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it

AbsIf 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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Absolutely fabulous article from Will Richardson about the importance of having learning that matters for students. And we can start small ...

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Inspire learning by helping students to discover their 'why".

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Ability is the consequence not the cause of what children learn - David Didau: The Learning Spy

Ability is the consequence not the cause of what children learn - David Didau: The Learning Spy | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
The evidence on ability grouping appears relatively well-known. The EEF Toolkit summarise the research findings thus: Overall, setting or streaming appears to benefit higher attaining pupils and be detrimental to the learning of mid-range and lower attaining learners. On average, it does not appear to be an effective strategy for raising the attainment of disadvantaged
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My advice is that for the most part, we should delay grouping pupils by ability for as long as possible. If some children are holding back the progress others of others because they have not mastered basic, foundational knowledge, they should be taken out for short durations to ensure they taught what they need to know and then returned to normal lessons.
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Data makes planning easier

The best teachers know that good lesson planning is paramount. Furthermore, they understand that finding out what a student knows should be the basis of all planning. Unfortunately, in most schools, planning time is increasingly limited. Savvy teachers realize that using frequent quality assessments can help them quickly and concretely determine what a student knows. The data gathered from these assessments can reduce the planning time needed to design lessons that meet the needs of diverse students.
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Effective teachers use three questions to guide their daily practice: What do my students know? What do they need to know? How can I get them there? Assessment data helps teachers answer all three questions, allowing quick, focused planning that helps all students achieve academic success.
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Improving student writing using a continuum

Improving student writing using a continuum | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it

In an effort to improve student writing, teachers at this New South Wales school developed a writing continuum for students in Kindergarten to Year 10.

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We endeavoured to create a writing continuum from Kindergarten all the way through to Year 10 which identifies for students what good writers can do – at a midway point in their year group and by the end of that year
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Support in childhood makes midlife the prime time of life

There is a tendency to highlight the importance of cognitive achievements and the family’s socioeconomic background for people’s success in the future, but this study shows that children’s self-regulation, which comprises children’s social skills and processing of emotions, directs the future development in a profound way in different domains of life. Strong self-regulation promotes success in education and work, the intimate relationship, health behavior, integration into society and the development of a flexible personality.
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Strong self-regulation promotes success in education and work, the intimate relationship, health behaviour, integration into society and the development of flexible personality
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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation - Celebrating 10 years of the Kitchen Garden Program at Southmoor Primary School

Southmoor Primary School is celebrating 10 years of running the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.
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Our children were involved in this program whilst at Southmoor Primary - fabulous program that transformed their experience of food as well as addressing aspects of the Design and Technologies curriculum!
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Activities Guide: Enhancing & Practicing Executive Function Skills

Age-appropriate activities and games that adults can use to support and strengthen executive function and self-regulation skills in children.
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This 16-page guide (available for download, below), describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of self regulation skills in children.
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Can Multiage Classrooms Improve Learning Outcomes?

Can Multiage Classrooms Improve Learning Outcomes? | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Dividing students by arbitrary birthdate ranges doesn’t make sense, advocates say.
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In reading and looking at this article I love the way that the school has also embedded the building of relationships and peer support. Great model!
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Students’ Brains Sync Up When They’re in an Engaging Class, Neuroscience Shows

Students’ Brains Sync Up When They’re in an Engaging Class, Neuroscience Shows | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it

What does it really mean to get our brains on the same wavelength?
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A growing body of brain-scanning research is beginning to reveal how human brains display synchronicity—likely a key factor that makes many of our cooperative behaviors possible, from performance art to team sport. 
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 High Expectations, All Students, No Exceptions

 High Expectations, All Students, No Exceptions | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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To truly have a classroom where children of all abilities thrive, our beliefs and actions make all the difference.
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5 Fallacies That Are NOT Differentiated InstructionASCD Inservice

5 Fallacies That Are NOT Differentiated InstructionASCD Inservice | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Differentiated instruction (DI) begins with an accurate understanding of what DI is—and is not. You may be surprised how easy it is to incorporate into your
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Differentiation is more reminiscent of a one-room-schoolhouse than of individualization. That model of instruction recognized that the teacher needed to work sometimes with the whole class, sometimes with small groups, and sometimes with individuals.
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The Role of Metacognition in Learning and Achievement

The Role of Metacognition in Learning and Achievement | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Learning how to think about thinking can help students develop strategies for solving problems and understand tasks at hand.
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Metacognition can be developed in students in the context of their current goals and can enhance their learning of competencies as well as transfer of learning, no matter their starting achievement level.
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Eight Standards for Putting Skills First in Any Lesson Plan

Eight Standards for Putting Skills First in Any Lesson Plan | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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focusing on skill development, rather than just content acquisition, yields lessons that are both rigorous and engaging.
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Here's one secret to successful schools that costs nothing: 'Social capital' linked to more students passing state test

Here's one secret to successful schools that costs nothing: 'Social capital' linked to more students passing state test | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Most factors that help make schools successful cost lots of money -- think teachers, technology and textbooks. But a new study suggests one factor that doesn't need any cash to implement can play an important role in helping students succeed at even the most disadvantaged schools. That factor is what scientists call social capital.
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Social capital is available to all schools, regardless of wealth, and can provide real benefits for student achievement.
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The Worst Approach to Teaching Students About Social Media

The Worst Approach to Teaching Students About Social Media | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Years ago, I had a real turning point in my thinking regarding social media use with students while listening to a group of students share some stories with me. One boy from the group, who was prob…
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With social media, there are lots of complexities and each child is unique and will need different supports, but I know that the worst approach to teaching children about proper social media use is ignoring it completely.
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How Teens Can Develop And Share Meaningful Stories With ‘The Moth’

How Teens Can Develop And Share Meaningful Stories With ‘The Moth’ | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Learning how to develop a personal story to tell and share it on stage from memory is helping students develop their sense of voice and confidence.
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The essential ingredients of a Moth story are simple: Participants tell their stories aloud and without notes; when storytellers talk, the audience listens; and all stories at a given session revolve around one simple theme. The point is to build community among storytellers and listeners.
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6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment

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6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment
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When teachers rethink and reform their views about what assessment is about, and what its primary purposes are, their feedback is invariably positive. When we pry the “grade book” out of the collective hand of those in the teaching profession, and allow individual teachers the freedom to use assessment in more productive ways, we find that assessment becomes far more authentic and fruitful and far less about the drudgery (and judgment) of grading.
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Why are so many of our teachers and schools so successful? John Hattie at TEDxNorrkoping

Professor John Hattie, has been Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia
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In his talk he presents results from his research on what really matters for the student achievements.
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Go and See: The Key to Improving Teaching and Leading

Go and See: The Key to Improving Teaching and Leading | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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When instructional leaders adopt a "go and see" approach to classroom conversations, they maximize their opportunities for professional growth, teacher development, and organizational learning.
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When instructional leaders adopt a "go and see" approach to classroom conversations, they maximize their opportunities for professional growth, teacher development, and organizational learning.
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Global Education: 21st Century skills

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Ahead of his 2017 Australian Learning Lecture, Charles Fadel joins Teacher to discuss the skills young people today will need in order to thrive as members of the workforce and of society.

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We need an Australia that believes that the safest option we have for our kids is to educate them to learn, unlearn and relearn in our fast-changing world. We need forces beyond school to assist, not hamper, this process.
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How well are we learning from NAPLAN? 

How well are we learning from NAPLAN?  | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it

Some Australian schools and school systems have seen greater improvements in NAPLAN results than others. How well do we understand where improvements are occurring and why? Professor Geoff Masters AO discusses.

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I work as an educational consultant across Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. What I have noticed in QLD and WA which is not occurring in Victoria is that schools have been instructed by the state government (whether it is explicitly or implicitly I don't know) to teach to the test to get their school results up. Teachers constantly complain to me regardless of the school I visit about the time taken from their teaching to ensure students are ready for NAPLAN. I am not sure if the schools are embedding good literacy and numeracy practices throughout their schools or if they are masking this by ensuring their NAPLAN results look good. I think a bit more digging needs to be done on a school by school basis
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Targeting Competency: Using SSRD and Differentiated Rubrics to Teach

Targeting Competency: Using SSRD and Differentiated Rubrics to Teach | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Students diagnosed with learning disabilities are capable, intelligent, and creative students. As educators aim to create more inclusive learning experiences, some are using the term learning difference rather than learning disability to describe students who may benefit from interventions, accommodations, modifications
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Students diagnosed with learning disabilities are capable, intelligent, and creative students. As educators aim to create more inclusive learning experiences, some are using the term learning difference rather than learning disability to describe students who may benefit from interventions, accommodations, modifications
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Be The Change You Want to See By Shifting Traditional High School

Be The Change You Want to See By Shifting Traditional High School | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
At this big traditional high school teachers are taking the lead in the push for interdisciplinary, future-focused teaching practices.
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One of the big goals of the N.E.W. program is to create a learning environment where students are empowered and supported to be independent learners. That can be a challenge for students arriving to the program with eight or nine years of experiences with teachers who tell them exactly how to do well. Students in the N.E.W. program struggled with the freedom of the program at first and asked for more direct instruction.
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Dear Parents: Here's What You Should Know About Letter Grades -

Dear Parents: Here's What You Should Know About Letter Grades - | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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Letter grades are static and subjective snapshots of one point in time. I have a child who consistently gets A's. It tells me (and them) nothing. I am interested in their progress not their achievement.
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Eight Questions for Better Lessons

Eight Questions for Better Lessons | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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A good lesson plan is a living document. It is not set in stone, but rather it is a guide that keeps you—the classroom practitioner—engaged and thinking about what you are teaching. Reviewing your plan gives you the opportunity to make alterations and make it more effective before the show begins.
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Problem solving through collaboration

Problem solving through collaboration | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it

Since Eltham High School began using a collaborative problem solving assessment tool to collect meaningful data, they now have a clear idea about students’ skills in both of these areas.

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How do we measure collaborative problem solving? Here is a possible tool.
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