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Why do we make students sit still in class? - wtkr.com

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Why do we make students sit still in class?
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This doesn't bode well for academic success in traditional classrooms, where sitting quietly is a prerequisite for nearly all instruction.
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What a really insightful article!  This reprinted CNN article talks about whether sitting still at your desk really is necessary for child development and ultimately student achievement.  The author also explores schools that are moving away from traditional expectations to new and inventive ways to get kids engaged.

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What a really insightful article!  This reprinted CNN article talks about whether sitting still at your desk really is necessary for child development and ultimately student achievement.  The author also explores schools that are moving away from traditional expectations to new and inventive ways to get kids engaged.

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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own?
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Edutopia writes:  "Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own?"  Edutopia compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.

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The Crucial Role of College Counselors

The Crucial Role of College Counselors | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
When Michael Forbes, a student at an underfunded public school in Brooklyn, received his college admissions results, most would have expected him to be thrilled with his range of choices.
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This is a thought-provoking, well-written article about the post-secondary choices our students make and the invaluable contributions of college counselors -- jobs for which there is often little, if any, funding.  

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50 Common Core Resources For Teachers

50 Common Core Resources For Teachers | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
50 Common Core Resources For Teachers (RT @TeachThought: 50 Common Core Resources For Teachers http://t.co/MEIlduMCZy #commoncore #education)
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This is a great list of resources for teachers beginning to implement Common Core.  It's worth a look!

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Top Qualities for a School Principal | Middle L...

Top Qualities for a School Principal | Middle L... | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
The Top Qualities for a School Principal Infographic presents the attributes that are paramount for a quality educational leader.
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The principalship is perhaps the most important role in public education today.  Principals are "on the ground" as the administrators who are closest to our students.  This simple infographic offers an insightful "Top Ten" list of qualities that make our principals effective.

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4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it

The 4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn Infographic presents how EdTech alters the way we learn.


In particular, there is a transition from individual to collaborative learning and from passive to active or brain-based learning while differentiated instruction is rising and the phenomenon of multitasking is expanding.


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This 4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn Infographic presents how edtech alters the way we learn.

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This 4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn Infographic presents how edtech alters the way we learn.


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What does this mean, for us?

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12 Apps To Help Students Study

12 Apps To Help Students Study | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Mobile and web apps to help your students and kids to study, such as Quizlet, Wolfram Alpha, National Geographic, instaGrok, and more.
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"Nowadays, a lot of students study with a computer or tablet device. Access to the Web gives them a tremendous amount of knowledge, though much of it isn’t actually useful, relevant, or even correct.

Fortunately, art teacher Kelly Little curates a collection of classroom-tested “study buddies” to help students filter the flood of information out there."  This article offers her Top 12 apps.

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Infographic: Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies {12 Days of Literacy} | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

Infographic: Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies {12 Days of Literacy} | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Effective schools make a big difference in student achievement. Effective leadership makes a positive difference, too. Effective teachers, however, directly impact student learning and achievement. It’s been shown that teachers who have a large repertoire of effective instructional strategies teach differently. They’re more intentional in their objectives, strategies, and intended outcomes. And, have better results. …
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Blogger Dr. Kimberly Tyson writes:  "Effective teachers ... directly impact student learning and achievement.  It’s been shown that teachers who have a large repertoire of effective instructional strategies teach differently. They’re more intentional in their objectives, strategies, and intended outcomes. And, have better results."


Tyson shares the results of Robert Marzano's meta-analysis of instructional strategies (to determine which were the most effective). The "Top Nine" are included in a handy infographic! 

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Blogger Dr. Kimberly Tyson writes:  "Effective teachers ... directly impact student learning and achievement.  It’s been shown that teachers who have a large repertoire of effective instructional strategies teach differently. They’re more intentional in their objectives, strategies, and intended outcomes. And, have better results."


Tyson shares the results of Robert Marzano's meta-analysis of instructional strategies (to determine which were the most effective). The "Top Nine" are included in a handy infographic!  

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Cursive, Print, or Type? The Point is To Keep Writing

Cursive, Print, or Type? The Point is To Keep Writing | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
The real fear among those who study kids and handwriting is not that our schools will stop teaching cursive; it's that students aren't writing enough.
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This is a "must read" article about the battle over teaching cursive when handwriting is becoming less relevant in today's digital world.

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This is a "must read" article about the battle over teaching cursive when handwriting is becoming less relevant in today's digital world.

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The point is..............what matters!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 2, 10:47 AM

We have some educators in Canada and Alberta pressing to drop cursive. Each writing form helps develop the child's aptitude for writing and different parts of their brain. Why would we drop any of them?

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30 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning

30 Of The Best Apps  For Group Project-Based Learning | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
30 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning
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Whether at school or at work, we are expected to be "team-oriented" and "collaborative," and to work well with others.  Teach Thought offers 30 of the best apps for getting project-based learning done in the classroom, with an emphasis on group project-based learning apps for both Android and iPad (and even a few for plain old browsers).

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New app could be tool for cyberbullying - Greenwich Time

New app could be tool for cyberbullying - Greenwich Time | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
New app could be tool for cyberbullying Greenwich Time "It's basically this area where anyone really can post about people, and it's really unregulated and unfettered," Guillermo Perez, Greenwich High's student government president, said at last...
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I haven't heard about Yik Yak in any of the school districts that my firm serves; but I will keep a watchful eye. 


Applications like Yik Yak are among those that take full advantage of social media as a tool for "cyber-bullying."  If we're going to teach our children the importance of respect for others and that "character counts," we need to find ways to discourage the development and use of these sorts of applications.

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I haven't heard about Yik Yak in any of the school districts that my firm serves; but I will keep a watchful eye. 


Applications like Yik Yak are among those that take full advantage of social media as a tool for "cyber-bullying."  If we're going to teach our children the importance of respect for others and that "character counts," we need to find ways to discourage the development and use of these sorts of applications.

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Shortage of Principals for School Turnarounds, Urban K-12 Leaders Say - Education Week News (blog)

Shortage of Principals for School Turnarounds, Urban K-12 Leaders Say - Education Week News (blog) | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Shortage of Principals for School Turnarounds, Urban K-12 Leaders Say Education Week News (blog) Without a deeper bench of principals who specialize in overhauling chronically failing schools, the Obama administration's efforts to turn around...
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"Without a deeper bench of principals who specialize in overhauling chronically failing schools, the Obama administration's efforts to turn around low-performing schools will have a fleeting impact, city K-12 leaders told federal education officials today."


This isn't a surprise.  States and school districts face a number of seemingly insurmountable hurdles to be awarded competitive federal grants.  Is it time for all of us to again reconsider education reform?

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Like a Wood Duck: Finding Peace in the Classroom

Like a Wood Duck: Finding Peace in the Classroom | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson suggests that keeping a calm life as a teacher includes having lessons thoroughly prepared and not taking anything personally from students.
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This "Top Ten" list offers teacher-to-teacher insight into the struggle that teachers face to help students to learn without destroyed their internal peace and serenity, especially when students resist their best efforts. This article offers shares some things that help her to stay calm "as a wood duck" even in the most difficult standards.  It's a must read for teachers who are approaching "burn out" as it concerns their teaching.

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Latin America Howls for Internet Freedom, Pew Research Shows

Latin America Howls for Internet Freedom, Pew Research Shows | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Developing nations want the Internet to be free from censorship, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in Latin America.
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Here, in the United States (and outside school walls), we all have unfettered access to the internet.  We take it for granted; and it creates endless opportunities.  This article reports about a new Pew Research Center survey revealing that six of the ten countries that feel the strongest about people having access to the Internet without government censorship hail from Latin America.  There is no doubt in my mind that our neighboring countries should be able to use the internet for all that it is worth.


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Why Do You Abandon A Book?

Why Do You Abandon A Book? | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Have you ever picked up a book that someone recommended to you that you were super excited to read, and you just couldn’t get into it?
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Who would have thought that there was a psychology behind "book abandonment!"  


The "handy infographic takes a look at the psychology of book abandonment. It takes the top 5 most abandoned 'popular' books, the top 5 abandoned 'classics,' and looks at some of the reasons folks give for what makes them keep reading or stop reading. So the next time you’re having trouble with a book in class, you can look at some of the ideas and perhaps use them to pick a better option that will keep your students turning pages."

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4 Tips to Build Student Confidence

4 Tips to Build Student Confidence | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson, recognizing that students get overwhelmed by unfamiliar material and choke up on assessments, offers four confidence-building strategies: verbalizing, brain dumps, non-linear thinking creativity.
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This is a practical article offering four simple tips regarding how teachers can help students feel in control, confident, willing to approach learning new material, and feel poised for success on assessments.

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This is a practical article offering four simple tips regarding how teachers can help students feel in control, confident, willing to approach learning new material, and feel poised for success on assessments.

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How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process

How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | 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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This blog post addresses gamification as a PBIS methodology.  I wouldn't have put these "two and two" together.  However, it makes intuitive sense that games may be used in a variety of ways (whether reward or metacognitive tool) to change behavior.

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This blog post addresses gamification as a PBIS methodology.  I wouldn't have put these "two and two" together.  However, it makes intuitive sense that games may be used in a variety of ways (whether reward or metacognitive tool) to change behavior.

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5 Ways To Do EdTech On A Shoestring Budget

5 Ways To Do EdTech On A Shoestring Budget | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
If teachers ran the government, we wouldn’t have a national debt. Teachers are frugal. Very frugal. I’m not saying I reuse dental floss or anything, but the lengths I’ve gone to save money are amazing.
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Money is scarce in today's schools.  Vincent's principal is always asking for in-kind donations of pencils, paper, erasers, and the list goes on.  And most of Vincent's teachers spend their own money to bring resources into the classroom.


This article offers five "bright ideas" for bringing technology to the classroom without have to fork over a "chunk of change."


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Why do we make students sit still in class? - wtkr.com

Why do we make students sit still in class? - wtkr.com | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Why do we make students sit still in class?
wtkr.com
This doesn't bode well for academic success in traditional classrooms, where sitting quietly is a prerequisite for nearly all instruction.
Howard Fulfrost's insight:

What a really insightful article!  This reprinted CNN article talks about whether sitting still at your desk really is necessary for child development and ultimately student achievement.  The author also explores schools that are moving away from traditional expectations to new and inventive ways to get kids engaged.

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What a really insightful article!  This reprinted CNN article talks about whether sitting still at your desk really is necessary for child development and ultimately student achievement.  The author also explores schools that are moving away from traditional expectations to new and inventive ways to get kids engaged.

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Unleash the Potential of Your People With One Word

Unleash the Potential of Your People With One Word | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
 
If you ask people to describe how they feel on a daily basis, it is amazing how many times the word that comes up is “overwhelmed”.
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This article rings true.  We are all often overwhelmed with home and work life.  This article offers some smart leadership tips for saying no when we necessary to keep life on an even keel.

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High schools reach out to homeless students in Merced area - Merced Sun-Star

High schools reach out to homeless students in Merced area - Merced Sun-Star | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
High schools reach out to homeless students in Merced area Merced Sun-Star Olson said Merced High works on building character, and he's proud some of his students are willing to do things for others without being asked, citing leadership students...
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"More than 800 students at high schools in Merced, Atwater and Livingston are considered homeless, with some lacking basic necessities.  That’s nearly a tenth of the Merced Union High School District’s total enrollment. Through a federally-funded program now in its third year, the district tries to help homeless students lead more productive, stable lives.


Way to go Merced Union High School District!

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This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To

This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To: 7 Ways Teaching Has Changed by Terry Heick Teachers are the arbitrators of knowledge and culture. Knowledge…
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This blogger writes:  "Teachers are the arbitrators of knowledge and culture.  Knowledge and culture are each dynamic, endlessly crashing and churning.  This makes teaching significantly important and difficult work, and can leave teaching—as a craft—wide-eyed and nonplussed in response."  The author then offers seven ways that teaching has changed -- in just the last five years.  

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How Digital Learning Devices Are Being Used In Education - Edudemic

How Digital Learning Devices Are Being Used In Education - Edudemic | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Classrooms going digital bring both the good and the bad. Smaller mounds of paperwork and easy document storage (no more ‘dog ate my homework!’ or equally ridiculous excuses) fall on the good side of things. The necessity of teaching things like digital citizenship, the plethora of distractions online or the expense of digital devices might …

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This is another great infographic that provides interesting statistic about how digital learning is firing up instruction!

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This is another great infographic that provides interesting statistic about how digital learning is firing up instruction!

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Elementary School Children are "Getting Things Done"

Elementary School Children are "Getting Things Done" | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Mark Wallace describes introducing David Allen's Getting Things Done model to his upper-grades elementary classroom, with the idea of better preparing students for a knowledge-based world through this stress-free productivity practice.
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Blogger Mark Wallace introduces us to David Allen's 2008 book Getting Things Done:  How to Achieve Stree-Free Productivity.  Wallace shares that "GTD" changed his life for the better increasing stability and control, higher engagement in the present, and his desire to take creative risks in my teaching practices.


This blog offers some insights into the GTD philosophy and how it applies to everyone -- even our nation's youngest students.

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Lawmakers call for more computer science in California schools - EdSource Today

Lawmakers call for more computer science in California schools - EdSource Today | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
EdSource Today Lawmakers call for more computer science in California schools EdSource Today Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, cautioned that even with better course offerings, most high school...
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This is a classic case of teaching basic skills when the focus should be on application of these skills, and higher-order thinking as it concerns using a computer.


"Half a dozen bills before the state Legislature address the growing concern that California students don’t have the computer science skills necessary to thrive in the modern workforce.  Educators and tech industry leaders would like high schools to teach students more than just how to use a computer...."  This is a classic

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3 Next Steps for Developing Girls' Leadership

3 Next Steps for Developing Girls' Leadership | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar encourages developing girls' leadership through exploring with them the many definitions for leadership and discussing the importance of taking action.
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This article is worth contemplating. 


Educators have mastered the introduction of women's roles in history, literature, and the like.  However, we haven't yet asked our students to use their critical-thinking skills to delve deeply into the subject.  Here, this blogger writes:  "there are some next steps that educators (both men and women) need to take if we're going to truly empower girls and set them up for leadership roles."  Embracing the move toward Common Core, let's ask our students to critically analyze and interpret the role of women so that they may more readily apply what they've learned in their own lives.

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