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Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors

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“Teaching is a lot like acting, a high-energy, performance profession that requires a person to act as a role model. But when teachers go through training and professional development, the performance aspect of the job is rarely emphasized or taught. Acknowledging this aspect could be a missed opportunity to restructure ways teachers learn new skills and tactics.”


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gwynethjones's curator insight, June 26, 5:45 AM

I've been a Thespian since the age 8. True dat.

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Educational Leadership:Motivation Matters:Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink

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If schools truly want to engage students, they need to downgrade control and compliance—and upgrade autonomy.

  

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8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher

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What differentiates the best from the rest? There’s no shortage of bodies (some dramatically misguided) attempting to solve this riddle.  The answers are nebulous at best. Below is a list of traits, some of which may be familiar but many of which will never show up on any sort of performance review.  Check them out and see what you think.


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21st Century Learning Coach 's curator insight, August 27, 5:51 PM
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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn - KQED (blog)

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Game-based approaches to learning are far favored over “drill-and-kill” exercises.


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Jim Goldsmith's curator insight, August 18, 1:35 PM

From the article:  "The students with a purposeful-learning attitude (who agreed with socially oriented statements like “I want to become an educated citizen that can contribute to society”) scored higher on measures of grit and self-control than classmates who only reported self-oriented motives for learning such as wanting to get a good job or earn more money. The purposeful learners were also less likely to succumb to the digital distractions, answering more math problems on the diligence task — and they were more likely to be enrolled in college the following fall, the researchers found."  Worth reading.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 18, 4:13 PM

I found many students did not always know what they wanted down the road in life. They knew what gave meaning to life in concrete ways, in the moment, and shared that in their learning. I imagine over time it feeds into that long-term purpose.

 

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21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation

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“ 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation”


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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, July 9, 4:54 AM

Very simple ways to engage students. Nothing new (I hope), but a great refresher. 

 

I think in a world where we are so serious about outcomes, we have to do what we can to have fun and put the student first.

 

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If You're Designing eLearning for Adults Take Advantage of These 4 Tactics

If You're Designing eLearning for Adults Take Advantage of These 4 Tactics | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Understanding how adults learn, is the first step to crafting an eLearning material adults will actually want to start and finish.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 1, 6:25 PM

If you are designing an eLearning course for adults are there aspects to consider that are important to the adult learner? This post from SH!FT would say yes. To create courses for adult learners, we must understand how adults learn, their traits and their learning styles.

What is important?

* Hook them Early (and Often)

* Make Use of Their Experiences

* Persuade Adult Learners of the Desirability of Learning Something

* Give Adult Learners the Freedom to Choose

Learn four ways to help hook the adult learner. Find four suggestions on ways to give adult learners more freedom to choose. Click through to the post to learn more.

Avidity Medical Design's curator insight, August 2, 7:13 AM

Very insightful article. I especially agree with point #2 and point #4. Point #2 indicates that learners can use past experiences to tap into new ideas. Point #4 indicates that adult learners would like to have the ability to take a more active role in defining their own learning experience. I see an interrelationship between both points because they each describe elements of self-directed learning. The learner is using what they already know to tap into new knowledge (point #2), and then, given the opportunity, they are choosing how, when, and where they acquire the new knowledge (point #4), with consideration given to the knowledge that they have already obtained (point #2). Excellent article, keep up the good work!

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8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

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The purpose of teaching mindfulness to our children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies and to recognize when their attention has wandered and to ...

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3 Ways to Teach and Lead

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Great leaders must also be great teachers. Part of the responsibility of leadership is the role of giving others the tools they will need to succeed.Some leaders are natural teachers. Others must
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Rote learning is bad – and other myths about education

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The education system needs to produce 21st century learners, but what if we are going about achieving that in entirely the wrong way?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 16, 6:44 PM

I found two key points jumped out. First, myths are not always fictional. There is some truth, sometimes a lot, in a myth. With each succeeded generation, we have to figure out is what still makes sense in the story and what needs replacing. This leads to the second point which is that the present state of School is one of binaries and polarities. We are focused on either/or rather than the relational nature of what still works and what does not. Tradition is discarded in total and replaced with whatever the latest fad is.

 

We need more articles which make us think like heretics. The word heretic comes from the ancient Greek meaning "to be able to choose." Do we have choice to be able to choose?

Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, July 16, 10:58 PM

D. Christodoulou's '7 myths about education' book debunks common 21st century ideas about education.

The 7 myths are:

Facts prevent understanding.

Teacher-led instruction is passive.

The 21st century fundamentally changes everything.

You can always just look it up.

You should teach transferable skills.

Projects and activities are the best way to learn. 

Teaching knowledge is indoctrination. 

 

 

 

Mike Clare's curator insight, July 17, 6:07 AM

This article is thought provoking,  what should we keep from the past and what new approaches should we embrace?  Makes for an interesting discussion.

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What we learn before we're born

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Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 7, 11:34 PM

Learning is hard-wired into us from conception.

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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

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6 Powerful Strategies For Deeper Learning In Your Classroom

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6 Powerful Strategies For Deeper Learning In Your Classroom

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Discussion: Changing Roles In Teaching & Learning

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Discussion: Changing Roles In Teaching & Learning

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Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors

Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors | Education and Training | Scoop.it

“Teaching is a lot like acting, a high-energy, performance profession that requires a person to act as a role model. But when teachers go through training and professional development, the performance aspect of the job is rarely emphasized or taught. Acknowledging this aspect could be a missed opportunity to restructure ways teachers learn new skills and tactics.”


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gwynethjones's curator insight, June 26, 5:45 AM

I've been a Thespian since the age 8. True dat.

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The 10 Most Important Things That Students Actually Learn In College

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Here's what students say they actually learn in college.
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Interview Questions to Determine Critical Thinking Skills | Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

Interview Questions to Determine Critical Thinking Skills | Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to hire strong critical thinkers, but what's the best way to go about doing so? Assessments? Reference checks? Interview questions? Adecco
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7 Must-have Career Skills for the Social Age

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What skills employers will come to value most as we move away from Industrial Age thinking, and dive even deeper into the Social Age? What soft skills no...

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A New Approach to Education

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There is an active school movement in character education and teaching ethics. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about ethical virtuosity, because 

we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy.

 

 


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The key to compassion is to be willing to help the other person and make the world a better place with one's efforts. @ivon_ehd1
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From the article:

 

Learning in general happens best in a warm, supportive atmosphere, in which there exists a feeling of safety, of being supported and cared about, of closeness and connection. In such a space children's brains more readily reach the state of optimal cognitive efficiency -- and of caring about others.

Such an atmosphere has particular importance for those children at most risk of going off track in their lives because of early experiences of deprivation, abuse, or neglect. Studies of such high-risk kids who have ended up thriving in their lives -- who are resilient -- find that usually the one person who turned their life around was a caring adult.

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Self-directed learning

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Stephen D. Brookfield explores the notion of self-directed learning. He takes Knowles' (1975) influential definition as a starting point and then explores some of the problems surrounding the idea....

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 28, 4:00 PM

Self-directed learning has a social quality to it. I like the idea that teaching is about listening. It might be about deep listening and being open when students speak. Self-directed learning can be learned and one role teachers play/perform is creating space and time when students take increasing control of their learning. After all, despite the way we evaluate teachers based on student learning, learning is  students' responsibility. Teachers are there to listen and guide, not do the learning for students. That sounds like it is self-directed.

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Daniel Goleman: Breathing Buddies - YouTube

Best-selling author Daniel Goleman shares a simple but effective exercise he observed that helps kids manage emotions and work on their focusing skills. Lear...
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What Predicts Success? It's Not Your IQ

What Predicts Success? It's Not Your IQ | Education and Training | Scoop.it
The CEO of one of the world’s largest money management firms was puzzled. He wanted to know why there was a Bell curve for performance among his employees, with a few outstanding, most in the middle,
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Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories? | Education and Training | Scoop.it

This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory v5, Organisation Kolb, Psychology Vygotsky, Psychology Bloom, Piaget genetic epistemology, Psychology Skinner, Montessori constructivism, Dewey...


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Bill Ferguson's curator insight, July 14, 4:56 AM

No wonder there is confusion in education!

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Where Has The Joy Of Learning Gone?

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Where Has The Joy Of Learning Gone?

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What Makes an ‘Extreme Learner’?

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It’s the hunger for learning rather than raw intellect that distinguishes Extreme Learners from the gifted. Intensely motivated and harboring a breadth of interests, they also consider ignorance a temporary and reparable condition.


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To Improve Student Performance, Start Thinking Like a Coach

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I have a confession to make. I was wrong. You see, I once thought that teaching was lecturing, and I thought that because that is how my graduate mentors taught me to teach.

But I was wrong. Studies have shown that lecturing has little to do with teaching. A University of Maryland study found that right after a physics lecture, almost none of the students could answer the question: “What was the lecture you just heard about?” Another physics professor simply asked students about the material that he had presented only 15 minutes earlier, and he found that only ten percent showed any sign of remembering it (Freedman, 2012).

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The 6-Step Guide To Becoming A Better Learner - Edudemic

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“Education is what people do to you and learning is what you do for yourself,” said Joi Ito in his TED2014 talk. “You’re not going to be on top of mountain all by yourself with a #2 pencil … What we need to learn is how to learn.” Indeed, traditional education may not be for …

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