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Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner

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The role of informal learning is often discussed–as it is below–in terms of how it can promote improved formal learning performance.
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Infographic: Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation

Infographic: Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation | Improving Your Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
When learning is personal, teaching and learning changes. Teachers' and learners' roles change. Last January, we created a chart comparing Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation and a report that explained the difference between these three terms including teacher-centered vs. learner-centered approaches. This chart has been downloaded tens of thousands of times from all over the world and prompted discussions around some of these questions:


> What does personalized or personal learning mean to you?

> How do you see teachers' and learners' roles changing?

> How does a school or district know they are Ready to Transform learning?

> What is Assessment AS Learning?

> Can personalization help close the achievement gap?

> Where are the conversations, models, and examples of personalizing learning?

 

These questions were part of an interview from Patricia Gomes, a reporter from Porvir in Brazil who wrote an article August 12, 2012 about the chart and resulted in an article and infographic in Portuguese.


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Are we designing education for people?

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An impressive talk here on TED by Timothy Prestero. Timothy thinks we need to design for manufacture and distribution, actual use and appearance. Timothy posted a number of questions: Are we design...

Well, this sounds like a very interesting TED talk. They almost always are very interesting, aren't they?
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25 Tutoring Tools For The 21st Century

25 Tutoring Tools For The 21st Century | Improving Your Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Like other areas of education, tutoring has seen some radical changes in the past decade courtesy of new and increasingly innovative technologies.

 

Thanks, TeachThought, for this list of tutoring sources!  I just accepted a job as a writing tutor and look forward to exploring these resources to help my tutees. 

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What Does It Take To Become a Better Teacher? | Literacy in Learning Exchange

What Does It Take To Become a Better Teacher? | Literacy in Learning Exchange | Improving Your Teaching Practice | Scoop.it

Explore this article to learn about ways to improve your practice.  This is a good source for new teachers.  

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Let's Get Rid of Subs

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Nancy Flanagan is an education writer and consultant focusing on teacher leadership. She spent 30 years in a K-12 music classroom in Hartland, Mich, and was named Michigan Teacher of the Year in 1993.

 

This is an interesting and thought-provoking article.  As a substitute teacher, I can say that the title threw me for a loop and forced me to read the article.  I would be willing to be one of those building subs, if it meant I would be a permanent part of the team and considered a professional. 

 

I have written an article about substitute teaching and you might find it thought-provoking yourself.  http://iarumac.com/wordpress/?p=608

 

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Your article is great (haven't read the other one yet) but I'm a new 'sub' (or relief as we call them in Australia) teacher and have just taken on a new contract to teacher history to P-7 Years at a very large school (teaching 3 days a week - which means I often don't see the same class again for a fortnight). I have already noticed that classes where the regular classroom teacher has good bm systems in place the 2 hour lessons work like a dream.. in other classes where there is a weak bm system in place I've had a nightmare of a time! I had one class where the students were constantly out of their seats and I very nearly 'lost it'... I should have just sent them to the office but there were so many of them and I didn't want the office to think I couldn't manage them. I sent a couple to a 'buddy class' which is one system the school uses... which removed some of the trouble makers but that class still makes me shudder to this day.. and I have them in another fortnight. I think I'll make up a poster of bm rules and take it with me using your guidelines.
Heather MacCorkle Edick's comment, August 14, 2012 6:46 AM
Dear TechTeacherPto3:

I read your comment and immediately had flashbacks of my own experience. I know exactly what you mean about not wanting the office to think you can't handle the students. A great teacher I worked with this year told me that on his first day at a middle school, he sent quite a few kids to the office and the Assistant Principal was not happy with him. When the AP asked him why he was sending all these kids out, he responded, "I thought you'd like to know just how bad it is in these classrooms for a sub. Well, I guess you know and it's up to you what you'll do about it."

By the way, I tried making up "Mrs. E's Rules" and it might work for you (I really hope it does), but it did not work for me. The students I was working with just had no respect for authority.

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Four Myths About the ELA Common-Core Standards

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Two teachers attempt to set the record straight on the instructional shifts required by the common standards.

 

Read on for some great resources and commentary on ELA standards in the Common Core!

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The Big Read | National Endowment for the Arts

The Big Read | National Endowment for the Arts | Improving Your Teaching Practice | Scoop.it

"Inspring people across the country to pick up a good book."  I love it!

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An Idea on How to Generate an Idea | K-12 Education Blog

Have you ever wondered how certain individuals always come up with great ideas? It seems that these individuals always have fresh, innovative ideas. Are these individuals geniuses?
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Christian F. Freisleben-Teutscher's comment, July 13, 2012 1:59 PM
Well its inherent in some points - and apllied improvisation, offers loooots of possibilities. Often the idea is right at hand and we won't look at it. So often start at the most ovious, combine ideas that are here already....
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The Push Towards Andragogy . . . or, Wait, Is It Heutagogy?

The Push Towards Andragogy . . . or, Wait, Is It Heutagogy? | Improving Your Teaching Practice | Scoop.it

Simply put, heutagogy means “the study of self-directed learning.” Rather than keeping learning in a linear model, heutagogy strives to keep learning cyclical, with students studying their own learning process, reacting to the process, and questioning the validity of what they studied.


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Spreading the word: Eight Ways to Start Conversations around Change by Will Richardson

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ISTE12 spotlight presentation video on demand of Will Richardson's session:  Spreading the Word:  Eight Ways to Start Conversations around Change.


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Learning and Teaching Philosophy? Got one you openly share with ...

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As academics, most of us have gotten to this 21st century teaching and learning work by way of 20th century rules formalizing ways of writing about, conveying and documenting our ideas about academic work.

 

We should all have a teaching philosophy that we can easily share with our fellow teachers, students, parents, community, and administration.  That philosophy, however, should be organic and change as we change as individuals, IMHO.

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The iPad and ‘Flipping’ – Reflections of a concerned teacher

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Reflection 1 – This is the most stimulating year I have spent in teaching. Reflection 2 – I’m concerned and it’s all my fault! One word sums up this dissonance – oppor...
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Promising New Evidence That Poor Teachers Can Learn To Be Good Ones

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The conversation about how to improve American education has taken on an increasingly confrontational tone.

 

The first study cited in this article relies on test scores to evaluate the remediation of bad teachers, which makes it suspect - in my opinion.  Using test scores to determine if a teacher is getting better is comparing apples to oranges, even if the  data set (the students) are the same.  

 

The second study evaluates the effect of feedback on student performance.  In my opinion, it's common sense that constructive feedback joined with explicitly stated high expectations will serve students better than feedback that is given for its own sake.

 

The third study uses behaviorist methods (negative reinforcement) to get teachers to work harder at improvement.  Yuck.

 

So... although I'm scooping this, I do so because it starts a good conversation about what not to do to help teachers performing poorly.  I even question what the authors mean by performing poorly, considering the data gathered.

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Teachers who excel: A lesson from Miss Smoot

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Nothing is more important in K-12 education than the quality of a teacher. But how do we make great teachers? We could start with someone like Jane Smoot.

 

A quote from the article: 

"Rosetta Marantz Cohen, a professor of American studies and education at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., has studied teachers who have stayed happy and committed. They are sustained, she says, not just by the mission of nurturing young minds, or by the high calling of safeguarding civilization. Most often, she finds, they love their subject – literature, language, chemistry, math. They pursue their subject in and outside the classroom.

 

"Students know when teachers teach what they love. We knew that about Miss Smoot. You probably have a Miss Smoot in your life, too. Thank that person for stirring the embers of your mind."

 

Do you show your passion for your subject?  

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Guess My Lexile

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Donalyn Miller is a 6th grade language arts teacher in Texas who is said to have a "gift": She can turn even the most reluctant (or, in her words, "dormant") readers into students who can't put their books down.

 

"Is this practice employed because it's better for kids or just easier for adults? What about children who find their reading experiences limited when Lexile numbers dictate their book access and choices? Looking at a child's face or a book's cover, I see possibility, not a number.We can't shortcut or disregard knowing books, knowing readers, and building connections between them."

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The Current State Of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Edudemic

The Current State Of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Edudemic | Improving Your Teaching Practice | Scoop.it

"Technology is paving a new way for more students to connect with some of the best teachers on the planet. From Stanford to MIT to Harvard and beyond, there are massive open online courses sprouting up everywhere. It’s never been easier to take a course (or even get a whole darn degree) online."

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The Movement Toward Movement: Emerging Trend Promotes Nonstop Creativity | Edudemic

The Movement Toward Movement: Emerging Trend Promotes Nonstop Creativity | Edudemic | Improving Your Teaching Practice | Scoop.it

Active learning in more ways than one: Get kids moving in the classroom.

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- 12 Valuable Wordle Tips You Must Read...Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 1

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The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.

 

Great tips for using Wordle in the classroom or with your blog.  I especially like the tip for keeping phrases together with the ~ symbol.  

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LindyMac's Blog » Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy compared

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Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy: Three ideas about teaching and learning you should know.


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Collaborative Writing and Common Core Standards in the Classroom - MERGE.pptx - Google Documents

ISTE12 project presentation from Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher and a panel of others.  


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