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Why Would Anyone Want to Be a School Leader?

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Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health, and how educators can help young people find common ground. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com. (Why Would Anyone Want to Be a School Leader?
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Using Football Science to Tackle STEM Education

Using Football Science to Tackle STEM Education | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
More people watch the Super Bowl than vote in a Presidential election.
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Difficult Conversations

Difficult Conversations | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
While we don't necessarily like them, difficult conversations have to happen if we are working in the best interests of students. Follow these three principles to make them productive.
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Tapping Into the Potential of Games and Uninhibited Play for Learning

Tapping Into the Potential of Games and Uninhibited Play for Learning | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
In the classroom, fiero -- excitement that gamers experience when they overcome challenges -- makes students see that they're empowered players in their own education. They're released into the exciting adventure that learning can be. Without the intrinsic motivating power of fiero, however, gamification becomes nothing more than semantic spin: a language game in which a letter-based grade system is replaced by a points-based reward system. In these cases, gamification does little to address the shortcomings of a system that relies on high-stakes testing.
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Principals and Focused Instructional Leadership: Fish Don't Rot From the Tail First

Principals and Focused Instructional Leadership: Fish Don't Rot From the Tail First | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
Building administrators and school leaders across the nation are challenged to find strategies that will generate continual increased levels of student achievement. But what is the best way?

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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, March 22, 9:45 PM

The author says "Fish don't rot from the tail first......" Read on!

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Sustaining Strong Classroom Culture

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Creating culture doesn’t require a new semester or year, it only requires a fresh state of mind. See how Sarah Brown Wessling has created a classroom culture that empowers learners.
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Making Connections: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

Making Connections: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
Cultural values and learning practices transmitted from parents and from community guide how the brain wires itself to process information and handle relationships.
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Transforming Silence: Poetry and Performance

Transforming Silence: Poetry and Performance | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
Teaching poetry becomes a powerful group activity through individual and communal observation and explanation, creative response to poems read aloud, and celebrating student work.
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Blunt Educator on Twitter

Blunt Educator on Twitter | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
We can't teach students the way we learned if we expect them to go places we've never been.

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Alison Ryan (@MissRyanRoom10) | Twitter

Alison Ryan (@MissRyanRoom10) | Twitter | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
The latest Tweets from Alison Ryan (@MissRyanRoom10). 2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher at Ygnacio Valley Elementary School
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Why People With Multicultural Experience Are More Creative

Why People With Multicultural Experience Are More Creative | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
A person who has immersed themselves in another culture has the openness and cognitive flexibility to make your organization more creative.

Via Anne Leong, Ivon Prefontaine, Dean J. Fusto, Aki Puustinen
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Terry Doherty's curator insight, March 8, 7:45 PM

Another way of showing how reading widely does more than just "broaden your world."


"When you dive into a second culture, two interesting things happen. First, it increases your overall openness to new experiences ... As second thing that happens is that you being to recognize that everything in the world can be viewed in many different ways." 

Susanna Soderstrom's curator insight, March 9, 10:50 AM

Obvious to some not to others

Elivert's curator insight, March 25, 5:22 AM

Indeed!

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Where Have All The Teachers Gone?

Where Have All The Teachers Gone? | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
Enrollment at teacher training programs is down in many parts of the country, raising fears of a looming teacher shortage.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 4, 9:05 PM

It is a great question and not just an American issue. There are likely several reasons, but two I think about are the use of part-time contracts as a fiscal and control tool and many young teachers graduating do not enter teaching. Their degree is valuable outside School.

 

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terry clarke's curator insight, March 4, 10:56 PM

Very sad! I may be in the minority, but I believe GOOD teachers are terribly underpaid!

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Text What You Learned: Using Technology to Assess

Text What You Learned: Using Technology to Assess | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
One way to use texting in your classroom is for quick assessment of student learning. Watch you can allow students to text during class while gaining valuable information. Keep checking back for more ways to incorporate texting into lessons.
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Building Culture: Strategies for Starting

Building Culture: Strategies for Starting | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
Build a culture of learning in your classroom by using the right process. By giving students the right experiences, setting expectations and living them, and learning together, a culture of learning can blossom.
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3 Ways to Create a Positive Classroom Learning Community

3 Ways to Create a Positive Classroom Learning Community | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
By Jasper Fox Sr. Educating all children, regardless of their ethnicity and socioeconomic standing, is a noble goal. How it is accomplished, though? Recent downward trends in high school dropout rates are encouraging, but what about those students who do decide that the educational system isn’t for them? According to the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), just 2.7 percent of 2009 9th grade students had dropped out by 11th grade, although the percentage of dropouts within that 2.7 percent was higher for certain ethnicities and socioeconomic status levels. The question remains then: how can educators create a positive classroom environment where all students feel welcome and engage in meaningful learning so that percentage drops to zero? The following are three concepts that could be helpful in involving more students in classroom learning communities. Communication: It makes sense that students want to know where they stand in terms of their school experience. From attendance to graduation requirements, there should be no surprises. (This goes for assignments and resources as well.) Tools like Google Apps for Education and add-ons like Autocrat can create personalized updates or reports that can be e-mailed to all stakeholders to help keep the focus on what’s important: where students are in their learning. Collaboration: Ranking students according to grades demoralizes and divides the classroom. Even for higher-achieving students, obsession with grades can foster unhealthy, compulsive behaviors related to their class ranking. Instead, provide opportunities for students to collaborate regularly. Discussion, both in class and online, allows students to learn and practice discourse. Extending the time available for learning by creating blended learning environments or taking advantage of social media gives students the opportunity to develop their understanding together, outside of school, using flexible pacing. This more fluid structure allows students to further their knowledge when it is convenient for them and allows their learning to occur more naturally. Quality Feedback: Students want to feel like more than a number. By utilizing formative assessment regularly and analyzing the results together, either individually or in small groups, students will fully understand where gaps in their understanding exist. By using a low pressure, nongraded approach, students can focus on the descriptive nature of feedback. Building in time to relearn and reassess forms an atmosphere where understanding is emphasized. Reiterating content until students show mastery of the topic builds confidence and, if done properly, will lead to success for all students once a summative test or quiz is given. Creating an inclusive atmosphere that is both comforting and honest builds a positive community within the classroom. Transitioning away from the mind-set of difficulties being the students fault toward the mind-set of developing strategies to build consensus and understanding will help all students meet their goals. There is still much work to be done to ensure that all students, regardless of their place in society, reach their full academic potential, but focusing on classroom interactions is an important place to start. As a thoughtful practitioner, the teacher can help students become successful lifelong learners. It is of the utmost importance to implement supportive practices, especially for lower socioeconomic students. Practices such as those outlined above will sustain young people’s interest in their schooling to ensure they see graduation day. *** Jasper Fox Sr. teaches science at Copper Beech Middle School in the Lakeland Central School District in Shrub Oak, N.Y., where he is currently in his twelfth year of teaching. He was recently named the Educators Voice Honoree for Middle School Teacher of the Year at the 2014 Bammy Awards and was a semifinalist in the 2015 New York State Teacher of the Year program. An avid writer and connected educator, Fox maintains an active Twitter presence as @jasperfoxsr  and writes for a variety of sites and publications.  
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Practice Exchanges: Making Our Professional Learning Visible

Practice Exchanges: Making Our Professional Learning Visible | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
Browse the Practice Exchange collections below. Each collection includes video excerpts from the actual event, sample agendas, tools and protocols used, as well as other resources that may be adapted
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7 Ways to Hack Your Classroom to Include Student Choice | Edudemic

7 Ways to Hack Your Classroom to Include Student Choice | Edudemic | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
For awhile, when educators discussed differentiating instruction & meeting students’ individual needs, they did so through the framework of Learning Styles.
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What Does Math Look Like in Today's Classroom?

What Does Math Look Like in Today's Classroom? | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
What does math look like in classrooms today? How are teachers making shifts in the way they teach math? We asked educators from our Teaching Channel community and here's what they said.
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15 Reasons Why Educators Should Be Connected

15 Reasons Why Educators Should Be Connected | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
Connected educators understand and value the idea that students and staff have voices that should be shared and that can be shared through social media.
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10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools

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As schools look for innovative ways to bring in STEM learning, here's a possible road map for how to galvanize a school community.
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If Districts Trust Teachers to Lead, They Won't Be Disappointed

If Districts Trust Teachers to Lead, They Won't Be Disappointed | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
Teachers need to trust their ideas and feel empowered to share and implement them, Bev Bricker writes.
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How Are Students’ Roles Changing in the New Economy of Information?

How Are Students’ Roles Changing in the New Economy of Information? | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
Beyond increasing the amount of information that students can access, the new abundant economy of information has far greater implications. It represents both a shift in the way that future classrooms will operate as well as in the student behaviors that we will value and expect.
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The 5 Best Study Aid Apps for Students | Edudemic

The 5 Best Study Aid Apps for Students | Edudemic | Innovation Disruption in Education | Scoop.it
It's not easy for students to stay on task these days. From Facebook to Instagram & Twitter to instant messaging to pop up, there are so many distractions.
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Rosidah Awang's curator insight, February 23, 10:37 PM

Some apps to aid in your study.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 24, 8:09 PM

Study aid apps for the grad years!