Bev Novak from Mentone Grammar School encourages educators to start developing their Personal Learning Network (PLN) and discover the joy of lifelong learning - learning anything, anytime, anywhere with anybody they choose.
Richard Byrne reviews Books Should Be Free.com. "Books Should Be Free hosts hundreds of free audio books in a wide range of genres. All of the audio books in the collection are either public domain or Creative Commons works. All of the audio books can be downloaded directly from Books Should Be Free and or iTunes."
"Peer Coaching is a job-embedded, ongoing professional method of support. Peer coaching is effective for the following reasons: It allows teachers to work together professionally, thereby eliminating feelings of isolation. • It encourages reflection and analysis of teaching practice. • It promotes specific feedback over time. • It fosters collaboration among teachers throughout the school building. As a result, teachers experience positive changes in their teaching practice."
Year Two of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: States' Progress and Challenges, a report by by Nancy Kober and Diane Stark Rentner at the Center on Education Policy in Washington, DC, USA...
"Halfway through the 2011-2012 year, states across the country are still grappling with the transition to the Common Core State Standards. The new standards are more rigorous and lessons are much more complex than those of previous standards, and most states do not expect to have them in place until the 2014-15 school year or later, according to a new report by the Center on Education Policy (CEP)."
"A fun and useful area and perimeter 2D shape tutorial and interactive activities for your whiteboard. Learn how to find the area and perimeter of rectangles and triangles and then complete the questions."
Sponge Lab Biology recently won a National Science Foundation award for its interactive Build a Body activity. Spend a few minutes using Build a Body and it is easy to understand why it was recognized by the NSF.
If a raccoon can apply learned skills and strategies, so can children. "Raccoons can build on their knowledge. Once they figure out one garbage can, they can generalize to another garbage can that might be slightly different. And that makes them unbeatable. Video from PBS Nature's Raccoon Nation."
Great graphic half-way down the page, outlining how jobs are changing for the future..."Malcolm Galdwell's best-selling book Outliers is explains how all experts develop their special skills over long periods of time, and ultimately become world-class at narrower and narrower skills. What this all means is that in today's high performing companies, people now take on "roles" not "jobs." They are responsible for "tasks" and "projects" and not simply "functions." Read more at http://www.bersin.com/blog/post/2012/01/The-End-of-a-Job-as-We-Know-It.aspx
:"Glass said the smarter balanced assessments offer a better gauge of a student's ability to apply knowledge rather than merely recall names, dates and other content. It also is computer adaptive, he said, meaning a computer selects questions for each individual student based on the knowledge that student demonstrates in his or her answers."
What is the purpose of the standards for mathematical practice? How should these be integrated with the content?How will teaching fewer "topics" in each grade change your planning?What does Dr. Daro say is the solution to closing the achievement gap? How will the standards help?
"So this project, I said, was me telling them to do something that they want to do, with their time that it is usually spent doing what other people want them to do (that’s a mouthful). The guidelines were simple. Here is the handout:"...
"The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently hosted a workshop on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education that included a demonstration of a university project to create STEM focused videos that can be freely used in high school classes."
"The Common Core Standards require students to demonstratre proficiency in both informational and persuasive writing (as well as narrative). The reason many students find these forms challenging has remarkably little to do with the form per se. It is to do with one key problem that NO writer–no matter how great, inventive, talented, or clever–can overcome. You can’t write what you don’t know."