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Schools given freedom over school day - The Department for Education

Schools given freedom over school day - The Department for Education | leading and learning | Scoop.it

UK law frees up the decision-making. "It shouldn't be central government or detailed regulation that determines the time a school day starts or the length of the school lunch break."

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SCIS | If you dont have a PLN, you don't know what you are missing

SCIS | If you dont have a PLN, you don't know what you are missing | leading and learning | Scoop.it
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.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Free Audio Books from Books Should Be Free

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."

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Building teacher capacity in preparation for the Common Core Standards, peer coaching

Building teacher capacity in preparation for the Common Core Standards, peer coaching | leading and learning | Scoop.it

"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."


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Year Two of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: States' Progress and Challenges, by Nancy Kober and Diane Stark Rentner at the Center on Education Policy

Year Two of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: States' Progress and Challenges, by Nancy Kober and Diane Stark Rentner at the Center on Education Policy | leading and learning | Scoop.it
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...
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States Struggling With Common Core Transition : NEA Today

States Struggling With Common Core Transition : NEA Today | leading and learning | Scoop.it

"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)."

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New Details Surface About Common Assessments

New Details Surface About Common Assessments | leading and learning | Scoop.it
Consortia documents outline tests that use computers in innovative ways and capture data about student knowledge that multiple-choice tests can't.
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Interactive Animated Heart

Interactive Animated Heart | leading and learning | Scoop.it
Explania is one of my favorite resources for animated explanations of topics in technology and science. Some of their offerings are videos and some of their offerings are interactive animations.
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netTrekker Search Adds Common Core Standards -- THE Journal

netTrekker, a provider of digital media for grades K-12, has added resources that are aligned with Common Core State Standards for English and math to its search product.
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Poetry for ELL Learners (Poetry for all)

Writing is a tool for self discovery, not just workplace literacy.

 

A poem from a young writer is shared and discussed. It's a powerful piece of writing from a young heart in pain.

 

Posted by Barry Lane at Discoverwriting.com

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An International Diane Ravitch Moment? - Lily's Blackboard – Lily's Blackboard

An International Diane Ravitch Moment? - Lily's Blackboard – Lily's Blackboard | leading and learning | Scoop.it

"They’ve taken all the good words that used to mean that good things were going to happen – reform, accountability, assessment and evaluation. The good meanings are all gone now."

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Overcoming the Divide Between Curriculum and Technology Leaders

Overcoming the Divide Between Curriculum and Technology Leaders | leading and learning | Scoop.it

"The bottom line, they determined, is that better communication and ­collaboration between curriculum and technology leaders can impact teaching and learning in positive ways. What’s more, both sides bring expertise to the process."

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Video: Raccoons Living for the City | Nature | PBS

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."

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Reader Ideas | Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

Reader Ideas | Teaching the Civil Rights Movement | leading and learning | Scoop.it
Teachers across subjects and levels talk about what they do to make the civil rights era meaningful to their students.
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Teaching Channel: Videos, Lesson Plans and Other Resources for Teachers

Teaching Channel: Videos, Lesson Plans and Other Resources for Teachers | leading and learning | Scoop.it

Repository of Videos of Common Core ideas for grades 3-5 (can filter by other grade levels, subjects, and topics).

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jobs.jpg (619x552 pixels) | leading and learning | Scoop.it

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

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Iowa education chief encourages ‘value-added’ tests for students

:"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."

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Common Core State Standards for Math

Common Core State Standards for Math | leading and learning | Scoop.it
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?
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What makes a brilliant teacher?

What makes a brilliant teacher? | leading and learning | Scoop.it
Empathy and emotional intelligence are the keys to what our blogger calls "the T Factor"...
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The 20% Project (like Google) In My Class | Education Is My Life

"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:"...

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MIT STEM Workshop Demos Free Math and Science Curriculum -- THE Journal

"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."

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Conquer Common Core Standards via Writing Across the Curriculum

Conquer Common Core Standards via Writing Across the Curriculum | leading and learning | Scoop.it

"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."

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Teacher Reboot Camp » Blog Archive » Goal: 12 Resources for Giving Constructive Feedback

Teacher Reboot Camp » Blog Archive » Goal: 12 Resources for Giving Constructive Feedback | leading and learning | Scoop.it

"My long-term goal is to begin using these resources more often and cut down on the amount of time I spend grading. For the short-term goal, I just want you to reflect on how these tools might help you provide constructive feedback."

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Common Core State Standards: Middle School < Teaching Channel

Common Core State Standards: Middle School < Teaching Channel | leading and learning | Scoop.it
Visit English and math classrooms who have already begun to adapt to the new Common Core standards. See what changes teachers are making in their practice to adapt to the new standards.
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