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Being a Lifelong Bookworm May Keep You Sharp in Old Age

Being a Lifelong Bookworm May Keep You Sharp in Old Age | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Reading, writing and other mental exercises, if habitual from an early age, can slow down the age-related decline in mental capacity
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Leading Success: Dynamic Solutions for Every School, Each Student

Leading Success: Dynamic Solutions for Every School, Each Student | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Our toolkit for educators includes videos, case studies and more that lead you to a forum for equity, personalization, smart data, collaboration and continuous improvement...
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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 3, 2014 9:53 AM

NASSP sponsored tools for success. Take a look at the many resources for new and experienced leaders alike.

Bradley Gomoluch's curator insight, July 22, 5:21 PM

Interesting learning modules and conversation about effective practices. 

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Eight Things to Consider When Creating Classroom Rules

Eight Things to Consider When Creating Classroom Rules | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
For all teachers who say they have only one rule--which might be something like "Respect all people and things" or "Think before you act"--I have this comment: You can't mandate kindness and consideration through rules. You may, however, have some success via doggedly modeling these qualities, over time. You'll have the most success by genuinely liking your students and demonstrating authentic warmth.
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Student: "I might hold the world record for getting passing grades despite doing nothing."

Student: "I might hold the world record for getting passing grades despite doing nothing." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A case shows that suburban schools sometimes lower their standards for malcontented students.


"school-hating daughter’s passing English even though her second-quarter and third-quarter grades were F’s and she skipped the final exam."

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Teachers: How Many Minutes Do You Talk?

Teachers: How Many Minutes Do You Talk? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I would challenge you to time the number of minutes you talk during an instructional period. In a 50 minute period, what percentage should be the teacher and what percentage should be the student? ...
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"testing, done right, can be an exceptionally effective way to learn"

"testing, done right, can be an exceptionally effective way to learn" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Too often school assessments heighten anxiety and hinder learning. New research shows how to reverse the trend
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This article is about 'assessment for learning' not assessment of learning!

"Retrieval practice does not use testing as a tool of assessment. Rather it treats tests as occasions for learning, which makes sense only once we recognize that we have misunderstood the nature of testing. We think of tests as a kind of dipstick that we insert into a student's head, an indicator that tells us how high the level of knowledge has risen in there—when in fact, every time a student calls up knowledge from memory, that memory changes. Its mental representation becomes stronger, more stable and more accessible."

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The 'Big 4' In Teaching and Learning Observations

The 'Big 4' In Teaching and Learning Observations | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Observations on teaching and learning are one of the most important places for principals and teachers to create a partnership, but it doesn't always happen. For principals who want to take the process seriously, there are 4 areas to focus on.
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Turnover: People want to work somewhere they feel respected and valued.

Turnover: People want to work somewhere they feel respected and valued. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Why are your people leaving?


While pay is important, employees place a significant amount of weight on company culture, career advancement opportunities and senior leadership. People want to work somewhere they feel respected and valued. They want to connect to the company’s mission and vision, as well as be kept abreast about progress along the way. Even more so, they want to know how they personally can make an impact and move up the ranks.

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Why Only 34% Of All Fourth Graders Read Proficiently

Why Only 34% Of All Fourth Graders Read Proficiently | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
It's a sobering statistic: only 34 percent of all fourth grade students read proficiently. Third grade is the turning point in which students who don't reach proficiency by the end of that year are in danger of never catching up to their peers.
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Bradley Gomoluch's curator insight, July 31, 5:55 PM

This is going to be a critical and very important initiative, I agree 34% of all 4th graders reading at a proficient level has to improve!  

Christina Dillard's curator insight, August 1, 9:36 AM

This is going to be a critical and very important initiative, I agree 34% of all 4th graders reading at a proficient level has to improve!  

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Flipped Your Faculty Meeting Yet? 5 Challenges To Overcome

Flipped Your Faculty Meeting Yet? 5 Challenges To Overcome | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
How--And Why--We Flipped Our Teacher Staff Meetings by Amy Arbogash Staff Meeting. There are often no more dreaded words in a teacher’s vocabulary than those.…
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State Underfunded Education And Cut Tenure. Now It Can't Find Enough Teachers To Fill Classrooms.

State Underfunded Education And Cut Tenure. Now It Can't Find Enough Teachers To Fill Classrooms. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Kansas school superintendent Alan Cunningham has been involved with hiring teachers for the past 35 years. In that time, he has never had a harder time filling positions than this year. Qualified applicants
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Bradley Gomoluch's curator insight, July 31, 6:30 PM

I chose this because it is information about not having enough teachers. 

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, July 31, 7:52 PM

I chose this because it is information about not having enough teachers. 

Christina Dillard's curator insight, August 1, 9:35 AM

I chose this because it is information about not having enough teachers. 

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Move To Eliminate Out-Of-School Suspensions

Move To Eliminate Out-Of-School Suspensions | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Miami-Dade County Public Schools plan to eliminate out-of-school suspensions this year, preferring to keep kids in class and address behavior problems.

School districts around the country have made similar decisions because research and experience shows suspended students often find more trouble outside of school while on suspension. That can mean more neighborhood crime –
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Miami Schools Eliminating Out-Of-School Suspensions.

NPR (7/29, O'Connor) reported Miami-Dade County Public Schools is planning to eliminate out-of-school suspensions this year. The district’s plan is part of a national trend to “keep kids in class and address behavior problems” at school rather than sending kids home during the school day, which can sometimes lead to more trouble.

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Teachers: Know When to Stop Talking?

Teachers: Know When to Stop Talking? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
It's tough for educators to withhold judgment of a student's response, but Thomas Newkirk argues that it could help deepen student understanding.


"So, in this age of high-tech and expensive teaching programs, let me offer up this simple and powerful intervention: the blank turn. It costs us nothing but our attention. It is built on the rock-solid principle that we need talk, and a receptive audience, to build understanding and to know what we know."

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5 Things Leaders Do That Alienate Their Teams

5 Things Leaders Do That Alienate Their Teams | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
When you start communicating with your employees is when you'll stop losing sleep worrying they are disengaged.
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Indiana schools suffer from teacher shortage

Indiana schools suffer from teacher shortage | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Schools all over Indiana are scrambling to find teachers, especially for STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — and special education classes. Superintendents said the applicants just aren’t there. Schools of education around Central Indiana report fewer students choosing to become teachers.
“There have been a reduction in enrollments — not only at IUPUI, but in all schools of education across the state and nationally,” said Pat Rogan, Executive Associate Dean of the Indiana University School of Education at IUPUI.
Numbers from the State Department of Education show the drop in new teachers. Since 2009, the number of new teachers receiving a license has dropped by about 20 percent. Some experts expect the numbers to drop even lower this year.
People who have received licenses:
2009-2010: 5,599
2010-2011: 5,902
2011-2012: 5,458
2012-2013: 4,613
2013-2014: 4,565
“This is a looming, significant issue facing our state as well as others moving forward. If we don’t get it remedied, our world class educational system is in real jeopardy,” said J.T. Coopman, executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.
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Is VAM a SHAM?

Arthur Goldstein teaches English as a Second Language students at Frances Lewis High School in Queens, New York. He blogs as NYC Educator. In his letter, Goldstein refers to a meeting that Chancell...
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Another Myth Busted: 'the younger, the better' for children learning a new language

Another Myth Busted: 'the younger, the better' for children learning a new language | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
As primary school children bound through the first weeks of their summer holidays, perhaps those lucky enough to go abroad will get the chance to practice ...
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"The few studies which have found a small advantage for an early start were in instructed contexts with a large number of teaching hours per week. It seems that young children, as they learn more implicitly than older children, need abundant input and rich interaction to allow their implicit language learning mechanisms to work."

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"The few studies which have found a small advantage for an early start were in instructed contexts with a large number of teaching hours per week. It seems that young children, as they learn more implicitly than older children, need abundant input and rich interaction to allow their implicit language learning mechanisms to work."

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10 Things Veteran Teachers Want First Year Teachers to Know

10 Things Veteran Teachers Want First Year Teachers to Know | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Your first year of teaching may be your most stressful, but it gets better. Here are 10 things veteran teachers want you to know.
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Engagement: Use SLANT to Engage Students

Engagement: Use SLANT to Engage Students | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Learning positions can help students become better listeners, and tells teachers when students are ready for active listening. Watch a few aspects of learning positions, and ways to reinforce this tip with students.
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SLANT: From Teach Like a Champion

Sit Up

Lean Forward

Ask Questions

Note

Track the Talker

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Engagement: In some classrooms student neural activity is higher during sleep than during class?

Engagement: In some classrooms student neural activity is higher during sleep than during class? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

From "A Wearable Sensor for Unobtrusive, Long-term Assessment of Electrodermal Activity" (by Poh, M.Z., Swenson, N.C., Picard, R.W. in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol.57, no.5), a chart showing a single student's electrodermal activity over the course of a week. Note the neural flatlining during classtime. As Joi Ito notes, "Note that the activity is higher during sleep than during class." He also adds, "Obviously, this is just one student and doesn't necessarily generalize."

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Reflection and Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement

Reflection and Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

The excerpt below is from the book “Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom,” by Patricia A. Jennings. This section is from the chapter entitled “Orchestrating Classroom Dynamics.”

Mindful Wait Time
One way to promote engagement and learning is to consciously create pauses throughout the day. We can create a sense of spaciousness in our classroom by slowing down the pace of our speech and punctuating our lessons with silence. Introduced well, this practice can improve classroom discourse.
 

The speed at which we can process information varies from person to person (Droit-Volet, Meck, & Penney, 2007). Some people process auditory information very quickly, while others tend to have more visual or sensorimotor strengths. In any case, when we have more time to process information, the quality of our thinking and learning improves. Younger children require more time to process than do older children, and adults often forget this as they zoom through content as if they were speaking to other adults. No matter what their ages, when we give our students just a little more time to process information, they learn better.
 

When I introduce this idea to teachers, I often hear concerns that they will be wasting valuable time doing nothing. It’s important to recognize that during the pauses, you and your students are not “doing nothing.” Your students may be considering several alternatives; they may be mulling a picture over in their mind; they may be making associations, comparisons, and contrasts. They may be trying to drudge up the right word from their vocabulary. When we give them this time, their processing becomes richer, deeper, and more abstract. When you rush through a lesson, you may deliver content more quickly and efficiently, but your students may not absorb the content very well, if at all."...


For full post, click on title above or here: 
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/02/17/slowing-down-to-learn-mindful-pauses-that-can-help-student-engagement/ 


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Trust is Key: How Leaders Lose It

Trust is Key: How Leaders Lose It | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
“Call me irresponsible, call me unreliable Throw in undependable too” Frank Sinatra ~ Call Me Irresponsible (1963) Irresponsible, unreliable, and undependable make for great words in a song, but if...
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Four unintended consequences of using student test scores to evaluate teachers

Four unintended consequences of using student test scores to evaluate teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Scholars are often dismayed when policymakers pass laws that disregard or misinterpret their research findings.
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Jennifer Snapp's curator insight, August 1, 10:12 AM

I chose this article because it discusses the use of value added methods to evaluate teachers. I hope others will consider that using standardized test scores doesn't always fairly evaluate a teacher's capabilities.

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Effort Needed To Retain Minority Teachers

Effort Needed To Retain Minority Teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

In Colorado, close to 90 percent of teachers are white, compared to just 57 percent of the student population. While a handful of programs across the state have sprung up to address that discrepancy, one academic thinks more can and should be done.

Terrenda White, an assistant professor of education at the University of Colorado Boulder who has studied urban education and the teacher workforce, says that while recruiting a more diverse teaching force is an important goal, policymakers and school and district leaders also need to think about how to keep them in the classroom.


Must Work To Keep Minority Teachers.

Chalkbeat Colorado (7/29) reported that “close to 90 percent” of Colorado teachers “are white, compared to just 57 percent of the student population.” Professor Terrenda White, who has studied urban education and the teacher workforce, “says that while recruiting a more diverse teaching force is an important goal,” more focus is needed on “how to keep them in the classroom.” White said, “The issue isn’t that we aren’t bringing them into the profession. The issue is that they’re leaving at a higher rate.”

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Rebecca Wilkins's curator insight, July 30, 11:23 PM

Education needs to actively recruit a diverse workforce, but more importantly, school districts need to put supports in place to keep teachers of diverse ethnic backgrounds in education.

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Student Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection

Student Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
She had put on her Penn Face. But living up to expectations was just too much. Dying seemed the only way out. It wasn’t.
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