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900 videos and 500,000 teachers show what great teaching looks like

900 videos and 500,000 teachers show what great teaching looks like | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

The Teaching Channel


We are all members of the Teaching Channel community! Just today registration passed the half million mark. And there is something else 500,000 of us share: a passionate belief that teachers should be honored for the hard work and dedication demanded by this profession.

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The Social Lives of Networked Teens

The Social Lives of Networked Teens | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
danah boyd (she doesn't capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. She has a new book out called It's Complicated:

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David Baker's curator insight, April 7, 1:08 PM

I downloaded my copy this morning and am thinking that it might be a great book to share with parents.

Robert Rodenbaugh's curator insight, April 11, 4:17 PM

A book that takes a look at how the world is changing, and the impact technology is having on the social and emotional aspects of students lives. Download the book, and purchase it if you want it on your professional shelf in your office. I guess the world of publishing is changing, too!

 

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Common Core Resources and Info For Parents

Common Core Resources and Info For Parents | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Find, steal, and share free Common Core tools. For teachers, coaches, school and district leaders. Assembled by Student Achievement Partners.
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Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes and Accept Feedback

Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes and Accept Feedback | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Telling students they need to take advantage of the feedback they get isn't just good advice -- it's established science."

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Simple changes to homework improved student learning

Simple changes to homework improved student learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new educational study offers evidence that simple and inexpensive changes to existing courses can help students learn more effectively. The study found that making a few changes to homework assignments significantly boosted student learning in an undergraduate engineering course.
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Teacher's Guide to Performance-Based Learning and Assessment

Teacher's Guide to Performance-Based Learning and Assessment | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"In the act of learning, people obtain content knowledge, acquire skills, and develop work habits—and practice the application of all three to “real world” situations."

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Parents key to stopping underage drinking

Parents key to stopping underage drinking | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"8% of teens who said their parents thought it was completely unacceptable for "someone your age" to drink were active drinkers; that compares with 47% of teens who said their parents thought it was either somewhat unacceptable, somewhat acceptable or completely acceptable."

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Ailish Manners's curator insight, May 22, 9:42 AM

This is a good story and is so true. If parents dot want their children growing up to be an alcoholic then they need to teach them that it is not the right thing to do. When they are going up be on top of it all the time I would say then that would get into their head that it is a horrible thing for them when they are still young. But the alcohol is also a good thing, it is something that you can enjoy when you are out with your friends and you want to have a good time together.

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New report details racial gap among US children

New report details racial gap among US children | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.
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Teacher: Over-tested zombies are invading my classroom

Teacher: Over-tested zombies are invading my classroom | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
By the time this high school teacher meets her students, the Zombification is complete.
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The Things That Linger After They've Forgotten Everything You Taught

The Things That Linger After They've Forgotten Everything You Taught | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The Things That Linger After They've Forgotten Everything You Taught

1. How You Make Students Feel

2. The Discoveries They Make About Themselves

3. The Networks, Communities, Habits, & Tools You Help Them Discover & Use

4. Learning Strategies

5. Reading Habits

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Stifling Innovation: Creativity requires background knowledge

Closing the Achievement Gap: Teaching Content
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John Thompson: Legal Woes Growing for VAM-Based Teacher Evaluations

John Thompson: Legal Woes Growing for VAM-Based Teacher Evaluations | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Since teachers must basically prove that value-added terminations are based on an irrational use of the model, it is no surprise that the first suits include cases where teachers are held accountable for the test score growth of students who they did not have in class.
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litigation will help kill high-stakes value-added

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The Strength of Simple Videos

The Strength of Simple Videos | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Over the last month I've facilitated a handful of workshops on the topic of video creation in the classroom. One of the points that I always try to stress in those workshops is that the focus of most student video projects should be on developing and delivering clear story lines. Yes, it is great if students use slick transitions and special effects, but those don't mean a thing if the video doesn't have a clear purpose (unless that purpose is to demonstrate editing skills)."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 30, 8:17 AM

How can we keep our students engaged and provide them with opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of content? Allow them to create a video!

Richard Byrne's post discusses this option and provides many resources to assist you. He also discusses this as a classroom teacher whom is not teaching video production.

One link will take you to a page Video Projects. This page provides resources that will help you learn:

* Designing and Developing Video Projects which discusses 5 video projects that you might choose to implement.

* Today's Activities which provides a variety of options as to how you might introduce this to your class. He also provides a list of questions to help you plan the project. The sections provided are:

* Planning the Student Video Project

* Assesing the Student Video Project: Pre-Production

* Asessing the Student Video Project: Post-Production

You will then find resources in the following areas (with each one briefly descibed):

* Free Video Creation Tools

* Sound and Music Sources

* Image Sources

* Sharing Videos

The original post also includes two sample videos. One is embedded within the post: Black Death in 90 Seconds, created by a teacher. There is a link to one created by a student, My Name is Michael, whom "explains what life is like living with Autism." 

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, April 2, 8:21 PM
How can we keep our students engaged and provide them with opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of content? Allow them to create a video! Richard Byrne's post discusses this option and provides many resources to assist you. He also discusses this as a classroom teacher whom is not teaching video production. One link will take you to a page Video Projects. This page provides resources that will help you learn: * Designing and Developing Video Projects which discusses 5 video projects that you might choose to implement. * Today's Activities which provides a variety of options as to how you might introduce this to your class. He also provides a list of questions to help you plan the project. The sections provided are: * Planning the Student Video Project * Assesing the Student Video Project: Pre-Production * Asessing the Student Video Project: Post-Production You will then find resources in the following areas (with each one briefly descibed): * Free Video Creation Tools * Sound and Music Sources * Image Sources * Sharing Videos The original post also includes two sample videos. One is embedded within the post: Black Death in 90 Seconds, created by a teacher. There is a link to one created by a student, My Name is Michael, whom "explains what life is like living with Autism."
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To change culture you must have a laser-like focus on a few key school wide initiatives!

To change culture you must have a laser-like focus on a few key school wide initiatives! | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Two steps to transforming your school: Step 1: Find your true north Step 2: Do everything that will make Step 1 happen Many of us agree that the historical model of school is broken and not serving...
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Studies Offer Practical Ways to Bring 'Growth Mindset' Research to Schools

Studies Offer Practical Ways to Bring 'Growth Mindset' Research to Schools | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
At a packed session of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, presenters offered simple and practical research-based methods of increasing student achievement by increasing motivation.
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How does student reflection impact student learning?

How does student reflection impact student learning? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

The following ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS emerged out of the planning for this workshop

  • How does student reflection impact student learning?
  • How can we embed reflection into assessment practices so that it is not seen as an add-on?
  • How can we make the reflection visible and sustainable?
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The Most Important Job of a School Leader | Barbara Blackburn

The Most Important Job of a School Leader | Barbara Blackburn | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"What do you think is the most important job of a school leader?"  That one is easy--it's to remove barriers to student learning.  In other words, think from a perspective of "How would xxx positively impact student learning?"  If you take that perspective, how would it change what you are doing today?"

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Mindset: The Burden of Being Better

Mindset: The Burden of Being Better | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Being the favorite is an enviable position, but it comes with the burden of high expectations. Bradford Tuckfield explains why favorites sometimes withdraw from competition when they're behind. Whe...
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Labels limit learners!

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What is Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Resilience?

What is Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Resilience? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I receive a lot of questions about how to address emotional intelligence (EQ) and build emotional resilience in coachees. For example, whenever I share the "Gaps" framework, I'm asked, "How can I coach the emotional intelligence gaps that I've identified in my client?" Coaches have to address emotions if we're going to help a client make meaningful, sustainable changes in his or her behaviors, beliefs, and being.
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As popularity rises, so does risk of being bullied

Adolescence can be painful for the stereotypical victims of school bullying -- students who are targeted because of their appearance, sexual orientation or loner status. But not all bullying victims fit that profile.
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Student Engagement Trumps Poverty

Student Engagement Trumps Poverty | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

A recently released longitudinal study reveals that "an engaged student from a low socio-economic background will have better opportunities in life than a disengaged child from a more privileged background."

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Compliance does not equal engagement

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What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets

What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindsets has dominated much of the attention around how students can influence their own learning. But there are other ways to help students tap into their own motivation, too. Here are a few other important mindsets to consider.
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"The best approaches to engaging challenging students is to develop their intrinsic motivation."

"The best approaches to engaging challenging students is to develop their intrinsic motivation." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"In my nine years of teaching high school, I've found that one of the best approaches to engaging challenging students is to develop their intrinsic motivation.

The root of intrinsic is the Latin intrinsecus, a combination of two words meaning within and alongside. It's likely that our students are intrinsically motivated—just motivated to follow their own interests, not to do what we want them to do. Teachers' challenge is to work alongside our students, to know their interests and goals, and to develop trusting relationships that help students connect their learning to their goals in a way that motivates from within."

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