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What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning?

What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Parents and teachers wrestle with all the time: Should we be making learning easier for kids—or harder? The answer, according to research in cognitive science and psychology, is both.
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Sleep Deprivation: The 10 Most Profound Psychological Effects | PsyBlog - Understand Your Mind

Sleep Deprivation: The 10 Most Profound Psychological Effects | PsyBlog - Understand Your Mind | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
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Schools scramble to teach non-English speakers - Hechinger Report

Schools scramble to teach non-English speakers - Hechinger Report | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
NEW ORLEANS — Every school night, Ramon Leon helps his older son, a third grader at a New Orleans charter school, with his homework. Typically, they speed through the math worksheets. Word problems take longer because Leon’s son has to translate them into Spanish for his father, who speaks little English. Grammar worksheets sometimes stump …
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As need for school counselors grows, numbers decrease

As need for school counselors grows, numbers decrease | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
CINCINNATI -- Spring is a busy time for high school guidance counselors. Unfortunately, they've become something of a rare commodity on high school campuses these days.
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‘Smarter,’ by Dan Hurley : Mindset

‘Smarter,’ by Dan Hurley : Mindset | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A journalist explores the possibility that cognitive exercises improve working memory and problem solving.


Individuals who engage in cognitive exercise, the company claims, will be “better able to stay focused, ignore distractions, plan next steps, remember instructions and start and finish tasks.” The pool of people who could benefit from such training is vast, the site suggests: “children and adults with attention deficits or learning disorders, victims of brain injury or stroke, and adults experiencing information overload or the natural effects of aging.”

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How Assessment (for learning) Can Lead to Deeper Learning

How Assessment (for learning) Can Lead to Deeper Learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Most educators, policymakers, and parents agree that today's students need a mix of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to prepare them to be successful and engaged citizens. Given that students need
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Why principals should be wary of homework

Why principals should be wary of homework | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Few topics generate as much debate in education as homework. Experts disagree on its educational value, and research offers little clarification. Teachers and parents vary in how much homework they th
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Five Rules to Help End Student Boredom & Increase Engagement

Five Rules to Help End Student Boredom & Increase Engagement | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
It's time to end classroom boredom, says educator Barbara Blackburn, who offers 5 rules for student engagement with examples from her own teaching & consulting.
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Restorative Practices (alternatives to the traditional school discipline practices of suspension and expulsion) Guide Released

Restorative Practices (alternatives to the traditional school discipline practices of suspension and expulsion) Guide Released | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The guide echoes much of what we've already heard about discipline reform efforts, but it targets an audience of educators who may have felt left out of the discussion.
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Michael Westwood's curator insight, March 20, 4:44 PM

Education is relational. The connection between students and teachers, as well as inter-peer relationships should be at the forefront of our thinking as we consider classroom management.

 

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"Facilitation skills are needed to access the ideas and knowledge of team members and draw out their collective best thinking."

"Facilitation skills are needed to access the ideas and knowledge of team members and draw out their collective best thinking." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Teams come and teams go. You lead some, you join some. A few are formal and structured; most are not. Here's what you need to know to make teams work.
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A Feelings Walking Tour: Surveying Your School Culture and Climate

A Feelings Walking Tour: Surveying Your School Culture and Climate | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Take a walk through your building or workplace and attend to the feelings you have. No, not an actual walk -- a symbolic one. By so doing, you will learn a lot about the culture and climate of y
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A Closer Look At Those Students Who Do Have Excessive Homework « Annie Murphy Paul

A Closer Look At Those Students Who Do Have Excessive Homework « Annie Murphy Paul | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
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Leadership Culture 101: Model great #followership to build collaboration.

Leadership Culture 101: Model great #followership to build collaboration. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The culture of leadership in the 21st century is relational and collaborative. The pressure is off leaders to feel that they must have all the answers. Instead, when they work within a culture of c...
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David Hain's curator insight, March 24, 4:31 AM

An old but gold business model.

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You have twenty seconds to agree: why compliance isn't a dirty word in the classroom - Tom Bennett

You have twenty seconds to agree: why compliance isn't a dirty word in the classroom - Tom Bennett | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
TES Community connects teachers around the world to share classroom support, healthy debate and extra-curricular fun
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9 Steps To Scaffold Learning For Improved Understanding

9 Steps To Scaffold Learning For Improved Understanding | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
9 Steps To Scaffold Learning For Improved Understanding
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How Does Deeper Learning Prepare Students for the Future?

How Does Deeper Learning Prepare Students for the Future? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
College ready? How about innovation ready. See how these schools are preparing students for success in the 21st century.
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Caution: Using video in the classroom may be hazardous to learning

"Research has shown that these types of videos (Khan Academy) may be positively received by students. They feel like they are learning and become more confident in their answers, but tests reveal they haven't learned anything.


The apparent reason for the discrepancy is misconceptions. Students have existing ideas about scientific phenomena before viewing a video. If the video presents scientific concepts in a clear, well illustrated way, students believe they are learning but they do not engage with the media on a deep enough level to realize that what was is presented differs from their prior knowledge.


There is hope, however. Presenting students' common misconceptions in a video alongside the scientific concepts has been shown to increase learning by increasing the amount of mental effort students expend while watching it."

My PhD: http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/super/theses/PhD(Muller).pdf 

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Survey: School Districts Squeezed for Money, Time in Implementing Technology

Survey: School Districts Squeezed for Money, Time in Implementing Technology | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Sixty-eight percent of district technology officials plan to delay or defer maintenance upgrades of technology and contracts, a survey by the Consortium for School Networking shows.
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