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'There Is No Such Thing As An Unmotivated Student'

'There Is No Such Thing As An Unmotivated Student' | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
(This is the first post in a three-part series on this topic.) Fitta Astriyani asked: How can I deal with unmotivated students? I'm a little bit frustrated when I know my students don't do their homework and sometimes they talk during my lessons.
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Literacy depends on nurture, not nature, education professor says

Literacy depends on nurture, not nature, education professor says | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
An education professor has sided with the environment in the “nurture vs. nature” debate after his research found that a child’s ability to read depends mostly on where that child is born, rather than on individual qualities.
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Effective Principals raise student achievement by between 2 and 7 months in a single school year.

Effective Principals raise student achievement by between 2 and 7 months in a single school year. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

School Leaders Matter : Education Next

Winter 2013


Our results indicate that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between two and seven months of learning in a single school year

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Research Points To Ninth Grade As The Most Important High School Year

Research Points To Ninth Grade As The Most Important High School Year | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
How a student performs in ninth grade is a solid indicator of whether they will complete high school, research shows.
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School Violence Lowers Test Scores, But Not Grades

School Violence Lowers Test Scores, But Not Grades | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Assessments don't offer any latitude to students based on their school's climate, but teachers do.
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Moving Top Teachers to Struggling Schools Has Benefits

Moving Top Teachers to Struggling Schools Has Benefits | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new study finds that effective educators help their new students learn more. But the problem is, many are reluctant to transfer to another school.
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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding


"Checking for understanding is the foundation of teaching.

Whether you’re using formative assessment for data to personalize learning within a unit, or more summative data to refine a curriculum map, the ability to quickly and easily check for understanding is a critical part of what you do."

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Things that correlate to A-F Grades

Things that correlate to A-F Grades | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I don’t know how much my readers have studied statistics, but we live in a data-driven culture where people (at least pretend to) make decisions based on numbers. Last year, if you’ll recall, I too...
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Teacher Agency: Self-Directed Professional Development

Teacher Agency:  Self-Directed Professional Development | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
"I can't wait for and am so excited for the three day 'sit and git' professional development in-service at our school" said no teacher possibly ever. “Let's face it: Professional development, as we...
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8 Lessons Great Teachers Accept

8 Lessons Great Teachers Accept | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
What do great teachers do differently? Here are 8 Lessons Great Teachers Accept, from TeachThought.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:54 PM

All the points are great, but underutilized in schools.

 

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Vocational Education and the American Economy

Vocational Education and the American Economy | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
How important is a strong vocational education and training system to national economic success?
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Why don't students remember what they’ve learned?

Why don't students remember what they’ve learned? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Curricula and assessment aren’t designed with memory in mind   We’ve all had the experience of cramming for an exam and forgetting most of what we learned within a few weeks or days.
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The No. 1 Way to Learn to Lead: 70-20-10

The No. 1 Way to Learn to Lead: 70-20-10 | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Want to learn to lead? Then do the work of leadership.
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Research in the field of leadership development supports the value of experience-driven leadership. Most executives cite on-the-job experiences as the key events that shaped them as leaders and taught them important skills, behaviors or mindsets. And the formula 70-20-10 is well-known in HR circles: 70 percent of development happens on the job, 20 percent from relationships, and 10 percent in formal or classroom training."

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Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year in High School

Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year in High School | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Freshman year is essential in deciding whether a student drops out or stays in school. 
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Ninth grade is our last chance to reach potential dropouts.

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History and Social Studies: Sample Modules | LDC

History and Social Studies: Sample Modules | LDC | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
  1. Three Religions, One Sacred Place
  2. Environmental Impact of Pollution in Mexico City
  3. Television in the 1950s and 1960s


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Leadership Lessons Learned in the Army

Leadership Lessons Learned in the Army | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Christi Jefferds, former Military Intelligence Lieutenant in the Army from 1987-1990, and now the Principal at Piner Elementary in the Kenton County School District in Kentucky talks about leadership lessons.
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4. Leaders Grow Leaders
Never send your troops on a mission without training, training, and more training.

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"principals...are supposed to create an atmosphere conducive to learning"

"principals...are supposed to create an atmosphere conducive to learning" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Allowing hate to exist is guaranteed to undermine whatever else positive takes place in school.
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Key Point:

"Allowing hate to exist in any form is guaranteed to undermine whatever else positive takes place."

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How to detect inflated grades at your school

How to detect inflated grades at your school | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Parents at Loudoun Valley have heard of disturbing grade changes. Here is what to do about it.


“The C is the new F at our school,”

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Grades (formative assessments) should predict performance (summative assessments).

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Bored! Eight Ideas About Bored Students and Boring Teachers

Bored! Eight Ideas About Bored Students and Boring Teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
We should teach students that boredom, like any problem, can be your friend. Brushing your teeth is boring, too, but that doesn't mean you should stop.
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Neuroscientists Seek Creativity in the Brain

Neuroscientists Seek Creativity in the Brain | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Researchers at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting say creativity is a whole-brain process—and it can highlight unusual strengths in students with emotional disabilities.
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The False Promise of Classroom Technology

The False Promise of Classroom Technology | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Computers and the Internet are supposed to be tools to help children learn. Think again
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"That’s not to say we should ban computers from the classroom altogether. Beyond their considerable entertainment and social value, computers can be a real tool for learning—and computing is a valuable skill in its own right. But integrating computers in the schoolroom is hard work and is likely to succeed only when the basics are already there. When teachers are well-trained and motivated, and when computer use is embedded in well-designed lesson plans, and when access toDisney (DIS) and YouTube (and Facebook (FB), and Twitter (TWTR), and World of Warcraft …) is disabled, information technology can be a useful adjunct to teaching. But it’s no silver bullet, and it certainly can’t make up for a broken school system. Systemic education reform is messy, arduous work—and it can’t be done with an iPad, either.

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13 Signs You're a Workplace Bully

13 Signs You're a Workplace Bully | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The recent bullying case involving two Miami Dolphins football players makes it a good time to revisit bullying--or the potential for it--in your workplace.
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8 Different Ways to Get Great Ideas

8 Different Ways to Get Great Ideas | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
We asked eight innovative Stanford GSB alumni entrepreneurs including Kiva’s Jessica Jackley (MBA ’07) and Design Within Reach’s Rob Forbes (MBA ’85) to shed light on how they come up with their best...
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