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8 Weeks of Free Teacher Resources for Back to School

8 Weeks of Free Teacher Resources for Back to School | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference. Check back weekly for updates!
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How generous of Edutopia,one of my favorite resources for all things education, to share an oongoing list of  resources.

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Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it

"When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.

'The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,' says , a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. 'And without play experience, those neurons aren't changed,' he says."


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Not just young kids, all kids! Studies indicate that the prefrontal cortex isn't fully developed until mid -20's for some. Really confirms the adage, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 9, 2014 8:01 PM

Allowing young students free play time is important since it helps set up the prefrontal cortex (where executive functioning is located) to set up neuron pathways that help students to solve problems, make plans and regulate emotions. However, more and more schools are taking time away from recess, to focus on Common Core subjects.

It is critical that this is free play. The post states "No coaches, no umpires, no rule books."

Does your school have a policy about recess? Are students allowed to choose what to do, or are they given choices? This post shares insights that you may want to share with your PTO as well as others whom work in your school.

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What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Getty Neuroscience may seem like an advanced subject of study, perhaps best reserved for college or even graduate school. Two researchers from Temple
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We learn more and more about the brain on a daily basis. We should be guiding our learners to the same information especially as the digital world is changing the way we ":wire" on a daily basis.

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Common Core: Putting Students on Paths to 21st-Century Success

Common Core: Putting Students on Paths to 21st-Century Success | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it

"This year, while serving as a teacherpreneur with the Center for Teaching Quality, I started to examine our educational landscape and saw many needs involving the new standards...I believe wholeheartedly that they will make students more effective thinkers and learners who are better prepared for life after high school..."


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this is a handy visual for teachers to remind themselves that we are learners too!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 5, 2014 9:09 PM

How do you explain to students and parents the Common Core standards? If this question is difficult to answer you should check out this post. There are two tools that you may find helpful.

The image above shows six classroom scenes showing 21st century skills that students are developing on the left side. The right side shows that paths that students may take based on their skills.

There is also a second visual that is designed for teachers. It is an evidence sheet. You may take the sheet and complete two sections. The left side shows what the standards look like in your classroom, and the right side will  allow you to share how the skills will help your students succeed in college and career.

You can download both these tools as pdf files.

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.
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 A reminder of the power of Carol Dweck's study of Mindsets with some references to DRIVE by Dan Pink. Interest chart below regarding the way we comment on student work and suggestions on how to encourage the growth mindset in the writing process

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Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices

Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Does reading online or in digital format negatively impact comprehension?
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Talk about food for thought? This topic has been popping up all over the place as schools reduce expenditures by going to ebooks.  Past brain studies seem to have indicated that digital reading is not facilitated by the  way our brain is currently wired. Fascinating topic. that we haven't heard the last of!

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25 Alternatives to Using the Word “Great”

25 Alternatives to Using the Word “Great” | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Look at this list of phrases. You won't just see replacements for the word “great,” you'll see catalysts. These are reminders of what you can look for in the
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this is great food for thought. 'Great" as a response almost says nothing when specifics or thoughts about why are so much better. It is similar to students saying they will try to improve by "Working harder' or 'studying." unless they can clarify specifically what that means to them, the improvement and deep thinking about it will never occur.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 25, 2014 4:11 PM

This is great food for thought. 'Great" as a response almost says nothing when specifics or thoughts about the :"why "are so much better and clearer.. It is similar to students saying they will try to improve by "Working harder' or 'studying." Unless they can clarify specifically what that means to them, the improvement and deep thinking about it will never occur.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 25, 2014 6:57 PM

The word that fits with great is amazing. I read some blogs where those two words are the only way of qualifying a noun.

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5 More Cool Tools to Take Classroom Collaboration to a New Level

5 More Cool Tools to Take Classroom Collaboration to a New Level | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
More Fun Free Tools for Collaborative Classroom Assignments In May, we published the post, 20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration. Given the
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Interesting collection of seemingly platform agnostic tools to allow students the ability to collaborate online at any time. That should only step up the quality of their thinking as it is not just about the teacher and allows them to share their talents equally without one voice dominating.

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Teachers are Learning Designers

Teachers are Learning Designers | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, inspired by Sir Ken Robinson's metaphor that teachers are like gardeners, reviews the skills teachers need to design fruitful learning conditions: empower yourself, stop blaming students, and revise and reflect.
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i have been fascinated by the concept of changing the title" teacher" so that there is more of a focus on learning  and learners, whether it be guide,or coach. I particularly like this perception of "learning designer" which really explains what the roles should be. The concept is further explained with a garden metaphor by a short Ken Robinson clip.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 3, 2014 12:52 PM

i have been fascinated by the concept of changing the title" teacher" so that there is more of a focus on learning  and learners, whether it be guide,or coach. I particularly like this perception of "learning designer" which really explains what the roles should be. The concept is further explained with a garden metaphor by a short Ken Robinson clip.

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The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning

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The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning
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An article of interest that also includes a side by side share of the differences to help educators move more clearly towards PBL.

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ClassTools.net

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"Russel Tarr, a teacher in France, has a Pinterest-like school tools board that rivals the stuff of legends and has earned high praisesfrom influential edublogger like Vicki Davis. His site, Classtools.net, has recommendations for free, low-tech tools from graphic organizers to video game makers."


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The ultimate collaboration, sharing information from France. Good stuff!

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malek's comment, June 19, 2014 11:03 AM
useful tools
Dana Hoffman's comment, June 19, 2014 12:20 PM
yes I thought so too.
Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, June 20, 2014 9:35 AM

Quite a collection of tools there!

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20 Excellent Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration

20 Excellent Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
These Free Applications can Enable a Tremendous Variety of Collaborative Teaching and Learning Interactions and Activities The 2014 Gates Foundation report,
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The 2014 Gates Foundation report, Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools, indicates that teachers want tools “supporting student collaboration and providing interactive experiences”. This doesn’t come as a big surprise since these types of tools are fun and engaging. They also support 21st century skills like collaboration, communication, and creativity. There are a number of these that are new to me ,so I can now officially begin my list of things to investigate this summer
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A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

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I prefer the concept of learners ( as in life long) guiding learners as opposed to the focus on the verb "teach" This is an interesting guide to the concept as well as some insight as to how other countries  provide resources for these learner guides.

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Ajo Monzó's curator insight, June 20, 2016 2:01 AM
Molt bo!
António Leça Domingues's curator insight, June 24, 2016 2:54 AM
Kit de desenvolvimento pessoal para professores.
David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 29, 2016 7:38 PM

Very useful! Thanks to Michel Verstrepen.      

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7-Step Prep: Make a Weekly Plan for YOU!

7-Step Prep: Make a Weekly Plan for YOU! | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Advance planning is essential for a week of effective teaching, yet the most effective planning system will let you incorporate and track those on-the-fly changes.
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An important thing to consider before we jump into the deep end. We are so concern about planning for classes and meetings, but we need to make sure we also plan for ourselves, our time and our sanity.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
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this is a wonderfully through article about  insightful formative assessments and a plethora of ways to offer them to create  better learning opportunities for our students. It  also provides a downloadable PDF with 54 ideas of ways to check for understanding. Too often, we are driven by the curriculum and move ahead quickly, leaving many of our learners behind, and disadvantage that only grow greater with time.

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Establishing A Culture Of “Can” In Your Classroom

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Establishing A Culture Of “Can” In Your Classroom
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Although this article was published two years ago in Edutopia, it is still an important and viable message. Too often , students are powered by "I can't" or "I don't get it' and allow those to be excuses. in addition to an interesting article with tips on how to create an environment of :can" , there are some interesting links at the bottom that enhance the process for the teacher as well as the student.

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Establishing A Culture Of “Can” In Your Classroom

Establishing A Culture Of “Can” In Your Classroom | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it

"The long-term output of any school should be not just proficient students, but enabled learners. An “enabled” learner can grasp macro views, uncover micro details, ask questions, plan for new knowledge and transfer thinking across divergent circumstances. This doesn’t happen by content “knowledge holding,” or even by the fire of enthusiasm, but by setting a tone for learning that suggests possibility, and by creating a culture of can."


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Love the ideas here and realize the challenge of the mission. Our kids need to embrace their mistakes as learning opportunities rather than expect immediate mastery and feedback with praise.  i am thinking of making a classroom poster ( or posters) with the Word "YET" in giant letters and use that as our mantra.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 4, 2014 9:35 PM

One of my favorite videos on growth mindset is Carol Dweck sharing the word yet, specifically where she says that if a student says "I can't do that" she says to tell the student to say "I can't do that yet." To me that is a way to shift the culture of the classroom, where students learn that as time goes on what they are able to do things they could not before.

This post explores this culture of "can", sharing ideas on how you might move your classroom to reach this culture. Three areas are discussed.

1. Use the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model

This is a model that many of us may already use. The post describes it as "show me, help me, let me." In my school we talk about "I do, we do, you do."

2. Intentionally Use the Individual Student as a Culture-Maker

This requires that we find the time as we teach to "honor the contribution of others," specifically our students. Culture does not grow from a top down approach.

3. Diverse — and Authentic — Terms for Success

Creating a classroom that is learner centered, where students also have input to help create authentic learning.

More information on these concepts are in the post.

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, August 18, 2014 2:04 PM

Yes!!! Mine is:  You can do it!!!

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10 Self-Evaluation Tips for Technology Instructional Specialists

10 Self-Evaluation Tips for Technology Instructional Specialists | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Successful technology integration must include an element of reflection to stay focused on how individual teachers and learners will use this technology in the classroom.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 2014 10:06 PM

These tips and others are helpful in all pedagogic situations. Pedagogy is about relationships, leading, and asking questions.

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Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educators as Curators


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Why reinvent the wheel? thoughtful presentation that talks about teacher curations.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 27, 2014 8:43 AM

Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educatoris as Curators

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For more resources on Advanced Manufacturing and STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl


Ajo Monzó's curator insight, July 28, 2014 5:51 AM

Sencillo y muy entendible!, gracias

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking
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these seem like some great ideas to use at the beginning of the svhool year as we get acquantd with a whole new group of students.

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Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
In the first of two parts, guest blogger John Larmer of the Buck Institute for Education clears up any confusion on the difference between project-based learning, problem-based learning, and whatever-else-based learning.
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Part 1 of a two part article based on research from the Buck Institue

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Intrinsic Motivation for the Classroom

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Bring on the i. I just finished reading several books about intrinsic motivation. None of the research is new, so why aren't we incorporating intrinsic motivation into the classroom more? Here are ...

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Love this infographic that focuses on the learner and THEIR process. Intrinsic motivation needs to be the match that lights the fire, not numbers or letters or competition.

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Agisa Abdulla's curator insight, June 21, 2014 11:44 PM

authentic learning can happen with intrinsic motivation

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, June 27, 2014 2:34 AM

I love this break down! Which motivation technique inspires learners  the best? Can both be meaningful and why? Which technique do you feel Common Core applies most heavily?

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, July 2, 2014 7:01 PM

ahhh...esse tal MOTIvo para AÇÃO... vale a pena conhecer mais a respeito para auxiliar os aprendizes a encontrarem o seu próprio caminho: interiormente ou exteriormente ?


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Why It's Time To Rethink (And Question) Homework - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Rethink (And Question) Homework - Edudemic | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
The concept of homework as we have known it in the past is changing rapidly, since it often distorts the overall picture of learning.
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This article is thought provoking in terms of changing the perspective. The topic of homework and the entire way we handle it is something that needs to be revisited and discussed as we continue to innovate about how we learn, share, and create.
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5 Programs That Make Digital Note-taking Easy

5 Programs That Make Digital Note-taking Easy | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
The 2008 Leadership and Learning Center reported on the importance of note-taking in the classroom: In schools where writing and note-taking were rarely implemented in science classes, approximatel...
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I like the idea of getting student input as they are the ones that need to make the tools work for them. On that note, they should be given further ownership to find what works for their style of learning. 5 good and varied apps are discussed here.
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