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Why Boys and Girls Learn Differently

Why Boys and Girls Learn Differently | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Is your son's fidgeting and wriggling driving you to distraction? It's all perfectly normal.
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What Do We Know About Professional Development?

What Do We Know About Professional Development? | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
After examining the body of research on professional development (PD) in teaching, Tom Loveless concludes that we don’t yet know the specific attributes that make some teachers effective and others ineffective. Until those qualities are defined and a scientifically sound body of research on how to develop them is amassed, Loveless believes that significantly improving teaching will remain an elusive goal.
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When we think PD works it my be due to faulty research. Worse, effective PD loses its effectiveness after a year according to this study.  No answers here bout what does work, only more questions.

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Professional development can be a wealth of learning and information or a complete waste of time.  It depends on complex, motivational, emotional, situational factors. Interesting reading.

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The terminology in the article is problematic. What does it mean to be an adequate teacher (and is that all we want?) versus a bad teacher? We are quantifying these perceptions based on variables that teachers do not control. What if we accepted that like all things there is a process of learning to be and become a teacher? We do not walk into classrooms and become a great teacher. We learn our way there and much of that is not done in external PD sessions by external gurus many who have not been in classrooms for years and sometimes were never in classrooms.

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When You Fail, I Fail - Approach To Leadership

When You Fail, I Fail - Approach To Leadership | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
As school leaders, we must realize we are in this together.  If we can create the following conditions, we can experience success together. Supervision of Instruction occurs between 8:00 and 3:00 o...
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When school leaders prioritise teaching and learning above managerial duties everyone improves.

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Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Instead, help them channel their energy into productive tasks.
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I thank @grammarsheri for this post as found on her blog http://askwhatelse.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/questioning/

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Corwin:

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it is crucial to look at what research says about what works best.  This site uses the work of John Hattie and offers training.

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Staff Agreements Help Nurture a Positive Working Culture

Staff Agreements Help Nurture a Positive Working Culture | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Stephanie Hirsh shares how Learning Forward works toward a culture that is productive, supportive, fun, and accountable.
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While a lot of what is here is common sense it is important to articulate agreements in any workplace. Basically it is about responsibility and respect.

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Embracing Messy Learning

Embracing Messy Learning | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Learning is a messy process -- and authentic, project-based learning immerses us in unique parts of this mess. There are days when my check-ins with students reveal that many young people are lost or
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Learning can, and should, be uncomfortable, challenging, confronting and messy. 

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Classroom Practice - Hit the back of the net with your goal-setting - news - TES

Classroom Practice - Hit the back of the net with your goal-setting - news - TES | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Objectives are everywhere in education but how can you ensure they’re effective? The answers may lie in the world of business
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Setting effective goals in the classroom. 

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Children and Young People’s Writing in 2012 | National Literacy Trust

This report outlines findings that relate to writing, taken from our third annual literacy survey, which we conducted in November/December 2012. 34,910 young people aged 8 to 16 participated.
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Research shows that boys don't like writing.

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Webs of Substance

Webs of Substance | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
"The reasoners are like spiders who make cobwebs out of their own substance" Francis Bacon. This blog is about educational research. The quote is appropriate. Views are my own and do not ...
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Can we really teach thinking? This blog looks at some of the evidence and questions some of the claims. Fascinating reading.

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5 Better Ways To Say 'I Don't Know' In The Classroom - Edudemic

5 Better Ways To Say 'I Don't Know' In The Classroom - Edudemic | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Do you allow students to answer a question with the response "I don't know" in the classroom? Perhaps you should consider no longer allowing that phrase and instead offering up these five other ways that might get students thinking a bit more.
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alternatives to the student response 'I don't know'. 

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26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer -

26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer - | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer These questions are more about the student than you, your classroom, or education. What every student should know starts with themselves and moves outwards to your...
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State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development)

State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
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A professional learning resource from the vic govt. it allows teachers to research their own practice by guiding them through key questions and asking them to find their own data.

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How do inquiry teachers….teach?

How do inquiry teachers….teach? | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
When I first became fascinated in inquiry-based approaches (too many years ago to say!), the focus for many of my conversations and indeed, my early research, was on how to plan.  Back then, learni...
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this certainly applies to more than inquiry teaching. mindful teaching involves lots of thinking, researching and reflecting to work. 

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AITSL School Leadership Clearinghouse - Research - Coaching environmental scan: summary of selected literature, models and current practices

AITSL School Leadership Clearinghouse - Research - Coaching environmental scan: summary of selected literature, models and current practices | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
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AITSL's site contains some great research articles on all aspects of quality teaching. This one is on coaching and is  a survey of some of the literature on current practice.

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A summary of literature on coaching. 

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How can we make classroom observation more effective? - David Didau: The Learning Spy

How can we make classroom observation more effective? - David Didau: The Learning Spy | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
If the belief that it’s possible for untrained observers to pitch up in lessons and grade their effectiveness is comparable to a belief in witchcraft, (and Professor Robert Coe’s research confirms that this is the case) where does that leave us as...
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Classroom observation is very popular. How effective is it though? This article weighs in with some interesting points. The idea that watching teachers rather than students is one that is thought provoking.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 5, 4:39 AM

Classroom observation can be a powerful tool. If done correctly. It must be focused, purposeful, and built on a relationship of trust and respect.

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Curriculum review set to reignite the 'literacy wars'

Curriculum review set to reignite the 'literacy wars' | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Kevin Donnelly, the conservative education critic who is set to review Australia’s national curriculum, has a long history of partisan criticism of teachers, teaching subject associations, academics and…...
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Along with the history wars nd culture wars we are about to have literacy ( or English) wars. Kevin Donnelly's views on education are outmoded and conservative but he is charged with the duty of reviewing the curriculum. He believes that 'teachers teach and students learn'. 

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Along with the history wars and culture wars we are about to have literacy ( or English) wars. Kevin Donnelly's views on education are outmoded and conservative but he is charged with the duty of reviewing the curriculum. He believes that 'teachers teach and students learn'.  Ahh, simplicity.

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Five lessons we learned from Tough Young Teachers

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Watching last night's Tough Young Teachers, showing six rookies beginning their first year in challenging schools, was a stark reminder of how challenging the early days can be
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A great reminder of how those early days can be. For those of us who have this in our distant past it is a reminder to support our colleagues who are in this position. For those of us who are in this position it is a great way of showing how others cope. The post here includes useful advice for beginning teachers.

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Explicit teaching | Teaching AC English

Explicit teaching | Teaching AC English | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
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It's important to remember the basics. Explicit teaching mKes the learning more easily seen by learners and shows them up front what they are expected to do, learn and understand. 

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Schools should adopt Chinese-style lessons, says minister - Telegraph

Schools should adopt Chinese-style lessons, says minister - Telegraph | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
The Education Minister says schools need to learn from those in China that have adopted longer days and squeezed an extra 'enrichment' session into the timetable
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Do we want to teach our students in the same way as those in China?

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Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: Let's make formative assessing a top priority

Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: Let's make formative assessing a top priority | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Formative and summative assessment are the basic tools we have as teachers to take the pulse of our classrooms and of individual learners. Getting the balance right is important.

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Ego-boosts 'drive up boys' results'

Ego-boosts 'drive up boys' results' | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Anecdotally, we can believe that boys are more competitive and need more positive reinforcement in order to succeed. Here is some research about the way that boys' self-esteem functions in learning.

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A Teacher's Guide To Performance Assessment

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A Teacher's Guide To Performance Assessment
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Performance assessment sits at the centre of authentic learning. It is carefully planned and measured and has relevance and value. Quite simply, it is best practice.

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10 Most Mesmerizing Leadership Moves To Make Before 2014

10 Most Mesmerizing Leadership Moves To Make Before 2014 | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Reflect on your leadership successes and challenges now and start 2014 with a bang!
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yes, it's time for reflection. and for ensuring the things that did not work so well this year go better next year.

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Home

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I'm an American teacher in Finland, excavating Finnish education as I teach in Helsinki, and keeping a blog to share insights.
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A blog about teaching in Finland.

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This much I know about…truly great teaching, in a week when there has been so much debate about QTS!

This much I know about…truly great teaching, in a week when there has been so much debate about QTS! | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
This much I know about truly great teaching, in a week when there has been so much debate about QTS! One of the most fascinating things in the world is to teach 15 year old boys. If you don't belie...
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Insightful and rich writing about teaching.

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