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6 creative ways to use questions in the classroom

6 creative ways to use questions in the classroom | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Teachers share ideas for how questions can be effectively used to engage students and check they've absorbed information
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Using questions to deepen learning. Some ideas.

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Personality test for aspiring teachers

Personality test for aspiring teachers | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
The online tool at Melbourne University seeks to identify those best equipped for classroom pressures.
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Sensitive types  need not apply.

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A Teacher Perspective: Advice for Principals

A Teacher Perspective: Advice for Principals | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Being back in the classroom has given me a refreshed perspective.
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Some great advice, not just for principals but for all school leaders. Make your vision clear, include teachers, support them and advocate for them.

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The College Coach-Dr. Stephen Jones

The College Coach-Dr. Stephen Jones | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Education is the root of all success
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Schools that focus on goals on the future as well as showing students that they care about them are more successful schools. Their dropout rates are lower as is their attendance data. 

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27 Easy Ways To Encourage Teamwork In School - Edudemic

27 Easy Ways To Encourage Teamwork In School - Edudemic | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
We're all in this together and figuring out how to encourage teamwork in school is something every administrator, teacher, and student should know how to do.
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Encouraging teamwork is crucial in schools. 

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Confidence, not peer pressure, is key to success at school, say researchers

Confidence, not peer pressure, is key to success at school, say researchers | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Study finds competition in the classroom can affect results of lower-ranking pupils
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Confidence is crucial in students, and indeed life. This research shows that it can have lasting effects on student achievement.

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How to lead when your employees don't have to follow | SmartBlogs

How to lead when your employees don't have to follow | SmartBlogs | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
How long can you hold your breath? Better yet, unless it’s dangerous to your health, try it right now: hold your breath as long as you can. I’ll wait…
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An important point about leading. No one has to follow.

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Study: Students Really Do Learn Stuff on Field Trips

Study: Students Really Do Learn Stuff on Field Trips | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
New research shows that class trips offer educational value--and that they are in danger of disappearing from American schools.
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As excursions become more cost prohibitive here is a timely call to remember their importance in education.

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The 7 things successful heads of department do

The 7 things successful heads of department do | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Assistant headteacher Peter Smith offers some guidance on how to make your department shine
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Team building and leading a department. Tips to make your team stronger.

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The Pedagogical Framework | eDidaktik

The Pedagogical Framework | eDidaktik | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
The Pedagogical Framework of eDidaktik.dk can form the basis for an assessment whether a digital learning tool is suitable for use in teaching.
Via Niels Jakob Pasgaard
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An excellent model to use when planning curriculum.
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Educational Leadership: Reflections on Resilience

Educational Leadership:  Reflections on Resilience | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
"Resilience begins with beliefs. If you believe in the capacity of all individuals to demonstrate resilience, you won't give up on them. Your actions, words, and behaviors will project that message and will awaken and foster resilience in your students."
Via Beth Dichter
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I like this so much I pinned it up on the staff room wall. Teaching kids resilience is crucial to learning.
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5 Things To Do On The First Day Of Class - Edudemic

5 Things To Do On The First Day Of Class - Edudemic | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Looking for skills and tips for the first day of class? These visual guides will get you on some steady footing quite quickly!
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While those of us in the Sourhern hemisphere do not yet need this it was too useful not to scoop now. It goes through some great ideas for setting a classroom culture with a new class.

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, August 30, 2013 4:09 AM

This is an extremely important period... if you don't get it right interest and retention start to fall.  "Five things to do on the first day of class" = five terrific infographics to help you on your way to connecting to your students. 

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Learning to Learn: leveraging your circadian rhythm

Learning to Learn: leveraging your circadian rhythm | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
There are a few distinct, precious moments of heightened sensory elation that we can achieve through unique actions; whether that be hitting the sweet spot on your driver from the tee box, tossing that crumpled up piece of paper that started out as...
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The time of day can have a huge effect on how we learn. One theory that claims to use this knowledge is the theory of circadian rhythms. This article explains how it can work.

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Bored! Eight Ideas About Bored Students and Boring Teachers

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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How often do parents, and teachers, react when a student cites bore dome as a reason for disengagement or just downright bad behavior? This article provides some 'common sense' answers.

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de Bono Thinking Systems | Six Thinking Hats®

de Bono Thinking Systems | Six Thinking Hats® | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Classic now, the six thinking hats are a framework that can be useful in clarifying thinking.

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ASCD Express 9.02 - The Why, What, and When of Assessment

ASCD Express 9.02 - The Why, What, and When of Assessment | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Carole Tomlinson and Tonya Moon on differentiating assessment. 

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John Hattie in conversation with Maxine McKew | Diigo

John Hattie in conversation with Maxine McKew | Diigo | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Maxine McKew discusses education with John Hattie from Melbourne University.

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Just Trying To Be Better Than Yesterday

Just Trying To Be Better Than Yesterday | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
...how difficult can that be?
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Change in teaching begins in the staff room. If teachers do not feel invested in change it will not happen. One way to encourage this buy in is to encourage first good questions about any change. This blog gives a brief overview.

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Is Teaching to a Student’s “Learning Style” a Bogus Idea?: Scientific American

Is Teaching to a Student’s “Learning Style” a Bogus Idea?: Scientific American | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Many researchers have suggested that differences in students’ learning styles may be as important as ability, but empirical evidence is thin
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Cognitive strengths or learning styles?

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This Incredibly Powerful Chart Shows How Much Of A Difference A Good Teacher Can Make

This Incredibly Powerful Chart Shows How Much Of A Difference A Good Teacher Can Make | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Sceptical that good teachers really make a difference in their students lives? Don’t be.
Better teachers, measured by how much they boost studen...
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While controversial, the measure of a good teacher is quantified here. It show the average earning impact on students who had an effective teacher is statistically higher than a student who had a less high performing teacher. Interesting.

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Three phrases teachers should never use at school

Three phrases teachers should never use at school | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
What common teaching phrase would you ban teachers from using? Peter Smith shares his top three
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Phrases banned from the staff room :)

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The 6 Types Of Assessments (And How They're Changing) - Edudemic

The 6 Types Of Assessments (And How They're Changing) - Edudemic | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Testing, especially any sort of standardized testing tends to get a bad rap. Teachers complain that they spend too much time teaching to a test. But assessments do have value, and an important place in our learning structure. By measuring what students are learning, we as teachers can look at how we are approaching different subjects, materials, and even different students. The handy infographic takes a look at different types of assessments and their attributes and questions. Keep reading to learn more.
Via Dennis T OConnor, LLZ Uni Halle, Kathrin Jäger
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An infographic explaining assessment.
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This infographic takes a look at different types of assessments and their attributes and questions. Keep reading to learn more.

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The Creative Personality ~ Psychology Today

The Creative Personality ~ Psychology Today | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, "Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. Most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the result of creativity. What makes us different from apes—our language, values, artistic expression, scientific understanding, and technology—is the result of individual ingenuity that was recognized, rewarded, and transmitted through learning. "When we're creative, we feel we are living more fully than during the rest of life. The excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab comes close to the ideal fulfillment we all hope to get from life, and so rarely do. Perhaps only sex, sports, music, and religious ecstasy—even when these experiences remain fleeting and leave no trace—provide a profound sense of being part of an entity greater than ourselves. But creativity also leaves an outcome that adds to the richness and complexity of the future. "I have devoted 30 years of research to how creative people live and work, to make more understandable the mysterious process by which they come up with new ideas and new things. Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals. If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it's complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an "individual," each of them is a "multitude."
Via Jim Lerman, tom jackson
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Creativity is an important thing to consider when teaching. The satisfaction that students (and teachers) get from the creative process is worth striving for.
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Assessment for learning: are you using it effectively in your classroom?

Assessment for learning: are you using it effectively in your classroom? | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Assessment for learning is particularly useful for supporting low-attaining pupils, but many schools find it difficult to implement. Chris Harrison looks at what's going wrong
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The Guardian's Chris Harrison looks at assessment for learning and Rgues that formative assessment is the best way to help students to take charge of their own learning.

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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity | Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
'The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain.

Via Beth Dichter
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Previous paradigms of learning and brain theory have seemed a bit limited. This attempts to rethink these approaches nd take a more complex look at how we learn and think. It moves away from the left/right brain ideas into ideas about the whole brain using different areas at different times and for different tasks. 

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In experience creativity seems to be volitional not physiological, now there is some science to counteract this socially accepted point of view. 

Regis Elo's comment, September 18, 2013 4:01 PM
Sorry again for the delay.thankx for your comments. I add that it seems coherent to agree with both of you Kathy and Louise , inclueing the possibility to care about the individual self-consciousness and empathy as a specific human condition to be eternally unsatisfied WITHOUT SPIRITUALITY?....IT'S BEYOND! i guess
Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's comment, September 19, 2013 10:18 AM
Thanks for the comments.