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The Community as Teacher – Branching Minds

The Community as Teacher – Branching Minds | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
a path for every learner.
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This story goes out to all the educators who will be measured by numbers this year, but valued by experiences. 

 

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Saving Lives in 21st Century America

Saving Lives in 21st Century America | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
Kim McLeveighn, MSed It was a warm morning near the end of the school year.  I was covering breakfast when Edward, a rambunctious, impulsive fourth grader, decided to try some kick boxing moves on...
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Saving Lives in 21st Century America. A fourth grade teacher writes a blog entry on having to talk to young men of color about the crime of "Walking While Black/Brown." She writes, "What I had to say could one day save his life." After the very heated and emotional outcome of the George Zimmerman trial, she wanted to make sure she gave them this advice so that maybe, one day, they won't end up like so many young men of color before them. Murdered. 

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Great Lakes resident about to get her bachelor's degree at 14

Great Lakes resident about to get her bachelor's degree at 14 | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
Thessalonika Arzu-Embry is up at 5 in the morning most weekdays to go to school. Unlike most 14-year-olds, however, Thessalonika isn't off to the local high school.
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Kudos to Thessalonika on her great achievements! Thessalonika's mother home-schooled her and her brother; do you think this is what contributed to her early successes in academia? Or is she just a rarely advanced child? What do you think about her dreams to help people? 

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Everyone saw the biracial Cheerios commercial, but kids saw it differently

Everyone saw the biracial Cheerios commercial, but kids saw it differently | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
This video will restore your faith in the new generation.
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Children are the future. Do you think these kids' beliefs stem more from home or how they are taught in school? How do you teach your students or children to become openminded loving people? 

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What have you done in the past year to become a better teacher?

What have you done in the past year to become a better teacher? | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
Maya Gat, CEO of Branching Minds and 4th grade teacher, watches her students tap dance to become a better teacher.  What do you do to become a better teacher?
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Petition To Officially Recognize American Sign Language Reaches Threshold For White House Response

Petition To Officially Recognize American Sign Language Reaches Threshold For White House Response | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
The petition says ASL is still "not given the respect and protection it needs."
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According to the article, there is a strong bias for teaching spoken language over teaching American Sign Language. Do you feel that sign language is just as important for students to be exposed to as foreign languages? How could this help deaf students be able to communicate more in a hearing world? 

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Who Makes Great Teachers? (EdSurge News)

Who Makes Great Teachers? (EdSurge News) | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
SETTING THE TEACHING QUALITY BAR: The National Council
On Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has just released a controversial report, taking a tough line on
teacher preparation programs
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Teacher education programs vary state by state, but lots of people think most of the teacher education happens in the field.  Do you believe teacher education programs are properly preparing teachers? What do you think would improve it?

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STANDARDIZED Official Trailer

The official trailer for STANDARDIZED, an exposé of the standardized testing industry and how it has undermined public education.
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Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence | MindShift

Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence | MindShift | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
The science of learning can offer some surprising and useful perspectives on how we guide and educate young people.
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Encouraging read.  What implications do you see for helping struggling learners?

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The Common Core: Who’s Minding the Schools?

The Common Core: Who’s Minding the Schools? | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
Are new standards really leveling the playing field? Or is the game prearranged so that many, if not most, of the players will fail?
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Who indeed? I find it fascinating that the kind of schools the "elite" send their children to have largely opted out.

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New York State Teacher Assessments Extending to Art and Gym

New York State Teacher Assessments Extending to Art and Gym | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
A new state system will include teachers of subjects that are not typically evaluated.
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I can't tell if this is a good thing or a bad thing...what do you think?

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N.Y. high-school students learn about the power of $10 from math teacher

N.Y. high-school students learn about the power of $10 from math teacher | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
Every year for the past dozen years, Clinton, N.Y., High School math teacher Nancy Zumpano has given each of her students $10 of her own money with the only direction that the money must be used to help someone else.
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Amazing! Will this figure into this teacher's VAM assessment?

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carmen blyth's curator insight, June 10, 2013 6:28 AM

Amazing demo of the Power of One to effect change!

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Drop high-stakes tests and let teachers teach; exam-driven curricula are ruining U.S. education: David Patten

Drop high-stakes tests and let teachers teach; exam-driven curricula are ruining U.S. education: David Patten | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
Distilling education into a number through high-stakes testing converts students into widgets, and deprives them of a meaningful, vital, life-long learning experience, retired social studies teacher David Patten writes.
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Can I get an amen! This article really exposes what high-stakes testing is doing to education.  The benefit of being able to ascribe a "neutral" number to our nation's children is demolishing our teachers' ability to teach high level engaging lessons.  Is our education system cutting off its nose to spite its face?

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Accommodations for Muslim Students at Universities | University Business Magazine

Accommodations for Muslim Students at Universities | University Business Magazine | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
News, Articles and Community for higher education decision makers. Magazine published monthly, with daily news and blogs and online content. Archives available.
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"Universities are no longer ignoring students' spiritual needs." What do you think about such accommodations? Could prayer rooms eventually make their way into public high schools for students? Would this be a good addition to our education system?  

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Carlos Vigil Suicide: Teen Takes Own Life After Apparent Bullying

Carlos Vigil Suicide: Teen Takes Own Life After Apparent Bullying | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
17-year-old Carlos Vigil was despondent after a trip to North Carolina to deliver his anti-bullying message went horrible wrong.
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Bullying is a serious offense and it manifests itself in many forms. Possibly the worst disasters that come about from bullying are suicides. There are an average of 5,400+ daily suicide attempts from grade levels 7-12 in the United States. As a teacher, parent, administrator or friend, how have you helped to prevent bullying and promote a safe school environment? 

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Trayvon Martin's Friend, Rachel Jeantel, Offered A Full College Scholarship

Trayvon Martin's Friend, Rachel Jeantel, Offered A Full College Scholarship | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
Radio personality Tom Joyner has offered Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martin who spoke to him shortly before he died, a full scholarship to any HBCU.
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The friend of Trayvon Martin who was the last person to speak to him before he was murdered, has been offered a full ride to any Historically Black College or University that she chooses. What would you have done with a full scholarship to the college of your dreams? 

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Poetry Encourages Self-Expression | Teaching Tolerance

Poetry Encourages Self-Expression | Teaching Tolerance | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
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"...[Poetry] allows students to explore different ways of being and living."
Can poetry spark a change in a student's mindset? If it can be used outside the classroom as an outlet, surely it can help open up students inside their learning space as well. If you could teach a group of students one poem to change their attitude or understanding of life, what would it be and why?

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Yoga in Public Schools | Teaching Tolerance

Yoga in Public Schools | Teaching Tolerance | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
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Some parents feel that yoga's ties in Eastern religions make it an inappropriate practice in a public school setting; they feel it will steer their kids toward these belief systems. On the other hand, yoga has been helpful in managing students' stress levels, academic performance and overall attitude in the classroom. Do you think it should be a banned practice or encouraged?

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East Harlem principal integrates pet therapy, yoga and chess into curriculum

East Harlem principal integrates pet therapy, yoga and chess into curriculum | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
For most of her 29 years in the Education Department, Sandra Gittens committed herself to making East Harlem schools better — even if that meant bringing an unconventional leadership style.
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This principle's nontraditional ways of helping students succeed in school seem to be very effective. Is there a way to get more schools involved in these therapeutic ideas? How can this help students in the long run? 

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Branching Minds' Blog

Branching Minds' Blog | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
Today's guest post The Power of Words is brought to us by Carmen Blythe, a teacher, trainer, storyteller, curator and author of The Teacher Whisperer, a blog DEDICATED to teachers telling their...
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How do you think grit and mindset impact children's success? Do you think they are powerful enough to overcome obstacles like poverty?

 

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4 Great Leadership Lessons from the Arts

4 Great Leadership Lessons from the Arts | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
Math and science are noble endeavors, but real leadership is taught in the arts. Here are four powerful lessons taught best by artists.
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One more account that questions our evaluation of academics over the arts...

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Is It Possible to Do the Wrong Thing in the Right Way?

Is It Possible to Do the Wrong Thing in the Right Way? | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
Here is a puzzlement (as the king said in "The King and I"). Is there a right way to do something that is inherently wrong? I think that it is wrong to judge "teacher quality" by student test score...
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Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what | Video on TED.com

What is it like to raise a child who's different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)?
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Outstandingly provocative talk about the identity creation of differently-abled children and the acceptance and love parents feel for them.  Worth watching a couple of times to mine for all the jewels here, particularly the perspective on the benefits the differently-abled gain by being differently-abled, as well as those who care for them, and the global ecosystem.  I wonder, how does this talk applies to educators, and their approach to supporting this population of children?

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Great Neck, NY, School Board Passes Anti-High-Stakes Testing Resolution

Great Neck, NY, School Board Passes Anti-High-Stakes Testing Resolution | Learning Differences | Scoop.it
Great Neck, New York, is a suburban community outside New York City that has long been renowned for its excellent public schools. About 95% of its students graduate high school, and many are admitt...
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Bravo Great Neck!  May you be an example to school boards all over America.

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