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12 Things Kids Want from Their Teachers

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"Whether you are a teacher, parent, relative, boss, or fellow community member, each of us has a chance to make a positive and impactful difference in a child’s life.


But in order to do this, we must carefully consider this question:

 

What do you think matters most to our children?

 

For 20 years I have been posing this question to my students. At the beginning of every school year, I would ask my students to give me advice on how to be their best teacher. I asked them to think about the times they felt most successful and to consider what the adults in their lives did to make this success possible.

 

The classroom would become immediately silent as the students wrote intensely for longer than they had ever written before. Smiles would appear on their faces as they reflected on the happy experiences they were remembering. After reading their responses I would add to my list all the ideas they mentioned.

 

Surprisingly, many of the responses were the same. Year after year, in every grade level, content area and classroom I was in, regardless of demographics or background, students were saying the same things and had the same message: It’s the small things you do that mean the most.  That is what they remembered. That is what mattered.

 

Here is a list of the 12 Most Important things that came out of these amazing conversations:"

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Probe: Gains Of Integration Eroded, Especially In The South

"In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed segregation. David Greene talks to ProPublica's Nikole Hannah-Jones about her story in The Atlantic. She examines the failure of school desegregation."
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Web Literacy Pathways Resource

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"This is an amazing resource about Web Literacy ideas. Click on a skill and see a pathway forward towards new skills that connect back to the original inquiry. (nicely done, Laura Hilliger and other folks at Mozilla). Plus, the whole resource is remixable, so you could revise it for your own audience and purpose."
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Watch now: NOVA | Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses

How do dogs, sharks, dolphins, or birds experience the world?
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The Origins of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Magic Realism

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"Surrealism runs through the streets," the Colombian author, who died today at age 87, told The Atlantic in 1973. "Surrealism comes from the reality of Latin America."
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4 Types of Leaders You Shouldn't Be

" First of all, I am going to challenge my own title in this writing as the qualities that I am about to list are not usually people with influence, but people with tittles and authority. Leadership and administration are sometimes not synonymous and if an administrator does not make those around them better, they are not leaders, they are bosses. Working with many different organizations, I have heard either the frustration from educators within the organization that feel like they are running on the spot, while also working with administrators that are more focused on holding down the fort as opposed leading with vision. Here are some styles you should avoid being or working for if you want to really move forward.
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Torturing Children at School

Complaints of dangerous disciplinary practices involving Tasers are cropping up all over the country.
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Big Bang to Little Swoosh

The discovery of gravitational waves in the fabric of space may go down as one of the greatest in the history of science.
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What I Learned Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks

The most popular talks shared three common attributes.
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Top 25 EDUs On Twitter

TOP 25EDUs ON TWITTER @danieldmccabe EDU
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Report Release: Speak Up 2013 National Findings, K-12 Students

Report Release: Speak Up 2013 National Findings, K-12 Students | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"On April 8, 2014, Project Tomorrow released the report 'The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations' at a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC and for the first time, online in a special live stream of the event. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, discussed selected student national findings from the Speak Up 2013 report and moderated a panel discussion with students who shared their insights and experiences with digital learning."
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'Learning happens everywhere, not just in the classroom' - Telegraph

'Learning happens everywhere, not just in the classroom' - Telegraph | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"'We believe that informal learning has massive potential to give meaning, relevance and context to the ideas that schools offer, but is this just conjecture', asks Clare Matterson."
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5 Effective Ways To Build Your School Tribe

This article is a continuation of The Connected Student Series It’s a crisp fall Monday morning, and freshly dressed school children are being dropped off by their parents – who by this time have gotten used to the current homework load and the...
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A Flexner Report on Teacher Preparation

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Tom Kane argues that there is a need for dramatic change in the American teacher preparation system.
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Resegregation in the American South

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"Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back."
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Watch now: Your Inner Fish | Episode 2: Your Inner Reptile

Learn which parts of our bodies we’ve inherited from our reptilian ancestors.
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Watch now: The Address

THE ADDRESS, tells the story of a tiny school in Putney Vermont, the Greenwood School.
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This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth's First Cousin

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth's First Cousin | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Meet Kepler-186f, the closest thing to our planet ever discovered—and maybe our best shot at locating life elsewhere in the universe.
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Navigating College Financial Aid: On Point - NPR

Navigating College Financial Aid: On Point - NPR | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"It’s the season of decision for American families and their young high school near-graduates looking to head off to college. Where will they go? And what will it cost? The two are all mixed up together. The cost of college is truly daunting for most families in this country now. And figuring out real costs, financial aid and the bottom line is a challenge. Colleges can be anything but transparent. Financial aid letters are marketing documents. “Need” and “aid” can mean all kinds of things. This hour On Point: paying for college, and college financial aid. How it really works. Who gets what, and why."

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Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate

Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new disorder, sluggish cognitive tempo, that could widely expand the ranks of young people treated for attention problems.
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Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated?

Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Stories of cheating in schools often make national headlines and are frequently met with widespread shock. How could such actions occur on the campuses of elite colleges and high schools? What's going on with kids these days?"
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Most Teachers Are Not Engaged in Their Jobs, Gallup Finds

Most Teachers Are Not Engaged in Their Jobs, Gallup Finds | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
What's holding back teacher engagement? They don't feel like their opinions at work count.
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How to design multiple-choice questions

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"Since taking the plunge and adding multiple-choice questions to my assessment repertoire, I’ve found they have refreshing and unexpected advantages. They make assessment more reliable, marking less labour-intensive, pupil understanding and misconceptions more visible, and allow a wider breadth of knowledge to be assessed across a unit than just using essays or complex, holistic end-of-unit assessments. They save countless hours of marking downstream, and get pupils thinking deeply about subject content. Both Alex Quigley and Cristina Milos have written perceptively about how tricky they are to create. How can we ensure that the advantages outweigh the limitations? Research from Little, Bjork, Bjork and Angello (that Alex cites) suggests not only that they are as effective as short-answer tests for retention, but they also have an important advantage over them – that pupils have to think through incorrect alternatives. The key insight is that these alternatives must be plausible enough to enable pupils to retrieve why correct alternatives are correct and incorrect options are incorrect. I’ve found these eight principles helpful in multiple-choice design:"
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15 top special education blogs

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Special education teachers are often overloaded, but a list of some of the top special education blogs could help them share best practices.
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I especially enjoy "A Peach for the Teach".  This teacher shares great ideas for positive behavior support.

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The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A look at which companies have issued a security patch to fix the Heartbleed bug.
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Why not?

"Last night, I watched a documentary on the dramatic temperature fluctuations that are happening across the globe, and one of my first thoughts was, “What are we going to do?” Strangely enough,..."
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