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Twenty Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents

Twenty Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Blogger Elena Aguilar share 20 tips to help teachers better connect with parents.

"Twenty Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents

In our busy day of juggling papers, lesson planning and managing sometimes more than a hundred students, we can easily forget the group that could lend significant support in our charge as teachers -- parents and families. Consider these tips for improving connections with this valuable group:"
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Twenty of My Biggest Teaching Blunders

Twenty of My Biggest Teaching Blunders | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
In honor of Edutopia's 20th anniversary, we're producing a series of Top 20 lists, from the practical to the sublime

In the spirit of learning from others' mistakes, blogger Todd Finley outlines his biggest teaching blunders, and invites others to share theirs as well...

Twenty of My Biggest Teaching Blunders

We teachers make 0.7 instructional decisions per minute, according to research summaries by Hilda Borko and Richard Shavelson. We make them in contexts that shift from hour to hour in overstuffed portables with finicky projectors, after grading, without enough time to collaborate, without enough information and with too much. We look confident when we’re not, look enthusiastic during second period when demoralized by first. We speed up for the majority when a few need us to slow down. We make decisions about what’s important on festive days and during dark ones, such as 9/11, when raw grief and disorientation filled America’s classrooms like hurricanes of ash.

In honor of Edutopia’s 20th Birthday, here are 20 embarrassing teaching mistakes I’d rather not repeat.
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2011 Free Online Global Education Conference Starts Monday, Novemer 14

"The 2011 Global Education Conference will be held November 14 - 18, online and free. Sessions will take place in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days. The 2010 Global Education Conference had 15,028 unique logins and presentations from 62 countries.

To attend and be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join this network (you can still attend sessions if your membership is pending). The sessions schedule is now live and available in multiple time zones HERE.

Special announcements during the conference will be listed here:
The Twitter hashtag is #globaled11.

The conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity."
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Why you should take a job nobody else wants

Why you should take a job nobody else wants | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Where does value come from? Is it inherent in the person or in what they are willing to do or not do as Doug Johnson presents in his post on the jobs nobody wants? Who among us does not lament the degradation of human dignity and compassion in contemporary civic life?

"I always get a chuckle when I show this "inspirational" poster:

Why might your principal regret cutting your library position? Might it be because she/he now has to find another teacher to do some tasks that it's hard to get others to do?"
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How Cats Lap Milk - Science: AAAS Video Portal

How Cats Lap Milk - Science: AAAS Video Portal | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Does this video clip remind you of science fair projects? How simple and yet profound the concepts: observing the world around us, asking questions about what we see, and devising a method for collecting empirical data related to the hypothesis. How do cats lap milk? Indeed!

"Frogs absorb water through their skin, desert lizards extract it from food, horses slurp it, and cats lap. Based on experimental and theoretical analyses, Reis et al. now show that cat lapping involves a subtle mechanism that exploits fluid inertia to defeat gravity. Cats curve their tongue backward so that the top surface touches the liquid surface and then raise their tongues rapidly, causing a liquid column to grow by inertia until gravity induces its breakage; closing their jaws captures the liquid."
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Retooling Principal Ed Programs : 2¢ Worth

"Almost a month ago edtech administration guru Scott McLeod posted a request (How would you revise principal preparation?) for ideas about rethinking university graduate programs for school administrators. The comments continue to come in.
At the point that I was directed to his post, there were already a number of thoughtful and comprehensive ideas, so I decided to add a few less conventional or down right outlandish ones. I later dumped my comment into 2¢ Worth as a draft, thinking it might, at some point, be of interest to you."
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Literature Map - Find Authors You Might Like

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"Finding books that kids will like can be a difficult task. Literature Map is a tool that might make that process easier. Literature Map provides a web of authors you might like based on authors that you already enjoy reading. To use Literature Map just type an author's name into the search box and webbed list of authors will be displayed. The authors' names closest to the author whose name you entered are the authors whose work you're most likely to enjoy."
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Computer Programming for Children, Minus Cryptic Syntax

Computer Programming for Children, Minus Cryptic Syntax | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Adults have developed easy-to-understand programming tools to encourage children to create and collaborate on computers.


When Howard Abrams, a software engineer in Beaverton, Ore., wanted to teach his daughter, now 10, and son, now 8, how to program computers, he thought of the fun he had playing with Logo, the first programming language he learned.

He quickly discovered that “Logo is pretty old school. Now there are a lot of different options.”

So he chose to teach his children Scratch, a language developed for teaching at M.I.T.’s Media Lab, both for its simplicity and the way it encourages collaboration. He uses it with fourth and fifth graders at his children’s school, at a computer club where they build games and tell stories. The fun, he said, is contagious. “There are days when I think of quitting this job and teaching full time,” he said."
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Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

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"Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren't sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle. In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do."
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How Online Innovators Are Disrupting Education

How Online Innovators Are Disrupting Education | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Part of the challenge with revamping America's educational system resides in well-intentioned people who have focused on answering the wrong question. Nothing matters if we find the right answer to the wrong question. As Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn argued in Disrupting Class, insufficient money, the teachers' unions, and large classroom size, all relevant issues, are not the root cause of our schools' troubles. The real problem lies in the effects standardized education has had on a student's internal and external motivation. As the authors point out, "When education is well aligned with one's stronger intelligences, aptitudes, or styles, understanding can come more easily and with greater enthusiasm." And as the Khan Academy has demonstrated, teachers can serve as professional coaches and content architects to help students progress in ways that they never could under most current models. Students display much more enthusiasm when they can self-direct their learning paths."
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China Seeks a Cultural Influence to Match Its Economic Muscle

China Seeks a Cultural Influence to Match Its Economic Muscle | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The nation’s approach to building a world-class culture is not all that different from its economic plan: set a goal, adopt rigid specifications, spend freely and monitor the results closely.

"It may not be lost on the creative community that Mao quickly replaced his hundred-flowers campaign with an anti-rightist movement in which hundreds of thousands of intellectuals were stripped of their jobs, with many of them sent to labor camps. Mao later said he had been seeking to lure the snakes from their dens in order to cut off their heads.

In China, then as now, liberalization and crackdown reliably — and unpredictably — ebb and flow."
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Restored: Dr. Livingstone’s Fading Notes From Africa

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"Researchers have rescued a 19th-century field diary by the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone from literal obscurity, using 21st-century imaging and processing technology to make his writing legible after the ink had nearly vanished from the page.

The resulting document, published for the first time, helps flesh out the life of Livingstone, who in his day in Britain was revered as an adventurer and antislavery activist but who has become more broadly, and shallowly, known as the object of Henry M. Stanley’s greeting: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”"
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Teaching With the Enemy

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Charter schools are one thing, but broad reform won’t happen without working with teachers’ unions.

"Last month, Randi Weingarten held a book party for Steven Brill, the veteran journalist and entrepreneur who had just published “Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools,” his vivid account of the rise of the school reform movement. When Brill told me this recently, I nearly fell out of my chair. Weingarten, you see, is the president of the American Federation of Teachers, and for much of his book, Brill treats Weingarten the way reformers always treat her and her union: as the enemy."
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Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

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In her work with UCLA's Graduate School of Education, Rebecca Alber assists teachers and schools in meeting students' academic needs through best practices. Alber also instructs online teacher-education courses for Stanford University.

"Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

I visit a lot of classrooms. And I'm always fascinated by the variety of ways teachers launch the new school year and also with how they "run their rooms" on a daily basis. From these visits and my own experiences as an instructor, I'd like to offer my top 20 suggestions for keeping your classroom a safe, open, and inviting place to learn."
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Coming Soon to a School Near You: New Science Standards

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In parallel to the Common Core, science is getting a new set of standards. Blogger Eric Brunsell describes the process and framework for this new collection of 21st century requirements.

"A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core ideas presents a giant leap forward in terms of understanding what a quality K-12 science education should look like. The document builds off of what we have learned over the past 20 years about how students learn. Therefore, it does not represent a stark departure from current reform efforts, but instead presents a framework for science education that has evolved from those previous efforts. This does not mean that the framework advocates for the status quo. By clearly defining a set of practices, identifying constructs that cut across science disciplines, providing a coherent set of core disciplinary ideas that span K-12, and elevating the visibility of engineering, the framework sets out a bold and ambitious vision for what science education should look like in the US."
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ASCD: Teaching and Learning Resources for the Global Classroom

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"The world has never seen anything like the population explosion of the past century. The United Nations projects that the global population will top 9 billion by 2050 and 10 billion by 2100. But these projections are uncertain, as they depend on assumptions about the future, such as how many children a woman will have 20 or 30 years hence. This video, part of Science’s 29 July 2011 special issue on Population, highlights demographic trends around the globe, which offer a window into what our future world may look like."
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9 Billion? - Science: AAAS Video Portal

9 Billion? - Science: AAAS Video Portal | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
This is a nice introductory video to the topic of population growth. I hope all teachers and curriculum developers consider how the common core standards and state and local learning standards might tackle the many aspects of this incredibly important issue. All our children and grandchildren will live in a world that will have to evolve to manage the implications of this global challenge.

"The world has never seen anything like the population explosion of the past century. The United Nations projects that the global population will top 9 billion by 2050 and 10 billion by 2100. But these projections are uncertain, as they depend on assumptions about the future, such as how many children a woman will have 20 or 30 years hence. This video, part of Science’s 29 July 2011 special issue on Population, highlights demographic trends around the globe, which offer a window into what our future world may look like."
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How would you revise principal preparation?

"Imagine that you worked in a university Educational Leadership program with no limits or barriers regarding time, distance, money, personnel, past history, or bureaucracy. Now imagine that you were revising your principal preparation program. What would you put in it? In other words, if you had nothing to get in the way - if instead you could indulge in pie-in-the-sky dreaming - how would you design the world's best principal preparation program?

What absolutely must be in the program?
What absolutely must NOT be in the program?
What would you consider to be essential readings?
What would you consider to be essential experiences?
How would you design the internship (or internship-like experiences)?
What are essential knowledge, skills, dispositions, competencies, etc. that you'd want graduates to have?
And so on…"
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Girls Just Want to Go to School

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One 14-year-old Vietnamese girl, who wakes each day at 3 a.m. before setting off on a 90-minute bicycle ride to school, could teach Americans a lot.

"Teachers in America’s troubled schools complain to me that parents rarely show up for meetings. In contrast, Phung’s father takes a day off work and spends a day’s wages for transportation to attend parent-teacher conferences.

“If I don’t work, I lose a little bit of money,” he said. “But if my kids miss out on school, they lose their life hopes. I want to know how they’re doing in school.”

“I tell my children that we don’t own land that I can leave them when they grow up,” he added. “So the only thing I can give them is an education.”"
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Soda Bans in Schools Have Limited Impact

Soda Bans in Schools Have Limited Impact | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
State laws that ban soda in schools -- but not other sweetened beverages -- have virtually no impact on the amount of sugary drinks middle school students buy and consume at school, a new study shows.

The study, which looked at thousands of public school students across 40 states, found that removing soda from cafeterias and school vending machines only prompted students to buy sports drinks, sweetened fruit drinks and other sugar-laden beverages instead. In states that banned only soda, students bought and consumed sugary drinks just as frequently at school as their peers in states where there were no bans at all.
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What Successful People Do Differently - HBR IdeaCast

What Successful People Do Differently - HBR IdeaCast | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A November 3, 2011 interview with Heidi Grant Halvorson, motivational psychologist and author of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently
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The Interview Question You Should Always Expect

The Interview Question You Should Always Expect | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Whether you are a new middle manager or a new President-elect, the common wisdom is that you have three months to make an impact in your new role. And yet when preparing for job interviews, candidates make the mistake of believing that most questions will be about their past experience, not what they plan to do once hired.

New hires have to impress their bosses, peers, and employees in less time than it takes some of us to arrange a meeting. So if you're interviewing for a job, plan to be asked the question: "What do you hope to achieve in your first three months?"
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The 2011 Best Illustrated Children's Books

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The judges chose from among hundreds of children's picture books published in 2011.

"The New York Times Book Review has announced its list of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2011. Artwork from this year’s winners will appear in the special Children’s Book section of the Book Review’s Nov. 13 issue."
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India and America, Two Peas in a Pod

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The protest movements in India and the United States, the world’s two biggest democracies, sure have a lot in common.

"Hazare has called this moment India’s “second struggle for independence.” I think he is on to something for both India and America. I think that repairing our respective dysfunctional democracies — so they are truly enablers for the 21st century and not inhibitors in India’s case or “the sum of all lobbies” in America’s case — is for our generation what the independence movement in India and the civil rights movement in America were for our parents’ generation. Here’s hoping we’re as successful."
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ASCD Inservice: Casey―and ASCD―at Bat for Well-Rounded Ed. Policy

ASCD Inservice: Casey―and ASCD―at Bat for Well-Rounded Ed. Policy | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act's narrow focus on student achievement in English language arts and mathematics has been a point of contention since the law's enactment, and it has become especially problematic in more recent years with the increased interest in college, career, and citizenship-ready students.

That is why educators were so disappointed that the original Harkin-Enzi ESEA reauthorization bill did not include provisions to support other core academic subjects that result in a more well-rounded education. The exclusion was as disappointing as it was surprising given that the Obama administration's blueprint―upon which the Harkin-Enzi bill's framework was patterned―includes such a section (PDF).

Fortunately, this oversight was corrected thanks to a Senate Education Committee-approved amendment by Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) (with the strong backing of Chairman Tom Harkin [D-IA]) that establishes a grant program for the arts, civics and government, economics, environmental education, financial literacy, foreign languages, geography, health education, history, physical education, and social studies."
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