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The Smartest Teacher Ever !

The Smartest teacher ever! Why the real thing is better.

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So clever! Right to the very end. Anyone like to have a go at doing it here?

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Timeless truth, different delivery #2 – What?

Timeless truth, different delivery #2 – What? | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
How do we arrive at the concepts that we want to deeply embed in the habits of mind, heart, and hands of a Christian school student? Are there some common Biblical understandings that should be poi...
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Through lines - descriptors, which if used intentionally, can bind the fragments of curriculum together.

Sadly, this blog seems to have run its course, but do check out some of the gems that have been posted.

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Essential Questions

Ocsta Educators' Conference Oct 2009 Rick Guetter
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Essential Questions and the place of 'through lines' in resisting the push towards 'fragmented facts and meaningless knowledge.'

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The Power of Ummmmmm!

The Power of Ummmmmm! | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
  This is a video of Kath Murdoch, an educator we have a long association with at EPS, taken in at a Ted X talk in Canada recently. Her presentation features young people from my school. I mus...
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The video clip is well worth watching. I  wish our curriculum wasn't so crowded and instead we found time to pursue those fabulous 'I wonders' she talks about.

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What Is Leadership in Curriculum?

What Is Leadership in Curriculum? | MECS PLC | Scoop.it

 Surely leadership in curriculum differs from management in curriculum, yet I suspect that few people understand the difference.

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ICT Scope & Sequence | Common Sense Media

ICT Scope & Sequence | Common Sense Media | MECS PLC | Scoop.it

These cross-curricular units spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way. Browse by grade band or click a category to highlight the lessons that address that topic. 

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Excellent! This spells out what digital literacy and citizenship looks like, at each level. Schools should be incorporating this into curriculum and teacher professional development.

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Rick Warren | Speaker | TED.com

Rick Warren | Speaker | TED.com | MECS PLC | Scoop.it

Pastor Rick Warren speaks about worldview. He is the author of The Purpose-Driven Life. His has become an immensely influential voice seeking to apply the values of his faith to issues such as global poverty, HIV/AID...

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'What we hold in our hands' and what it says about our worldview. 

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4 Tips To Help Students Start Blogging - From Holly Clark on Edudemic - EdTechTeacher

4 Tips To Help Students Start Blogging - From Holly Clark on Edudemic - EdTechTeacher | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
This post first appeared on Edudemic. “Ms. Clark, I can’t believe it! Someone from Argentina and New Zealand just read my blog!”  This kind of wide-eyed excitement is why I have been blogging with my students for nearly 10 years.  With the … Read more
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Study Ties College Success to Students' Exposure to a High School Librarian - The Digital Shift

Study Ties College Success to Students' Exposure to a High School Librarian - The Digital Shift | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
Training high school students in digital research and partnering them with a school librarian can instill a high level of confidence during college, according to preliminary observations of a study underway by EBSCO.
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'Sending students to the library to ask their media specialist questions wasn’t as effective as having teachers and librarians working together to instill research skills."

Collaboration is the key.

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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Is Google Making Us Stupid? | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
What the Internet is doing to our brains
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About reading online: contemplating what we've read, pausing for thought, or skimming the surface. This longish article found me wanting! I recognised that I was skimming just as he described but it challenged me to slow down and ponder.

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Reflective Teaching Questions: A Challenge For Teachers

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Reflective Teaching Questions: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers
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The Intersection of Growth Mindsets and Maker Education - User Generated Education

The Intersection of Growth Mindsets and Maker Education - User Generated Education | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
"I have a recent interest in both Growth Mindsets and Maker Education; and have blogged and presented on both of these topics. As such and because of my passion for both of these area, I have been thinking about the intersection between the two. This intersection, I found, is strong and powerful."
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Information and Critical Literacy home - Information Literacy

Information and Critical Literacy home - Information Literacy | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
The home page of the Information Literacy website, an online service to support the development of information skills. Students can find resources to help with a range of learning including, using the Internet, recognising the reliability of information, reading the media and visual literacy.
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This Will Revolutionize Education - YouTube

Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education? These ideas have been...
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This is actually about learning and teaching.

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'Reinventing Writing': An Interview With Vicki Davis

'Reinventing Writing': An Interview With Vicki Davis | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
Vicki Davis, known in education technology circles around the world as "Cool Cat Teacher," is one of the Web's most popular writers about ed tech.

She recently agreed to answer a few questions about her new book, Reinventing Writing.
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Granted, and...

Granted, and... | MECS PLC | Scoop.it

"Just because it's hands-on does not mean it's minds-on"

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"But the kids loved it!" is not the final say in how effective a unit has been.

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
Schools are slow to address digital literacy when they see it as content to cover, not an everyday component of teaching. Jen Carey shows how to change that.
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Some excellent comments follow the post. Love the comment from Keith, "If a teacher does not know the tech tool... then it provides for a different and rich experience as the students and teacher learn together." 

 

 

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Through a Glass Darkly: Social Media and the Paradox of Virtual Intimacy – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Through a Glass Darkly: Social Media and the Paradox of Virtual Intimacy – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
Because of the brokenness of our relationships, social media might just allow for an intimacy to develop where bodily presence prevents it. It is a balm on the woundedness of our sociality.
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An interesting article in that it sees more positives in online communication, while being conscious of the pitfalls.  As the Digital Nun (see earlier Scoop) puts it, the internet can also be a sacred space as we share our 'vocation'.

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she de...
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Sobering indeed

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BYOT Savings | School Evolutionary Stages

Imagine if students provided, used and maintained their choice of digital toolkit.

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Interesting discussion material here. 'Normalising' digital usage - is this inevitably coming?

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Don't overlook your school librarian, they're the unsung heroes of literacy

Don't overlook your school librarian, they're the unsung heroes of literacy | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
School librarians are depressingly underused, argues Sally Dring. Many teachers would be amazed at how much support they can give them and their students
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I echo the sentiments here, and the wistful tone of 'If only...'

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Ethos Community

Ethos Community | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
The Ethos community offers a place for anyone interested in learning to share conversations and ideas, and to build an online identity.
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Smart Apps For Special Needs: 10 Apps for Teaching Emotions and Calming Skills

Smart Apps For Special Needs: 10 Apps for Teaching Emotions and Calming Skills | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
"My husband learned pretty early on in our marriage that telling me to "relax" when I was feeling stressed was not in his best interest. My response is always more favorable when he offers to help or even just listen. This came to mind when I read an article by behavior specialist, Jessica Minahan, on teaching children self-calming skills. As teachers, parents and therapists, we often tell children to relax or calm down, but many children don't know how and behavior can escalate. The article explains three simple steps to help kids learn to self-calm: teach students to identify emotions, teach students self-calming strategies and practice with the student. Be sure to read the full article here for some great suggestions on how to implement these steps. I've also rounded up ten apps that can be used to address these skills"
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Most of these apps would be quite suitable for our school, and many are free. Worth looking at.
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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives | MECS PLC | Scoop.it
How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.

"If you imagine less, less will b
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