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10 Reflection Questions to Ask Every Teacher by @TeacherToolkit

10 Reflection Questions to Ask Every Teacher by @TeacherToolkit | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
How could you improve and refine your own classroom practice before the academic year draws to a close? This is a blog for every teacher to use in the coming weeks to help refine their own practice...

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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Check out these five management strategies new teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.
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Easy strategies that might get lost in the shuffle of everyday; I would suggest helping your new teacher figure out a way to remind themselves of these but putting a word or picture to represent each and put it somewhere to look at..... above the door or board.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Can I Be a Better Teacher Next Fall?

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Can I Be a Better Teacher Next Fall? | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Educator and blogger Richard Curwin reminds us that it's never too early for teachers to consider how they could improve next fall, and offers us six suggestions for getting started now.
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Honest reflection is the only way we can hone our teaching practices. Having your students help with that reflection could be very entertaining and valuable.

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Your body language shapes who you are

Your body language shapes who you are | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
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The scariest moment I ever experienced was running my first IEP meeting solo (running in close second is Parent/ Teacher Conferences).  "Posing" would have been helpful!  I do it all the time now.

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8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Calling Out Kids for Their Bad Behavior - Brilliant or Insane

8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Calling Out Kids for Their Bad Behavior - Brilliant or Insane | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
“ If a kid has been pushed to a point where she’s acting out in order to get negative attention, the problem is far bigger than you. You know that, right? I didn’t when I was a young teacher, but when this reality dawned on me, it was a game changer. Realizing that it wasn’t about me gave me enough space to breath a bit before I reacted. It’s not about you either, I’ll bet. If it is, it might say something about how much the kid who is making you crazy cares about you. Sometimes, they act out to get your attention. Sometimes, it’s the only way they know. Sometimes, admitting what they really think or feel or need requires a level of vulnerability they just aren’t able to conjure. So, don’t call students out in front of other people. Don’t point out their errors, don’t name their flaws, and by all means, don’t cut them down with your sarcasm. Try to get to the root of the problem, instead. Try asking yourself a few questions.”
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A good resource for our SpEd teachers to share with the GenEd teachers who are frustrated with the mainstreamed kids.
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A New Visual on Flipped Learning

A New Visual on Flipped Learning | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it

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As we move into even more of "flipped" models of learning we need to be aware of how it works, this graphic gives a concise visual.

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10 Traits of the Effective Design Thinker

1. An observing eye and a constant sense of wonder (what is possible, not what is probable).


2. An empathetic attitude towards people’s behavior and habits (qualitatively-based through in-context observation and discovery)

 

3. A questioning mind that goes beyond the obvious.


4. Patience to remain in the problem space until the right questions are identified (problems are opportunities in disguise)


5. A holistic approach to problem solving.


6. A willingness to experiment and build (doing!).


7. A passion for team-based collaboration that puts the user at the center of the opportunity challenge.


8. A willingness to always be sharing.


9. An acceptance of the messy (design thinking is not neat).


10. A commitment to lifelong learning.


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David Baker's curator insight, March 4, 2015 5:19 PM

I wish I had posted this on each table during my first experience facilitating design thinking with an adult group. This is an important list of attitudes and habits.

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64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers

64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers

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Technology is an amazing way to differentiate. I would caution us to be thoughtful about what and how we use it. There is no magic pill - use your head and heart when when making decisions.
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Dorian Love's curator insight, January 29, 2015 1:46 AM

Comprehensive!

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 29, 2015 9:47 AM

Plenty of free apps mixed with those you have to pay for..it is a very extensive list of iPad Apps for teaching and learning!

Lee Hall's curator insight, May 29, 2015 10:29 AM

Some of these are not free, but they are not very expensive either.

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Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job

Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Our mental firepower is directly linked to our physical regimen.
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Why New Teachers Need Mentors

Why New Teachers Need Mentors | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Guest blogger David Cutler shares his warm memories of those who helped him early in his teaching career as an illustration of why mentoring is of critical importance to new teachers.
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Nice reminder of why our new staff need mentors

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What is grit? Angela Duckworth says it can predict success | TED Talks Education | PBS

What is grit? Angela Duckworth says it can predict success | TED Talks Education | PBS | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
What is the best predictor of success? "Grit," says Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth. What is grit? Find out in her TED Talk and take the grit test yourself.
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.... passion, perseverance, and stamina outweigh IQ as a predictor of success.

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12 Myths that Lead to a Busy, Unfulfilling Life

12 Myths that Lead to a Busy, Unfulfilling Life | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
15 years ago, I quit law school to pursue one overarching question: “Why do capable people fail to break through to the next level?” The answer to the question, to my great surprise, is success.
I
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We all need to remember "it's all about PRIORITIES" !
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Do I Have to Go to the IEP Meeting

Do I Have to Go to the IEP Meeting | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Am I required to attend IEP meetings if I am not a Special Education teacher? I've been asked that more than once as the Special Education teacher, and especially as a Resource Specialist, also known as Special Academic Instructor.The answer in our state is that at least one general education teacher who has the student on his/her caseload needs attend any IEP (Individualized Education Program) whether it be qualifying (evaluating to see if the student will enter Special Education), annual (the once a year assessment), triennial (every third year the educational psychologist also assesses), or an addendum which is called for a unique reason at any time. However, the better school sites have the entire teaching team there. The teachers at my middle school were very dedicated (and wanted to keep their positions) and supported the Special Ed. kids very effectively with attendance.
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Special Education starts and ends w/ General Education.  These are some reaffirming suggestions for the Gen Ed teachers who don't feel children w/ IEP's are their kids too.

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From Cruelty To Understanding: Trends In Special Education From Then To Now - Your Special Education Rights

From Cruelty To Understanding: Trends In Special Education From Then To Now - Your Special Education Rights | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Here at YourSpecialEducationRights.com,  we are all about simplifying your special education rights.  That’s why we love this infographic on the history of special education brought to us by the folks at special-education-degree.net
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a bit of history to remember where we "came from".

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How Successful People Make Smart Decisions

How Successful People Make Smart Decisions | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Your days are filled with a constant stream of decisions. A study from Columbia University found that we’re bogged down by a good 70 decisions a day.Some decisions are minor, like what to eat, which route to drive to work, or in what order to tackle tasks. Others are more difficult, like deciding between two job offers, whether to move to a new city for someone you love, or whether to cut a toxic person out of your life.With so many decisions taking up each day, learning to prioritize them and make them effectively is essential to your success and happiness.While I’m familiar with
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All of these are great suggestions; what we need to help our new teachers realize is,   "One of the best strategies successful people use to work around their decision fatigue is to eliminate smaller decisions by turning them into routines."  Making the pencil sharpening, turning in papers, attendance, calendar etc., etc. overt and visible routines will make the rest of the day go better!!

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Seven Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches - edu Pulse

Seven Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches - edu Pulse | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
“ 7 Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches I @ScholasticAdms”
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A concise list of ways a principal can support the coaching process.
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Best Education Podcasts

Best Education Podcasts | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
“ These seven podcasts are the tip of the iceberg for hearing teachers discuss PLNs, school and teacher leadership, teaching strategies, STEM, PD, and more.”
Via Dean J. Fusto, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Make good use of your commuting time!
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New Teachers: Resource Roundup

New Teachers: Resource Roundup | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
From classroom management to working with parents, lesson planning to learning environments, this compilation of blogs, videos, and other resources provides an array of tips and advice for teachers just starting out.
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a good place to start in August with your newbies.

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12 Choices to Help You Step Back from Burnout

12 Choices to Help You Step Back from Burnout | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis believes teacher burnout is the result of choices that we make. To counter those fateful decisions, she offers 12 positive choices centered on reasonable priorities, self-care, and good attitudes.
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As our new teachers move from the deep despair of the long winter nights to feeling like there is an end in sight remind them to eat right, sleep, talk a walk outside, be grateful and CHOOSE to be happy!

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
I've posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes.  This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment.  This assessment contains questions to ass...

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Embed these in everything you teach to every level.
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David Baker's curator insight, February 17, 2015 10:54 AM

The power of the Infographic is that it references both teacher and student actions and habits. I have shared it with my teachers. This might become a solid self-assessment tool for coaching conversations with teachers.

jane fullerton's curator insight, March 29, 2015 10:21 AM

Love the graphics in this post.

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, April 3, 2015 12:05 PM

Interesting graphic with some great ideas on interpreting 21st century skills as they pertain to teaching

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Instructional Design

Instructional Design | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Bloom's Taxonomy Planning Kit for Teachers
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Great planning tool to share with our new teachers while they consider how to differentiate learning.

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27 Tips For Mentoring New Teachers | Edudemic

27 Tips For Mentoring New Teachers | Edudemic | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Looking to learn some fast and effective tips for mentoring new teachers? This simple visual guide will get you thinking and making real progress.
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Next Generation Communication: Communicate or Stagnate - Tim Elmore

Next Generation Communication: Communicate or Stagnate - Tim Elmore | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
Technology has forever changed our communication. If we hope to communicate with the next generation, we must look at how we are connecting.
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The first two sentences says it all!  The next generation of teachers use texting NOT e-mail, cuz "e-mail is for old people.

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The 6-Step Guide To Becoming A Better Learner

The 6-Step Guide To Becoming A Better Learner | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it

““Education is what people do to you and learning is what you do for yourself,” said Joi Ito in his TED2014 talk. “You’re not going to be on top of mountain all by yourself with a #2 pencil …”What we need to learn is how to learn.” Indeed, traditional education may not be for everyone, but learning is.===> Education is not a place or a deadline. It’s a practice, a habit, a part of your daily diet. <===


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An excellent reminder to ourselves as adult learners: find your passion and go learn about it.  The concept of "cross-pollination" of ideas is so VERY important for everyone.

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David Baker's curator insight, July 6, 2014 1:38 AM
A great list for professional teacher learning and goals for student learning.
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10 Ways to Spot Great Teachers (and Avoid Crummy Ones) « The Talent Code

10 Ways to Spot Great Teachers (and Avoid Crummy Ones) « The Talent Code | Mentoring New Special Education Teachers | Scoop.it
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Food for thought

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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 27, 2015 5:23 PM

Learn more:

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Rise+of+the+Professional+Educator

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Great+Teachers


Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 28, 2015 4:43 PM

Great teachers empower their students to engage with the content.  These classrooms can often appear noisy as students discuss and argue, get excited and share.  Our traditional teacher observation and evaluation instruments undermine real great teachers. These instruments often focus on what the TEACHER IS DOING not on what the students are doing. Administrators are often looking for teachers who are directing the learning, standing in the front of an orderly classroom talking and asking questions. Teachers who are on the side, guiding and facilitating are often marked down because administrators do not observe the behaviors of the checklist.  We need to change the way teachers are observed - and the feedback they receive - from the administrators that determine their contracts.  We need to find ways to encourage our REAL GREAT TEACHERS.