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Great Advice for Middle Schoolers

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Make it your goal to peak later in life. Make good choices that set you up for a bright future. If you're not a superstar now, that's OK. This simply means there are better things ahead as you continue to evolve and learn.

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Why You Shouldn't Waste Your Time With 'Learning Styles'

Why You Shouldn't Waste Your Time With 'Learning Styles' | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
“I’m a visual learner, so I need to see it to understand.”How many times have you heard something like this? The sad thing is that many people cling to their learning styles talisman and impose their demands on educators.There are many ways to create effective instruction and meet individual learner

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Teaching how to think is just as important as teaching anything else

Teaching how to think is just as important as teaching anything else | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
A new paper on teaching critical thinking skills in science has pointed out, yet again, the value of giving students experiences that go beyond simple recall or learned procedures.

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Eileen Otero's curator insight, August 19, 2015 11:30 AM

If there is anything valuable I personally remember from my college experience is that it taught me how to think critically. Going  from memorizing texts to actually understanding that I had  the ability to see beyond the words is what made the difference.for me.

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Be Kind Quotes

Be Kind Quotes | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
From some of the wisest and kindest individuals throughout history, here are 37 be kind quotes that inspire!

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4 Leader Behaviors Account for 89% of Leader Effectiveness | McKinsey & Company

4 Leader Behaviors Account for 89% of Leader Effectiveness | McKinsey & Company | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior. A McKinsey Quarterly article.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 10, 2015 3:50 PM

All four are related to collaborative leadership:

  1. Supportive
  2. Results Orientation
  3. Seek Different Perpectives
  4. Solve Problems
Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 11, 2015 7:48 PM

Developing leaders or developing as a leader; these ideas are key

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School-Wide Positive Behavior Support

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“Find out how RTI can help lessen - and prevent - problem behaviors.”
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Here’s Why School Principals Are Crucial to Student Success

“School principals are more important than you might think.”

School principals are more important than you might think. They have the ability to make a huge difference in the lives of their students, and are a key component of student success. In fact, experts have come to believe that the only thing more important to student success is teacher quality itself — and school principals directly impact that, too.


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Bryan Kay's curator insight, October 22, 2015 8:56 PM

I hope this article provides insight on how to confront student issues as an educational leader.

 

School principals directly impact teachers. Teachers ultimately impact their students. It is important to remember how important the job of a leader is in the building. Setting an example and remaining positive and supportive can be the difference between a good school and a great school.

Erin Ryan's curator insight, October 23, 2015 5:18 PM

It took me almost 8 years to decide to move in the administrative direction in education. I contemplated about timing, mostly thinking about my home and my children, also working very hard to nudge my way into leadership roles within my building. But now that the decision has been made and I am seeking another master's degree, I am certain and committed to becoming a great administrator.  Before a person decides to be in this role, they have to be certain they are ready for the commitment. I reminded everyday of the multiple roles we serve in from minute to minute (counselor, teacher, creator, banker, mentor, coach, evaluator, manager, etc.) A principal must approach student achievement and learning with an open- mind and with perseverance.

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Carol Dweck - A Study on Praise and Mindsets - YouTube

For over a decade Carol Dweck and her team studied the effects of praise on students. This study involved a series of experiments on over 400 5th graders fro...

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Robinson Elementary School's curator insight, July 29, 2014 5:50 PM

a 5 minute overview of mindset. Worth the watch.

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Characteristics Of A Culture of Learning

Characteristics Of A Culture of Learning | Middle School Education | Scoop.it

Students enter pre-school and kindergarten full of questions, ideas, curiosity, and imagination. By the time students reach middle school, many of them are bored and do not enjoy school. Schooling teaches students to memorize and recall the correct answer, learn because ‘this will be on the test,’ and avoid risk taking because failure means a lower grade. Successful students are rewarded with As and Bs and unsuccessful students are told to try harder or given the same assignment a second time. Schooling is a system designed to move students from one grade to the next. Once students earn enough high school credits, they are rewarded with a high school diploma. Schooling focuses on teaching, while a Culture of Learning focuses on the whole child and student understanding.


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Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone

Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
“ Successful leaders know that they must get out of their comfort zone to succeed. These leaders have spent a lot of time outside their comfort zone.”
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Marlena Gross-Taylor's curator insight, May 17, 2015 10:24 AM

To be a fearless, 360 leader you have to step outside of your comfort zone. The experience provides the opportunity for growth! #leadupchat #edchat #mschat 

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 17, 2015 11:54 AM

Vygotsky talked of the Zone of Proximal Development, and this article is in line with that foundational philosophy about learning.  When we think about improving schools, both of Vygotsky and this article apply.  We need leaders, teachers, and students operating outside their comfort zone, taking risks, setting goals, and learning.  There is a danger in struggling schools to push too hard and move buying the productive zone for learning.  This article speaks well to that aspect of learning.  With good intentions, leaders at building, district, and state level often push a school and omits staff beyond the productive learning zone into the danger zone.  This is done through programs, initiatives, and monitoring often with the goal of providing support, but with the result of overwhelming the school and staff.  

Yolanda jiménez's curator insight, May 26, 2015 12:58 AM

Muy interesante.  

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Universal Design for Learning Visually Explained for Teachers

Universal Design for Learning Visually Explained for Teachers | Middle School Education | Scoop.it

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Administrators: How to Get Out of the Office and Into Classrooms

Administrators: How to Get Out of the Office and Into Classrooms | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
“ As an administrator, I think about the most enjoyable times I have had at school. Frankly, none of them include sitting in my office doing paperwork, disciplining, or attending meetings. The most enjoyable and productive times I have experienced are when I have been in the classroom observing teachers and interacting with students and teachers.”
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Misconceptions about Mindset, Rigor, and Grit

Among the educational ideas that have gained momentum in recent years are the concepts of Mindset, Rigor, and Grit. While all of these ideas may have merit, as with all shiny new objects that attract our attention we need to proceed with caution and think about whether and why these concepts fit into our personal pedagogy.

Being willing to implement the hot new thing is admirable, but not if it is done feet first with our eyes closed.


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Principals: Your job is "to make it easier, not more difficult, to achieve results"

Principals: Your job is "to make it easier, not more difficult, to achieve results" | Middle School Education | Scoop.it

4 Things That Drive Your Teachers Crazy

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Red TapeUnnecessary and Poorly Run MeetingsMicromanagingFocus on what is wrong
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, August 12, 2015 12:03 PM

I will add a few to the list:

  1. Sea Gull Management - Fly in, make a lot of noise, dump on the staff, and fly away.
  2. Lack of Collaboration - Delegate without active involvement and then swoop in and give directives.
  3. Faux Collaboration - Tell them they will decide and at the last moment you decide.
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Make the Most of the Most Important Day of the School Year

Make the Most of the Most Important Day of the School Year | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
The first day of school is an opportunity. It's a chance to let students know what they can expect from you and your class. Will the class be teacher centered or student centered? Will they work in isolation or in collaborative groups? Will they be challenged or not? Unfortunately, many teachers

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Mindset Training For Students

Mindset Training For Students | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
More optimism, self-esteem, and control over your destiny - discover mindset training for teachers and students!

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Short, written exercises in goal setting can dramatically change long-term student behavior and performance

Short, written exercises in goal setting can dramatically change long-term student behavior and performance | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
Goal-setting closed achievement gaps in a recent experiment. The key element? Students put their thoughts in writing.Recently, researchers have been getting more and more interested in the role that mental motivation plays in academic achievement — sometimes conceptualized as "grit" or "growth mindset" or "executive functioning."Peterson wondered whether writing could be shown to affect student motivation. He created an undergraduate course called Maps of Meaning. In it, students complete a set of writing exercises that combine expressive writing with goal-setting.Students reflect on important moments in their past, identify key personal motivations and create plans for the future, including specific goals and strategies to overcome obstacles. Peterson calls the two parts "past authoring" and "future authoring."Recently, researchers have been getting more and more interested in the role that mental motivation plays in academic achievement — sometimes conceptualized as "grit" or "growth mindset" or "executive functioning."Peterson wondered whether writing could be shown to affect student motivation. He created an undergraduate course called Maps of Meaning. In it, students complete a set of writing exercises that combine expressive writing with goal-setting.Students reflect on important moments in their past, identify key personal motivations and create plans for the future, including specific goals and strategies to overcome obstacles. Peterson calls the two parts "past authoring" and "future authoring."

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15 Ways to Deepen Your Formative Assessment Practice

15 Ways to Deepen Your Formative Assessment Practice | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
“ Once you've put basic formative assessment practices in place, it's time to deepen your practice. Consider these fifteen strategies.”
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10 Summer Tips for Principals

10 Summer Tips for Principals | Middle School Education | Scoop.it

Summer is a bonus for school administrators. We are given the gift of time to accomplish tasks that simply cannot be completed during the school year commotion. But with adrenaline flowing out of our bodies by the end of June, we have to be careful to make the most of our more flexible time. Here are 10 tips to best use the summer months:


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Carol Dweck - A Study on Praise and Mindsets - YouTube

Carol Dweck - A Study on Praise and Mindsets - YouTube | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
For over a decade Carol Dweck and her team studied the effects of praise on students. This study involved a series of experiments on over 400 5th graders fro...

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9 Tests Every Leader Must Pass

9 Tests Every Leader Must Pass | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
“ You can maximize your influence and make your organization a better place to work and your home a better place to live. And it starts here, with your own self-examination.”
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Formative Assessment: The Right Question at the Right Time

Formative Assessment: The Right Question at the Right Time | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
“When it comes to formative assessment, there is a right question at the right time.”
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The Leadership Playbook: 9 Responsibilities of a Leader

The Leadership Playbook: 9 Responsibilities of a Leader | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
“ Here are 9 responsibilities of a leader.”
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Lead Learner or Instructional Leader? Does It Matter?

Lead Learner or Instructional Leader? Does It Matter? | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
“There seems to be some debate by principals who believe lead learner should be used instead of instructional leader. What does it matter? A lot...if you're one of their teachers.”

When studying leadership, Hattie's research showed that leadership has an effect size of .39, which is directly under the "Hinge Point" of .40. However, when using moderators it showed that transformational leadership has an effect size of .11 and instructional leadership has an effect size of .42. Lead learning was not found or discussed in the research.

According to Robinson, Lloyd, and Rowe (2008) the effects were strongest on:

- Promoting and participating in teacher learning and development (.84) - Establishing goals and expectations (.42) - Planning, coordinating, and evaluating teaching and the curriculum (.42) - Aligning resource selection and allocation to priority teaching goals (.31) - Ensuring an orderly and supportive environment (.27)

Whether it is called "Lead Learning" or "Instructional Leadership" doesn't matter as much as the impact it all has on the learning that students and teachers do in school and outside of the school walls. Hattie asks to "Know Thy Impact" and I think that sometimes leaders think they have a larger impact than they really do. Over 80% of teachers in a random sample believe that their leaders do not want their involvement in one of the most important structures that we have in our schools, which is our faculty meetings. And they don't believe their faculty meetings mirror professional development sessions.


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The Power of Teacher Expectations

The Power of Teacher Expectations | Middle School Education | Scoop.it
“Mr Laing was my year 8 Maths teacher. He was a rare breed indeed. He helped me, and my fellow pimple-clad teens, find mathematics...”
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