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The 4 Elements of Transformational Leaders

The 4 Elements of Transformational Leaders | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
What makes a leader great? How are leadership and parenting similar?
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Useful framework - two characteristics that focus on transforming the organisation, and two that focus on transforming relationships.

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8 Things to Look For in Today's Classroom

8 Things to Look For in Today's Classroom | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really want to see in today's classroom.  I really believe that classro...
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This post captures much of what the modern learning classroom should look like - with the learner very much at the centre, not simply as the object of the instruction, but as an active participant in all aspects of what goes on - see CORE's trend here http://www.core-ed.org/thought-leadership/ten-trends/ten-trends-2015/learner-orientation ;

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips examines eight myths that drive education policy, including the value of homework for students and merit pay for teachers, the irrelevance of funding and class size, and the fairness of college admissions.
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As schools and teachers embrace modern learning practices there inevitably emerge a number of different beliefs about what works and why. Some of this becomes a part of the popular culture of education, and some of it even makes its way into policy at a national level. The 'myths' presented here provide a challenge to some of the things that we may be adopting in our own mindsets - or feel that we're obliged to work within. The key point here is the reminder that we need to remain vigilant as educational professionals and be continually assessing and being critically engaged with the new ideas and thinking as they emerge. 

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Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
Nearly seven years after first opening its doors, the Science Leadership Academy public magnet high school* in Philadelphia and its inquiry-based approach
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Inquiry learning is prominent in Modern Learning Practice, but not without its difficulties. This article provides a timely reminder that it's 'worth the effort'.

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How 'digital natives' are killing the 'sage on the stage'

How 'digital natives' are killing the 'sage on the stage' | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
Michael Cowling and Cris Brack, Australian National University The idea that teachers should teach and students should listen presumes that teachers know more than their students.
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Interesting perspectives with some historical narrative to support them.

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CriticalThinking.org - Critical Thinking Model 1

CriticalThinking.org - Critical Thinking Model 1 | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it

Why the Analysis of Thinking is Important

Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or downright prejudiced. If we want to think well, we must understand at least the rudiments of thought, the most basic structures out of which all thinking is made. We must learn how to take thinking apart.

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Really useful interactive graphic - makes understanding the elements associated with analyzing thinking easier to access and understand. 

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With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class?

With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class? | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
Educators, students, and parents have noticed how schoolwork suffers when attention is split between homework and a buzzing smartphone. Read how teachers are responding.
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The debates about multi-tasking thrive in all areas - with evidence supporting all sides of the debate. The compelling reality is that there are multiple channels of information competing for the attention of our students most of the time now - and our challenge is to determine  how much of this is simply a distraction and h ow much may indeed be a part of an emerging paradigm of how learners learn, gain access to and process information. 

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10 Essential Skills for The 21st Century Worker/ Learner

10 Essential Skills for The 21st Century Worker/ Learner | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
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I am always intrigued by lists of this nature, not only to see what makes it onto the list, but to understand more of what the background is to how the list has been decided. The characteristics in this list are similar to others of this sort (no surprises) and the infographic presents them in an interesting form with an expansion for each. 

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Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age | WIRED

Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age | WIRED | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it

Is the one-size-fits-all, top-down classroom a misfit for the Digital Age? Taking apart the idea of school as we know it and getting back to the roots of children and learning is a pervasive thought which I am constantly researching and evaluating. 

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Increasing the focus on developing student agency in MLP makes the strengthening of strategies and capabilities for self-directed learning a no-brainer really. This article challenges us to consider how this can become a more prevalent pedagogy in modern classrooms. 

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Should every school class be a computer coding class? - The Hechinger Report

Should every school class be a computer coding class? - The Hechinger Report | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it

One of the biggest challenges for computer science advocates is that many kids simply don’t see why coding matters, in a world of preloaded software and the vast resources of the Internet. But are stand-alone computer science courses enough? Many educators believe we should connect students with computer science in the same way that it touches our lives — everywhere.

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The ongoing debate about whether every student should be required to learn how to code will continue for some time I imagine, but the fact remains that the increasingly pervasive use of digital technologies in our lives requires people to know how to build, create and fix them!

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Should Personalization Be the Future of Learning? - Education Next

Should Personalization Be the Future of Learning? - Education Next | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
As technology has continued to permeate the classroom, the concept of personalized learning has gained traction among educators and policymakers. In this forum, our authors take a step back to ask a critical question: should personalization be the future of K–12 schooling? What are the risks? What do students stand to gain? Can personalized learning accomplish what we might hope? Benjamin Riley, founder of Deans for Impact, makes the case for an abundance of caution, while Alex Hernandez, a partner at Charter School Growth Fund, supports continued efforts to get personalization right.
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Great debate between Ben and Alex - challenging us to think more deeply about the concept of personalisation, and whether we see it as an opportunity or a dead end!

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Personalize Learning: Transforming Schools with Personalized Learning Experiences

Personalize Learning: Transforming Schools with Personalized Learning Experiences | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
Bob Lenz shares Envision Schools journey on project-based learning through personalized learning experiences.
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Great article illustrating how a completely re-visioned approach to schooling that uses performance-based assessment at its core can make a powerful difference. 

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Collaborative Team Teaching: Challenges and Rewards

Collaborative Team Teaching: Challenges and Rewards | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
Veteran special ed teacher Marisa Kaplan shares the challenges and rewards of co-teaching, including the fun of having another adult in the classroom.
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Collaborative approaches to teaching offer the strongest opportunities yet for overcoming some of the most intractable problems in our current organisation of schooling.

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12 Rules Of Great Teaching -

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12 Rules Of Great Teaching by Terry Heick Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching. Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. Questions matter more than answers. Trust...
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This graphic provides a useful stimulus for considering modern learning practice - where the role of the teacher has and is changing so much, the idea of developing our own set of 'rules' to guide practice prompts us to consider what our new role will be and how we're to perform in it. 

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Seven Laws of the Self-directed Learner

Seven Laws of the Self-directed Learner | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
In 1888, John Milton Gregory published The Seven Laws of Teaching, providing instruction on what contributes to being an effective teacher.  While this list is over a hundred years old, most reader...
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Self-directed learning is a  key aspect of modern learning practice - for both students and teachers. The seven 'laws' here provide a useful meta-level framework for thinking about what is required to develop, practice and measure this quality in our learners.

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knowledge catalysts

knowledge catalysts | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
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Stimulating thoughts here - like the piece that says "Co-creation enables large scale change"

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I am too often seeing reference to modern learning environments as if they are the critical key to improving learning. In my opinion they are not. It is the extent to which we can enable learners to take control (student efficacy) and the degree to which we can act as coaches/mentors and fellow learners that we will create improvement. We must be prepared to step outside the norm, but we have to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and we must be careful to ensure that our practice is evidence informed. Teaching as Inquiry is critical to improvement.

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Can you teach digital citizenship, if you are not an active digital citizen yourself?

Can you teach digital citizenship, if you are not an active digital citizen yourself? | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
It seems that a number of participants in my Digital Citizenship workshop imagined they'd be learning about cyber safety for three days! Is that what comes to mind for some people when they hear th...
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Interesting question - one which I'd have to admit to having a firm response to, that is "No". From my perspective it's very difficult to speak authoritatively or to lead any thinking around digital citizenship unless you're personally immersed in the digital world. For one thing, our digital citizens are very good at 'crap detecting' and your credibility will dissolve very quickly if you try to do this sort of thing vicariously.

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A Recipe for Collaborative Teacher Leadership

A Recipe for Collaborative Teacher Leadership | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
For teachers who want to lead their students, their colleagues, and their profession, the Stone Soup folk tale provides an excellent example of effective and collaborative leadership, writes Deidra Gammill.
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the "stone soup' annogram provides a practical and useful set of suggestions for how to establish a collaborative approach to leadership in your school.

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Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education

Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
Unschooling, greater independence for the student and teacher, and getting in touch with our social and emotional selves are just some of the topics that have inspired educators and life-long learners.
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A useful exploration of some of the emerging influences on the future of education - the discussion goes well beyond simply the 'tools' as the title suggests, to some of the more important issues in our current system such what it means to let students drive their own learning, and the impact of formal schooling on the social and emotional development of our young people. 

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What’s the purpose of education in the 21st century?

What’s the purpose of education in the 21st century? | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
To make a living? To be a good citizen? To lead a healthy productive life? What about all of the above?
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This is one of those 'big questions' that doesn't get enough attention IMHO (my starting point for debate here is Neil Postman's End of Education). This article begins well, but ends up with a list of essential skills/dispositions that modern learners need, rather than answering the question about purpose (at least at the high level I'd expected).

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10 Ways to Teach Innovation

10 Ways to Teach Innovation | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
Innovation and the current classroom model most often operate as antagonists. The system is evolving, but not quickly enough to get young people ready for the new world. But there are a number of ways that teachers can bypass the system and offer students the tools and experiences that spur an innovative mindset. Here are ten ideas.
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the big issue is - can innovation be taught? Or is it the product of learning in an environment and way that models, promotes and encourages the sorts of thinking and skills that are essential for innovation. 

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More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Levels of Learning

More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Levels of Learning | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation.
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this is a 'biggie' in terms of MLP - assessment of learning is too often the tail wagging the dog. Some really ideas here - nothing terrible new, but very useful to see them represented all together here. 

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Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another

Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
Humans are social animals because our survival depends on it. Here are four strategies for teaching students how their brains work through acts of collaboration.
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We're really only on the cusp of appreciating the dynamic potential of tapping into the creative potential of the team - after years of working within a system that emphasises individual effort and achievement. I like this quote from the article:

"Feeling the emotions of others, social acceptance, and cooperation are critical to our early development of the identity and industry stages. Author and motivational speaker Daniel Pink states that the future belongs to conceptual cooperative thinkers. He observes a definitive shift in the developed world from a logical/technical age to a conceptual age, which places a premium on knowledge."

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Can Games and Badges Motivate College Students to Learn?

Can Games and Badges Motivate College Students to Learn? | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
K-12 educators are well versed in the use of games for learning, so why don't colleges embrace the same kind of fun?
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Good discussion around games and badges, providing useful distinction between games and gamification (although I think their definition of this is a little narrow). Definitely a debate that all modern educators need to form a view about and decide how to appropriate the ideas that have value. 

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Response: Ways To Build 'Authentic Engagement' & Not 'Strategic Compliance'

Response: Ways To Build 'Authentic Engagement' & Not 'Strategic Compliance' | Modern Learning Practice | Scoop.it
Educators Vicki Davis, Rusul Alrubail, Laura Cabrera and Dana Dusbiber contribute their suggestions on how to promote student engagement.
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An excellent collection of responses to the question posed by Larry Feizzo "What can we do to get all students participating all the time?"

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