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The Most Inspiring Motivational Posters for Teachers

The Most Inspiring Motivational Posters for Teachers | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
  The images above were all lifted (with permission!) from a wonderful Flickr stream created by Krissy Venosdale. I find them deeply inspirational, and I thought I'd share them in case someone...
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Helping Your Child Cheat at School (A Guide to Helping Kids Succeed*)

Helping Your Child Cheat at School (A Guide to Helping Kids Succeed*) | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
 You're right, kids these days get far too much homework. It's especially bad now that they're teenagers. They're always in their rooms doing their homework. And they'...
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What's That Stink? (A Review of Microsoft's Word, Excel & PowerPoint Apps for the iPad)

What's That Stink? (A Review of Microsoft's Word, Excel & PowerPoint Apps for the iPad) | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
 I don't generally do app reviews, but then a ripe reek wafted my way from the iPad App Store. I cannot believe that Word, PowerPoint and Excel are at the top of the charts. Microsoft sho...
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iPads in Teaching - What Are They For?

iPads in Teaching - What Are They For? | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
This picture was drawn in response to a post called 'Drawing On A Napkin: Is This How iPads Function In A Traditional Classroom?' by the esteemed Terry Heick. Mine was not drawn on a napk...
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Homework is a Slimy, Smelly, Nasty Troll That Eats the Souls of Children

Homework is a Slimy, Smelly, Nasty Troll That Eats the Souls of Children | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Homework is evil. Truly, wickedly, horridly evil. Homework is a slimy, smelly, nasty troll which eats the souls of children. And these unfortunate souls are shoveled into homework's gaping, slobber...
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Yes, Wikipedia is a Reliable Source. Stop Saying It Isn't.

Yes, Wikipedia is a Reliable Source. Stop Saying It Isn't. | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Like anything you come across on the internet, you do need to approach Wikipedia with a skeptical eye, but to say it is 'unreliable' smacks of either elitism or ignorance. And if educators are goin...
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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: A Short Guide to the Best (& Worst) Documentary Channels for Kids

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: A Short Guide to the Best (& Worst) Documentary Channels for Kids | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Kids should watch more TV. Specifically, they should watch good quality documentaries - as often as possible. This is because teachers and books and parents are no longer the fount of all knowledge...
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Why Declining National Assessment Standards Hurts Kids

Why Declining National Assessment Standards Hurts Kids | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
  You would think that lowering the standards of final national exams in South Africa would be good news for kids. Easier exams mean more of them pass more easily. And top students can clean u...
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How to Use Your iPad: A Checklist of Skills

How to Use Your iPad: A Checklist of Skills | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Want to go from iPad noob to iPad ninja in just a few days? Use this checklist to guide your development, grasshopper. Click here to download the PDF version: iPad Skills Checklist or click 'Read M...
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Edit Post ‹ Ideas Out There — WordPress

Edit Post ‹ Ideas Out There — WordPress | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
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Defending Mediocrity: Examiners and their Apologists in South Africa

Defending Mediocrity: Examiners and their Apologists in South Africa | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Excuse me while I rant a bit... In South Africa, there are two alternative examination authorities: those set under the auspices of the Government (the National Senior Certificate - NSC) and those ...
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What's Missing In Our Classrooms?

What's Missing In Our Classrooms? | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Providing a more relevant education to young people is one of the key issues we face in building a better world. By now, we are all aware that education must go beyond the rote memorization of disc...
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Why John Keating Is a Bad Example to Teachers

Why John Keating Is a Bad Example to Teachers | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
From the Tongue-in-Cheek and Kicking Fictional Holy Cows Departments: Mr John Keating, the fictional super-teacher of the movie Dead Poet's Society is an inspiration to many. I'm sure that the char...
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Why Success Leads to Failure (Steve Jobs & the End of the World)

Why Success Leads to Failure (Steve Jobs & the End of the World) | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Let's talk about Steve Jobs. I think enough time has gone by since his passing that we can move beyond the mystique and be brutally honest. What Jobs teaches us, on a fundamental level, is that to ...
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Why I Hate The Education System: A Student Speaks Out

Why I Hate The Education System:  A Student Speaks Out | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Do the top achieving students hate the education system? It seems unlikely - paradoxical almost. But I am convinced that most of them do. And you would think that they wouldn't. You would thin...
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40 More Things Students Don't Say

40 More Things Students Don't Say | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Things Students Don't Say:

Standardized tests really allow me to demonstrate my learning in a personalized way.
The curriculum really is more important than I am. No really, it is!
School is defin...
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What About the Girls?

What About the Girls? | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
'In telling girls they are more compliant and easier to manage, are we not reinforcing the stereotype that women in general need to be this way?' That is, when we teach girls, most of us note how m...
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Debbies, Dillons and DNA

Debbies, Dillons and DNA | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Have you ever noticed how sporty boys are a bit slow in class? Or how all girls named Debbie are always a little shallow? Or how the Dillons you teach are always a bit naughty? Or how Asian kids te...
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The Little Book of iPad Safety

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A MONSTROUS Classroom Management App For Black Belt Teachers. (Promo)

A MONSTROUS Classroom Management App For Black Belt Teachers. (Promo) | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
  ClassDojo is an easy, simple & MONSTROUS app to keep student attendance & reward customizable behaviours. My students love it! Please join here: so that I can win an iPad for my scho...
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Fear Itself

Fear Itself | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
We're addicted to fear. Even in the age of science and reason, we love a good scare. Who hasn't pulled the covers up a little higher after watching a particularly frightening horror movie...
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And In The Darkness Bind Them: The Biggest Education Myth Of All

And In The Darkness Bind Them: The Biggest Education Myth Of All | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
On Medieval Elitism, The Mythological Underworld and Magical Fellowships Wading Through the Fog There is a thick layer of myths in education. We are surrounded by things that sound as if they shoul...
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Waze of Learning: On Crowd-Sourced Education

Waze of Learning: On Crowd-Sourced Education | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Have you come across Waze yet? I use it all the time - even during the short trip to work and back, when I don't need help navigating. And when I need to go further afield my wife-like girlfriend i...
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Send Them to Mars! (Why a Good Education Will Get Kids Into Space)

Send Them to Mars! (Why a Good Education Will Get Kids Into Space) | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Image: What does it take to be an astronaut? In addition to being creative, psychologically and emotionally stable, with a strong sense of drive and intrinsic motivation, NASA says that they "canno...
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Life

Life | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
  I sometimes think   that life   would be so much simpler,   so much easier,   and   so much less taxing   on my principles   if I just   pretended &nb...
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What Teachers Want Students to Learn

What Teachers Want Students to Learn | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
A year or two ago, I asked my colleagues this question: ‘What three things do you most want students to learn in your class?’ Below are the summarized results. They make for some very interesting r...
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