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The Wejr Board » Rethinking the Traditional Conference Model

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The Edcamp model allows a large chunk of time in between sessions for participants to dive deeper into the ideas. In addition, the sessions themselves are not about being a spectator but more of being an active player in the discussions. At NAESP, not only was there no time to connect with others face to face, but there was no wireless and thus, the multiple conversations that often occur in backchannels on Twitter was lost. There was also no lunch provided… I am not disappointed in this because I had to reach into my pocket to buy lunch; I am disappointed because participants dispersed into their own schools and districts so very few opporunities were there to connect with new people (but as I said, I was privileged to be connected with others prior to the conference through SM). At one point, as Andy Hargreaves was discussing innovation, I leaned over to Jeff and said, “how innovative is getting 1000′s of educational leaders in one place and have them… NOT talk for 3 days?”.


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Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing

Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
School improvement coach Elena Aguilar offers up useful suggestions for teachers when sitting down with parents.

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We all do a rehearsal for parent conferences. Here are some additional tips.

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, October 14, 6:02 PM

Parent-teacher conferencing tips from one of my favorite coaching authors, Elena Aguilar

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 14, 6:49 PM

Create a relationship with the parents that invites them into their children's learning.

 

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37 Blended Learning Resources You Can Use Tomorrow

37 Blended Learning Resources You Can Use Tomorrow | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
37 Blended Learning Resources You Can Use Tomorrow: blended learning, elearning, digital tools, khan academy, youtube (37 Blended Learning Resources You Can Use Tomorrow http://t.co/UpomdHQdYm via...

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 2, 8:11 AM

Another handy list. 

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, April 3, 9:16 AM

For my teaching friends. Some you likely know others you may not. Nice list of technology resources for teaching.

 

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, April 4, 12:25 PM

Thank you for sharing.

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Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement

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There are methods and models for implementing blended learning -- from the flipped classroom, to the flex model.

 

This post looks at strategies practitioners can consider for 'Learner Engagement'


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What Exactly Is Blended Learning?

What Exactly Is Blended Learning? | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it

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Benefits of blended learning

Blended learning allows teachers to do what they do best – work directly and closely with individual students and small groups – by harnessing the adaptive power and precision of technology. The best blended learning approaches use technology to:

- help each student master the content and skills they need,
- allow teachers to get the most out of their planning and instructional time, and
- streamline operations with costs similar to – or less than – traditional schooling.

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New! Blended Learning Infographic

New! Blended Learning Infographic | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it

"Blended learning incorporates multiple methods of instruction in order to customize the learning experience for each student, leading to increased student interaction and engagement."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 15, 9:41 PM

The blended classroom is beginning to happen in many school districts. This infographic provides a great overview of blended learning. In addition to the section shown above, which looks at how teacher-led instruction connects to quality digital learning time to group work and projects (and the ongoing cycle) you will find sections on:

* Turning Computer Time into Quality Learning Time

* Empowering Teachers with Real-Time Student Performance Information

* Tying It All Together

Online learning happens in a variety of ways. This post looks at some of the critical features that must be included for an online or blended class to be successful.

Coolwired's curator insight, April 16, 2:31 PM

This Infographic  illustrates the best of both worlds in modern education!

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 27, 12:15 AM

This method of teaching harnesses both teacher expertise and flipped, student-lead learning, all enriched with technology. It is beginning to sit quite well with me as I have noticed some students still want to take notes, listen and learn from you - the expert teacher in this case is still valued! This could also be supplemented with teachers online and so on!

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74% of teachers say educational technology is a student motivator

74% of teachers say educational technology is a student motivator | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
  Infographic courtesy of PBS Learning Media.

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A nice infographic that guides technology use in the classroom. The key is to remember we what technology that supports learning.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 1, 9:44 AM

Here we go! Gonna print this one out on old-school paper. ;)

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 1, 11:18 AM

When digital technologies are used well, they not only motivate they enhance learning. When they are poorly used, they distract from learning and motivation.

 

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Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool

Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
It's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.
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This articles explores growth mid sets for those who don't fit inside the cookie cutter. What can we do better? 

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7 Things To Remember About Educational Feedback Infographic

7 Things To Remember About Educational Feedback Infographic | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
At Educational Feedback Infographic you will find Educational Feedback Tips that will help Teachers give and receive effective classroom feedback.

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Pete Reed's curator insight, September 15, 2:58 PM

... and help coaches give effective feedback to their principals.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
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Great formative assessment ideas! 

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Back to school 2014-15 — by the numbers

Back to school 2014-15 — by the numbers | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
How many students, teachers, districts, etc.
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Statistics for the new school year.

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What Happens When the Teacher Stops Talking? A Simple and Effective Student Engagement Strategy

What Happens When the Teacher Stops Talking? A Simple and Effective Student Engagement Strategy | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it

On a recent school visit, I was discussing student engagement with a group of school leaders when a member of the group offered the following observation: "I think teachers are reluctant to turn the class over to a guided activity because they are concerned about classroom management."


My Response


Teachers cannot teach if they cannot manage classroom behavior. They know that and we know that. Unless we build teacher capacity to engage students in guided group activities, they will be reluctant to "stop talking" because they are afraid they will lose control. In other words, teachers must be taught what to do when they stop talking and students are working.


Remember, the brain that does the work does the learning. If we expect to dramatically increase the amount of student work and simultaneously decrease the amount of teacher talk, we must build the capacity of teachers to check for understanding and facilitate group processes while keeping all the students on-task.


Most teachers make the big mistake of spending too much time with a few individuals and while they are "fixing" those few students, the rest of the class gets off-task. It does not take long for teachers to figure out that this is not working and they revert back to their comfort zone and a teacher-centered style of instruction. 


Furthermore, the natural tendency to "fix" struggling students actually has the unintended consequence of creating "dependent" students, who quickly learn that, if they wait until the teacher stops talking to raise their hand, the teacher will come over and do their work for them. So, not only are were losing control of the class, but we are creating dependent learners who will not even attempt to complete the assignment because they know the teacher will bail them out.


Years of implementing a school wide instructional framework taught me that our teachers had to have a strategy for keeping students on-task and engaged while they circulated through the room. Fred Jones’s Praise, Prompt, and Leave (PPL) strategy is one that we found particularly useful for strengthening student engagement.


Keys to Implementation of PPL


We asked teachers to:

  • Begin the year using groups of two (collaborative pairs), which were easier to manage and easier to keep on-task.
  • Chunk the lesson or task into smaller segments.
  • Keep the outcome in mind. The goal was not to fix students, but rather to ensure that they were on-task and that the students demonstrated understanding of the task at hand.
  • Don't let too many students get to far off course! When needed stop the group activity and re-teach a key point. The only way the teacher knows whether students are off course is to circulate throughout the classroom checking for understanding.
  • Motion creates emotion. An effective teacher moved around the classroom with ease and did not get stuck instructing one or two students.
  • Every 10-12 minutes of group activity refocus the students and point out any key concepts or share your observations.


Follow a simple three step process:

  1. Praise - Point out where the student is and what the student has done so far.
  2. Prompt - Tell the student what to do next and that you will be back to check on them.
  3. Leave - Spend as little time with each student as possible. The goal is to check on the understanding of all students not to re-teach a few students.


For a more detailed explanation of Praise, Prompt, and Leave, follow this link: http://info.marygrove.edu/matblog/a-simple-and-effective-student-engagement-strategy-praise-prompt-and-leave




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Study: 'Pygmalion Effect' Links Teacher Expectations to Student Success

A study on the "Pygmalion Effect" shows that the higher a teacher's expectations of a student, the more likely they are to succeed in school.
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A reminder to us all that our first responsibility is to have high expectations for all students. 

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Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning

Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it

The single biggest piece of advice offered by most blended learning pioneers is to have a cohesive vision for how the technology will enhance specific learning goals, how it will ease the burden on teachers, and how it can make both teachers and students more creative learners.


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Mrs. B's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:01 AM

The emphasis is not on technology but what technology can enable: creativity and innovation in an ever-changing world. 

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Learn #Spanish in a fast and provicient way, #online - professional educational plaform, blended learning teaching invironment.

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This article basically explains what blended learning is, and how to incorporate technology in a meaningful way. Also has useful advice on how to introduce blended learning within a school.

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Blended learning and the paradox of the experienced teacher - eClassroom News | eClassroom News

Blended learning and the paradox of the experienced teacher - eClassroom News | eClassroom News | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it

"The move to blended learning can be threatening, even for good teachers. Being aware of their possible concerns is vital for those leading change in organizations ..."

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How to Implement Blended Learning - New Guide from DLN

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 8, 2013 10:21 PM

Check out this new guide from Digital Learning on how to implement blended learning. The image above is an from an infographic, which explores the following areas (after discussing what blended learning is):

* The Process - This area has four sections, Create the conditions for success (what do you do before you launch), Plan (what are the key decisions that must be made), Implement (what are the keys to success) and Improve (what are the next steps).

* Top Features of a Blended Platform

* Steps in the Right Direction

* 10 Drivers of Blended Learning

* Get Blended

This link will take you to the page where you may access the five reports that have been published (at this time). This report is available as a full report, as an executive summary and as an infographic. 

Isabelle Picalause's curator insight, March 21, 2013 4:02 PM

Getting started...

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23 Resources about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) : Teacher Reboot Camp

23 Resources about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) : Teacher Reboot Camp | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it

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Why Educators Should Spend 15 Minutes a Day on Social Media

Why Educators Should Spend 15 Minutes a Day on Social Media | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
Some simple advice for educators on how to maximize your time.

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Educating Parents About Education

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Many parents today have an educational perspective based on 20th century pedagogy and methodology. Teachers need to educate them about where education is now.
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A good reminder that in order to be on the same side, communication is imperative. This article gives you some ideas to get started. M

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9 Reminders and Tips for Back-to-School Night

9 Reminders and Tips for Back-to-School Night | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
Back-to-School Night is a great opportunity to build community with parents while communicating important information about the year. Here's a list of tips to help.

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8 Steps To Ensure Great Communication With Parents

8 Steps To Ensure Great Communication With Parents | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it

As you’re preparing your lesson plans and classrooms for the first day of school (which may have already happened for some of you!), keeping in touch with parents is probably on your mind.


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Teaching assistants: New model for effective use of support staff

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Breaking education news about schools and further education. Find leading opinion, podcasts, comment and analysis on education from TES News

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8 Back-to-school classroom activities that will get students laughing and learning

8 Back-to-school classroom activities that will get students laughing and learning | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
Yesterday, we looked at some of the things that are weighing down teachers’ to-do lists during this back to school season. Some of the items that showed up on the list? Classroom set-up. Establishing activities for the first few days of school. Setting expectations for your classroom. Lesson planning. Community building. Figuring out how to …

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James I.'s curator insight, August 16, 5:57 PM

Get kids engaged and build relationships

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8 Back to school activities!

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A Simple Education App is helping principals and teachers communicate

A Simple Education App is helping principals and teachers communicate | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
A Simple Education App May Reach The Top Of The App Store Charts BuzzFeed Remind, an education app that allows teachers to communicate securely with their students via text, surged yesterday to number three on the charts among free apps in the...
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Remind has already been discovered by many  principals and teachers. Now it is adding more features and is on its way to being a top app,. Maybe it's time you tried this free app

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