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Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond

Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
Steven Johnson discusses where good ideas come from, and TeachThought offers takeaways for teachers.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 21, 2:19 PM
For me, the key take away was not to get to caught up in the packaged curriculum and policy i.e. using computers. How do the experiences of students and their problems help a teacher? How does a teacher's lived-experiences, their own curriculum, inform them and their teaching
Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 23, 6:26 PM

Make them short, sharp and shiny. 

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Personalized Learning: What Does Research Say?

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Research states many things about personalized learning, and it can make or break the future of education for many students.

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EricJ's curator insight, April 19, 12:31 AM
This is interesting
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Why idle moments are crucial for creativity

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Our brains are at their most innovative when they are resting, so why aren’t we making time for quiet reflection?

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 17, 2:51 PM
When we meditate, it is an opportunity to let things percolate. I find that my thoughts flow and, when I am done, there is usually something new that emerged.
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Disciplines of a Learning Organization: Peter Senge

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If there is one book that has influenced my business thinking the most, it is Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline – The Art and Practice of Learning Organization” and I have referred to it many times over past years on this blog. Written in 1990, the insights contained in this book are even

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 17, 2:48 PM
Schools by their very definition should be learning organizations, but are not.
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12 Types of Play Infographic

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12 Types of Play Infographic The 12 Types of Play Infographic depicts how play is essential to all children’s development and learning. As children grow and develop, play evolves. Researcher Mildred Parten defined play as six Stages of Social Play which emphasize the idea that play is about... http://elearninginfographics.com/12-types-of-play-infographic/
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Why do we work so hard?

Why do we work so hard? | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it

Our jobs have become prisons from which we don’t want to escape.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, April 17, 5:05 AM

Work follows us home on our smartphones, tugging at us during an evening out or in the middle of our children’s bedtime routines. It makes permanent use of valuable cognitive space, and chooses odd hours to pace through our thoughts, shoving aside whatever might have been there before. It colonises our personal relationships and uses them for its own ends. It becomes our lives if we are not careful. It becomes us.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 17, 2:44 PM
This is a good question, which is well-explored in the article.
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Is this a true picture of work?

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Our ability to think in a random way peaks at 25 then declines

Our ability to think in a random way peaks at 25 then declines | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
It’s harder than you think to make up a random sequence. Our ability to do so  changes with age – and could give insight into cognitive decline
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Why children need to know their family history

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I’ve been inspired by research that suggests knowing the intimate facts of our family histories makes us more healthy emotionally
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9 Questions to Ask Before Sending Your CV Infographic

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9 Questions to Ask Before Sending Your CV Infographic Before you send your CV to any recruiters or employers, you must ensure that it is flawless. Use the following questions to check that your CV is ready to make a big impression and win job interviews. 1. Does it look professional? Your CV is... http://elearninginfographics.com/before-sending-your-cv-infographic/
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4 Key Characteristics Of Effective Teachers -

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4 Key Characteristics Of Effective Teachers by Dr. Jimmy Shaw and Nira Dale “Coaching and teaching–the process is one-in-the-same,” explains Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and former athletic coach, Dr. Jimmy Shaw.
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10 Ways To Help Kids With Learning Differences That Could Benefit All Students

10 Ways To Help Kids With Learning Differences That Could Benefit All Students | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
Strategies developed at a school that specializes in learning differences may be helpful to all schools in order to help the variety of learners everywhere.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 25, 1:10 PM
Be intentional. This means being present and mindful.
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Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class - NYTimes.com

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 21, 3:42 PM
I watched our "guru" of all things tech turn the lights off, sit at his desk, blog and tweet, and put worksheets up on the overhead for students. Even with new tools, we teach and learn much the same way we always have, sitting at desks and with a front of the room. Activity is essential in learning and teaching.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 18, 7:01 PM
It is not only children, but adults.
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16 Simple Motivation Tips to Get More Done Infographic

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16 Simple Motivation Tips to Get More Done Infographic Every now and then we all hit a wall where we’re just not feeling inspired to do much of anything (other than spending a few hours video surfing YouTube or scrolling through our social media feeds). When that feeling hits, resisting the... http://elearninginfographics.com/16-simple-motivation-tips-infographic/
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Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Use It In Your Classroom

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Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Use It In Your Classroom
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What is the experience our students tell others about their time in school?

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The following is an excerpt from Jeff Bezos (CEO and founder of Amazon) and the annual letter to his shareholders: “Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?” That’s a question I just got at our most r…

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50 Tips, Tricks and Ideas for Teaching Gifted Students - via Ruth Lyons

50 Tips, Tricks and Ideas for Teaching Gifted Students - via Ruth Lyons | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
Ruth Lyons

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Casey Anley's curator insight, April 18, 4:56 AM
Wow! What a fabulous list of tips and resources!
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Peter Senge: How to Overcome Learning Disabilities in Organizations

Peter Senge: How to Overcome Learning Disabilities in Organizations | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
As an organization grows, managing the flow demands work items to move from one team/department to another. In quest to make these teams accountable, very specific KPI’s are established and that breeds non-systemic thinking. People look at meeting their own numbers and push the work to next stage

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 17, 2:49 PM
A quick overview of how to overcome not being a learning organization.
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The Role of Metacognition in Learning and Achievement

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Metacognition, simply put, is the process of thinking about thinking. It is important in every aspect of school and life, since it involves self-reflection on one’s current position, future goals, potential actions and strategies, and results. At its core, it is a basic survival strategy, and has been shown to be present even in rats.

Perhaps the most important reason for developing metacognition is that it can improve the application of knowledge, skills, and character qualities in realms beyond the immediate context in which they were learned. This can result in the transfer of competencies across disciplines—important for students preparing for real-life situations where clear-cut divisions of disciplines fall away and one must select competencies from the entire gamut of their experience to effectively apply them to the challenges at hand. Even within academic settings, it is valuable—and often necessary—to apply principles and methods across disciplinary lines.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, April 2, 10:28 PM
Metacognition is so very important to improved learning and achievement. Check this article out!
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 11, 4:20 PM
The 16 Habits of Mind (Costa and Kallick) include metacognition.
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, April 18, 12:13 PM
We allow extra time each period so teachers can talk about thinking process in their content area and students can think about thinking. It can improve the application of what they are studying, which provides deeper learning.
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Teachers Going Gradeless – Arthur Chiaravalli – Medium

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After years of teaching using the principles of standards-based learning and grading, I encountered two findings that radically changed my perspective on assessment, grading, and reporting. 

The first finding comes from Ruth Butler (1988, as cited in Wiliam 2011) regarding feedback. Butler examined 3 types of feedback: scores alone, comments alone, and scores with comments. Her study showed that scores alone made students either complacent or unmotivated depending on how well they did. Scores with comments were just as ineffective in that students focused entirely on the score and ignored the comments. Surprisingly, it was the students who received comments alone that demonstrated the most improvement. 

 The second finding comes from John Hattie (2012) whose synthesis of 800 meta-studies showed that student self-assessment/self-grading topped the list of educational interventions with the highest effect size. By teaching students how to accurately self-assess based on clear criteria, teachers empower them to become “self-regulated learners” able to monitor, regulate, and guide their own learning. The reason students never develop these traits is that our monopoly on assessment, feedback, and grading has trained students to adopt an attitude of total passivity in the learning process.



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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 11, 8:17 PM
After years of teaching using the principles of standards-based learning and grading, I encountered two findings that radically changed my perspective on assessment, grading, and reporting. 

The first finding comes from Ruth Butler (1988, as cited in Wiliam 2011) regarding feedback. Butler examined 3 types of feedback: scores alone, comments alone, and scores with comments. Her study showed that scores alone made students either complacent or unmotivated depending on how well they did. Scores with comments were just as ineffective in that students focused entirely on the score and ignored the comments. Surprisingly, it was the students who received comments alone that demonstrated the most improvement. 

The second finding comes from John Hattie (2012) whose synthesis of 800 meta-studies showed that student self-assessment/self-grading topped the list of educational interventions with the highest effect size. By teaching students how to accurately self-assess based on clear criteria, teachers empower them to become “self-regulated learners” able to monitor, regulate, and guide their own learning. The reason students never develop these traits is that our monopoly on assessment, feedback, and grading has trained students to adopt an attitude of total passivity in the learning process.
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TS Picks: April 7, 2017 | The Scientist Magazine®

Consortium pushes for open citation data; Gates Foundation launches open-access publishing platform; Cell Press lifts the veil on papers under consideration; an online widget circumvents some paywalls
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Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too - Issue 46: Balance - Nautilus

Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too - Issue 46: Balance - Nautilus | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
When you examine the lives of history’s most creative figures, you are immediately confronted with a paradox: They organize their…
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 3, 4:24 PM
I discovered that meditating provided me with ways to get things done. Perhaps, I was more mindful, attentive, and attuned to the moment I was in.
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Listening Classes – Tim's Free English Lesson Plans

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Posts about Listening Classes written by Tim Warre

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5 Ways to Incorporate Movement in the Classroom via #4OCF

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Consider Christian Meditation as alternative to Yoga


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