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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“Flipping the classroom” is hardly new. But with all the hype surrounding both Khan Academy and MOOCs, it’s hardly surprising that the practice became incredibly popular this year."
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When Adults Don't Read, Kids Lose! [Infographic + Resources] - The Adventures of LibraryGirl 

When Adults Don't Read, Kids Lose! [Infographic + Resources] - The Adventures of LibraryGirl  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

 "One of my favorite questions to ask educators is... "so, what are you reading?" Whether I'm visiting a school, working with a group of principals or chatting with other librarians on twitter (yes, I'm looking at you #2jennsbookclub), I love to hear about the books my colleagues can’t put down."

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 12, 12:49 PM
I know a thing or two about this because over my time, I met several educators who told me that they do not have the time. I share the feeling about who loses.
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81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist

81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Sure, pretty much everyone could benefit from therapy. But not everyone can afford it. Thankfully, there’s a whole world of free or affordable mental health care out there designed to help you with just about every issue, whether that’s kicking an addiction, managing your emotions, finding a group of like-minded peers, or recovering from trauma. Even better? Some of these resources are available whenever you need them. (No need to schedule an appointment between the hours of 9 and 5.) Support groups, hotlines and call centers, websites and online forums, and even apps can be put into action when you have a crisis or just need extra support.

But finding out which resources are best for you takes some legwork. We’ve rounded up 81 of the very best affordable (or free) mental health resources. Keep this list handy whenever you need some backup."

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Innovate My School - Coding: It doesn’t have to be a man’s world

Innovate My School - Coding: It doesn’t have to be a man’s world | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As well as being male, I’m also a passionate teacher who has noticed some very gender-specific behaviours when working with pupils. For example, I once gave Maths doodle books to my class for showing their working out. The boys’ books looked like an arithmetic"Do young girls take a dislike to coding because it can be a messy process with plenty of chances to get it wrong?" grenade had gone off within the pages, but the girls could have placed theirs back in the cellophane for a full refund! It was nothing to do with the fact that they couldn’t do the equations. It seemed to be more around not wanting to show those failed attempts. Perfection was the key, and the messy risk-taking that proceeded was nowhere to be seen. For this reason, they loved the table whiteboards because they wipe clean every time.


So is this behaviour symptomatic of why there is such a scary deficit in women taking up coding as a career choice? Do young girls take a dislike to coding because it can be a messy process with plenty of chances to get it wrong? I believe it’s certainly one factor, but think the problem stems from a number of culprits.
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Everyday Learning - Crayola.ca

Everyday Learning - Crayola.ca | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Crayola has had a long-standing relationship with educators, providing quality products for the classroom and students’ home projects. A visit to Crayola is well worth the trip with artful lessons, classroom resources and the latest information regarding special programs and offers.
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Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As an elementary principal the last seven years, the schools I have had the honor to lead have hosted site visits. Other schools have come to observe the inner workings of our organization. These visits usually revolve around our literacy initiatives. We share how our continuous focus on reading, writing, speaking, and listening has resulted in increased achievement and engagement for our students. This isn’t something we brag about; it is how we have done business.

Out of the 15 or so schools that have come to visit, can you guess how many have walked away and started their building-wide focus on literacy? To my knowledge: zero.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 11, 9:08 AM
Literacy instruction and learning, in many locations, is not highly proficient, but still its strength. So, it is not difficult to see that literacy initiatives are not the highest priority. It is definitely a quandary. 
Luis F. Jaramillo's curator insight, October 16, 9:24 PM
This short article gives some reasons why schools do not focus on Literacy. Although it is a different context, I think the reasons also apply to Colombian education. However, I would add that another reason is that education policy makers do not really want to have a literate society because that would be problematic for them. 
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How Making an Impact on the World Motivates Students - Mind/Shift

How Making an Impact on the World Motivates Students - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many schools are moving to project-based learning as a way to help students make meaning about content in deeper and more lasting ways than a lecture can provide. While those goals are clear to educators, and inspiring examples of schools successfully implementing the pedagogy exist, it can still be a challenging shift for many teachers. It is difficult to design projects that both help students learn required content and that genuinely interest them. Some educators are finding that connecting projects to a global community is a powerful way to make a project feel meaningful to students.
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How Teachers And Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens -MindShift

How Teachers And Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens -MindShift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Whether it's a hurricane, a mass shooting, racial and political violence or family trauma closer to home, teachers can be helpers. Here's our roundup of what
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photocopiables

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Photocopiables is a theme-based supplementary resource center for English language teachers. Go to Resource Packs page, where you'll see bundled resources listed according to their grammar concept. There are also online versions of the resources for you to try them out before you take them to your class.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 10, 3:31 AM

A great resource for English language teachers.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, October 10, 8:13 PM
ideas for teaching English- useful for EFL teachers
Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, October 11, 2:53 PM
These links are great to introduce, review or even use as a way to see where your students are at on various grammar points.
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16 Books about Refugees for Kids & Adults - NYPL

16 Books about Refugees for Kids & Adults - NYPL | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
For anyone trying to understand what it feels like to be driven from your home or your country, books—many first-person accounts, written by refugees themselves—are a good first step toward insight.
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Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development.  Sadly, though, too many teachers believe that those mandatory, one-size-fits-all professional development sessions offered by their schools are a waste of time and money. "

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Assessment Ideas

Assessment Ideas | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
There are so many opportunities to assess learning. When do you assess learning? How do you assess learning. Here are a few of my favorites.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 6, 11:10 AM
Plenty of information, issuing the hotlinks to each assessment. Other resource links however.
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Minecraft in the Classroom - @CoolCatTeacher Podcast 

Minecraft in the Classroom - @CoolCatTeacher Podcast  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Are you studying Mars? Why not let students go live there? Jeff Gearhart is working with teachers in traditional subjects to let students immerse in the subject in Minecraft. In today’s show, learn about Minecraft EDU and how it is being used to teach. Join a delightful, fun world of immersive teaching.
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4 teaching mistakes that drained my energy (and the solutions that changed everything) - Anglea Watson

4 teaching mistakes that drained my energy (and the solutions that changed everything) - Anglea Watson | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I am always looking for ways to save energy. I shared in my book Unshakeable that energy is one of our most precious resources because unlike time, energy does not naturally replenish itself. We have to be intentional about how we use our energy. If we don’t pay attention to the things that drain it and do less of those things and pay attention to things that are energy-giving and do more of those things, we’ll find ourselves feeling depleted all the time.

Today I’m going to share with you four habits and practices that drained my energy as a teacher for years, and I’ll share the solutions I uncovered that completely transformed the way I approached my work.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 2, 1:23 PM
I agree that your daily habits(inside and outside of school) can be a drain of energy or a source of it. Listen to Angela's story.
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Sal's Fiction Addiction

Sal's Fiction Addiction | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I love reading books, talking about books and sharing children's and young adult books with anyone who is willing to listen and chat. I have been a kindergarten teacher, a primary teacher, a teacher-librarian, a book reviewer and a workshop presenter for more than 30 years and have an endless, abiding passion for getting great books into the hands of children, young adults, teachers and parents. I hope you find something here that you will love; and then you can pass it on to someone you love!
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 17, 5:35 PM
You cannot imagine how many books can be previewed here. What a resource!
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12 Great Books for Librarians

12 Great Books for Librarians | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In this week's Books for Teachers series, we are sharing with you this collection of some of the most popular books for librarians. These works cover some state of the art topics in library science including: insights on the rapidly changing environments of information retrieval services, library research techniques and management methods, library 2.0, developing scholarly writing projects in library science, the ins and outs of working with online database, learning about the best tactics in doing online research, learning the art of successful grant writing for libraries and many more.
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5 Bad Habits That Are Destroying Your Focus

5 Bad Habits That Are Destroying Your Focus | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We are bombarded with information and competing priorities, from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep. Technology has permanently turned up the volume and quantity of noise that permeates our lives.

The current political climate has drastically impacted employee focus and productivity. Employees report spending 2 hours a day reading an average of 14-21 political posts online.

This has required us to become much more intentional in how we spend our time, and where we direct our energy.

The ability to focus on our priorities lies in our own hands. The daily choices we make drive our focus - or our distraction.
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Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think - EdWeek

Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think - EdWeek | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The challenge is not information storage but information processing. It's not about information itself but how to use information. The teaching of creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and a love of learning itself will be critical to transitioning from the industrial age to the automated age.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 3, 1:26 AM

Have to agree with this.

Fiona Leigh's curator insight, October 3, 4:50 PM
All educators need to examine their practice to motivate learners to want to learn
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 6, 8:45 AM
The 21st Century teaching and learning environment teach students how to think vs. what to think.
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52 Of The Best Quotes About Learning - TeachThought

52 Of The Best Quotes About Learning - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
So then, the quotes. Below we’ve hand-picked 52 of our favorite quotes about learning. (We’ve already got a follow-up article drafted because there are many we like that didn’t make the cut this time.) We tried to choose from a variety of thinkers, from teachers and writers to poets and farmers to philosophers and entrepreneurs to civil rights leaders and, in a few cases, even politicians.

These quotes necessarily reflect a particular view of learning, so in that way this list is editorialized. At TeachThought, we focus on the human/critical thinking/innovation angle, and the quotes we chose mostly reflect that.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 14, 2:17 PM
This is a long and rich list.
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Using A Jigsaw Activity To Help Every Student Engage With Literature- Mind/Shift

Using A Jigsaw Activity To Help Every Student Engage With Literature- Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Jigsaw activities are not a new innovation in education. Teachers have been using the strategy for years  because it blends independent work with the power of group work to extend learning. John Hattie even found that it was one of the only activities in his model that helped students acquire and consolidate both surface and deep knowledge.

Kyle Halle-Erby, a 12th grade English teacher at San Francisco International High School likes the jigsaw activity because it helps his English language learning students feel comfortable participating in literature discussions. He’ll often do a jigsaw activity before a literature discussion to help students playing different facilitating roles prepare together before joining a group where they will be the only person with that role.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 11, 9:16 AM
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5 creative storytelling projects recommended by teachers, for everyone

5 creative storytelling projects recommended by teachers, for everyone | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Stories are powerful. Stories shape our ideas about what’s possible. What stories will your students choose to tell about the world? To expand your classroom toolkit of storytelling resources, try …

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Math Links for Week Ending Oct. 6th, 2017 via David Petro 

Math Links for Week Ending Oct. 6th, 2017 via David Petro  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I have added a new page to this blog. I called it Notable Links. It compiles many of the teacher generated sites (Estimation 180, WOD

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Why is my kid allowed to make spelling mistakes?

Why is my kid allowed to make spelling mistakes? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When kids first learn how to write, they grapple with many different skills at once. After they master letters and build them into words, their next step is stringing those words together into complete ideas. That takes a lot of mental work, and trying to spell every word perfectly can slow the whole process way down. For this reason, many teachers in the early grades encourage inventive spelling, also known as temporary spelling — where the child makes his best guess on the spelling of the word, rather than stopping to find out the correct version.
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10 iPad Skills 21st Century Teachers Should Have

10 iPad Skills 21st Century Teachers Should Have | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Here is a handy visual we published a few months ago featuring what think are some essential iPad skills for 21st century teachers. Think of them as activities you need to be able to perform on iPad or any iOS device that supports apps. For each of these activities we came up with 3 recommended apps to help you better meet the requirements of the activity under question.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 6, 11:15 AM
Good individual or grade level team project or perhaps a professional development goal.
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Lesson Plans for SMART Goal Setting - Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne

Lesson Plans for SMART Goal Setting - Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Storyboard That is a great tool that can be used for creating cartoons, flowcharts, timelines, and wireframes in addition to typical storyboards. Storyboard That also offers a huge library of lesson plans on everything from classic literature to history to cyber safety. One of the newest lesson plans added to the Storyboard That library is about helping students set and reach SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Action, Realistic, Time.
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Press Restart - The Meaning of Meraki - @slcornwell

Press Restart - The Meaning of Meraki - @slcornwell | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In thinking about the #IMMOOC blog prompt from last week, Why is innovation in education so crucial today?, George Couros’ blog post Restart vs Repeat, really resonated with me. The post talks about the necessity of separating students from the mistakes they may make, and the importance of believing in them. In it he says the following, “I am a big believer that we are creators of our destiny, but having people believe in you along the way, sure makes the road a lot less bumpy. As many schools around North America are well into the school year, remember that a fresh start can happen daily, or even more frequently, and kids need adults who show they believe in them. We need to sometimes hit the restart button with others instead of the repeat.”
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