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iPads in Education

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iPads are a great resource for the classroom! We've seen great things going on in classrooms that utilize this great technology! #EdTech #iPadEd #Education

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Table Talk Math: Finally a Math Resource for Parents is Here!

Table Talk Math: Finally a Math Resource for Parents is Here! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Table Talk Math

TableTalkMath.com has been started to send a weekly newsletter to interested parents who want to engage in a discussion involving math. Maybe it’s a funky picture that begs questions; perhaps it’s a conundrum that a child (and the adult) will have to ponder before making a decision of which is better; it could be a question of mental math and how each person around the table went about solving it. Either way, the goal is to have a low bar of entry into a curiosity-building math prompt that all can enjoy, even if it’s only for a few minutes a week.

Included in every newsletter will be a prompt, some tips to get the conversation going, and hopefully a few words of advice from the creator/contributor. As parents, you want what is best for your child(ren) and this is one more small bit of support.

To sign up for the newsletter, head over to tabletalkmath.com and register today. Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter at @TableTalkMath and @jstevens009 for an occasional post that gets me thinking. If you have a contribution that you would like to see featured, email me at stevens009@gmail.com.

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How You Can Support The New Kid In Your Class - @TeachThought

How You Can Support The New Kid In Your Class - @TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"It is not uncommon to have new students in the middle of the school year.

These students are often new to an area–new city or state, for example. In the coming months, you may have some students joining your class(es) who are new to town. As you can probably imagine, the first day and even the first few months into the school year can be rough for a new student. Learning to navigate new hallways, making friends, finding ‘their place’ amongst established natives, adjusting to the curriculum… there is a lot of anxiety and pressure during this transitional time, and there is equally a lot you can do to help ease the process of settling in. That first day at school doesn’t have to be a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!” Here are the top 5 ways you can help out “new kids” in your class—let the countdown begin:"

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 23, 8:17 AM
Most are considerations that experienced teachers do but it is important to think about each new student's background and plan for the first day(s). This is a good reflection piece.
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How You Can Bring Creativity Back Into Your Classroom With Project Based Learning (EdSurge News)

How You Can Bring Creativity Back Into Your Classroom With Project Based Learning (EdSurge News) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Think about it: when was the last time a creative task held your focus? Perhaps when you needed to solve a complex problem with a personal solution? Make a drawing? Build something? Many people have a sense of satisfaction after finishing something, that feeling of “I did my best work! I put my all into it, and now I release it into the wild.”

Now, imagine kids getting that feeling every time we introduce a new concept or ask an essential question. Students are full of gifts and abilities—they all have a unique perspective on the world, and should be given opportunities to share that perspective and their gifts. 

According to a study from Adobe (which an accompanying infographic shown to the right), 82% of college-educated professionals wish they had more exposure to creative thinking as students. As teachers, if we use technology solely for its own sake, we do students a disservice. Technology can allow students to show off their creativity. Conversely, students can show their creativity even without using technology. How wonderful it would be to connect students’ creativity, talents, and interests to content knowledge!

But where to begin? Let’s think about it through the lens of project-based learning."

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 22, 8:04 AM
Students illustrate their mastery of the content with or without technology; student choice; encouragement of creativity by S's; teachers stepping back. Some of my takeaways from reading this about Project Based Learning.
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5 Surefire Ways to Engage Students the First Week of School

5 Surefire Ways to Engage Students the First Week of School | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In a recent blog post, the author Hacking Engagement: 50 Tips and Tools to Engage Teachers and Learners Daily shares 5 surefire ways to engage students during the crucial first week of school.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 23, 8:25 AM
Engagement and James Alan Sturtevant. Need to read.
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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking - TeachThought

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters.

Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. The following team-building games can promote cooperation and communication, help establish a positive classroom environment and — most importantly — provide a fun, much-needed reprieve from routine.
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Il est difficile pour les élèves dysphasiques de développer ses habiletés sans enseignement explicite. Dans le cadre d'un jeu, l'engagement et l'intérêt peut être un élément facilitateur.  À explorer!

Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 23, 8:06 AM

Team building is important to you and your students. Check these strategies out.

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, August 22, 8:03 AM
Team building games and projects are a great way to develop social skills for kids.  Here's some that have been around a while and some newer ones.  Resistant teens respond well to these. 
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Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers

Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Welcome to your first year of teaching. This year will test you more intensely than just about anything you’ve done up to now. It will deplete all your energy, bring you to tears, and make you question every talent or skill you thought you had. But all these tests, if you approach them the right way, will leave you better and stronger than you are today.

Advice is available everywhere you look, and some of it is very good. Still, with everything you have to do right now, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of it all. And the fact is, a lot of those tips won’t work very well if you fail to follow this one essential rule:

Surround yourself with good people.

By finding the positive, supportive, energetic teachers in your school and sticking close to them, you can improve your job satisfaction more than with any other strategy. And your chances of excelling in this field will skyrocket. Just like a young seedling growing in a garden, thriving in your first year depends largely on who you plant yourself next to.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 15, 10:23 AM
"Surround yourself with good people."
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Free Technology for Teachers: Displaying YouTube Without Distractions

Free Technology for Teachers: Displaying YouTube Without Distractions | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In my previous post I shared the idea of using extended display mode to choose what is and isn't displayed on the projector in your classroom. If one of the things that you want to display is a YouTube video, you'll want to make sure that you don't accidentally display the "related" videos that appear on YouTube. You can avoid displaying related videos by using one of the following free tools. None of these tools will bypass your school's filter nor will they let you download videos.
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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Reading is reading. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another.

Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from another content area. Only sometimes it does.

Science content can often by full of jargon, research citations, and odd text features.

Social Studies content can be an interesting mix of itemized information, and traditional paragraphs/imagery.

Literature? Well, that depends on if you mean the flexible form of poetry, the enduring structure of a novel, or emerging digital literature that combines multiple modalities to tell a story. (Inanimate Alice, for example.)
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 14, 9:36 AM
This is a great resource.
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Grades Do Not Tell the Story of a Child @gcouros

Grades Do Not Tell the Story of a Child @gcouros | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“If we(educators) only focus on standards and tests, why would our parents focus on anything else?”

“We have to give permission to go beyond the test.”

“We must provide permission, support, and protection.  Permission is the opportunity to try new things that we aren’t sure work yet. Support is ensuring the professional learning is in place to help educators get to the next level. Protection is ensuring that if things don’t work out the way things were planned, that are teachers know they are safe.”
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Developing Fraction Number Sense Through Part/Whole Thinking - Math Coach's Corner

Developing Fraction Number Sense Through Part/Whole Thinking - Math Coach's Corner | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"It’s no secret that fractions are a very difficult concept for students to understand. But why is that? Fractions are an extremely abstract concept, and without adequate concrete and representational experiences, students do not develop mental images of what the abstract symbols mean.  


In Texas, students begin formal fraction instruction in 2nd grade under our newly adopted TEKS, but the symbolic notation for fractions (1/4, 2/3, etc.) is not taught until 3rd grade. The 2nd grade standards include:


*partition objects into equal parts and name the parts, including halves, fourths, and eighths, using words
*explain that the more fractional parts used to make a whole, the smaller the part; and the fewer the fractional parts, the larger the part
*use concrete models to count fractional parts beyond one whole using words and recognize how many parts it takes to equal one whole

Let’s take a closer look at each."

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What happens when middle schoolers take to Twitter? They become learners

What happens when middle schoolers take to Twitter? They become learners | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Most research on the use of Twitter for learning has been conducted with undergraduate and graduate students. Research with teenagers, however, has found that students use social media for self-expression, communication, friendship maintenance and information.

So, recently, one of our partner teachers explored the potential of social media to promote learning. Ryan Becker, a teacher at a public middle school, wondered if Twitter might be an effective way to extend classroom learning and to link students to “real world” science.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, August 11, 10:26 PM

VERY Interesting! Science!

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Real-World Math: Things That Don't Look Like Math But Really Are

Real-World Math: Things That Don't Look Like Math But Really Are | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Real-world math is a about problem solving and allows kids to learn from many different things in everyday life that don't look like math but really are.
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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"However talented, no one is a natural-born teacher. Honing the craft takes significant care and effort, not just by the individual, but also by the school at large. Though experience does matter, it matters only to the extent that a teacher -- regardless of how long he or she has been in the classroom -- commits to continued professional development to refresh his or her status as a transformational teacher. Along those lines, even after a decade in the classroom, I don't claim to be beyond criticism -- not in the least. Still, I wish to offer some advice on constantly striving toward perfection, however elusive that goal will always remain."


Via Nik Peachey, Lars-Göran Hedström
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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, August 3, 3:33 AM
another enough ideas and sharing about this topic :)
Dr. Doris Molero's curator insight, August 7, 9:36 AM
Interesting and useful advice for better teachers.
Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 11, 10:16 AM
Teachers, in their never ending journey, must commit to continuous professional development. The suggested practices, in this article, can serve as a guide for the dedicated professional to use in their collaborative learning community.
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Teacher absolutely nails it with new homework policy

Teacher absolutely nails it with new homework policy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The war against homework has begun.

A massive pile of homework after a long day at school is enough to make any kid go insane. Even the best students will half-ass their way through their take-home work. One teacher has had enough.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Remember to Sleep - A Lesson for Students

Free Technology for Teachers: Remember to Sleep - A Lesson for Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As the new school year gets going there will be plenty of students and teachers who are adjusting to a new sleeping schedule. It can be tempting to stay up late to get "just one more thing" done. We're actually better off going to bed and getting up early than we are if stay up late trying to get something done. The Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep is a TED-Ed lesson that teaches us about the importance of sleeping on a steady schedule.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: When Students Ask “Can I Friend You?”: An Ethical Response Guide.

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: When Students Ask “Can I Friend You?”: An Ethical Response Guide. | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I was excited to check out this Tweet from @TaliCSM the ed director at Common Sense Education about how to ethically respond to a student friend-request. It took me to educator Keegan Korf’s blog post where in short, she shared that she only “friends” former students, and warns them that inappropriate behavior will result in defriending.

Keegan’s simple and sensible policy mirror’s the practice of many educators I work with, know, and respect.


I replied to her Tweet explaining I had a different view.


I don’t like blanket policies and I don’t believe the only relationship to have with young people is teacher-student. I learn so much from students.

What I loved was Keegan’s excitement around the conversation and willingness to gain another perspective. This is how we develop and grow our thinking.  
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 22, 8:10 AM
Use this article to reflect on how you would act in this very real scenario. You may or may not agree but it would be prudent to have guidelines in place. It will only take one student to ask and that probably will happen. Check your school or district policies first.
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20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"A National Institute of Health study found that 25.1 percent of kids 13-18 in the US have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders. No one knows how many more haven’t been diagnosed. Additionally between eight and 15 percent of the school-aged population has learning disabilities (there is a range because there’s no standard definition of what constitutes a learning disability). Nine percent of 13-18 year-olds have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (although the number one misdiagnoses of anxiety is ADHD), and 11.2 percent suffer from depression.

‘We are 50% of every interaction with a child, so we have a lot of control over that interaction.’


“So basically we have this gap in teacher education,” said Jessica Minahan, a certified behavior analyst, special educator, and co-author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students. She spoke to educators gathered at a Learning and the Brain conference about strategies that work with oppositional students.
Minahan is usually called into schools to help with the most challenging behavior. She finds that often teachers are trying typical behavioral strategies for a group of kids for whom those strategies don’t work. However, she says after teachers learn more about why kids are behaving badly there are some simple strategies to approach defiant behavior like avoiding work, fighting, and causing problems during transitions with more empathy."

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10 TED Talks Every Educator Should Listen To — Emerging Education Technologies

10 TED Talks Every Educator Should Listen To — Emerging Education Technologies | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As an educator, you’re likely greeted with inspiration daily, whether it comes from your friends, students, or colleagues. Another place to find inspiration is through online TED talks. Start by listening to the following TED talks that will help you in your career as an educator.
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How Self-Directed Learning Can Benefit Every Student

How Self-Directed Learning Can Benefit Every Student | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Students teaching themselves? Who ever heard of this? Is this even possible? What exactly do we mean by self-directed learning, anyway? I love the following definition from Blake Boles.


What it isn’t:


“isolated, unstructured, or unchallenging learning.”


“classrooms and teachers as the root of all evil.”


What it is:


“purposefully choosing what and how you’ll learn.”


“an understanding and embrace of your personal learning style.”


“all types of learning—including highly structured learning—are valid when you consciously choose them.”


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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 15, 6:41 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to Juan Doming.

Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 16, 9:41 AM
My 1st thought was regarding teachers-how they should focus on self-directed learing to refine or explore their skills. Who is in a better position to make decisions about their PD than the teacher herself/himself. The improving teacher is rewarded as well as their students. The best teachers are life long learners and are not governed by school or district expectations or contracts. 
Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 20, 1:14 PM
I am going to see if there are any connections between this article and "Learn Like a Pirate" which I just started reading. There is immense value to self directed learning and hopefully, once ingrained, should be a life long habit.
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Teachers study new ways to learn science

Teachers study new ways to learn science | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In a muggy classroom at Mission Bay High School this week a group of third-grade teachers built weather vanes out of paper cups and plastic straws, and planned lessons around the theme that weather is predictable and observable.

It was an easy conclusion to draw on the hot summer day. And it’s exactly the kind of connection that educators want their students to make under the state’s new science standards, which stress first-hand observation and inquiry.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 14, 9:52 AM
I was encouraged in many ways when I read this article: teachers learning together in advance of a 2018 implementation, "lighthouse" schools, new ways to teach science, in conjunction with CCSS in Science, etc.
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The Innovation Experiment: How Do We Know These New Learning Models Work? (EdSurge News)

The Innovation Experiment: How Do We Know These New Learning Models Work? (EdSurge News) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Blended learning. Personalized learning. Competency- and project-based learning. All of these terms can easily be written off as buzzwords in education. Skeptics say that there is very little data to support the idea that these new models are better than traditional models. And they’re right – there is a real dearth of data that we can point to that fully captures what those of us on the ground know about what is working for our students. But the fact that there is little data should not be a proof-point that these models don’t work. It just means that many of us struggle to operate simultaneously inside and outside of a system that was only built to test content-
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Indigenous educator uses land as text in outdoor university course

Indigenous educator uses land as text in outdoor university course | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
How would you like to attend university classes beside a beautiful lake or walking in the woods, instead of sitting in a classroom?

That's the premise behind Indigenous land-based education, where rather than trying to fit Indigenous knowledge inside a university setting, students are taken to the knowledge keepers and learn on the land.

"Land-based education is looking at the land as a text and as a teacher for education," explained Winnipeg educator, Tasha Spillett, who has a master's degree in land-based education and helped teach a group of 20 students in The Pas, Man., for two weeks this summer.
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249 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking

249 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Though the chart below reads left to right, it’s ideal to imagine it as a kind of incline, with Knowledge at the bottom, and Create at the top. You may not always need this kind of tool to “unpack” standards and identify a possible learning sequence, but it also works ideally as an assessment design tool. If students can consistently work with the topic in the columns to the right–designing, recommending, differentiating, comparing and contrasting, and so on, then they likely have a firm grasp on the material.

While we’ve shared Bloom’s Taxonomy posters posters before, the simplicity and clean design of the chart format make it a bit more functional–even useful to hand to the students themselves as a hole-punch-and-keep-it-in-your-journal-for-the-year kind of resource. It also makes a powerful self-directed learning tool. Start at the left, and, roughly, move right.
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, August 17, 10:12 PM
I never get tired of Bloom's Taxonomy.
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The Merits of Reading Real Books to Your Children

The Merits of Reading Real Books to Your Children | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

A new Harry Potter book and a new round of stories about midnight book release parties reminded me of the persistent power of words printed on a page to shape children’s lives.

How do we think about a distinct role for paper, for “book-books” in children’s lives? My own pediatric cause is literacy promotion for young children. I am the national medical director of the program Reach Out and Read, which follows a model of talking with the parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers about the importance of reading aloud, and giving away a developmentally appropriate children’s book at every checkup.


We are talking about very young children here, and we begin by giving out board books which are designed to be chewed and drooled on by babies who are still exploring the world orally, or thrown down (repeatedly) off the high chair by young children who are just figuring out object permanence and experimenting with ways to train their parents to fetch and retrieve. But the most essential attribute of those board books, beyond their durability, is that they pull in the parent, not only to pick them up, but to ask and answer questions, name the pictures, make the animal noises.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 12, 9:00 AM
I agree with this message and all parents should understand the numerous values of reading real books. Teachers should continue to be a constant and consistent voice of the merits of reading daily with their children. 
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Project-Based Learning Using Disney Movies

Project-Based Learning Using Disney Movies | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Last year, I was surfing Pinterest with the intent to find some interesting ideas to implement into my AP World History class. I came across several articles where individuals had used the classic tales animated by Walt Disney to encourage student learning. After thinking on this I had an epiphany: What if I could have students use their historical knowledge gained throughout the course to pick out the inaccuracies in Disney films? This had the potential to be an interesting project for students to explore a movie of their choosing and develop a polished presentation to teach their peers about the selected time period and region. I wanted to create an assignment in which students harnessed and nurtured their creative abilities but also accomplished the goals."

Via Cindy Riley Klages, Lynnette Van Dyke
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