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Scarcity at the Table of Abundance

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"I like what Will Richardson has to say about the future of schools, teaching and learning.  We are living in a time of abundance in terms of information availability  The information we seek is potentially at our our fingertips at anytime at any place.Yet despite this “abundance” and its revolutionary impact on schooling, teaching and learning, I am noticing a continuing and ongoing scarcity of skills that our students need to access this table of information abundance."

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Life of an Educator: 10 images to share at your next faculty meeting

Life of an Educator: 10 images to share at your next faculty meeting | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
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5 unfortunate misunderstandings that almost all educators have about Bloom’s Taxonomy. - Granted, and ...

5 unfortunate misunderstandings that almost all educators have about Bloom’s Taxonomy. - Granted, and ... | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Admit it: you only read the list of the six levels of the Taxonomy, not the whole book that explains each level and the rationale behind the Taxonomy. Not to worry, you are not alone: this is true for most educators.

But that efficiency comes with a price. Many educators have a mistaken view of the Taxonomy and the levels in it, as the following errors suggest. And arguably the greatest weakness of the Common Core Standards is to avoid being extra-careful in their use of cognitive-focused verbs, along the lines of the rationale for the Taxonomy.
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Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do - Quartz

Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do - Quartz | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb. This belief is not only badly off target as a shorthand description of reality, it is the source of many social pathologies and lost opportunities. For example:
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The 10 funniest TED Talks - - TED Playlist

The 10 funniest TED Talks -  - TED Playlist | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Great TED Talks illuminate a fascinating idea. And sometimes, they do it while making you laugh. These talks will bring a smile to your face.
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The 16 Best Resources for Teaching a Foreign Language | Edudemic

The 16 Best Resources for Teaching a Foreign Language | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
According to infoplease, there are more than 6,500 languages spoken in the world, each with its own unique culture and way of thinking and communicating. As globalization barrels forward, learning a foreign language becomes ever more important and beneficial for students. However, learning another language is difficult; if you are a foreign language teacher, how can you make the process easier and more enjoyable for your students? The following resources may help.
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Creative Quiz Ideas: Reinventing Classroom Assessment - FRACTUS LEARNING

Creative Quiz Ideas: Reinventing Classroom Assessment - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Numerous studies have shown that frequent quizzes in class are beneficial to learning. Personally, I give a quiz every Friday. The problem is that quizzes are often stressful and frustrating. Here are some ideas on how to reinvent them:
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5 Anchors For Using Technology To Teach Reading - TeachThought

5 Anchors For Using Technology To Teach Reading - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Teaching reading is an art filled with limiting factors: motivation, vocabulary, decoding, and comprehension are only a few of the comprehensive skills or traits that students need to be able to comprehend text, making the subject of literacy, in particular, difficult to teach.

video gameYes, there are ways to garner student interest, especially when it comes to interacting with text, but in a society that is becoming increasingly visual and dependent on instant gratification, the delayed gratification of interacting with text can be far less enticing to our little ones. And for this reason, it’s important to help them see that interacting with text can be just as gratifying as watching a movie or playing a game.

But this is not a simple task. Not simple at all.
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Survey reveals 50 books that every child should read by 16 - The Telegraph

Survey reveals 50 books that every child should read by 16 - The Telegraph | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Roald Dahl is the author that people would most like their children to read, according to a new survey to find 50 books that children should read by the time they are 16.

A survey of 2,000 readers by Sainsbury's to celebrate World Book Day also found that nostalgia reigns supreme, with six in ten parents choosing to read stories to their children that their own parents once read to them.
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10 of the Most Highly Recommended Kids Books by Age

10 of the Most Highly Recommended Kids Books by Age | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s World Book Day on Thursday 5th March. If you’re looking for some new kids books ideas or have a birthday coming up that you need to buy for, books are a great gift for children of all ages. Here are 10 of the Most Highly Recommended Kids Books by Age.
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3 Ways Personal Learning Networks Are Evolving - TeachThought

3 Ways Personal Learning Networks Are Evolving  - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The concept of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a familiar concept these days. Yet, the nature of Personal Learning Networks is evolving as the range of tools available to support them increases, and our rapport with those tools becomes more sophisticated.

The aim of this post is to outline the changes that appear to be taking shape, and to offer some practical strategies for teachers to supercharge their Personal Learning Networks.
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A Beautiful Classroom Poster On Steps for Good Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Beautiful Classroom Poster On Steps for Good Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
5 Steps to Writing A Poem is a visual created by  Cambridge University and outlines the 5 major stages to composing a poem. In fact, the steps mentioned here are generic and can be used for writing any other genre, of course with a bit of tweaking. As a teacher you might want to share this work with your students and guide them through the different stages they need to follow to produce a good piece of prose or poetry.
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World Read Aloud Day - March 4, 2015 - ClassTechTips.com

World Read Aloud Day - March 4, 2015 - ClassTechTips.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
 On the first Wednesday in March each year readers from around the world come together to share their favorite stories.  Started by LitWorld, World Read Aloud Day or WRAD is an amazing opportunity for students, teachers, parents and community members to come together for a read aloud.  You can Skype with another class from around the world, invite a guest speaker to your classroom, or have students read aloud to one another.
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MIss my days as a school leader when you were asked to read to the various classrooms in my school! REading aloud was always my favourite part of the ELA program in my classroom as well! ;-)

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Twenty Creative Ways to Check for Understanding - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

Test drive these twenty tried and true strategies to check for understanding in the classroom. Which ones will serve your students best?
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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Are our schools doing a good job of preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill?
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When Students Get Creative With Tech Tools, Teachers Focus on Skills - Mind/Shift

When Students Get Creative With Tech Tools, Teachers Focus on Skills - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the most intimidating aspects of infusing technology into curriculum is that educators often believe that they will have to master and then teach their students to use new technology tools before assigning a project. These concerns are understandable as our time for professional development is finite and school curricula are already packed. However, consider the impact if, rather than focusing on new tools, we explored the skills students need to learn and then incorporated the most effective digital resources to accomplish those objectives.
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How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning - Mind/Shift

How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"It all started in 1987, when I got a grant from the State of California. The state sent me eight Macintosh computers, never asking if I knew how to use them, and when they arrived I had no idea how to even turn them on. I realized then that I was going to fail if I didn’t get some help quickly. I looked around for colleagues who could help, but none of them had any idea. Our school had no IT department. So I took a leap of faith and confessed to my students that I had no idea how to use the new computers and that I needed help. This turned out to be a stroke of good luck, even though I did not see it that way at the time. It was the beginning of my new teaching methodology."

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Q&A: How Data Can Make You A Better Teacher - TeachThought

Q&A: How Data Can Make You A Better Teacher - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Students today are more industrious and connected than ever. They engage other students and professors in online forums; they autonomously seek and use personalized learning applications; and they leverage textbook supplements all in service of getting an edge, and trying to make the grade.

This Q&A seeks to answer what visibility instructors have into student engagement, and explore how they’re actively leveraging student data to become more effective teachers.
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Empower Students to Explore Their Passions: Genius Hour - FRACTUS LEARNING

Empower Students to Explore Their Passions: Genius Hour - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s not easy to find time to diverge from core curriculum and give students the opportunity to pursue their interests and passions. For cutting edge educators Emily Schmidt and Martha Smith at Coltrane Webb STEM Elementary School this is no excuse; “It’s not about having time. It’s about making time.“. In an effort to empower their learners the school has introduced their own Genius Hour initiative and in the below slides Emily and Martha share their experience, tips and ideas.
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Get Creative at Your Desk With a Little Playtime - The Wall Street Journal

Get Creative at Your Desk With a Little Playtime - The Wall Street Journal | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Playing with a geometric puzzle or stress ball at your desk can seem like idle diversion. It may also spark clearer or more creative thinking.

Certain kinds of hand movements have an impact on cognitive functioning, improving focus or sparking fresh thinking or faster learning, according to several recent studies. Researchers at New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering are exploring how fiddling with desk gadgets might yield some of those benefits on the job.
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Holt Davey's curator insight, March 5, 4:29 PM

Thoughts everyone? Do you play with a mechanical puzzle at your desk?

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How to Celebrate Pi Day in Your Classroom - Edutopia

How to Celebrate Pi Day in Your Classroom - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Pi Day is coming on March 14! And not just any old Pi Day, but an "Epic Pi Day" on 3.14.15 at 9:26:53, corresponding to the first 10 digits of pi (3.141592653). This happens only once per century -- truly a "once-in-a-lifetime event" for most of us.
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How Creative Teachers Make Beauty Out Of Chaos - TeachThought

How Creative Teachers Make Beauty Out Of Chaos - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Often the idea of creativity is put in a special box that is limited to only certain kinds of people. This is one of our great myths. I am sure that Albert Einstein, Gandhi, David Bohn, Martha Graham, Wendell Berry, Aristotle, Pablo Picasso, Billie Holiday, Steve Jobs, Vincent Van Gogh, Mozart, Socrates, Leonardo Da Vinci, Martin Luther King, Beethoven, Charles Dickens, Carl Jung, Tesla, Galileo, Thomas Edison, Ben Franklin and Michelangelo all came from different backgrounds, cultures and ways of life. What they did have in common was the ability to see or feel the dynamic interconnectedness of the flow of life.
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Carol Dweck: The Two Mindsets - Farnam Street

Carol Dweck: The Two Mindsets - Farnam Street | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck studies human motivation. She spends her days diving into why people succeed (or don’t) and what’s within our control to foster success.

As she describes it: “My work bridges developmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology, and examines the self-conceptions (or mindsets) people use to structure the self and guide their behavior. My research looks at the origins of these mindsets, their role in motivation and self-regulation, and their impact on achievement and interpersonal processes.”
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, March 3, 1:41 PM

I heard a great story that illustrates the "growth mindset."  A person was asked if they can play the piano.  They answered: "I don't know."  And explained - "I haven't tried it yet."  -Lon

Donna Farren's curator insight, March 4, 11:49 AM

Fantastic information.  Concisely put together.  Be sure to watch the Ted talk by Carol.

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March 2015: Literacies for the digital age: Information and digital literacy – DEN Blog Network

March 2015: Literacies for the digital age: Information and digital literacy – DEN Blog Network | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This is the seventh in a series of blog posts highlighting the digital literacies our students will need to succeed. The first posts covered financial literacy, visual literacy, media literacy, historical literacy, numeracy, and data literacy. This post will provide you with some ideas on how to infuse information literacy and digital literacy skills into the curriculum.
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How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom - Daily Genius

How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Flipped learning is more than just having students do homework during the school day. It’s more than just putting the onus on students to teach themselves. In fact, it’s neither of those things. Don’t be fooled by simple explanations of flipped classrooms that simplify a highly complex undertaking.

Flipped learning is a hot trend in most stages of education right now – and for good reason. It’s a way to really shake up the typical classroom and incorporate education technology in a positive way. The graphic below from Circulus dives into the benefits of flipping your classroom, homework, and learning in general.
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What Really Gets Kids Reading? | Edudemic

What Really Gets Kids Reading? | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Children are increasingly setting aside books to spend time with tablets and cell phones. Still, fanfare over the Hunger Games and the Divergent series as well as the continued popularity of the Harry Potter franchise suggests that many kids remain eager readers. Research backs this up.
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